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Gartner Enterprise Architect Summit - Architecting for a Digital Enterprise

The Gartner Enterprise Architect Summit is almost here. As architects plan their trip to Texas--where they'll gain new insights on emerging technologies and how to best meet business objectives--one of the key themes of this year's event will include how to architect in the era of the digital enterprise. Enterprises are no longer a collection of employees working from their stationary desktop computers behind a firewall. Instead, enterprises are mobile and global workforces that must consider how to include the Internet and the public cloud as an extension of their network. Below, we'll discuss a few key areas of focus for architects to consider when architecting for the digital enterprise.
A Mobile Workforce
No longer is the traditional enterprise workforce confined to desks and cubicles. The workforce of today is mobile. At 98% of companies, employees access enterprise web applications on their phones and tablets, take conference calls from home and answer email on-the-go. With all of these perks in mind, enabling a mobile workforce is more efficient and in an organization's best interest.

Delivering on the promise of a mobile workforce is a unique challenge, though. Providers face several challenges, including suboptimal data routing, high latency, packet loss, slow cellular networks and underpowered mobile devices (relative to their desktop counterparts).

While Akamai's services can't boost the processing power of your iPhone or Galaxy smartphone (or get you access to Cupertino or Seoul's latest and greatest gadget!), Akamai's Web Performance Solutions can address the challenges of data delivery. By utilizing Akamai's Intelligent Platform™, enterprises can enable faster, more reliable mobile web experiences. Akamai's global footprint of 180,000+ servers (growing every day) and sophisticated routing technology ensures your data arrives the fastest way, every time.

Offloading Costs
With the rapid expansion of the digital landscape, it's difficult (if not impossible) to expand infrastructure rapidly enough to meet your employees' and customers' increasing demands. We see it every year as employees and consumers rely more heavily on their mobile devices to get their work done on the go.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though--third party cloud-based infrastructure providers can offset your costs and offer unprecedented bandwidth elasticity to withstand the largest traffic spikes. For example, as your workforce moves outside of the traditional walls of the office, enterprises must rise to the challenges of delivering applications wherever their employees are and whenever employees need them. With a third party cloud-based provider like Akamai, enterprise application providers can save money on infrastructure and create a more efficient network for customers and employees alike.

DDoS Mitigation
Security concerns are top of mind among application providers. But, these mainstream security concerns have been augmented recently by the increasing threat of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. DDoS attacks have the potential to cripple networks through sustained and overwhelming demands on network infrastructure. As these networks collapse, accessing enterprise applications becomes impossible and employee productivity suffers.

By implementing Akamai's DDoS mitigation solutions, delivery of your enterprise applications is shielded from these malicious attacks. You can rest easy as your employees' data and productivity remain intact.

Conclusion
So there you have it: the questions of mobile, cost, and security will likely remain a challenge for enterprise app delivery for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, Akamai's robust offerings can alleviate some of these challenges.

If you enjoyed this overview, be sure to stop by our booth (#104) for more information. In the mean time, head over to www.akamai.com/appdelivery to learn more about Akamai's industry leading solutions. We'll see you there!

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