17 Mar 2020

Going the Distance: Overcoming Global Business Restrictions to Remain on the Path of Success

In the global business landscape, enterprises have always faced challenges on their individual paths of growth. However, 2020 has already proven to be a particularly taxing year for organizations across the world, and currently, a range of complications are being created by one worldwide issue: COVID-19. Having shifted the globe into a state of protective action, the Coronavirus has not only presented a fear-inducing scenario for individuals – it has created a number of threats for businesses. 

While so far, sources like the New York Times report that widespread economic damage is not yet a cause for concern, the global flows of communication, information and service capability are being stemmed by preventative measures. Across the technology and telecommunications industry, the number of canceled trade shows and conferences — vital opportunities for deal-making, networking and education — is continuing to climb in response to sickness fears. Furthermore, travel bans have restricted the ability to move across borders, and supply chains are in the path of potential disruption as well. An Apple supplier just spoke about the interruptions that the virus may cause, and Apple itself warned investors that it didn’t expect to meet its quarterly revenue forecast of $63-67 billion. 

Of course, protecting the health and safety of the world’s citizens is paramount, but protecting business initiatives is crucial as well. With business objectives becoming increasingly global in the digitally connected world, the enterprise must now find alternative ways to keep their growth steady and ensure their success even during trying times. 

Platform-as-a-Service solutions overcome global restrictions

PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) solutions are the enterprise’s answer for overcoming global restrictions, keeping teams safe and continuing to hone their competitive edge. Hyperscale players such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Equinix are eagerly meeting customers’ current needs as they expand beyond just space and power, delivering these platform solutions with new services such as AWS Outpost and other virtual network capabilities. As a cloud-based platform service, PaaS offers computing environments and resources that enable companies to create infrastructure anywhere and everywhere through the power of virtual deployment and hybrid hosting. 

Worries and roadblocks aside, PaaS offers a host of valuable benefits that give enterprises the advantage even outside of extraordinary circumstances. With this solution in place, cloud-based applications and complex capabilities can be developed, implemented and managed seamlessly, quickly and with reduced capital expense and room to grow. Plus, PaaS offers the ability to have servers, storage and networking be managed by either the enterprise itself or a third-party provider while developers maintain management of the applications. By taking these processes and pressures off of the enterprise’s in-house personnel, companies can be free to allocate their time and resources on their strategic and long-term goals, making international expansion easier than ever. 

As a trusted PaaS ally and a strategic partner for secure international initiatives, MOD Mission Critical offers a true international Platform-as-a-Service solution in 41 global markets backed by expert insight, boutique-level attention, and bespoke solutions. MOD offers a real human touch, wholesale rates and access to 400 carriers, 200 data centers, 37 managed Points of Presence, countless on-net buildings and more, all while keeping businesses out of harm’s way. 

New challenges will always be part of every enterprise’s journey, but with the right solutions in place, businesses don’t have to worry. With virtual, agile and future-proofed solutions like PaaS that avert travel restrictions and protect against any exposure concerns, enterprises can move past roadblocks to continue on their growth trajectory unimpeded. 
To learn more about MOD’s managed services, please visit www.modmc.net.

Share this
15 Oct 2019

Trouncing Talent Troubles: Harnessing the Power of Managed Services to Garner the Skills Your Business Needs

As new technologies and business trends emerge onto the IT scene at a rapid pace, concerns about keeping ahead of talent demands are growing. Technology talent requirements are evolving and expanding quickly, which means that properly skilled individuals are becoming harder to come by, and attracting and retaining them is becoming a more pressing challenge. In fact, Gartner’s 2018 Emerging Risks Report noted that, behind accelerating privacy regulation and cloud computing, the talent shortage was one of the top business risks. Without the necessary skills in place, enterprises can be quickly outpaced and outperformed by competitors that can successfully incorporate new technologies that better meet end-user and client demands. 

In the highly innovative IT space, opportunities are vast. Cloud computing, the Internet of Things, 5G, Artificial Intelligence, and numerous other exciting technology trends pose huge benefits for organizations, creating seamless and effective processes and maximizing products and services. Yet, as the quickening pace of this evolution sets in, the opportunity to be found in each new technology becomes obscured or even prevented by talent setbacks. As the strong economic environment for business growth expands and employment reaches new lows across the U.S., competition in hiring and talent acquisition is rising, causing issues when it comes to accessing the necessary and specialized skills to successfully implement emerging technologies. As a result, in 2019, 44 percent of worldwide Chief Information Officers reported skills shortages in big data and analytics, 39 percent reported skills gaps in Artificial Intelligence and cybersecurity, and so on. 

