A digital transformation needs a future network

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What does the statement: digital transformation needs a ‘future network’ mean to you? You know that the network is fundamental to the success of your business. That it will underpin all your digital initiatives. But you also know that a future network isn’t built in a day, and neither is it the same for every organisation.

The CIOs and network managers I’ve had the pleasure of meeting are at different stages on their journeys. I’m sure you’ll recognise yourself in this spectrum. Some of you will be looking for pragmatic innovation as you make the most of recent investments and also chart a course to a more optimal future network. Others envision a ‘cloud-first revolution’ where you look to move more rapidly to a ‘pay-as-you-go’ model for network services.

These are exciting times and I feel privileged to be part of discussions which link network strategy and your organisation’s digital transformation.

The top five network strategy-related questions that I get asked:

  1. How to mix private and public connectivity to manage costs and achieve scale
  2. How to reliably and securely connect to cloud services when compliance and data-integrity are essential
  3. How to increase business agility and faster time-to-market through centralised control
  4. How to improve user-experience through visibility and control of business application performance
  5. How to enhance security and risk mitigation to avoid lost productivity

The top three ways you tell me that Digital Transformation will impact your network strategy:

  1. More of your people need to be connected on the move
    Business now gets done when and where it needs to be done. So your network needs to facilitate that in real-time, all of the time. Embracing and integrating a range of connectivity options is certainly a consideration.
  2. Your attack perimeters have expanded
    More connections and more public internet in your network mix means has cyber-criminals eager to take advantage. Centralised control, advanced security and network-embedded compliance capabilities were never more important to you. We’ve virtualised firewalls in our core, expanded our partnerships with other cloud security leaders & continued to evolve our threat monitoring solutions. A larger attack surface means that your security team must have a broader field of view.
  3. Your shift to cloud services
    Not all connections to cloud were created equal. You’re acutely aware that service reliability can’t be forgotten and that it’s not acceptable to have less control over user-experience. The co-existence of private and public bandwidth will serve a blend of performance guarantees and more capacity.

With digital transformation a priority for today’s businesses, and your corporate network at the heart of that, develop your thinking by reading our whitepaper: Dispelling the myth: future networks

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Steve Coakley


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