Research from IDC estimates that global spending on digital transformation will reach $6.8 trillion by 2023. Thus, companies are investing in the digitalization of Big Data, analytics, IoT, and multimedia. 

As organizations embrace digitalization, they operate in hybrid environments that combine data and processing from in-house teams and the cloud. Enterprises have also increased their cloud consumption of data processing and storage. 

With WiFi 6 implementations increasing rapidly in recent times, there are new IT deployment trends at work. These trends will possibly drive a new wave of digital transformation that will require IT to evolve at a rapid pace at organizations.  

What makes WiFi 6 so transformative?

WiFi 6 is a new generation of WiFi that enables network routers to interact with several devices at once with a network throughput rate that is as much as 400 percent greater than what businesses have today. This cutting-edge technology is used in internal, closed environmental settings, such as communications, within enterprise headquarters or in an in-house branch or factory. 

If WiFi 6 is deployed in running the Internet of Things (IoT) for an enterprise plant, it can function with a reduced data latency of as much as 75 percent. 

Let us explore six major changes that IT departments can expect from WiFi 6 and how these changes will impact Big Data and digitalization.

Company communications will continue to evolve

Company communications will continue to evolve from voicemail, email, and in-person meetings to utilize more multimedia and visual presentations. 

If your organization has the necessary data speeds and capabilities to enable superior video, this could well become a reality. This trend, however, will require strong support from backend IT teams to ensure that video and conferencing tools remain functional. Networks and equipment will also need periodic upgrades to support WiFi 6. 

We could transition away from cloud computing

WiFi 6 is an on-premise technology that functions in campuses, factories, buildings, and retail outlets. The move to WiFi 6 technology could see a relocation of more video content and Big Data to local, on-premise networks. 

WiFi 6 will need network upgrades, investment, and support

The WiFi 6 technology will necessitate equipment upgrades. However, there will still be older IT assets that are not upgradable, which IT will need to continue to support. Enterprise IT teams must review their networks and personnel deployment strategies. If IT teams had to deliver on-demand video content to numerous classrooms in closed campuses, WiFi 6 and non-WiFi 6 assets should be uniformly supported. 

The rise of real-time analytics

It is not uncommon today to exclude incoming data from enterprise analytics solutions based on its immediate relevance. Data throttling improves data throughput and analytics turnarounds. With the onset of WiFi 6 technologies, more data can be processed at a more rapid pace. Less data throttling will give data analysts a broader informational context. 

IT workflows will become increasingly flexible

WiFi 6 will enable more real-time processing of data. To accommodate this possibility, IT will need to redefine its operational workflows. 

An increased number of micro-data centers

WiFi 6 will empower remote offices, factories, and retail outlets to operate on their high-speed networks. In essence, this will revolutionize IT infrastructure which has until now, been largely focused on the edge, in the central data center, and the cloud. Instead, there could be more micro-data centers in individual enterprise organizations. 

The last word

These are the prominent digital trends that IT departments will need to prepare for with the introduction of WiFi 6 technology. WiFi 6 network capabilities look poised to transform the enterprise business landscape and the future of data analytics.  

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