Also, the success of an IT project should not be determined on how much money it saves; cost savings are hard to calculate unless all the specific variables and cost inputs are known and can be measured both before and after deployment. In fact, it's always been my belief that, with the WAN, if an organisation really wants to save money and nothing else, then let the contract expire and hammer your service provider for bigger savings. In this competitive environment, that will yield at least 5 percent-10 percent.
The true value of an SD-WAN is that it makes the network dynamic and agile and enables an organisation to compete at digital speeds. This becomes particularly important as IT becomes network-centric in an era that is highly mobile and cloud-first. This shift means that organisations that want to leverage mobile and cloud as part of their digital strategy must also consider the network. A slow, static network means digital strategies will fail. A dynamic, agile network means the business can implement new strategies quickly.
The network is at the centre of digitisation - where are you?
Common wisdom may say that moving to new technologies like SD-WAN creates some business risk. In this case though, with the network being at the centre of digitisation, it's risker not to move - and that's something all business leaders should be considering.
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