Alignment of vision and business goals

Today, many networking, infrastructure and security teams have ambitions to redesign their WAN infrastructure. They’re looking to improve performance, become more agile, simplify management, and enhance security, all while reducing cost.

But where they often fail is in aligning a collective vision for SD-WAN and SASE with business objectives and technical requirements.


Lack of knowledge and experience

They miss the opportunity to fully explore these as a team due to a lack of knowledge and experience, over-stretched resources, limited time, and poor communication.


Unrealized business benefits

The consequences are a lack of stakeholder alignment, misunderstandings and isolated decision-making.

This ultimately leads to project back-tracking, overruns, and unrealized business benefits.

Take a different approach to SD-WAN and SASE discovery

Some teams are taking a different approach and are already seeing results from their SD-WAN and SASE projects in a short timeframe.

With an SD-WAN & SASE Workshop, they’ve found a way to leverage external expertise & experience to unite them and fill their own knowledge gaps.

This has enabled them to accelerate their SD-WAN and SASE time to value by ensuring everyone approaches SD-WAN and SASE on the same page.

SD-WAN & SASE Workshop from Teneo

Teneo’s SD-WAN & SASE Workshop aligns teams at the beginning of an SD-WAN or SASE project, provides real-life experience to help avoid pitfalls, and provides a structured approach to building a collaborative SD-WAN or SASE solution and business case.

Our Approach



  • Agree SD-WAN & SASE workshop participants
  • Set workshop pre-work
  • Collect any relevant data that will be used to help predict ROI
  • Collate responses



  • Define workshop depth required and agenda
  • Deliver our SD-WAN & SASE Workshop virtually or on-site with your team



  • Create a Solutions Requirement Document (SRD)
  • Highlight key requirements to meet your business and technical needs



  • Present an SD-WAN or SASE solution that meets your requirements
  • Deliver a recommendation document that acts as a solid foundation to your business case

SD-WAN & SASE Workshop Stages

Our SD-WAN & SASE Workshop involves pre-work and is delivered in multiple parts as follows.


To get the most out of our SD-WAN & SASE Workshop, it’s highly recommended that you research certain topics in advance. We’ll help you decide what those topics should be. Examples include:

  • Business objectives for your SD-WAN or SASE project
  • Current WAN and WAN Edge costs
  • Network topology and protocols
  • Key Applications and associated SLAs
  • Desire to simplify leveraging a “cloud first architecture”
  • Current ‘legacy’ WAN issues and service limitations you’d like to resolve
  • Current ‘legacy’ WAN security issues you’d like to resolve
Part 1 - Business Objectives

In Part 1 of the SD-WAN & SASE workshop, we’ll cover:

  • What do SD-WAN and SASE mean to you?
  • Your justifications for moving to SD-WAN or SASE
  • What does SD-WAN or SASE need to deliver to your business?
  • Current WAN and WAN Edge costs and areas for potential savings
Part 2 - Technical Requirements

In this section we’ll deep dive into your technical requirements, including:

Background & Architecture

  • Understanding of your network environment and application topology
  • How and where users access your applications and IT services
  • Review of network management, covering people, processes and associated SLAs
  • Identify any limiting factors that will affect SD-WAN or SASE design or deployment
  • Consider other planned IT projects and Initiatives

Connectivity & Cost

  • Review current WAN connectivity
  • Where do you need to make savings?
  • Current WAN costs for carriers, management, contract management, etc.
  • Current carrier providers, their SLAs and what SLAs you need
  • What bandwidth priorities do you have?
  • Current WAN Edge technology, refresh cycles and assessment of SD-WAN or SASE as a replacement
  • Managed service considerations


  • Overview of your locations & time zones
  • Structure & responsibilities of internal network team
  • How much do you want to control vs how easy are things to manage?
  • How dynamic is your business regarding M&A, site turn-up/tear down?
  • Current and future use of the Cloud: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS
  • Current vs desired failover times
  • Real-time change and incident response requirements
  • Analytics


  • Critical applications & power users
  • IaaS & SaaS Performance
  • WAN Optimization requirements incl. Cloud & Mobile
  • Wi-Fi access
  • QoS policy & performance SLAs
  • VoIP quality
  • Managing user experience based on Loss, Latency and Jitter


