Vendor Newsletters | October 2013
Uptime and the Bottom Line
If your company is similar to most small to mid-sized business today, its employees have experienced the sense of loss and helplessness when a network or important application temporarily "goes down." Even if a company hasn't suffered a total network outage, it's easy to understand how even just email being down for as little as an hour can negatively impact customer service, hamper internal communications or halt a project altogether. Even more stressful is when outages happen right before that important deadline.
While employees must deal with the stress and anxiety of an outage, the company overall feels the bite in the bottom line. According to a recent report from Aberdeen Group, for instance, the average cost of downtime for the typical mid-sized company (with revenues between $50 million and $1 billion) is a whopping $215,638 per hour. For smaller companies with revenue of less than $50 million, the damage is significantly less but still a significant $8,581 per hour of downtime, on average.
Counted as a combination of labor costs and revenues lost, those numbers grow even more daunting when considering that the poorest performing companies of any size, when it comes to business continuity and disaster recovery efforts, averaged 3.92 downtime events during the past 12 months and each event lasted an average of 17.82 hours, show Aberdeen figures. It adds up to nearly $600,000 a year for a small business. Read more
Consumer Devices Using Employer Networks
Information technology professionals expect the number of personal smart phones and tablets accessing their networks to more than double in the next two years, according to a recent survey by CDW. Looking ahead, nine out of 10 IT professionals expect the growth of personal mobile devices to present a broad set of challenges and have major impacts on their organizations' networks including:
Increased bandwidth requirements (63%)
Core messaging functions (email, text, voicemail) are the single most important end user function to be supported, the study concluded. About 48 percent of respondents said core messaging also was important. Accessing organizational data was viewed as key by about 47 percent or survey participants, illustrating the importance of content consumption.
With personal technology putting strain on business networks, it's not surprising that SMBs are increasingly adopting flexible Ethernet solutions to meet their growing bandwidth needs.
Over the next five years, the Ethernet services market will grow by a compounded annual growth rate of 19 percent, with the highest growth levels in the next two years, according to a new market research study from The Insight Research Corp. "Ethernet service in the small to mid-sized business market is the fastest growing segment of this market," says Fran Caulfield, Director of Research at Insight.
Ethernet's popularity with SMBs is driven largely by its ability to meet growing bandwidth demands at lower cost and with greater flexibility than legacy TDM-based services. Indeed, 10 Mbps Ethernet over Copper (EoC) is becoming the new T1 access and multiples of that are needed to support businesses with a high reliance on data, voice and video intensive applications.
Fiber broadband access gets all the media publicity, but some 70 percent of U.S. commercial buildings do not have access to a direct fiber connection. And that 70 percent consists mostly of SMBs not located in downtown areas and office park locations running fiber.
This is the reason why TelePacific has invested so heavily in EoC and other Ethernet infrastructure. It essentially democratizes high-speed broadband access for small and midsize organizations.
Taking Care of Business
In our connected and social economy, strong customer service is critical to making a lasting impression and retaining customers in the long run. Indeed, bad customer service will drive away customers faster than a poor product experience, according to data compiled and recently presented in an infographic from SlickText.com.
Some of the takeaways:
It takes 12 positive customer experiences to make up for
A customer is 400 percent more likely to buy from a
70 percent of buying experiences are based on how the
55 percent of consumers would pay more for a better
Dissatisfied customers tell between nine and 15 people
Take note of that last bullet. Having a superior product or service that can sell itself isn't enough today. With social media, one bad experience — based on reality or perception — can go viral and be very costly. And here's the really eye-opening stat: Some 89 percent of consumers have stopped doing business with a company after experiencing poor customer service.
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