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By Steve Miller, CIO, Steelcase
As companies rethink their office design, IT leaders should join real estate, facilities and design teams early in the planning process. This will ensure plans are logistically feasible and maximize the use of technology. During the planning process, that group should consider ways to optimize its network:1. Wireless connection. Chances are you already have a wireless network in place but if you don’t, or if your connection is unreliable, it’s time to think about an upgrade. A high-speed Wi-Fi system is an enabler for creativity and collaboration because it allows free movement of workers within the office itself. In the long run, wireless systems provide more flexibility for companies to reconfigure the space, as needed, without rerouting hardwired lines. 2. Network segmentation. Most professionals toggle between multiple devices. From tablets to smartphones, desktops and laptops, employees often utilize hardware provided by their employees plus others they’ve purchased individually. Often, those devices will enter the workplace and digital tools need to have the ability to work together. Network segmentation allows the use of one set of hardware to deliver wireless services to all devices in the space. To do this, create a virtual series of routers within the network to divide the traffic across different paths.
In today’s interconnected business world, network optimization is essential for business, and as technology evolves, these changes allow for greater flexibility and adaptability