Digital CIOs need networks fit for the future
I met fellow CIOs back in October when I spoke at the CIO Leadership summit. It was clear that everyone in business, from the board to operational teams, is talking about cloud-based services and applications. They realize digital transformation is vital to competitiveness. And of course they’re right.
That means CIOs have to help teams choose the right tools. And they have to make sure organizations take opportunities in a coordinated, not scatter-shot way, and don’t end up with costly cloud chaos.
The key is a well-managed, secure network that performs well, gives customers a great experience and sets organizations up for success. It’s the ‘nervous system’, as a client puts it in the Digital CIO report.
But networks are complex, and many can’t keep up with demand. Sixty-five percent of organizations say their infrastructure is struggling to cope with digital technologies. Others are finding that hybrid networks are the way forward. Essential applications can run over private networks like IP or Ethernet, for instance, with other traffic on the public internet. It’s CIOs’ job to build the right hybrid. But CIOs are already busy – 29% say they have too many responsibilities, and 61% say they’re spending time on current IT systems, not planning future ones. Managing multiple clouds for documents, resource planning systems and collaboration software probably doesn’t help. Especially if they don’t work well together.
No wonder 43% of organizations want a single solution to manage the cloud centrally. Successful CIOs realize this will make networks easier to control, and develop.
And they can also take advantage of technologies like Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), bypassing costly hardware changes. These will help organizations connect easily and securely to any applications and data. CIOs can then get the performance they need. And they can control security and capacity, along with how new services link to existing infrastructure.
And with that extra control, customers, organizations and their people will see benefits like:
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Chris is the CIO for BT’s Global Services division, which provides networked IT services to some of BT’s biggest customers – located in more than 170 countries around the world. Leading a team of solutions architects, client service professionals and engineers specializing in delivering complex contracts, he’s responsible for driving innovation, transforming the business and delivering technical solutions to BT’s customers.
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