Why West Island businesses should jump aboard the digital transformation train
West Island businesses – From the local pizzeria and corner store to large urban retail chains and manufacturers, every business is feeling the impact of technological advancement in a radically changing world.
Digital transformation is ushering in big changes to the modern workplace, forcing a total rethink of how things get done. It’s not just about automating and supporting traditional processes; it’s about creating whole new ways of communicating and collaborating, storing and sharing data, and embracing and implementing new technologies.
Businesses that don’t take the necessary steps to keep up are in danger of losing out to those that have already made the move.
Let’s face it, these days, if someone can’t order lunch from their favourite place with one click on an app, they likely to go to somewhere else that lets them do so — and quickly.
With so much on the line, it’s important to get started on a digital transformation journey. But where do you start?
Hugues Bélanger, Strategic Partnerships, Director at TELUS, offers his expertise and how TELUS, thanks to the power of its network, is ahead of the game.
- Businesses need a full-service wired and wireless network.
Combining the two into one solution makes it possible to provide a fully resilient solution, without the burden of a second physical connection obsolete, says Mr Belanger. Saving money and boosting efficiency in a in a world where agility and customization are the name of the game is paramount for businesses of all sizes.
- Put your business in the cloud.
“Cloud-based services offer full security and connectivity for just about every type of business,” says Belanger. “ It makes it possible for smaller businesses, in particular, to streamline the need for in-house servers and hard-to-find IT staff.”
An important aspect of cloud-based applications is reliability. If you run your point-of-sales or accounting software from a cloud-based server, businesses need to make sure they are always connected to prevent costly downtime.
- A fastest and reliable network is key
Since more and more services are delivered directly from the cloud, it’s very important to get adequate network speed so the performance of the cloud-based applications are not impacted. It’s why so many Canadian businesses are turning to a new generation of cloud-based network technology for the solution, known as SD-WAN (short for Software-Defined Wide Area Network).
SD-WAN is much simpler than the traditional “hub-and-spoke” technology and much easier and less costly for businesses to set up, maintain and expand.
TELUS is the first Canadian service provider to offer its own SD-WAN solution into the market under the name TELUS Network as a Service, or TELUS NaaS. This model put the network in the cloud and keeps costs down by offering a subscription-based approach to scale.
“The network you operate on is the beating heart of your business. It’s a service that is becoming as instrumental as having a good accountant” says Bélanger.
By using the proper tools, West Island businesses will improve their bottom lines by reducing costs and inefficiencies while growing their market. It also allows for more customization, providing a more satisfying customer experience.
So what are you waiting for? TELUS is here to help you harness innovation and ensure your business stays ahead of the competition now and for years to come.