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Digital Transformation: Simplifying the Journey

April 01, 2019

Network flexibility and bandwidth are essential to successful digital transformation. A recent survey indicates that many enterprises are turning more to managed services to simplify the effort and supplement IT skills.

It’s increasingly apparent that networking is an essential key to digital transformation. You can’t get from here to there without a flexible network infrastructure and fast, reliable connectivity that can effectively utilize IT assets spanning on-premises and cloud environments.

A recent survey indicates that many enterprises are turning more to managed services to simplify the effort and supplement IT skills. Legacy networks can go only so far in meeting business needs for digital transformation. Older technology is difficult to quickly adapt to new demands, and achieving scale is costly. Often decision-makers have little visibility into the full extent of their network architecture.

An IDG Research Services QuickPulse survey of 51 IT decision-makers revealed three almost equal groupings:

  • A third are fully committed and have made the necessary network investments to achieve digital transformation goals.
  • Another third want to get there but need to pay more attention to the basic plumbing—including adding networking capabilities and investing in networking technologies to include software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WANs).
  • The final third have not yet committed and are limited in their network access capabilities and WAN technologies, which, in turn, is limiting their ability to take advantage of cloud services.

And when asked what the top three priorities are for achieving their objectives, network flexibility, high-speed connectivity, and the cloud were each ranked by 67% of participants. Close behind, at 63%, was managed services.

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