The strain on our networks keeps increasing. Intelligent networks provide many of the answers organisations need if they are to stay competitive.
Today we live in a world of hyper-convergence, where there is a huge increase in consumerisation of business IT. There is an ever growing use of cloud services and a booming need to reach out to new markets and globalise to compensate for the return of high uncertainty and low growth economic environment driving more for less.
In this environment the intelligent network is becoming more relevant than ever.
The enterprise network is being bombarded. There are a multitude of personal devices, including smartphones, tablets, and e-readers. Hence it is obvious that in the future the network needs to take on a new dimension which is more than resilience, reach, speed and latency.
What the intelligent network means for CIOs
The need for intelligent networks has two direct impacts on the business. The network is now a key delivery mechanism for the distribution of information and applications around the organisation. However, what if the traditional corporate network is no longer the network preferred by end-users? More and more users wish to use their personal device to connect to corporate resources.
The first job of the CIO is to ensure access for all qualifying employees and customers from anywhere and at any time. On top of this they need to secure, analyze, and prioritise the use of personal devices. As user demand continues to escalate rapidly a new wave of cost pressure will make new budget management options necessary.
Now, if the network is intelligent, it becomes an asset. An intelligent network has the capability to address mixed end-user and customer requirements and manage traffic across a heterogeneous set of access points and underlying transport bearers. Users can even develop
their own applications in the network, which will manage and prioritise their use. An intelligent network promotes on-demand distribution and consumption – to the right person at the right time – and is business-ready, anticipating future requirements.
Read all about intelligent networks here. The BT Connect portfolio is about giving you and your network the tools you need to maximise your resources, and BT Connect IQ gives you the power to benchmark your network’s level of intelligence so you know where you stand, and can get the best out of the capacity you have.