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Cloud, Security Top Priorities Says IDG

By Maurice Nagle February 05, 2016

Long gone are the days of Nick Burns, your company’s computer guy. IT as a whole is in the midst of a digital transformation, moving away from rigid hardware to more flexible virtual environments able to scale on a whim. This week, IDG Enterprise released its “State of the Network 2016”, which provides an inside peak at trends within today’s digital transformation.

The report explained how new technology is influencing the role of network professionals, highlighting that 91 percent of respondents from the enterprise feel the demands of IT have become more rigorous, and moving forward greater levels of collaboration amongst IT, the network management team and the executive level (CIO) is crucial to drive innovation and achieve company objectives.

“The network has always been the backbone of the enterprise,” said Brian Glynn, chief revenue officer of IDG Enterprise. “We are now seeing the team behind the network taking a larger role in IT strategy and collaboration across the business, which is important as companies continue to respond to digital disruption, drive innovation around emerging tech, and digitally transform their business.”

 Innovation is greatly impacting the network. Nearly 70 percent of respondents believe cloud computing will give a firm’s networking team a more strategic role, and coupled with the growing adoption of software defined networking (SDN) the future may appear complex but simplicity via automation and flexibility is the name of the game.

Just shy of 40 percent of respondents noted an IT budget remaining the same for 2016, while more than half of those surveyed see an increase over the next 12 months. The reason, well there are several: network speed and performance, data security, data storage and the cloud.

Mitigating risk and ensuring security must remain mission critical for 2016. Sure, the need for speed is a thrill. And who doesn’t love a high performing network? But, without the proper security in place the enterprise is waiting to be the headline—or punchline for that matter.

 The future is software based, with its head in the clouds. The complete report can found HERE. For those curious to see how this transformation is taking place it is certainly worth the read.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere
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