An added benefit is the ability to aggregate data from stores in real time. With deep analytics, the company can better serve its branches. Prisma SD-WAN has also substantially streamlined work for the IT team, allowing it to better support business goals while being more productive. IT can manage network configuration and policies simply and from one intuitive platform. The team can implement network policies that align with business priorities. Now that IT has more confidence in its infrastructure, it can focus on other areas of the business and roll out technology solutions without having to babysit the network.
Today, the IT team can deploy point of sale systems to all 1,300 locations in 27 minutes. Updates to branch offices can be deployed just as quickly—an innovation that helps the company stay ahead of the game. Utilizing Prisma SD-WAN’s API-based platform, CloudBlades™, the IT team accelerated deployments to as many as 100 stores per week.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Aaron’s rolled out new technology to support its customer lease agreement. Previously, completing the lease agreement was a 45-minute, pen-and-paper, manual process. Today, it’s completed on a tablet and only takes about 10 or 15 minutes.
“As you can imagine, our customers really love that,” Meek enthuses. “We couldn’t have accomplished it without building the underlying infrastructure and solidifying the performance of the network. That’s where the Prisma SD-WAN solution helped us. It helped us get the network right. It helped us make sure that we’re prioritizing business-critical traffic. And it helped us have that visibility into knowing when there are issues, where to go to fix them. There are partners and there are vendors. Palo Alto Networks has truly been a partner for us and helped solve this challenge.”