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  1. Everything as a Service: The Newest Addition to the Service Economy

    We’re familiar with software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and even infrastructure as a service (IaaS). So many “as-a-service” models now exist that some brands are consolidating them all into one offering: everything as a service (or XaaS). Of course, XaaS is far more than just thrusting all the various “as-a-service”…

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  2. FIS: Trailblazing the Fintech Future with SD-WAN

    FIS is the largest financial institution core processor and biggest payment processor in the world. Whenever you swipe your credit card, all that information flows through FIS. We manage over half the world’s overall wealth, work with 95 percent of the globe’s leading banks, and process $10 trillion of transactions annually. That’s twice as much as our…

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    EIS deadlines can be a catalyst for long-term transformation

    It has been more than two years since the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract was activated, which means the final EIS deadlines are fast approaching. By March 31, 90% of an agency’s telecom inventory must be moved to EIS, and by Sept. 30 that increases to 100%. Those agencies that have not yet chosen an…

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  4. 3G shutdown paves the way for 5G, but there’s a catch

    Carriers are ushering in the end of perhaps the most widely used technology of the past 20 years, which presents some unforeseen challenges for businesses. At the beginning of each year, technology industry leaders prognosticate about incredible things that new and emerging technologies are on the cusp of accomplishing. The reason for this forward-looking optimism…

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    The 10 IT Trends That Will Change The Way We Do Business

    As we turn the calendar page on 2021, what has been a challenging two years in the midst of the pandemic is finally giving way to hope and promise for the new year. As the pandemic greatly accelerated companies’ digital transformations and their use of innovative technologies, the new normal will see businesses needing to…

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  6. 3 (Not So Obvious) Considerations When Choosing an SD-WAN Platform

    Straight to the Point is a new blog series by Zachary Grant, MetTel’s Vice President of Solution Architecture. Each article will break down the benefits and functionality of the latest communications technology in an easy-to-understand way that gets past the fluff and gets Straight to the Point. Zachary oversees a fleet of Senior Technology Architects…

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    The Next Big Thing in Network Security?

    It’s no surprise that the security threat landscape is rapidly becoming more sophisticated, as evidenced by the recent attacks involving Colonial Pipeline, Kaseya and SolarWinds. Considering the pace of digital transformation in today’s businesses, a single cyberattack can bring a company’s operations to a standstill. In June, FBI director Christopher Wray commented that the cyber…

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    Enterprise Clients Prefer IoT Providers with “Off the Shelf” Solutions

    Among the many factors that are driving more and more organizations to adopt IoT solutions for enterprises, “ease of deployment” might be the most important. Companies and businesses are looking for an easier route to IoT deployment that won’t bog them down with customized requirements and other professional service engagements that will slow them on…

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  9. View of city at sunset with digital connections overlay

    Reflection on 25 Years and 2x Gartner® Leader

    In 2021, while many companies continue to completely rethink their business models, MetTel has been celebrating another exceptional year. Today, we reached another significant milestone: for the second time in two years, we were once again recognized as a Leader in the second Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Network Services (MNS). MetTel once again appeared…

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  10. Business man using smartphone and laptop

    Driving New Efficiencies in Business Development Through Mobility as a Service

    Job openings reached a new high in May 2021, with 9.21 million available positions. Despite the strain of the pandemic, research indicates job seekers are taking their time. A June 2021 survey from Indeed.com revealed only around 10% of respondents were “urgently” seeking a job. In a job seeker’s market, companies will have to go the extra mile to…

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    Top 3 Reasons to Replace All of Your POTS Lines Now

    Now is the time for companies to adopt a reliable replacement to their POTS lines as carriers retire copper services.

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  12. digital transformation journey hands typing on laptop with digital interface overlay

    How to Jump-Start Your Digital Transformation Journey in a Practical Way

    In the last decade, digital transformation has moved from early adoption to mainstream status. This has been especially evident during the last year, with McKinsey finding that the pandemic increased the share of digital/digitally-enabled products by “a shocking seven years.” It seems that nearly every company is either currently undergoing a transformation, or else, desperately…

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    IoT Deployment Challenges Shouldn’t Be a Roadblock to Adoption

    While a recent survey examining the state of IoT adoptions in the enterprise world described 78% of IoT projects as “somewhat successful,” the same report indicates that most organizations are moving forward with plans for digital transformation. In fact, if anything, the pandemic over the last year and a half is only increasing companies’ resolve…

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    Leveraging AI Technology without Compromising on Privacy

    The FTC recently shared some informative guidelines to help businesses leverage the power and insights of AI technology, but to do so in a manner that keeps fairness, truth, and equity firmly in mind. At MetTel, we’ve been paying close attention for years to the technologies—from AI to mobility and IoT—that are serving as catalysts…

