In 2018, organizations that run and maintain their own networks will become fewer and farther between than ever.

The motives are simple – managed network solutions generate value, decrease costs, and make life easier for organizations and enterprises that need to focus more on generating value than on maintaining a complex network.

Keeping pace with technological advances is becoming increasingly difficult, and actually implementing new tools in complex networks involves a great deal of risk. This is why organizations that operate their own networks typically fall behind those who subscribe to managed network services.

However, your organization can achieve the same – or even better – results by taking the same approach. Network management is a safe and easy way to comprehensively improve business processes across the board while fostering better and more reliable methods of communication.

Industry-Leading Network Solutions – What to Look for in 2018

Like any other product or service, not all managed network services are the same. There are numerous complex factors that go into even the simplest network solutions, so reliable assessment is key to truly deriving value from switching over.

But you can reasonably gauge the value a managed network provider can offer by looking at the technology it uses. 2018 is promising to be an exciting year in the world of networking technology, so include the following four goals when crafting your managed networking plan.

1. Next-Level Collaboration Tools

Enterprise businesses depend on a mixture of voice, video, customer care, web conferencing, and telepresence solutions to collaborate both internally and externally. All of these technologies rely on different hardware and software frameworks to operate. Employing your own experts in all of these technologies is not cost-efficient, but relying on a network service provider’s in-house team of experts can be.

2. Predictive Threat Monitoring

The future of cybersecurity is in predictive threat monitoring. As cybercriminals become increasingly clever and resourceful, simply encrypting and protecting data assets will not be enough. Even now, social engineering tactics undermine carefully laid cybersecurity plans with impunity every day. In order to truly benefit from a secure network, organizations will have to go on the offensive.

Predictive threat monitoring goes beyond simply looking for the tell-tale patterns of known cybercriminal processes and programs. Instead, these monitoring algorithms search network traffic for signs of bad behavior and continuously update a live security playbook, looking for suspicious activity that may not yet have been discovered or described.

3. Proactive Problem Resolution

The days of the large central mainframe are largely behind us. Today’s infrastructure is now comprised of decentralized networks that combine physical workstations with cloud-based server architecture. This means data technicians have to do double duty – support legacy workloads while encouraging growing data management needs.

Network service providers mitigate risks and guarantee uptime by responding proactively to networking issues before they result in downtime. When compared to traditional break/fix IT solutions, proactivity is hugely beneficial. This approach lets you speed up digital transformation efforts, improve IT efficiency, and maximize the business impact of network processes.

4. Infrastructure That Supports New Business Applications

Product life cycles are shrinking and competition is intensifying. Your company is not the only one looking to invest time and resources into high-profile game-changing technologies like Big Data and the Internet of Things. However, those innovations need capable network infrastructure to generate anything close to their true potential value.

Creating and maintaining that infrastructure requires ongoing dedication and highly experienced technical work. Ultimately, the company that wins the technological race in your industry will not be the first one to incorporate these new and exciting technologies – it will be one with the best and most stable infrastructure for supporting the long-term use of these technologies.

Looking for specific tools and frameworks that can generate these kinds of benefits in your office? Talk to a DME network management specialist today!