To combat this critical deficit and its many potential risks, many enterprises are attempting to reinvent their hiring and human resources approach in hopes of successfully finding and recruiting new employees with specialized skills. However, this strategy can necessitate large investments of time and money, and it doesn’t always offer the best return. Other entities may try to train new skills with existing employees, but risk-taking away valuable time and brainpower that would otherwise be angled at existing operations and core competencies. 

Of course, nurturing agility and skills development is never a bad thing, but there is one way to get the best of new and emerging technologies while maintaining core business practices: allying with a Managed Service Provider. 

To give businesses the easy accessibility to the skills they need to thrive in the rapidly changing digital environment, MOD Mission Critical delivers managed services with high levels and wide ranges of expertise, bridging skills gaps and keeping businesses ahead of the game. Plus, with inclusive and predictable flat fees and scalable subscription models, MOD’s managed services ensure that enterprises can get the help and agility they need without breaking the bank. 

Offering bespoke solutions with boutique-level attention and a real human touch, MOD helps enterprises seamlessly meet every individual need. No matter the changing demands of the future of IT, the company helps customers leverage access to 400 carriers, 200 data centers, 37 managed Points of Presence, countless on-net buildings and beyond, all at wholesale rates.

While the environment of technology and IT is ever-changing, the skills gap doesn’t have to be a point of weakness for businesses looking to keep pace. Now, the risk of falling behind and getting left in the dust doesn’t have to distract from delivering great services and next-level capabilities. With future-proofed and preemptive strategies, MOD serves as a trusted partner to businesses, keeping them on the cutting edge.

Share this
09 Jul 2019

Embracing and Mastering Change: Adjusting to Telecommunications’ Widespread Convergence

Telecommunications is a sphere that is ever-changing, especially as ubiquitous connectivity, next-generation technologies, and burgeoning user demand to push traditional models to their breaking point. In recent years, however, these growing demands, combined with mounting pressure from players like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon (and even Regional Bell Operating Companies), are changing the face of telecommunications even more drastically and at a faster rate than ever before. As business models are shifting to garner a critical competitive edge and facilitate superior services, consolidation and convergence are emerging as the most influential forces in the new telecommunications playing field.

The world of telecommunications has been consolidating for some time now as a result of the rise of entities like Amazon. As these now eminent OTT (Over the Top) players saw their popularity and demand rising steadily (with over 197 million U.S. subscribers expected by 2022), their need for massive amounts of bandwidth and reliable service grew to the point where they broke away from the traditional business model. Widespread dependence on fast, reliable internet means that these new titans of technology are looking to bring their operations and services in house. Now, these companies are effectively displacing media companies and traditional telecommunications companies as they opt to not only host the content but to also produce it, own the delivery infrastructure and even sell internet access.

Traditional telcos are taking the hint, however, and are responding with their own consolidation efforts, as can be seen in AT&T’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. Barriers are being broken by telcos and other businesses in an effort to step into this role of the contemporary media entity, reshaping the boundaries and conventions of the industry as they go. Now, remaining competitive means taking ownership of the technology, the capabilities, the network, the content, and the delivery.

This business evolution and the emergence of an all-encompassing solution platform model, which bundles complete end-to-end strategies made up of hardware, software, network, colocation and management into one monthly cost, is clearly disrupting and re-contouring long-established telco norms. Essentially, the days of a la carte service provisioning are all but gone, and what it means to be a telecommunications provider is changing.

So, the question remains: how do companies who need to procure services on an increasingly small timeline do so with huge providers that are being slowed down by their consolidation? Luckily, MOD Mission Critical answers the call of so many businesses that are fearful of the repercussions that these large-scale telecommunications shifts may bring. MOD’s expert managed, network and data center services are built to help businesses keep their competitive edge and stabilize the uncertainty that comes with a rapidly-changing industry.

MOD delivers top-tier services with boutique-level care, individualized attention, and a human touch, ensuring that every unique requirement and demand is seamlessly met with bespoke solutions. To ensure success for all clients, MOD provides access to over 100,000 network Points of Presence (PoPs), products from over 800 suppliers and connections to 400 carriers in 200 data centers. Of course, these solutions come with the company’s deep experience from deploying networks across over 80 countries.

