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How to turn your network into a strategic asset

Wilson Lai, Technical Director, Asia-Pacific and Japan, Extreme Networks | April 24, 2015
Wilson Lai, Technical Director, Asia-Pacific and Japan from Extreme Networks discusses how organizations can be empowered to turn the network into a strategic business asset with network analytics.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

It comes as no surprise that organizations today are progressively leveraging mobility for business transformation. Organizations can no longer ignore the proliferation of mobile devices in the workplace, not with the growing momentum of the trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). In fact, Gartner notes the high device penetration in Asia Pacific, and projects that 1.2 billion units of devices will be shipped in 2015.

According to another study on enterprise mobility by IDC, there has been an upsurge of investments undertaken by organizations on mobility adoption - with an average of over 70% of survey respondents acknowledging the implementation of mobility initiatives by their organizations.

Yet, enterprise mobility encompasses more than just the mobile device. In order to provide access to data from any device, the application landscape has shifted from merely installing and maintaining traditional applications (apps), towards private and public cloud based delivery offerings such as SalesForce.com, Google Apps, and many more.

With the flexibility and agility that comes about in this new application world, businesses are faced with a new set of challenges that often center on a lack of visibility and control. Here, Wilson Lai, Technical Director, Asia-Pacific and Japan from Extreme Networks discusses how organizations can be empowered to turn the network into a strategic business asset with network analytics.

Making the unknown known

In order to support new work efficiencies on mobile devices, new apps are being developed and showing up every day. However, how are organizations able to differentiate between which apps are truly critical and those that have no real business value? By deploying analytical capabilities in the network, the seemingly unrelated and detailed information can be transformed, to give meaningful, business-relevant intelligence.

Additionally, to ensure that investments are being fully maximized, network analytics can facilitate the understanding on the adoption and usage of apps in the organization. Having the right information about apps in the network - where users go first, how long they stay, what apps are being used, what websites they visit and at what times of the day - is essential. With access to information about application usage by device type and the flow of users, organizations stand to benefit from being able to make more informed decisions that provide value to all lines of the business.

 

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