Laying the Foundation for Digital Transformation with Autonomous Networking

Lisa Yeaton Senior Specialist, Social Media Published 23 May 2019

“85% of the companies interviewed believe better use of technology would help their company achieve competitive differentiation in 2019.” – Lopez Research

Today, digital transformation moves at an unprecedentedly rapid pace. Each day is moving faster than the previous. As a result, IT must shorten the technology adoption cycle, deliver meaningful insights, and build upon existing solutions. Leading enterprises will build hyper-adaptive organizations capable of evolving continually to meet the shifting demands of the market.

It’s incumbent upon IT to evaluate and integrate new technologies on a continuous basis. Hyper-adaptive businesses must create responsive infrastructure services by bringing together mobile, cloud computing, autonomous networking, and artificial intelligence.

Meanwhile, IT leaders face the need to build a roadmap that clearly defines how numerous technologies can work in tandem as a flexible foundation for service delivery. The cornerstone for success: an intelligent, autonomous network.

Supporting Digital Transformation by Delivering Right-Time Experiences

An autonomous network infrastructure gives IT the power to deliver on digital transformation initiatives with Right-Time Experiences (RTEs). An RTE is a set of infrastructure and solutions that provide employees, customers, and business partners with the right information at the right time on an end user’s device of choice. Consider healthcare, for instance: hospitals are working to improve patient care by connecting data from medical equipment into patient care applications in real time.

RTEs rely on an autonomous network to successfully deliver contextual, adaptive, learning, and predictive services. Autonomous networking solutions can deliver contextual experiences by collecting, analyzing, and responding to new types of data. This information makes it possible for an organization’s applications to adapt to changing conditions in real time.

3 Key DX Benefits of Autonomous Networking

Autonomous networking brings together the latest advances in storage, big data processing and AI with networking to deliver new capabilities to the business. Lopez Research defines Autonomous Networking as “A network that runs with minimal to no human intervention.”

Software allows the network to configure, monitor, and maintain itself independently, according to a set of business objectives orchestrated across a network through policies. Autonomous networks are also often referred to as self-driving or intent-based, built to give IT the wherewithal to anticipate network problems, automate mundane tasks, and optimize end-user and customer experiences. Embracing autonomous networks helps IT meet digital transformation demands by:

1. Improving performance in a world run by connected devices

“Nearly two-thirds of the companies surveyed are experiencing network performance issues related to supporting the influx of mobile devices in the workplace.” – Lopez Research

An exponential number of mobile and IoT devices are being added to the network, from wearables to tablets. Volume, variety, and mix of traffic are changing what administrators are responsible for managing on the network.

2. Minimizing security threats in a dynamic landscape

“More than 65% of the companies surveyed strongly agreed with the statement “Our organization struggles with the security and management challenges related to supporting a mobile workforce.” Additionally, 75% of the IT leaders said security concerns stalled IoT deployment efforts.” – Lopez Research

The security threat landscape is becoming increasingly risk-laden, and it changes constantly. The autonomous network helps IT and security operations teams prevent security breaches by defining profiles of normal network behavior across a wide range of devices, detecting anomalous behaviors, and taking actions to automatically remediate the issue. 

3. Eliminating mundane work

To successfully digital transform an enterprise, IT has to transcend replicating existing processes for configuration, optimization, and troubleshooting. Autonomous networks enable administrators to work on high-impact, high-value tasks by automating mundane tasks and redirecting focus.

Read the Lopez Research’s White Paper, Autonomous Networks Lay the Foundation for Digital Transformation, to get the full details on how autonomous networking accelerates digital transformation, and what to look for in an autonomous networking solution. 

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