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Healthcare IT:

Network transformation: no time to waste


IT leaders know they need to modernize their networks and deploy intelligent infrastructure. Most are early in the journey, and many are unsure of the paths to follow. Here are 5 clear lessons from our research that can guide IT operators as they embark on their journey:

An intelligent network

Modernize now

Operators are deploying advanced technologies, but IT leaders
have doubts that their networks can currently support them.

Modernize now

Less than 1 in 5 (18%) believe their network can reliably support AI use cases today, and 1 in 5 (20%) say the same about robotics†

More than half

(51%) say their networks can
support IoT use cases at best
“to some extent”†

Modernize now
Modernize now

Build a roadmap

Companies risk future network chaos without a clear strategy
for digital transformation, but only a few have developed one.
In the next 3 years:

More than 6 in 10

(63%) will deploy edge computing,
and nearly 4 in 10 (38%) SD-WAN
in their networks; more than
1 in 10 (16%) will also start
deploying 5G technology†

Build a roadmap
Build a roadmap
Build a roadmap

But less than 1 in 10 (8%) have
developed a clear strategy to
guide the transition†

Build a roadmap
Build a roadmap

Embrace open architecture

Networks must be ready to support open standards and open
forms of innovation.

Utilization of external
APIs will be a major
focus for more than
7 in 10

(72%) of IT leaders†

Embrace open architecture
Embrace open architecture

But Under

1 in 5 (19%) are making open architectures
an investment priority over the next 3 years†

Embrace open architecture
Build a roadmap

Power up the network

Computing power needs are certain to grow, but many organizations
are not planning for it. IT leaders must configure their networks to be
able to cope.

Power up the network

Almost 4 in 10

(39%) respondents expect no
change to their computing
power requirements over the
next 3 years

Power up the network

Get the security balance right

Anxieties about cybersecurity should not deflect organizations from
deploying intelligent infrastructure.

Get the security balance right

Nearly 2 in 3 (65%) cite
cybersecurity concerns
among the top 3 barriers
to network migration†

Embrace open architecture

Nearly Half

(49%) though, believe a top
SD-WAN benefit is the ability
to centralize security†

Get the security balance right