Need to Make a Business Case for 802.11ac Wave 2?
When it comes to making the case for Wave 2 of 802.11ac, Craig Mathias, Principal of the Farpoint Group, says that the ultimate decision is not a technology decision at all, but a business decision. Lucky for IT managers of all industries, building the business case to justify expenditures for new capital equipment is made easy when they can point to the lowered operating expenses and improved price-performance made possible with the new wireless standard.
With constantly growing demands on the Wi-Fi network, including IoT and analytics, Wave 2 is the easiest way to provision the reliable, robust and effective network service that meets the requirements of demanding users. Boosting productivity with the right tools like Wave 2 is the easiest way to eliminate bottlenecks and reliability issues to assure end-user performance and QoE.
On a recent webinar, Mathias took IT pros through the 5 Essential Elements of the 802.11ac Wave 2 Business Case as outlined in our new eBook. His insightful coverage of each element is meant to give IT managers the knowledge they need to make a successful business case for the upgrade to Wave 2:
Ultimately, from a capital budget standpoint, Mathias feels that Wave 2 is the only way to go. “The best way to lower OpEx is to improve the productivity of the staff involved. Better solutions make the biggest difference. The improved capacity, reliability and coverage of Wave 2 equals fewer support calls.”
According to Mathias, the real business case is how IT organizations can minimize operating expenses with Wave 2. Many of the OpEx costs are labor intensive and people get more expensive over time. By looking to improve the value of the capital equipment, productivity is enhanced over time as the result of a more responsive and available network and OpEx costs are reduced.
With an excellent CapEx profile with long-term benefits and improved performance for operations staff and end-users alike, there’s no question that the time to upgrade is now. The next step is to make the business case to justify the upgrade.
Read our eBook Hype or Ripe? 5 Essential Elements of the 802.11ac Wave 2 Business Case to outline your business case.