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    Industry Game-Changer: How QMed Innovations Filled A Supply Chain (Black) Hole with IoT…and You Can Too

    We see our flagship cellular-IoT product, Quest, as a way for orthopedics to digitally transform in a way that reduces waste, enhances patient safety, and ultimately delivers orthopedic distributors, manufacturers, and providers superior bottom-line performance. Vic Nunes, QMed CEO & Founder More than 7 million people require orthopedic surgery annually and the implant market is…

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    Managing the “Human Side” of Digital Transformation

    A recent story about a group of hackers that gained access to a network of over 150,000 cloud-based surveillance cameras in hospitals, prisons, banks, and schools highlights some of the existing concerns over IoT security, safety, and the potential risks of the ongoing digital transformation of cities and communities. But it also highlights something else:…

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  17. Digital Transformation

    Five Steps to Digital Transformation Success: Rotech Healthcare’s DX Journey

    Since 2019, Rotech Healthcare, a national leader in providing ventilators, oxygen, sleep apnea treatment, wound care solutions, and home medical equipment, has been undergoing digital transformation (DX) to become completely paperless in order to improve operational efficiencies and service patients more effectively. We defined a roadmap and strategy for our digital transformation and executed that…

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  18. From 5G To AI And Network Security Hot Tech Trend Tips For 2021 - person on laptop with digital trend graphic overlay

    From 5G To AI And Network Security: Hot Tech Trend Tips For 2021

    As we enter 2021, I’d like to briefly look back at the year that was to reflect on all that happened — and to gain insights into what to expect in the new year. I think it goes without saying that 2020 was a year like we’ve never experienced before. This year, the switch to…

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  19. Shaping The Next Normal Five Key Tech Trends That Could Drive Business Forward In 2021. Working remotely videoconferencing.

    Shaping The Next Normal: Five Key Tech Trends That Could Drive Business Forward In 2021

    2020 was a year marked by change as many of us adjusted to disruptions in both our work and personal lives. While the enormous impact of the pandemic was unexpected, it has acted as a catalyst for transformation across the workplace. By forcing businesses to become more agile and adaptable, the past year has accelerated…

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  20. Preparing for 5G

    Beyond the hype: Preparing for 5G (if you need it at all)

    5G’s upside is great, but the downside lies in its misunderstanding and misalignment with business objectives. We’ve all heard the incredible promises associated with 5G – lightning-fast speeds, reduced latency and greater capacity, which will help to support an array of transformative new applications, changing the way we work and live. It’s easy to imagine…

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  21. Mobility Survival Guide

    The 2021 MetTel Mobility Survival Guide

    Congratulations—you made it through 2020! You’ve learned to adapt to the “new normal” by working from home, managing employees remotely, and trying to drive efficiencies. Operationally, you’ve likely been challenged to reduce costs wherever you can. Enterprise mobility can be a key driver of cost-efficiency. Hundreds of federal and enterprise clients have turned to MetTel to…

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  22. Three Technologies That Can Help Improve Customer Experience Today

    Three Technologies That Can Help Improve Customer Experience Today

    New interactive technologies have the potential to intelligently transform the customer experience, delivering a deeper level of brand engagement. Despite these innovations, adoption for these solutions remains sluggish: A recent Microsoft survey (via AINews) found that U.S. companies are among the slowest surveyed globally to adopt AI technology. Given the seamless experience consumers expect with businesses…

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  23. Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Network Services Names MetTel Leader

    Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for Managed Network Services Names MetTel Leader

    Nearly a decade ago, we recognized that a new software defined WAN would be an integral part of all our customers’ digital transformation journey. We worked closely with partners and customers to develop and refine our WAN capabilities, even prior to the now ubiquitous term “SD-WAN.” While many of the bigger players in the industry…

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  24. SD-WAN Key Piece of Digital Transformation

    SD-WAN: The Key Piece in Your Customers’ COVID-19 Digital Transformation

    In the post COVID-19 environment, business leaders are quickly realizing the benefits of building more agile, efficient and adaptable operations that can thrive in a rapidly changing and unpredictable environment. Although digital transformation (DX) has been a hot topic for the past few years, the pandemic has made clear the DX benefits to be captured as businesses work to accommodate the needs of a largely remote…

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  25. smart meters: MetTel

    Tips for Future-Proofing Your City’s Smart Meters

    What is a Smart Meter? A smart meter is a device that records data, including the consumption of utilities such as natural gas, water, and electricity. What differentiates smart meters from traditional meters is that they provide two-way communication between the meter onsite and the utility’s central controls. Meters installed in homes give regular updates…

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    Answers to Three Common Smart City Questions

    Smart city initiatives are a way for communities to respond to challenges of sustainability and efficiency. With the world’s population expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 60% of this population living in urban areas, cities are facing unprecedented pressures. Smart cities have implemented tech in innovative ways to overcome these challenges. 1. What…

