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Rogers Business Forum Year-End Roundup for 2018

Catch up on what you may have missed from the world of connected business solutions.

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There’s always something new to talk about in the world of technology and telecom, which is why it can be difficult to stay on top of everything and not miss out on some news or advice your business may find useful.

Even something as foundational as the internet can get complicated. These days, internet speed and reliability are more crucial than ever, which is why so many businesses are weighing their internet options. However, it’s not obvious to many businesses how to evaluate business internet services. When it comes to the download and upload speeds your business requires, you need to do a proper needs assessment, consider new delivery methods, including fibre, and look carefully at the service-level agreement (SLA) your potential provider presents.

With the right internet service, you can, among other things, ensure your employees work more effectively from wherever they need to. But with better mobility come increase risks. That’s why you need to strike the balance between enabling your employees to maximize their productivity on both corporate-owned and personally owned devices and protecting your company’s content. Easier said than done—unless you take advantage of an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution. And what happens if an employee using their personal device for work leaves the company? EMM can help with that, too.

Of course, there’s a lot more to protecting your business than managing your employees’ devices. Malware attacks, particularly ransomware attacks, are all too common and can paralyze your business. That’s why it’s important to have both a backup and a disaster-recovery solution in place to ensure you can essentially hit the reset button without losing anything. DDoS attacks are another common threat that fibre internet customers in particular need to pay more attention to than they do, but finding the right DDoS solution requires some digging.

Beyond employee communications, internet options and cybersecurity, there’s a lot on the horizon for telecom, including the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT): where various devices connected via the internet can “talk” each other, sharing and reacting to data. The applications are virtually endless. And now there’s a new type of network called LTE-M that will deliver enhanced coverage, low device cost extended batter life for IoT devices, plus more benefits.

To stay up-to-date on these topics and to continue exploring the possibilities of how telecom can help ensure the success of your business going into 2019 and beyond, remember to check back with Rogers Business Forum regularly.