How dynamic is your network?

We have worked with a leading research organisation to understand the future network plans of global organisations.

You can compare your plans for your network to that global standard by completing some simple questions

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  • Your goals & priorities
  • Your current situation
  • Your technical needs

Please select at least one answer per question.

1.1 Which of the following are your key business priorities for the next 3-5 years?

1.2 What are your key drivers for network services?

1.3 Which of the following are your SD-WAN/NFV key objectives?

  • Your goals & Priorities
  • Your current situation
  • Your technical needs

Please select at least one answer per question.

2.1 Which of the following WAN technologies does your company currently have installed?

2.2 When does your company plan on making network changes to adopt SD-WAN, APM or NFV services?

2.3 What are the methods you are using in order to achieve your SD-WAN/NFV objectives?

2.4 Please rate how operationally flexible you are in the following areas:

(not flexible) 1 2 3 4 (very flexible) 5
Change Management
Adapting process changes
System changes
Implementing new software
  • Your goals & Priorities
  • Your current situation
  • Your technical needs

Please select at least one answer per question.

3.1 In what situations is your organisation looking to use internet connectivity in the future (replace and or new)?

3.2 Which features are most important to your company when purchasing SD-WAN?

Don't need Could Should Must
Video conferencing
Alerts / notifications
Hardware management
Disaster recovery
Security management
Network monitoring and reporting
Network reporting and escalation
Outsourced operations and management
SLA management
Service management
Customer portal
Hybrid WAN
WAN optimization

3.3 When considering NFV or VNF services, what type of functionality would you consider as part of your network deployment?

Don't need Could Should Must
WAN Optimization
Network Monitoring
Application performance monitoring & acceleration
LAN Services
  • Your goals & Priorities
  • Your current situation
  • Your technical needs

Your results

Thank you. We conducted research with over 150 global organisations to understand how quickly businesses have adopted, or intend to adopt new network technologies and opportunities.

Your answers allow you to see how your plans compare to the market. It is important to note that being ahead of or behind the market is not in itself a positive or negative outcome. Broader business priorities drive the adoption of network technologies, so moving too fast with one technology may not deliver the expected strategic advantage. Our aim is to ensure that our customers are quickly adopting the right technologies to drive their competitive advantage.

Read on to see your results (we've emailed you a link for future reference too).

You can go back and edit your answers if you wish.

How dynamic is your network?

A dynamic network is flexible, agile, and responsive to business needs. It combines robust technology with usability to create a system that quickly adapts to market conditions without introducing security risk.

Your score

4.5 / 5

Average of your peers

3.5 / 5

What drives your results?

Each question allows us to compare your current position against the average position of all the businesses we spoke to. Every organisation balances their approach and their pace of change on key business attributes. Performance, cost, security, and service will have variable importance depending on your sector, focus and current infrastructure.

Following this analysis, we can help you define your priorities, carrying out a deep analysis of your current objectives and network, assessing your technology options and creating a roadmap for implementation with you.

Your network maturity

How your approach to network transformation compares to your peers in the market:

Your network transformation more advanced than the market in these areas: You are in line with the market in the following areas: The market is more advanced in these areas:

        What next?

        The first thing to do is to reflect on what these results imply. In some cases, the rate of adoption may surprise you. In others, you will be further ahead than you might have thought. Although you may be ahead or behind the market with certain technologies, do these technologies represent a key area of focus for your business objectives? What do you need to review, where do you need to move forward and how do you move forward? We asked our independent analysts to make some broad recommendations for next steps based on your overall network maturity.

        First, interview all internal stakeholders to get an understanding of your business and technology requirements. Take a look at whitepapers and research into Dynamic Network Services use cases to identify quick wins. Monitoring the uptake of technologies by similar companies (this report will guide you to a certain extent). Then review your current network and connectivity costs and work with your service provider to establish the best way to identify the right pace of change, maximising the opportunity for change. If appropriate, look for a partner who can provide a stable core network, along with a roadmap to the latest network technology.

        These recommendations are based on your current state of adoption, and don’t address your specific business or industry. For a much more in depth look at your objectives and next steps, BT Advise can help you define a network technology roadmap for your business. Over a 4-10 week period (depending on complexity), we work with you through a four stage process.

        • Prioritise business objectives and define success. We facilitate a workshop – “Envisioning the future” and get a high-level understanding of existing technology capability
        • Discovery and insight into current network capacity and usage, assessing the current network, mapping current applications and analysing existing contracts.
        • Identify strategic options and projects, through some high-level architecture design, encompassing new technology approaches and identifying business opportunities.
        • Finally, we deliver a defined network project roadmap, outlining key benefits and risks.

        The final output is a blueprint for a future network that delivers the right support for your business strategy. Your Account Manager can arrange an initial discussion with BT advise to start the process.

        First, evaluate your technology and business capabilities against your current POC roll-out plan. There has been a lot of mergers/acquisitions in the industry; make sure you are aware and understand any impact on future plans. Next, assess technology options for security and WAN flexibility enablement; then review whitepapers and talk to analysts. Identify potential quick wins during a POC roll-out to demonstrate benefits, especially those around WAN. Look to work with a provider who can accelerate necessary change, while retaining core infrastructure, as well as delivering the latest network technology.

        Develop rapid POC assessment to get a picture of how your business aligns to your technological capabilities. Next, identify quick wins based on time-to-market and agility. As the organisation shifts to digital, establish which network/connectivity technologies will help improve customer experience – for example, web-load time or mobile support. Implement an ROI and TCO calculator to determine any opportunities. You’ll need to analyse security and automated provisioning and assess current technology to understand the readiness of your network and connectivity options. Work alongside your provider to make sure the pace of change of your network matches the needs of your digital objectives - and ensure you have the right partners for your transformational services. Look for those that can provide proven value.

        Draw together lessons learned from the POC and start mapping the critical areas to support full development. Next, work with vendors and analysts to establish market best practices and how they relate back to your business objectives. Review best practice for technology architecture design. Conduct a user-experience survey to see how satisfied users are at present.

        Review the use cases for zero-touch provisioning and the improvement of agility that may help open up any new market opportunities. It is key to have the right expertise and experience is in place to ensure any new technology works as a one network solution. Work with a provider who demonstrates the ability to invest in all areas of network development to make sure that demands continue to be met as your network evolves.

        Actively meet with technology vendors and providers to understand potential road maps that relate to your business objectives. Talk to industry analysts to establish the leading best practices and use cases. Next, identify any potential quick wins using new network and connectivity technology. Continue to drive trials and POCs with new use cases, while ensuring you’re maintaining the right balance of performance, cost, security and service. Work with a provider who can support your wider IT services that can keep up with your accelerated rate of change, particularly focusing on new security vulnerabilities and cloud options.