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  27. Video conferencing, working from home

    How to Adjust Your Business Development Plan During a Pandemic

    As many American workers have transitioned to a new remote reality in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, often-overlooked core operations have increasingly come back into focus for businesses across the spectrum. With so many employees working from home and beyond normal controls – and new business slowing to a crawl – companies may be…

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  28. Application Mobility Is Key To Business Continuity In The Crisis Economy – Ed Fox

    Application Mobility Is Key To Business Continuity In The Crisis Economy

    For businesses, the world has never been as fraught with risk as it is right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how we work and do business, and for some industries, it’s shut them down altogether. And even as we deal with the fallout from the pandemic, we can’t forget that other threats have not…

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  29. Transforming IT communications can lower your cost base, save your organization in 2020

    Transforming IT communications can lower your cost base, save your organization in 2020

    Who would have thought a virus, an invisible germ, would infect our modern, globalized economy? The current battle plan for the majority of businesses is one of survival – tread water and keep afloat until calm and normalcy return. We’ve survived crises before and we’ll get through this one. The Congressional Budget Office projected the U.S….

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  30. SD-WAN: The Backbone of Digital Transformation

    SD-WAN: The Backbone of Digital Transformation

    Some version of this statement is everywhere you turn these days: “Cloud computing, 5G, mobility, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) are transforming the ways we work, collaborate and live.” There’s a good reason we hear it everywhere: it’s true. These technologies are radically reshaping not only the way we do business but also…

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  31. SD-WAN Provides Increased Bandwidth, Flexibility

    As Businesses Grapple with COVID-19, SD-WAN Provides Increased Bandwidth, Flexibility

    Digital transformation (DX) has been on everyone’s lips for the past couple of years, but now with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re seeing that the necessity of DX has been greatly accelerated, as many businesses attempt to cope with the demands of a remote workforce and customers. Digital transformation (DX), of course, can mean many different things,…

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  32. featured image – 10 Predictions For A New Decade: How 5G, Digital Transformation And Cloud Will Impact How We Work – Woman on high tech screen

    10 Predictions For A New Decade: How 5G, Digital Transformation and Cloud Will Impact How We Work

    As we begin a new decade, it’s useful to spend a moment reflecting on how far we’ve come over the past decade and look ahead to see what’s on the horizon. In technology, this is an especially important exercise, as the advancing rate of change in capabilities is dizzying — which in turn lends itself…

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  33. The Future of 5G: All Human Activity Will Be Digitized – Innovation Summit - Michio Kaku

    The Digital Future of Humanity (and Business)

    “All human activity will eventually be digitized,” said Professor Michio Kaku, noted physicist and successor to the great Albert Einstein. If that doesn’t sum up the overall impact of Digital Transformation (DX), I don’t know what else possibly could. We were honored to have Michio as our first keynote speaker at MetTel’s Innovation Summit 2020 on February 25…

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  34. Featured blog - Innovation Summit 2020: Preparing for a New World Order - Lori Thomas

    Innovation Summit 2020: Preparing for the Digital New World Order

    Digital Transformation (DX) can be a loaded term; it means different things to different people. Even when you ask organizations that are measuring it what DX means, such as Gartner and IDC, you might get different definitions. However, no matter what our own definition is we can agree that the we all share the same…

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  35. Bringing the benefits of software defined to mobility - people holding smartphones

    Bringing the Benefits of Software Defined to Mobility

    When it comes to being productive on the job, beyond our laptop or desktop, few would argue that a mobile device is our most relied upon productivity tool. However, as more and more businesses provide company-owned phones or allow personal phones to connect to the network, so too, does the risk for increased security breaches….

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  36. Enabling a new digital future with SD-WAN

    Enabling A New Digital Future With SD-WAN

    Technologies like cloud computing, 5G, mobility, artificial intelligence (AI), and internet of things (IoT)-enabled devices are transforming the ways we work, collaborate and design for the future. While these technologies often dominate tech news, software-defined networking (SD-WAN) is the unsung hero in the background enabling all these technologies. In much the same way virtualization has…

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  37. MetTel working with City of Phoenix to Achieve Zero Waste by 2050

    Like many cities across the United States, the city of Phoenix is looking for ways to deliver efficient, cost-effective and safe public services. As the fifth largest city in the U.S., Phoenix is challenged with managing and conserving 270 million gallons of tap water and treating 135 million gallons of wastewater daily. Water is the…

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  38. You are the New Mobile Enterprise

    We’ve all been there….in a car, on a train or even a plane. You get on a call with your colleagues to discuss an important presentation but typically spend 5 minutes just looking for that email with a key attachment among all those other hundreds of emails you receive. With TrueUC, that search is not necessary…

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