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Support for technology solutions can happen at any time and demand the attention of IT departments at a moment’s notice. A simple password reset, broken cable, system upgrade or maintenance request is a priority for the end-user, while not always being the top priority of internal IT teams.
That’s why leading enterprises trust Black Box to fix their IT problems. With on-demand support for current and legacy systems for UC&C and wireless solutions, Black Box has the knowledge and expertise to solve your technical problems. Even if we didn’t install it, we can fix it – no contract required.
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Companies adopt new technologies every day from the latest collaboration tool for your workforce and the cameras monitoring manufacturing production lines, to digital signage installed at retailers. These new digital devices add strain to networks, require new skilled professionals, and increase maintenance requirements for IT departments.
A maintenance contract from Black Box will save in the upkeep of the devices and solutions overtime, stabilize your service, and optimize your solution performance, while providing critical analytics for operations and lifecycle management. With on-site support and remote monitoring available, we are there to support your technology.
Today, enterprises are looking for simplicity in their IT projects. They need speed and agility for deployment and adoption of new technologies. They also need solutions that scale across multiple locations. Businesses demand a single point of contact for services, quick turn-around, standard analytics, and flexible consumption models.
The answer? Black Box Project Services. We have defined, scalable projects that are aligned to digital transformation goals and can be deployed across hundreds of locations. And, only Black Box has the technical expertise, experienced technicians and footprint to design, deploy and manage your next IT deployment. With a dedicated project manager, regular business and service reviews, and a service level agreement, you’ll be informed every step of the way.
IT challenges are unique to every enterprise. Companies are looking for ways to improve end-user experiences by deploying the latest IoT technologies to create experiences that increase satisfaction with optimal performance. So how do you create uniform encounters at multiple locations, with consistency, scale, and agility regardless of the technology deployed? Simple. Managed Services from Black Box.
When you work with Black Box, you’re trusting skilled professionals to create a service tailored to solve your IT problems. Detailed quarterly business and service reviews, a robust service level agreement, and flexible consumption models are just a sample of the dedicated resources you can expect. We have the partnerships and technical expertise to provide the service that solves underlying challenges critical to your digital transformation.
The demand on IT teams and resources has never been greater. You have to deliver new solutions on time and on budget, all while keeping your current capabilities operational. We take the complexity out of IT and Simplify IT.
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Digital transformation is happening before our eyes as manufacturers, retailers, distribution centers, and commercial buildings get smarter with every sensor, sign, kiosk, camera, and other building IoT devices. By 2023, more than 29B devices are expected. And according to a recent IDC estimate, there could be up to 42 billion connected IoT devices by 2025. For companies with one location, the path from device selection and procurement to installation and testing may not seem daunting. But for IT leaders dealing with hundreds of sites around the globe, managing IT rollouts in a timely, repeatable, predictable way can prove challenging.
If you’re thinking about digital transformation but aren’t sure how to manage new multisite technology deployments while maintaining your current IT operations, it may be time to enlist the support of a Global Solutions Integrator.
A Global Solutions Integrator makes even more sense if you have a highly distributed, geographically dispersed enterprise, such as in retail, hospitality, banking, manufacturing, etc. As the IT leader, the first problem you will most likely face is having little or no IT support or expertise at your distributed locations. You’re basically running IT remotely from the headquarters. How are you going to manage technology in the workplace, a network refresh, installation of a new cabling infrastructure or wireless access points, deployment of PoS kiosks, or even a new UC&C system across multiple sites? You need a trusted digital partner and experienced boots on the ground.
Let’s define what a multisite deployment is. Sometimes called a rollout, it is a homogeneous work effort involving a series of identical (or nearly identical) repeatable activities at multiple locations, whether they are across a particular region, national, or even global. It’s a streamlined deployment that eliminates the patchwork of vendors and contractors across multiple sites. Depending on the footprint of each site, the quantities of switches or access points may change, but the work involves implementing the same technology, in the same way, with the same results. Based on the size of the organization and the number of locations, rollouts may take anywhere from 90 days to a year or more.
A rollout consists of four basic domains: governance and process, engineering, logistics, and deployment. While deployment may get the most attention, it won’t go off smoothly without extensive, behind-the-scenes planning.
This is how the MSP controls the project and is the first step in any rollout. At this stage, the implementation process is defined to make it repeatable. Governance concerning financial management, risk management, communications, and quality management is also defined.
This is the essential groundwork that goes on before the project begins. It involves engineers developing and validating architectures; creating high- and low-level designs; and defining hardware standards and environmental requirements. Engineering also defines the run book and device-specific configurations.
Logistics can make or break a multisite deployment. Poor logistics can ruin a deployment. Great logistics can go unnoticed because everything worked as it was supposed to.
Logistics starts with materials planning, including making sure that material procurement is timed with delivery and implementation. Logistics can involve staging where devices are pre-assembled and pre-tested, as well as how they will be shipped out to the multiple locations. Some projects may also include reverse logistics where the decommissioned equipment is brought back for either refurbishment or secure e-disposal. This last point is particularly important for financial or healthcare institutions that need to have hardware wiped clean of all data.
While many people think of deployment as what happens on Day 0, there’s a lot more to it. Deployment starts long before the actual installation. It’s everything that happens in the field starting with the site survey, prep, and remediation, including power requirements, where devices will be located, spaces, racks, etc. Closer to the big day, a deployment command center is set up as well as installation and testing of one site to work out any bugs. Only then is the project given the go ahead. Deployment also includes Day 0, Day 1, and Day 2 support.
Here are a few qualities and capabilities every Global Solutions Integrator should be able to deliver to ensure a successful deployment:
So what else should you expect from a Global Solutions Integrator? Expect efficiency with defined services methodologies and IT disciplines that are aligned to ITIL standards. You should also expect transparency with service-specific KPIs, SLAs, and quarterly business reviews. Most of all you should expect services that are aligned to your business outcomes helping you reduce costs, improve operations, and leverage new technology that drives business value.
If you’re thinking about using a Global Solutions Integrator for multisite deployments, talk to Black Box. We provide Professional, Field, and Support Services for national and international organizations.
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