06 Feb Don’t Let Your Enterprise Wireless Network Solutions be the Next Fyre Festival
Your Enterprise Wireless Network Solutions Should Not Be Chaos for End-Users
Your organization’s Enterprise Wireless Network Solutions should be seamless.
Planning a network deployment is a complex process requiring coordination between many vendors and service providers — these challenges compound when the enterprise is under tight deadlines.
Often our customers come to us after having tried to put in place a solution that at the time appeared inexpensive and easy to deploy. Generally, when IT teams make their solution choices based only on how quickly they believe they can deploy the product in question, they end up slowing themselves down with solutions that are not future-proof and don’t last long.
With a poorly planned network deployment, end-users within your organization may be met with complete disorganization and sub-standard connectivity across your locations.
This chaos is comparable to recent news of the failed “Fyre Festival.”
WHAT IS FYRE FESTIVAL?
Fyre Festival was a music festival scheduled to take place on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma over two weekends in April and May 2017.
Check out this promo video that was created for the event:
Looks amazing, right? Well, let’s simply say that things did not pan out the way that the organizers had planned.
The event was chaos. Much of this chaos came down to three factors, which show major similarities between failing Enterprise Wireless Network Solutions and Fyre Festival:
- LACK OF PLANNING
- OVER PROMISE/UNDER DELIVER
But what does this have to do with the Enterprise Wireless Network Solutions you have in place within your organization?
Check out the video below. Do you find yourself relating to the chaos these wireless executives are experiencing in the beginning scenes of the video?
Let’s break down how lack of wireless technology planning, budgeting, and over promising/under delivering to your end-user will create chaos across your branch locations.
Plus, let’s talk about what you can do to resolve these issues before they start.
LACK OF PLANNING
The food options at Fyre Festival were envisioned to be high-end and delicious. The clock was ticking for the organizers as the festival began growing near, leaving them with limited catering options and the concert goers ended up with this:
— Variety (@Variety) May 5, 2017
Similar to your Enterprise Wireless Network Solutions, by not following a design process, you will create poor performance and dissatisfaction for your customers across your locations. As you move forward, you’ll end up going back to redesign, costing you more dollars than needed.
By following a solid design process, you’ll have good performing access points at your locations and will not have to go back and make costly redesigns. There is no guessing in WIFI.
According to a post on ITProToday, in just seven relatively easy steps, you can implement a secure wireless network in your environment:
Step 1: Verify the Business Need
Step 2: Determine Your Coverage Area
Step 3: Plan Bandwidth Utilization
Step 4: Make Your Hardware Requirements List
Step 5: Perform a Site Survey
Step 6: Implement Security
Step 7: Deploy and Train
Many IT directors face a common challenge as they focus on constant growth for the organization. That challenge is deploying quality wireless solutions across all of their locations, within budget, to ensure the organization is growing at expected rates.
Similar to the budgeting issues that the Fyre Festival organizers had, which was a big problem.
They were running low on cash, and the festival lacked fundamental necessities. There was no infrastructure to support the equipment.
Wireless is no longer an optional cost for organizations. Wireless mobility is now firmly rooted in IT budgets and directly corresponds to revenue. Utilizing a managed wireless provider will help as they look at your budget and revenue figures, then factor in the impact of unified communications planning.
With a managed IT services team, you’ll have an easy way to estimate the total budget for wireless. Once your provider understands your total budget, it is up to them to design services that maximize their opportunity to capture as much of that potential spend as possible.
OVER PROMISE/UNDER DELIVER
— billboard (@billboard) April 30, 2017
You’ll notice a luxurious island scene in the post above, which the Fyre Festival attendees expected to see upon arrival. With a huge overpromise from the event coordinators, they were sadly disappointed when their experience was nothing near what was promised.
Similar to your organization, having “Free WiFi” listed as a benefit of visiting your locations, customers expect that they will be able to connect flawlessly throughout the space while visiting.
Not having enough access points will surely under deliver the end-users’ expectations during the visit. While over-estimating your need for access points can be destructive, underestimating can be just as destructive to the success and usability of your wireless network.
Your locations may be large, with numerous rooms and walls for your wireless signal to get through. These barriers will surely create a weak signal, and it is vital to thoroughly plan out the space to ensure you are installing enough access points to avoid dead zones.
Similarly, you may have spaces with dozens of electronics and end-users utilizing the network, all of which are expecting a smooth connection to perform at top capacity. Taking into account the barriers noted above, along with the large use these signals will be getting, ensure you are promising exactly what you will be delivering to the end-user.
Don’t get yourself in hot water for the next few years, like Fyre Festival’s mastermind, Billy McFarland.
Take the necessary steps to ensure a well-planned and efficiently budgeted network is created across your enterprise to ensure what you are promising your end-user, is what they receive.
Check out this case study for a detailed overview of how we helped implement Enterprise Wireless Network Solutions for the most profitable retailer in the world:
Wireless LAN for a Profitable Retailer
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Matthew currently serves as the Marketing Content Specialist for Comm-Works. He possesses experience in the marketing and communications space, and has worked in a variety of fields including technology, health, and franchising. He holds his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University in MN and in his spare time, you’ll find him swimming, cooking, and spending time outdoors.