ESG Brief: Challenges Hindering Network Infrastructure Evolution

Abstract:

IT is constantly trying to improve its agility and responsiveness in an effort to provide a more cloud-like experience for users, but is often held back by infrastructure, specifically network infrastructure. What are the biggest challenges facing networking teams as they look to maintain what’s already in place while simultaneously evolving the network with new technologies? ESG’s research indicates that organizations are still plagued by budgetary constraints and challenges related to implementing effective network security measures, while also struggling to provision network services for new or upgraded applications.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: The Increasing Business Value of Network Infrastructure

Abstract:

The initial—and typically de facto—party to blame for any IT outage is the network. As a result, the network is perceived to be a problematic burden rather than a strategic resource and is subsequently derided as being a cost center. However, in a time when organizations are increasingly leveraging cloud computing services and pursuing initiatives like digital transformation and IoT, the network is more important than ever.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Data Management Networking

ESG Channel Survey: Modern Partner Enablement Trends

Abstract:

The objectives of this channel survey were to identify current trends and needs for effective partner enablement today, and determine how IT vendors should modernize their partner enablement programs and delivery from the ground up. ESG surveyed channel partners that sell into mid-size and enterprise organizations--38% IT value-added reseller, 36% managed services provider, 20% cloud services provider, 4% national or global systems integrator, 2% local or regional systems integrator. Survey respondents represented small, midmarket, and enterprise companies.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Converged Infrastructure Cybersecurity Data Management Data Protection Enterprise Mobility Networking Storage Systems Management Channel

ESG Brief: Blockchain - Appearing on IT's Ledger

Abstract:

Research conducted by ESG reveals that a healthy number of IT organizations are at least testing the waters of blockchain technology, especially in verticals like financial services, telco, and transportation. As organizations look for ways to leverage blockchain to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs by leveraging a secure, decentralized platform that can help eliminate the middle man of transaction-based aspects of their business, continued proof points across verticals will go a long way to simplify the core concepts and clarify the benefits that organizations can achieve through the disruptive technology in their specific businesses.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Data Management Data Protection Enterprise Mobility Cybersecurity Networking Storage Converged Infrastructure Systems Management

ESG Brief: IoT’s Impact on the Network

Abstract:

As IoT devices play an increasingly important role in tracking supply chains, enabling smart cities, and delivering a differentiated shopping experience, it will be imperative to ensure your network and operations teams can handle the increased demand. Understand what your peers are reporting as the biggest impact of IoT on the network and operations and begin to ask the appropriate questions to ensure successful IoT initiatives and activities.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking Enterprise Mobility

ESG Research Report: 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 651 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ 2017 IT spending as well as their 2018 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

Topics: Cloud Platforms & Services Converged Infrastructure Cybersecurity Data Protection Enterprise Mobility Networking Storage Systems Management Data Management IT Spending Intentions

ESG Brief: Perspectives on Readiness for and Impact of GDPR

Abstract:

With the May 2018 deadline a mere four months away, are organizations ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? According to ESG research, there is still work ahead. Many firms aren’t completely prepared and may have to make incremental technology purchases for GDPR compliance over the next few months. Furthermore, organizations need to button down their incident response plans so they are prepared to report breaches to supervisory authorities within 72 hours as stipulated by GDPR. To address the many GDPR challenges ahead, ESG recommends focusing on areas like data discovery/classification, identity and access management, encryption, and IR planning.

Topics: Cybersecurity Cloud Platforms & Services Converged Infrastructure Data Protection Enterprise Mobility Networking Storage Systems Management Data Management

ESG Master Survey Results: 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on 2018 IT budget trends, technology initiatives and priorities, year-over-year spending change (overall and by technology), hiring/staffing trends, and cloud adoption/usage.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure Networking Data Protection Storage Cybersecurity Cloud Platforms & Services Systems Management Enterprise Mobility IT Spending Intentions

ESG Master Survey Results: IT Plans and Priorities for Remote and Branch Offices

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the IT priorities and challenges when it comes to supporting the technology requirements of remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations, and how organizations plan to address those challenges.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure Networking Data Protection

ESG Brief: The Role of SD-WAN in Network Modernization

Abstract:

SD-WAN is a rapidly evolving solution with providers from traditional branch router vendors, WAN optimization vendors, and specialist SD-WAN firms. With that in mind, ESG surveyed networking decision makers about their organization’s plans for or interest in the technology, as well as the factors fueling those considerations.

Topics: Networking