2019 is the year of the RTE (Real time enterprise). As the name suggests, within a real time enterprise, business systems are designed in such a way that it’s possible to automate various processes. The aim of RTE is to provide information to customers, employees, partners and suppliers in real-time. How do you get this right? Well, by reducing the manual processing of information. It shouldn’t matter if your employee is logging into your chosen project management application from your office in the city centre or they’re checking on their tasks on the train during their evening commute, all information must be up-to-date and consistent.
On an operational level, RTE boosts customer services and lowers processing costs. From a managerial perspective RTE improves agility when the business is looking to transform. For business executives, RTE means that leadership have the most up-to-date insights, allowing them to make the more informed decisions.
SDN and the real-time enterprise
Back in 2005, an ITWeb article described the real-time enterprise as being “not so much about any specific technology or system as it is about how people use technology to continually deliver business improvements and adapt to change”. With this definition in mind, it’s about automating routine transactions and empowering people to deal with processes that cannot be automated; keeping complexity to a minimum.
Today, software defined networking (SDN) provides a perfect example of the RTE trend. An enabler of cloud computing, SBN makes it possible to rapidly respond to changing business requirements via a centralised console. In the past, traditional networks couldn’t really support rapid development of business applications. SDN offers the speed of delivery, flexibility and agility modern businesses need to outdo their competitors.
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