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Whitepaper: 10 Trends and Technologies Driving Secure Teleworking

by SonicWALLSep 15, 2008

Key drivers for teleworking were once productivity and flexibility, but financial considerations such as gas prices, the credit crisis and cost savings are the major drivers today. Teleworking helps companies strengthen worker loyalty and reduce car emissions. Download FactPoint Group's whitepaper to learn about the current drivers of teleworking and the technologies that enable it.

Whitepaper: Secure Networks form the Backbone of Profitable Retail Initiatives

by SonicWALLMar 01, 2008

The retail environment has never been tougher. While competitive pressures hold prices down, there is no corresponding relief for costs. The best path to lowering operating costs is capital investment in IT infrastructure.

Retailers may try to compete on customer service. But infrastructure is increasingly required to keep that promise too. A study by Alliance Data Systems of consumer attitudes shows the top four influencers of shopping preference as: Reasonable prices (86%); Quality merchandise (68%); Handles returns fairly (65%); and “I can always find what I want“ (64%). Information systems have a direct influence on each of these criteria. Beyond their effect on pricing, electronic connections allow retailers to more efficiently manage multiple suppliers to assure consistent quality of goods. Access to databases enables smooth handling of returns. And the electronic underpinnings of a supply chain are essential to guard against out-ofstocks.

In short, to increase revenues, retailers must leverage technology to enhance customer service by improving communications and tightening supply chain, while reducing costs by streamlining internal operations. An information network built on secure infrastructure and maintained securely is the necessary backbone for these capabilities.

The significance of security in the provisioning of data systems has now been underscored by adoption of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard. This initiative by all major credit card issuers is aimed at reducing the billions of dollars in fraud and theft perpetrated annually. While each member bank will determine the compliance process and penalties for its customers, the potential assessment of damages and dramatically higher fees are a threat to any retailer's bottom line.

The good news is that the same secure systems that satisfy PCI standards are the basis for increasing operational efficiencies and improving customer satisfaction. And those are the keys to profitability.