How Can Digital Transformation Revolutionize Networking?

How Can Digital Transformation Revolutionize Networking?

Lester D'Souza, Enterprise Networking Mag | Saturday, January 23, 2021

On embracing digital transformation, some existing networks were found to have limited ability to address cloud connectivity or access for mobile users.

FREMONT, CA: Digital transformation is an umbrella term that defines the method of using technology to modernize or revolutionize how services are delivered to the customers. Other than technology, people and processes generally undergo fundamental changes to reach the ultimate goal of substantially improving business performance. These transformations are viral and widely adopted that IDC estimates that 40 percent of all technology spending is now moving towards digital transformation projects, with the enterprises spending more than $2 trillion on their efforts in 2019. The process of digital transformation in every economy is different. Transforming an organizations marketing and sales processes with the help of machine learning to gather deep insights on every individual customer, or building an effortless experience throughout sales channels and redesigning distribution channels with an aim of providing the best products and resources to the customers, a digital-transformation project will be dependent on as well as have a massive impact on the enterprises' network infrastructure.

There was a survey of more than 1,300 IT professionals about the impact of digital transformation on their enterprise network. The study overlooked the networking and security priorities, and it was basically to identify if the enterprise network is ready for the digital era. It was noticed that in the absence of a network that delivers the right infrastructure with the right performance and security levels, the efforts put on a digital transformation could go in vain.

The enterprises are abandoning MPLS, and understanding the reason behind it, respondents were asked to rate a series of statements evaluating their perceptions of their networks' agility, performance, management and operations, and security so that it can be used in the future for any WAN transformation initiatives. With one exception, the respondents showcased lower confidence in their networks post-digital transformation. As the organizations are providing digital initiatives, they unveil the weaknesses in their existing networks, like a limited ability to address cloud connectivity or mobile user access.

To sum up, the digital transformation initiative can primarily alter the network traffic patterns, bandwidth requirements, security needs, and access locations. The changes will not be noticed until the project is fully deployed. IT organizations that want to be confident in their network's ability need to consider adopting cloud, mobility, and especially security while transforming their WANs today.

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