Managed delivery systems are increasingly solving a host of data delivery problems and enabling companies to get more out of their networks, according to a new report by Aberdeen Group, a market analysis and positioning services firm.

The report entitled, “The Buyer’s Guide to Managed Delivery,” presents Aberdeen’s recommendations on how to evaluate the data, content and application delivery needs of a business application or corporate network; advice on how to select suppliers of product to meet those needs; and a comprehensive list of all known suppliers operating in this area.

“Managed delivery is about efficiency – doing more with current investments and economically connecting those investments with the business processes they support,” said Michael Hoch, research director in the Internet Infrastructure group at Aberdeen. “The majority of managed delivery solutions are incremental investments that can be easily justified by directly avoiding severe increases in application or network infrastructure.” The business benefits of managed delivery outlined in the report include:

  • Reduction of physical transfer costs or IT costs associated with data, content and application delivery in a business process.
  • Guaranteed delivery of information, similar to certified mail or “FedEx for the Web.”
  • Reduction of time in the production, manufacturing or design cycle in business processes that involve information movement.
  • Improvement in quality and costs of customer, employee and partner service and support.

The technical benefits include:

  • Reduction or avoidance of network costs.
  • Improvement of Web site, portal or application performance.
  • Increased control over network application activity.
  • Enabling design and deployment of new applications or services that were previously unfeasible.

For more information about "The Buyer’s Guide to Managed Delivery," visit

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