Clearly, the state of the economy dominates much of the thinking amongst many enterprise customers.
But the state of their network infrastructure may not be far behind in their list of priorities.
Getting and keeping those networks fit for purpose is a crucial step forward in the battle to thrive rather than simply survive in a down economy. And when growth returns, we believe that the enterprise organisations best placed to capitalise will be those whose networks are optimised to master four principal challenges:
Mobile and remote working practices increase productivity and allow the best talent to deliver its full potential. Scaling and right-sizing the network to support the resulting proliferation of mobile devices needs a strategy and investment.
IT departments are operating with fewer people, lower budgets and bigger workloads. Automation can ease the pressure and keep the network fit for purpose.
Companies are running out of power and space. Consolidating existing resources will improve operational efficiency and reduce TCO.
4. Next Generation Security
Remote working, collaboration with external suppliers, social media and web-based services all offer tremendous opportunities. But they also bring significant risks. Enterprise organisations need to protect their networks with correspondingly robust security.