A key part of an organisation’s connectivity doesn’t just depend on whether they have fibre connected directly to the premises (rather than to the street), but also on how those fibre lines are shared amongst the supplier’s customer base. If the fibre network your business relies on is shared across others in the locality, and perhaps even by non-business users as well, such as the public at large, then the traffic over these lines can slow down.
That is why we at FlexFibre have a ‘business-first’ approach when it comes to connecting our clients and supplying them with scalable bandwidth. Business-first connectivity means that our lines are not shared with the wider public user base, which allows a reliable connection your organisation can depend on.
There is no doubt that connectivity is changing the way our society operates. As individual consumers, our change from high street to online is toppling established names. No industry has been immune from this change in our habits: and the way we consume is changing the way these industries respond. With television on demand, the arrival of Netflix and Amazon Prime has opened up new revenue streams for producers and writers, and has led to a focus on long term television series that people can invest hours of viewing in.
But perhaps the most important aspect of connectivity is that which goes on behind the scenes: where organisations can be more intelligent about the way they end up delivering their ultimate offering to the consumer. In the next few years, this looks set to get an immense boost from the Internet of Things as it is rolled out into the manufacturing sector. With implications for quality control, stock management, energy use, there is probably no part of the manufacturing chain that won’t be enhanced via this new technology. Indeed, Airbus’s Factory of the Future prototype has claimed that worker productivity has been enhanced by an incredible 500%. This enterprise depends entirely on connectivity – without it, there is no communication between the work cells and it essentially becomes shut down.
Agriculture is also going through a similar revolution with robotics and drones becoming available to smaller scale farmers, allowing them to apply water, fertiliser or pesticides only to those areas that need it, rather than wasting it over an entire acre of crop.
For SMEs, connectivity is also a game changer: no business is too small to take advantage of the changes that connectivity can bring – from even simple things, like sharing documents online and keeping back ups of your data to more complex, unified communications processes which can help you keep track of your marketing and customers.
Business-first connectivity, with Flexfibre’s bandwidth on demand functionality, is a potential game changer for an industry that is perhaps overdue for some disruption. Bandwidth on demand in near real time allows our clients to test new ways of using and integrating connectivity into their business. It allows small steps to be taken by SMEs eager to explore the advantages that connectivity can offer, before committing themselves in a wider and more expensive investment.
Every industry will be transformed by connectivity in the coming years: it will be faster, it will be more flexible, it will be more wireless and it will be more accessible. Digital transformation is no longer reserved for Enterprise level companies: it is here for the smaller SMEs and, with business-first bandwidth on demand, it can now be provided for in a way that is management and scalable.
With FlexFibre’s bandwidth on demand, business-first connectivity, you will be able to make the most of your digital transformation.