Creating the wireless workplace

Mobile devices are everywhere — and they’re changing the way things are done

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Creating the wireless workplace Ammar Enaya, Regional Director at Aruba Networks.
By  Ammar Enaya Published  August 11, 2014

The next generation expects to have access to resources whenever and wherever they need them and to balance their professional and personal lives. For Gen Mobile, flexibility and mobility are business as usual.

So what does this suggest about the workplace of the future? It indicates it will be one in which employees have complete flexibility to access information and collaborate, and where business processes become increasingly automated.

This means employers will need to shift their thinking on the concept of the workplace to one that meets the needs of Gen Mobile employees. Those who offer the conditions sought after by Gen Mobile are more likely to attract and retain the best talent. And more importantly, satisfied employees make for productive employees.

In a survey conducted by Aruba Network of 5,000-plus respondents, on the enterprise mobility trend, 57% of Gen Mobile workers were found to prefer connectivity via Wi-Fi compared with 3G, 4G or wired networks. It is therefore most important for organisations to build stronger Wi-Fi networks to support the influx of mobile devices, work style and demands of Gen Mobile. IT departments can create solid Wi-Fi foundations by following five easy steps.

Install 802.11ac
To accommodate the rapid increase in traffic today and in the future, migrate to 802.11ac. The 802.11g standard provides a maximum network throughput of 54 Mbps. 802.11ac gives organisations gigabit Wi-Fi.

Put Wi-Fi everywhere
Clearly, the hotspot model of deploying Wi-Fi only in areas where people traditionally congregate will no longer work. IT departments need to plan for network access in every corner, from board rooms to locker rooms and elevators.

Manage interference Interference is a fact of life, but poor performance doesn’t have to be. Maximising performance requires a WLAN that constantly scans the Wi-Fi spectrum for interference and self-heals within seconds of finding a problem.

Plan for crowds
Today, each member of the GenMobile crowd carries an average of three mobile devices. So networks need to be built with the stability and performance to handle lots of connected devices.

Deal with sticky clients
Most smartphone users suffer from sticky client syndrome. That is, a smartphone connects to the first AP it encounters and stays connected, even if the user roams closer to another AP.

In short, employers need to put ample mobile measures in place for GenMobile, and soon — or risk scaring away future talent.

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