With one master service agreement delivering 400 carriers, 200 data centers, countless on-net buildings and more at wholesale rates, MOD clients can rest assured that their operations will remain dynamic, adaptable, scalable and agile, even as the industry continues to change.

Share this
21 May 2019

Unlocking Your Competitive Advantage: Empowering Mobile Solutions with the Hybrid Cloud

As the digital and automated facets of our world grow ever-present, businesses have been finding new ways to stay ahead of the curve while simultaneously addressing their current IT challenges. Now, a growing number of companies are finding that the latest and greatest digital transformation tool can be described with a single word: mobility. Put simply, technological and business mobility means that you can use and access your critical information, data and applications untethered. Offering ample opportunity for augmented digital operations with reduced friction, mobility grants the best of consistency, efficiency and engagement, all while providing an overall more hassle-free, seamless experience to boot. In fact, mobility has created such a buzz in the business world that statistics forecast that worldwide enterprise mobility management (EMM) revenues will reach $16.69 billion in 2021.

When combined with cloud computing, a truly game-changing business strategy is born. As businesses are seeking new ways to work mobility-friendly processes into their day-to-day operations, they find that they need an environment that offers high performance, scalability and efficiency to enable the easy data access that mobility depends on. The hybrid cloud, specifically, has become a winning strategy. With the benefits of mobility properly and fully expressed, businesses can create a cohesive and effective framework that keeps every critical element connected at all times.

Mobility Applications

Nowadays, mobility’s applications are practically endless. First and foremost, mobility offers a multitude of opportunities to improve the cornerstone of business: customer experience. As just one example of how mobility improves this facet of business, one report commissioned by Samsung revealed that 39 percent of the 500 managers and executives that were surveyed believe that mobile-friendly processes promote better collaboration and productivity. 35 percent of the same respondents noted an improvement in the quality of the work accomplished. By focusing on mobility, employees are empowered to be more productive simply because they can more easily and seamlessly perform critical tasks and functions. Unified communications with the use of mobile phones and other devices means a more streamlined process and heightened continuity, both of which are critical for maintaining a competitive edge. Overall, mobility-friendly business frameworks facilitate improved productivity, quicker decision-making and increased satisfaction across the board.

However, this is not to say that implementing mobility is a breeze. Across all these applications, the most critical component for success lies in the ability to access all pertinent data across a wider range of devices and locations, which can be a difficult order to fill. The most promising solution? The hybrid cloud.

Implementing Mobility with the Hybrid Cloud

The hybrid cloud offers the best of private and public clouds (scalability, security, cost savings and more), but most importantly, this strategy delivers much-needed agility and flexibility, allowing enterprises to support growing and changing digital business transformations. Adapting and remaining nimble is critical for any business in this contemporary era, but especially as mobility gains momentum, being able to pivot easily is indispensable. Essentially, the hybrid cloud enables applications, workloads and assorted data to move and operate across boundaries (on-premises and off) and architectures with one common data management system, making mobility easy.

Of course, changing the trajectory of business operations to include an entire new architecture is no small task, and in fact can be quite daunting. Luckily, experts are available to help. MOD Mission Critical is well-versed in helping businesses adopt the hybrid cloud frameworks that empower their mobile future, making them the perfect trusted partner to help with the transition. As a cloud service provider offering international cloud strategies and best-of-breed services, MOD ensures enterprises are staying ahead of the curve by helping them harnessing the best of mobility, all through a single managed service agreement (MSA).

Of course, MOD delivers these top-tier services with boutique-level care and individualized attention that makes each business’s requirements a unique priority. Getting to the hybrid cloud and going mobile has never been easier than with MOD’s bespoke solutions. To meet every need, MOD ensures provides a one-stop-shop for access to over 100,000 network Points of Presence (PoPs), products from over 800 suppliers and connections to 400 carriers in 200 data centers and deep experience from deploying networks across over 80 countries. Plus, businesses  can relax as they go through the process knowing that MOD’s support technicians are available around the clock to help troubleshoot.

As the digital world expands and enables applications that help every business create amplified user enjoyment and productivity, no enterprise should be left behind due to the intimidation of moving to the cloud. If enterprises ally themselves with a great partner, expressing the benefits of mobility doesn’t have to include damaging setbacks or uncertainty. With MOD’s fully managed solutions, industry-leading service, customer-first approach and real human touch, organizations can rest assured that they’ll be fully mobile in no time and more capable than ever before.

Share this

© 2018 MOD Mission Critical.  All rights reserved.

Click Me