Originally posted to Cloudscene

In a world that is driven by data and information, the ability to integrate and access these assets across an enterprise-wide network is proving to be more important, yet oftentimes more complex, than ever for businesses.

Congested networks are constricting enterprises’ ability to adopt new technologies such as Big Data, Machine Learning, IoT, augmented reality and more, which is prompting many to seek flexible network solutions that will facilitate their digital transformation.

Here, we gain insights from Unitas Global’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mary Stanhope, who pinpoints the challenges that existing networks pose for enterprise customers and their ability to digitally evolve, and sheds light on the Unitas solution for enhancing network flexibility through interconnection.

Assessing the congestion of enterprises’ networks

Enterprise users expect to access any application from anywhere at any time, but the often fragmented arrangement of their network is making it difficult to interconnect people, data, and information that is so widespread.

”People and data are more distributed than ever, and existing networks were designed with headquarter locations, people in single locations, and data in single locations in mind,” Stanhope says.

“Traditionally, the focus was more on communications and less about data, meaning that existing networks are generally less flexible in terms of supporting access to data, people, and information from anywhere,” she says.

Now, businesses are digitally transforming and looking to quickly solve specific problems using point solutions, which is exacerbating the fragmentation of these networks, which were not designed for moving data.

According to Stanhope, this lack of connectedness in the network is causing significant challenges for enterprises in terms of cost, network performance, and synergy, while network congestion is also acting as a bottleneck to the adoption of new technologies and capabilities.

In today’s extraordinarily competitive digital environment, these limitations are setting back businesses who aren’t pursuing opportunities to enhance the flexibility and agility of their network, making it increasingly difficult for them to thrive and remain competitive in the business world.

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