Business managers will be increasingly focused on maximizing business value from their IT investments in 2006, according to NUVO Network Management.
Trends NUVO sees in 2006 include the following:
Accelerated adoption of IP telephony (IPT): One of the main factors driving IPT adoption is the shrinking lifespan of communications products and services. Many companies are ready to replace their aging PBX systems. Cost savings from routing voice and data over a converged network are attractive, as is the possibility of providing easier access to information and improving employee productivity. In the mid-market, especially, companies already possess the requisite Internet and high-speed network infrastructure to enable them to take advantage of the new IPT systems.
Focus on IT security management: IT security will continue to occupy the attention of business leaders in 2006, as they try to get a grip on effectively ensuring the security of their IT infrastructure. Some of the drivers continue to be regulatory compliance (Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, etc.), anti-spam and e-mail filtering, remote worker accessibility and security, and intrusion prevention measures.
Steady deployment of wireless networking: Hand-in-hand with the deployment of IP systems is a growing interest in wireless networking, the next IT wave. Analysts forecast at least 65 percent of companies will deploy at least one wireless application by 2007 as the technology matures and prices become more affordable. One of NUVO's customers, a leading health-services provider, is already in the process of transitioning to a wireless network to improve the quality of patient care it can provide.
Improved understanding of IT performance, system-wide: Business today increasingly relies on IT infrastructure for competitive advantage. But that infrastructure is a complex maze of switches, routers, servers, and other devices and applications. Monitoring individual devices or parts of the systems does not adequately answer questions of how the system is performing and how well it is meeting corporate service objectives. Over and over again, customers are looking for a solution that gives them a comprehensive overview of all their systems, alerts them to service-impacting issues, and provides proactive analysis for capacity planning and service-level performance.
Implementation of service-oriented architecture: Service-oriented architecture (SOA) provides patterns for design, development, deployment and management of a loosely coupled business application infrastructure. Because it enables cross-platform integration, business leaders are finding it to be an effective way of integrating the disparate systems and applications that have been built up over time within their enterprises. The benefits of SOA include cost-savings and efficiencies, improved capacity for innovation, and greater agility by connecting processes and information across organizational boundaries.
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