AT&T Retail Infographic

Retail IT:

5 steps to fast-track your network transformation

 
An intelligent network

An intelligent network is vital to securing retail’s future success in the face of disruption.

 

Our research shows that IT leaders cannot afford to hang back in today’s fast-paced retail industry.

Adopt these 5 takeaways to confidently
drive network transformation.

1

Deal with technology blind spots

Are technologies that offer retailers huge operational
opportunities in danger of being overlooked?

Just 2 in 10

IT leaders expect to prioritize
investments in the next 3 years

Deal with technology blind spots
Deal with technology blind spots

Only 1 in 4

IT leaders say 5G is high priority

Deal with technology blind spots
2

Stay open to OA

Open architecture offers capabilities which IT leaders
say are critical to their future operations.

Stay open to OA

Nearly 8 in 10

say external APIs are a major focus
of their technology strategy

More than 4 in 10

say microservices will be a part of their network
in three years’ time, up from just over 1 in 4 today

Stay open to OA

Yet retail remains uncommitted
to open architecture.

Stay open to OA

Just over 2 in 10

are prioritizing investment in OA
over the next 3 years

Stay open to OAStay open to OA
3

Face up to future network
computing power needs

Face up to future networkFace up to future network

Nearly 4 in 10

say there will be no change to their network’s
computing power needs over the next three years

Yet retailers are prioritizing investments
in data-rich technologies

Face up to future network

more than

4 in 10
(45%)

Face up to future network

nearly

4 in 10
(38%)

Face up to future network

nearly

half
(49%)

Face up to future networkFace up to future network
4

Address SD-WAN concerns

Security concerns are a primary barrier to intelligent network transformation

Cybersecurity

concerns are stalling

6.6 in 10

retailers

Address SD-WAN concerns

Data privacy

concerns are stalling

6.1 in 10

retailers

Overcome these fears and SD-WAN could
pay security dividends

Address SD-WAN concernsAddress SD-WAN concerns

More than
half

believe SD-WAN’s main benefit
will be centralized security

Nearly
1 in 3

believe SD-WAN will enable more
surfacing of data to external
parties and users

Address SD-WAN concerns
Address SD-WAN concerns
5

Collaborate to roll out
your networking strategy

A lack of strategy and leadership is preventing successful
transformation from happening at pace.

Networking strategy

Only just over
1 in 4

CEOs are closely involved in
setting network strategy

More than
4 in 10

retailers lack a clear strategy
for transformation

Networking strategy
Networking strategy

2024

the earliest that all network
functions will be virtualized for
more than 4 in 10 retailers

Networking strategy