  • Review of existing network security and desired security posture
  • Compliance and encryption level requirements
  • Network segmentation and virtual routing and forwarding requirements
  • Cloud Secure Web Gateways (SWG)
  • Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB)
  • Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) and VPNs
  • Web Application and API Protection
  • Remote Browser Isolation
  • DNS & Wi-Fi Protection

Migration & Transformation

  • Resources & skills assessment
  • Required project timelines
  • Identify where 3rd party support will be required
Part 3 - Solution Requirements Document (SRD)

For Part 3 of our SD-WAN & SASE workshop, we’ll produce an SD-WAN or SASE Solution Requirements Document (SRD) that will capture all of the data collected in Part 2 of the workshop.

This document will be sent to you for comment and review. Once all the requirements have been agreed, we’ll work on creating an SD-WAN or SASE solution to meet your needs based on the SRD.

In addition, you’ll be able to use the SRD to guide decision-making when moving forward with your SD-WAN or SASE project.

Part 4 - Recommendation

At the conclusion of our SD-WAN & SASE Workshop process, we’ll have a clear understanding of your requirements and will produce a detailed SD-WAN or SASE solution recommendation.

Our recommendation will highlight how it meets your specific requirements. In the case that we’re presenting multiple solutions, we’ll rank each solution against your requirements, enabling you to make an informed decision.

In addition, we’ll create a set of actions and next steps, complete with who’s doing what and when. This may include:

  • Time in the Teneo SD-WAN lab to demonstrate how our solution meets your requirements
  • Building out a detailed SD-WAN or SASE business case
  • Moving to Proof of Concept, leveraging Teneo’s deep SD-WAN and SASE knowledge and experience

Teneo’s SD-WAN & SASE Workshop Service Value

  • Align your SD-WAN & SASE stakeholders

    In our SD-WAN & SASE Workshop, bring together collaborative representatives from Network, Applications, Infrastructure, VoIP/Telecoms, Cloud and Security teams. Usual group sizes range from 5-15.
  • Follow our proven methodology

    Our SD-WAN & SASE Workshop is designed around our proven methodology that focuses on business challenges and technical requirements.
  • Get a detailed review and assessment

    Covering all aspects of Technology, Processes, Systems and People, Teneo’s SD-WAN & SASE Workshop enables our team to provide you with a comprehensive review and assessment.
  • Leverage our years of experience

    Leverage our years of technical SD-WAN and SASE knowledge and practical, real-life SD-WAN and SASE experience to avoid pitfalls and plan how you’ll achieve SD-WAN and SASE success.

Service Outcomes

  • Capture, discuss and validate all stakeholder requirements.
  • Detailed Solution Requirements Document that can be used to aid decision-making.
  • Company-specific value assessment and ROI for adopting SD-WAN or SASE.
  • Access multiple SD-WAN and SASE solutions and complementary technologies.
  • Receive a recommendation document that addresses how different SD-WAN and SASE solutions can meet your requirements.
  • De-risk your SD-WAN or SASE project by choosing the right technology and delivery model based on SD-WAN & SASE Workshop outcomes.
  • Accelerate SD-WAN or SASE deployment and competitive advantage for your organization.

Case Study

Consumer Goods

Multinational Consumer Goods Organization

Find out how a multinational consumer goods organization’s journey to SD-WAN was supported by Teneo with an SD-WAN Workshop and Implementation services.

Supporting Services

WAN Value Assessment

Our WAN Value Assessment provides a rich analysis of the common challenges and costs of your traditional router-centric network.

We deliver a compelling justification for the future WAN architecture we’d most recommend based on your strategic, financial, and operational priorities.

SD-WAN Implementation

Our design and deployment experience ensures that your SD-WAN implementation is completed following best practice advice and guidance. And you get to choose how much involvement you want by selecting the services that suit your needs.

Work with our team to achieve faster deployment and minimized risk.

SD-WAN Managed Services

Get the most value from SD-WAN, faster and with minimum risk.

With our SD-WAN Co-Managed and Managed Services, you get to choose how much management control you want and select the service level that suits your needs.

Schedule a conversation

To get started with an SD-WAN & SASE Workshop, simply schedule a conversation with us today.