2016 State of the Network Study

Technology Adoption Trends & Their Impact on the Network

Purpose and Methodology
Survey Sample
Total Respondents

301

Margin of Error

+/- 5.7%

Audience Base

Network World Online

Survey Goals
• To pinpoint where IT executives and professionals are with
initiatives within existing and emerging technologies.
• To help technology marketers inform their product development,
marketing, and messaging strategies for 2016.

Survey Method

2

Collection

Online Questionnaire

Number of Questions

33 (w/demographic questions)

Source: 2016 State of the Network Study, Network World

Network IT Grows More Challenging—and More Critical to the Business

Q: Please rate your level of agreement with the following statements. (Strongly Agree/Agree)

3

Source: 2016 State of the Network Study, Network World

Network IT is Evaluating & Recommending Vendors Across
Multiple Tech Areas
Involvement for Each Stage of the
Purchase Process by Technology Area

Determine
Determine
the Business
Technical
Need
Requirements

Evaluate
Products/
Services

Recommend
& Select
Vendors

Sell
Internally

Authorize/
Approve

Application Development

42%

43% 2

50% 1

41%

28%

42%

Cloud Services (PaaS, IaaS)

51%

50%

59% 1

58% 2

34%

47%

Compliance

47% 2

49% 1

44%

43%

25%

44%

Computing Hardware

51%

57% 1

56% 2

56% 2

24%

40%

Data Center

53% 2

51%

53% 2

56% 1

26%

36%

Data Management/Analytics

51% 1

40%

46%

38%

28%

47% 2

Data Storage

57% 2

57% 2

61% 1

57% 2

30%

43%

Database

52% 1

47%

49% 2

48%

33%

44%

Intranet/Internet

53%

53%

56% 1

54% 2

28%

40%

IT Governance

50% 1

44%

42%

45% 2

32%

42%

IT Operations

52%

54%

53% 2

57% 1

26%

33%

Network Security

49%

56% 2

57% 1

56% 2

25%

38%

Network/Systems Management

53%

53%

56% 2

58% 1

25%

38%

Programming/Sys Analyst/Architect

51% 2

49%

52% 1

46%

30%

46%

Software (Including Software-as-a-Service)

47% 2

43%

52% 1

45%

33%

45%

Systems Engineering

50% 2

49%

56% 1

46%

28%

43%

Telecommunications

54%

55% 2

60% 1

55% 2

29%

43%

BOXES INDICATE TOP 2 RESPONSES.

Q: How are you involved in the purchase process for each of the following technology areas?

4

Source: 2016 State of the Network Study, Network World

Enterprise IT Balancing Multiple Network Initiatives
43%

SDN/Network Virtualization

7%

37%

Infrastructure as a Service

20%

9%

23%

Storage Virtualization

33%

Tier 1 Application Virtualization

33%

Tools to Gauge Application Performance

33%

9%

27%

32%

12%

22%

Application Migration to SaaS Providers
Data Management/Analytics

30%

Application Centralization

29%

13%

8%

WAN Optimization

27%

9%

Tools to Optimize Application Performance

27%

8%

Network Security Monitoring

25%

Data Center Energy Efficiencies

25%

Server Consolidation

15%

On the Radar/Actively Researching

12%

Source: 2016 State of the Network Study, Network World

20%
19%

12%
32%

30%
6%

27%

37%
26%
30%

Installed/In Production

Q. Which of the following best describes your organization’s plans with respect to the following network/data center initiatives? (1,000+
Employees)

5

16%

8%

39%
Piloting

31%

17%

23%

11%
9%

20%

3%

29%

9%

24%

Desktop Virtualization

24%

11%

32%

12%

18%

8%

31%

10%

25%
12%

28%

12%

25%

6%

25%

9%

28%

Data Center Storage Efficiencies

4%

19%
9%

7%

30%
13%

22%
26%

Upgrading/Refining

11%
No Plans

Cloud Pervasiveness Offers Both Complexity and Opportunity
Cloud will add complexity and difficulty for the networking team (e.g. more
skills to learn)

70%

Cloud will allow the networking team to broaden their technology
knowledge and become more valuable

67%

Cloud will alter the structure of the networking team

60%

<1,000: 55%
1,000+: 66%

Cloud will alter the collaboration patterns between the networking team
and others in the IT organization

60%

<1,000: 57%
1,000+: 66%

Cloud will enable the networking team to play a more strategic role within
the organization

Cloud will free up IT/networking staff

57%

<1,000: 53%
1,000+: 64%

43%

Q: Please rate your level of agreement with the following statements regarding the impact of cloud computing on the networking team at
your organization over the next 12 months. (Strongly Agree/Agree)

6

Source: 2016 State of the Network Study, Network World; 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey

Moderate Impact on Network Security Strategy Due to Cloud

40%
30%
25%

25%
20%

15%

13%

13%

12%
8%

Network security strategy will
require a complete overhaul

Network security strategy will
require moderate changes

Network security strategy will
require a few tactical changes
1,000+

Network security strategy will not
change at all

<1,000

Q: How will cloud impact your organization’s network security strategy over the next 12 months? AND Q: What are the top security-related
challenges and obstacles that your organization is facing?

7

Source: 2016 State of the Network Study, Network World

Not Sure

SDN Future Plans Shift from Research to Installation

Q.: Which of the following best describes your organization’s plans with respect to Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology today and
12 months from now?

8

Source: 2016 State of the Network Study, Network World

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