The networking field is changing fast. This year, several emerging technologies will fundamentally impact how businesses and their employees connect. The good news is that each technology also represents a solid opportunity to improve some aspect of how a company runs – from network efficiency all the way up to business models.
Digital and the delivery of digital services has become business critical. We see this across every industry, and in a new survey Riverbed conducted with 1,000 global business leaders, almost all were in agreement that implementing a digital strategy, maximizing its performance and doing it sooner, rather than later, is critical to their future success.
For today’s digital businesses, cloud-first transformation is in full effect. I think it’s obvious why this is happening—a cloud-first mindset enables unlimited scalability, agility, efficiency and more. This also goes hand-in-hand with the constant need for mobility and enabling employees, customers, and other users to be connected anywhere and anytime.
You might not always think of the network as a source of implicit funding, but when it comes to digital transformation projects, consider taking a closer look.
It’s no surprise that digital transformation remains top of mind for CEOs. As a recent Gartner CEO survey reported, 42 percent of CEOs are now taking a digital-first approach to business change, or taking digital to the core of their enterprise model.
In a previous post, I made the potentially controversial comment that SD-WAN will ultimately be a table stakes requirement for all (or at least most) connectivity solutions. And when it becomes an add-on to base connectivity, it will be seen less as a premium service and more as a component of a commodity service.