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  1. Coming to America: Higher Quality Broadband at Lower Prices; What This Means for Investors

    Access to fast and affordable broadband is no longer a luxury; instead, it has become a necessity. Accelerated by the pandemic, the introduction of video conference platforms and remote or hybrid learning means that both businesses and consumers require more bandwidth than ever to work, learn or even stay in touch with loved ones. For…

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  2. How Mobile Technology Elevates the Customer Experience & Ensures Operations Flow Smoothly

    Water is a necessity, not a commodity. That’s why, during the COVID-19 pandemic, business operations at Primo Water continued to flow. If anything, much of our activity was accelerated as demand for home delivery services increased. But we also needed to make sure our refill and exchange locations were constantly stocked, and that we were…

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  3. 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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    4 Ways To Overcome The Shadow Of The Pandemic Workplace: Technology Fatigue

    The pandemic has indelibly shaped the way we do business, and we may never go back to the way we functioned before it. As Michael Dell recently reasoned in an op-ed, we need to stop thinking about the future through the lens of a post-Covid world. This is no longer the new normal—it is now our…

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    Hybrid Work is Here to Stay: Empowering Businesses with External Calling on Microsoft Teams

    MetTel’s new partnership with Microsoft allows Teams users to make or receive calls from any number in the world, ushering in the hybrid working model of the future. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of our planet. But, even as much of our world returns to some semblance of normality in the years following…

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  6. Futurist and author of Technology vs. Humanity Gerd Leonard

    2022 MetTel Innovation Summit – Transforming the Customer (& Conference) Experience

    Gerd Leonard, futurist, delivered the Innovation Summit keynote: “The Next 10 Years: Understanding the Exponential Transformation of Commerce, Business and Society.” Where can you get major telecom carriers, enterprise IT providers, cybersecurity experts and even global PR/marcom firms who are direct competitors to sit side by side in complementary, thoughtful discussions about the most impactful…

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  7. 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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  8. Rising Emerging Technology Adoption to Accelerate Enterprise Innovation This Year

    Rising Emerging Technology Adoption to Accelerate Enterprise Innovation This Year

    Shortly after the world was brought to its knees by the Great Recession of 2008, the modern IT communications market started taking shape fueled largely by one of the greatest expansions of technology the world had seen. Everything from cloud, the explosion of mobile, the commoditization of data center hardware, and the emergence of software-defined…

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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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  10. 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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  11. 2021: In a Year of Continued Change, MetTel and Customers Show Great Resilience

    2021 will go down as another year to remember – for many reasons. Many thought we would finally exit the pandemic, only to see the emergence of new variants, once again finding change as the only constant in our daily lives. Learning to adapt and navigate trends like the hybrid workplace, the “Great Resignation” and…

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    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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    Five Key Business Operations Trends to Watch Over the Next Year

    Last year was a time of significant change, with nearly every business leader forced to adapt their models in response to pandemic restrictions. Those that were able to quickly pivot to the demands and requirements of a new environment that featured remote workforces and socially distanced interactions as the norm fared better, while others still…

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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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    Surviving 2021 For Business Developers

    The adage “hindsight is 20/20” is fitting since, with the introspection of a year, we can now fully appreciate all the ways that the year 2020 has forever changed the way we work and live. Very swiftly, the pandemic demanded a rethinking of the workplace, as companies struggled to adapt to the new normal. For…

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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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    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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Is AI really the answer

    Is AI really the answer?

    When considering where AI can make an immediate impact on IT operations, one application stands head and shoulders above others: hyperscale automation with intelligence. Artificial intelligence (AI) has been hailed as the answer to just about every IT problem, including eliminating the dreaded skills gap, supercharging productivity, securing networks and ensuring competitiveness. Its potential seems…

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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. Ubiquitous Connectivity - IoT

    Ubiquitous Connectivity is Here

    Ten years ago, businesses were just beginning to come to terms with the smartphone revolution, as iPhones and Blackberries were becoming mainstays in offices throughout the US. Just as the Internet and personal computers transformed business in the decades before that, the smartphone upended traditional operations and provided a powerful new productivity tool. Now as…

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. Featured blog - iphone lite coming to market in 2020 - smiling businessman looking down at smartphone

    “iPhone Lite” Coming to Market in 2020

    Details about Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup are starting to make headlines, and if to be believed, it will be a busy year for Apple.  Reports indicate that the new phone, what Forbes calls the “presumptively-named iPhone 9…is going to be the biggest departure for Tim Cook’s Apple in many years.” Looking out a bit further,…

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  30. 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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  31. Navigating the 5G hype cycle-image

    Navigating The 5G Hype Cycle

    I have little doubt that 5G will be a catalyst for incredible innovation in how we live and work — but not for every industry, business or function. 5G certainly is getting its share of headlines, from carriers rushing to announce commercial availability to promises of being able to download a full-length movie in seconds, beaming avatars into meetings and…

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