According to the report, SD-WAN and the Future of Work: A guide to the role technology will play moving forward, “The technologies and policies we’ve adopted to enable the flexible digital workplace of 2020 will continue to evolve exponentially. The industry will see as much change in the next five years as it saw in the decade from 2010 to now. Recent global events have acted as a disruptive force that has accelerated the adoption of alternative work practices and it’s unlikely we will return to our previous behaviours.”
The top 10 technologies that will underpin the way employees work between 2020 and 2025 are:
1. Software-defined workplace infrastructure.
2. 5G-enabled systems.
3. Artificial intelligence and virtual assistants.
4. Simplified unified communications and collaboration in real time.
5. The digital twin of Internet of Things (IoT) designed and quantified workplaces.
6. Traceability systems.
7. Self-healing security systems.
8. Virtual reality and augmented reality.
9. Autonomous and semi-autonomous machines.
10. Automation everywhere.
Tony Hudson, commercial director, Vertel, said, “Importantly, the research has revealed that SD-WAN will be a pillar technology in enabling the digital workplace of the future. This will be seen in many industries such as aged care, education, emergency services and construction. As the workforce demands more flexibility and mobility, SD-WAN has an important role to play in helping organisations legitimise these as part of the reality.”
SD-WAN turns organisations’ wide area network (WAN) into a software-enabled and managed environment. More than this, SD-WAN supports workloads that are increasingly located away from company offices such as in the cloud.
Tony Hudson said, “Tech Research Asia identified some of the key reasons that SD-WAN will be a pillar technology including offering a more agile approach to managing connectivity and providing more granular information on the network and user behaviour. Its ability to balance employee needs with strong security was also called out, which is an increasingly important consideration for organisations in an environment where cyberattacks are on the rise and becoming more targeted.”
Vertel is a wholly-owned, Australian national telecommunications carrier with over 40 years’ experience and have built a reputation as fixed and mobile critical network experts. With a broad range of fixed and mobile network and cloud services, underpinned by excellence in delivery and on-going operations, we specialise in serving customers with high availability, performance, management and security requirements for business, mission and life-critical operations. As the world’s first wireless carrier to achieve MEF certification for its Ethernet Layer 2 service, we can design, build and deliver carrier-grade connectivity and applications for organisations throughout Australia.