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Evolving Enterprise Networks for Future Initiatives - The Importance of a Lifecycle Approach


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The ICT industry is in the midst of a shift to a new technology platform for growth and innovation, a shift that occurs once every 20-25 years. IDC terms this the '3rd Platform' - built on mobile devices and apps, cloud services, mobile broadband networks, big data analytics, and social technologies.

By 2020, when the ICT industry reaches USD 5 trillion - USD 1.7 trillion larger than it is today - at least 80% of the industry's growth, and organisations' highest-value leverage of IT, will be driven by these 3rd Platform technologies. In addition, there'll be an explosion of new solutions built on the new platform and rapidly expanding consumption of 3rd Platform technologies in emerging markets.

Today, 3rd Platform technologies and the services around them generate only about 20% of all IT spending, but they are growing, collectively, at about 18% per year - six times the rate of the rest of the IT industry. As we look toward 2020, it's easy to see that these technologies will inevitably become the 80% of all IT spending.

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Evolving Enterprise Networks for Future Initiatives - The Importance of a Lifecycle Approach

  1. 1. Evolving Enterprise Networks for Future Initiatives: The Importance of a Life Cycle Approach Leslie Rosenberg IDC Network Life Cycle Services, Research manager
  2. 2. The ICT Industry's 3rd Platform From IT to Business Productivity 2 Source: IDC  Paradigm shift  Every 20–25 years  Winners and losers  Impact on vendors and channel  By 2020: 40% of revenue from 3rd Platform 3rd Platform Implications for CIOs ServicesSystems Business Agility IT Agility InnovationInformation
  3. 3. A Holistic View of IT, Networks and Applications  Increased network complexity due to the impact of the 3rd Platform • Mobile, Collaboration and Cloud impacts  Understanding workloads, capacity, velocity and security concerns are essential  Development of plan for network consistency and health • Leverage assessments to build an inventory of assets, ranking and status of devices and a roadmap for maintenance © IDC Visit us at and follow us on Twitter: @IDC 3
  4. 4. Increasing Visibility, Decreasing Risk  Investments in software and service automation ensure successful delivery on service levels to the business  Intelligent service platforms allow businesses to scale environments more quickly and profitably  Investment in assessment services will grow at a CAGR 7.2% in the US from 2013-2017 © IDC Visit us at and follow us on Twitter: @IDC 4
  5. 5. Leveraging a Life-Cycle Approach  Ensures alignment  Limits unnecessary network sprawl  Contains cost  Optimizes networks  Increases competitiveness  Reduces risk © IDC Visit us at and follow us on Twitter: @IDC 5 Services and Strategies:  Planning and Design  Consulting and Integration  Carrier Managed Services  Network Support  Partnerships Manage Build Plan
  6. 6. © Copyright Dimension Data 68 April 2014 Reviews the status of networks globally Aggregates data from the 233 Technology Lifecycle Management (TLM) Assessments conducted across the world in 2012 and compares them to the data from the past 5 years. Reviews networks’ readiness to support business by reviewing network device: • End-of-Life status • Security vulnerabilities • IOS Version Management Investigates architectural networking trends The Network Barometer Report looks at how ready networks are to support business Dimension Data Network Barometer Report
  7. 7. © Copyright Dimension Data 78 April 2014 time The Technology Lifecycle Management (TLM) Assessment discovers, catalogues and analyses network devices. Execute business and technical interviews Collect asset list and analyse to milestones Compare against maintenance asset listing Conduct a TLM assessment Discover Execute TLM assessment centralised service to automate discovery and analysis Create a prioritised set of recommend- ations and roadmap Align recommend- ations with long term architecture Analyse TLM assessment output and roadmap list of prioritised projects Construct Present the recommendations based on risk, cost and strategic factors Official report and onsite presentation of findings Present recommendations and roadmap Recommend
  8. 8. © Copyright Dimension Data 88 April 2014 The percentage of client networks that have entered the obsolescence cycle increased in 2012 Average % of devices beyond EoS by Region • This year’s results show that the overall percentage of devices that have progressed to EoS and beyond has increased steadily over the past 4 years.
  9. 9. © Copyright Dimension Data 98 April 2014 More even distribution of devices by lifecycle stage Milestone distribution of devices by end of life cycle stage • The percentage of devices that were only EoS has dropped from 70% in 2011 to 58% in 2012 • The percentage of devices that were ‘late’ in their product lifecycle increased, with EoE increasing from 8% last year to 23% this year and LDoS increasing from 9% last year to 18% this year.
  10. 10. © Copyright Dimension Data 108 April 2014 The Access Network – 80:20 moving to 20:80 !
  11. 11. © Copyright Dimension Data 118 April 2014 What does our discovery data say? 1/2 of all access switches support PoE 1/3of all access switches support GE 11% of all access switches support 10GB uplinks WLAN bookings growing at +30% pa