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EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

TRANSFORMING
ENTERPRISE IT
Adoption, Integration, and Investments

Enterprise IT is responding to digital disruption with a combination of investments in emerging technologies and improved
collaboration. They are also looking to solution providers to partner with in responding to the evolving business needs. Newer
technologies are driving positive transformation within the IT organization; however, during this period of disruption, IT must
remain vigilant in meeting the demands of the new IT models and technologies to drive business objectives.

THE NETWORK EVOLUTION


Transformative Technology, Connecting Enterprises & Individuals

1960s
Mainframe-Centric

1980s

2000s

Growth of the
Local Area Network
(LAN) & Arrival
of the PC

Rise of the
Smart Device

1970s

1990s

Arrival of the
Mini-Computer

Emergence of the
World Wide Web

2010s
Acceptance of
Cloud
Computing

TODAYS NETWORK IT &


EMERGING TECH DRIVING CHANGE

Internet of Things (IoT)


Potential within the Enterprise:

Driving Additional Spending:

A majority (56%)

More than one-quarter (28%)

of enterprises* have IoT on their


radar or are actively researching its
potential within their organization.

of Executive IT think IoT will drive more


spending, either through the collection of new
data or use of data that is already collected.

802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi


Demand for Access:

Adoption Rate:

47% strongly agree

75% of enterprises*

that it will be critical to keep up


with the demand for wireless access.

have adopted, are planning to


adopt, or are evaluating
adoption of Gigabit Wi-Fi.

Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

Top Benefits Enterprises Anticipate from SDN:

Active Interest:

1. Increased Network Flexibility

52% of enterprises*

2. Increased Customization of the Network

have SDN/network virtualization


on their radar or are actively
researching.

3. Faster Network Service Configuration & Delivery

Leveraging SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud) Technologies in the Enterprise


SMAC STACK INITIATIVES ON THE MINDS OF ENTERPRISE NETWORK IT

SOCIAL

20%

MOBILE

19%

DATA MANAGEMENT/ANALYTICS

17%

CLOUD

35%

ISSUES FACING ORGANIZATIONS


WITH EMERGING TECH INITIATIVES
Systems Integration
Data Control
Choosing the Best Architecture

IoT
IMPLEMENTATION
CHALLENGES

Ensuring Bandwidth/Capacity

Ensuring Wi-Fi Coverage


Throughout the Enterprise

WI-FI
OBSTACLES

Ensuring Wi-Fi Infrastructure


is Capable of Supporting
Evolving Demands

Partnership Opportunities Remain for Emerging Tech Initiatives:

57%

53%

of enterprises* are
unsure/have not identified
a specific vendor to
partner with on
their IoT initiative.

of enterprises* are
unsure/have not identified
a partner in their SDN
implementation plans.

SECURITY PERMEATES EVERY


ASPECT OF ENTERPRISE IT
Building a Secure Infrastructure Goes Hand-in-Hand with
Implementation of Todays Leading Edge Technologies
SECURITY INITIATIVES ARE TOP FOCUS FOR NETWORK IT

Executive IT

36%

Mid-Level IT

28%

IT Professionals

30%

Security Gets Top Budget Allocation


47% of organizations

overall plan to increase


funding towards security
over the next 12 months,
enterprises* rank higher with
50% anticipating an increase.

Top Security Related Challenges within the Enterprise


Network/Data CenterRelated Challenges

ProductivityRelated Challenges

35%

50%

General SecurityRelated Challenges

35%

Protecting Against
External Threats

Security/Privacy
Concerns

Protecting Against
Data Breaches/Leaks

EMERGING TECH:
CHANGING HOW NETWORK IT WORKS
Network IT is Already Changing
60% agree

80% agree

that collaborative teams are taking


control of the network, especially at
large companies.

that network personnel will need to take


on tasks that fall outside of their or are new
to the traditional role.

Embracing Change Has Positive Impacts:

55% agree

that their organization is prepared for


changes from new tech.

59% disagree

80% agree

that new tech trends are eroding


ITs influence.

that collaboration efforts


between teams are successful.

MEET THE IT DECISION-MAKERS


RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NETWORK
Network World reaches the individuals responsible for the digital nervous system of the connected enterprise: the network.

PURCHASE INFLUENCE:
Extends across multiple
technology focus areas with
average involvement in

JOB TITLE BREAKDOWN


Executive IT/Network Executive

18%

IT Management

39%

IT Professionals

29%

AVERAGE ANNUAL REVENUE:

Business Management

13%

$3.8 Billion

Other

1%

9 different tech
purchase areas.

AVERAGE ANNUAL IT BUDGET:

$106 Million
For additional research insights or more information
on how to engage with this influential audience,
reach out to the Network World team
*Defined as organizations with 1,000+ employees.
Source: Network World 2015 State of the Network Survey

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