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The intelligent network can help CIOs face challenges

Anushkar Mohinani | March 27, 2012
The intelligent network will transform the role of the CIO, says Ovum.

In a new report, technology analyst firm Ovum, said that a dynamic network environment can enable the CIO (chief information officer) to face the challenges of delivering efficient and effective IT in a world where content and access within the enterprise are being democratised.

Ovum has forecasted that the number of smartphones in use will exceed 600 million in 2015. The enterprise network is being bombarded with a growing number of devices and sources of content, making the intelligent network more relevant than ever, said the firm in the report.

“In today’s organisation, the CIO has the hardest job,” said David Molony, the author of the report. “The pressure to do more with less has never been greater, both from within lines of business and from end users, and the evolution of technology will only add to the pressure on increasingly burdened CIOs,” added Ovum’s principal analyst.

“Provisioning new capacity to meet extra demand is only the first of many tasks for today’s CIO,” said Molony. “The rise of bring your own device (BYOD) is also bringing a new wave of security and cost pressures.”

A well-managed network can help CIOs satisfy ever-more demanding users, as well as meet the business targets set by the chief executive, according to Ovum.

The intelligent network has the capability to address mixed end-user and customer requirements, revealed the report.  It will manage traffic effectively, and offer CIOs a greater range of billing, payment, and cost management tools than ever before. The intelligent network will also promote on-demand distribution and consumption, and anticipate future requirements, said Ovum.

Ovum also said that an intelligent network can transform the role of the CIO. “IT will become decentralised, allowing the CIO to focus on innovation and aligning IT capabilities with business and user requirements to a greater degree than has previously been possible,” explained Molony.

In a truly dynamic network environment, the CIO is freed from project-by-project resource building and allocation, said Ovum in the report.


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