Whether it is the use of smartphones, laptops or tablets, a recent
survey by CommScope
shows that mobile devices are playing a larger part as game changers in
today’s businesses, as enterprise IT managers struggle to keep pace with
mobility’s dramatic effects on workplace productivity and requirements.
Meanwhile, cloud-based IT services and applications also have grabbed
the attention of those responsible for enterprise networks, according to
the CommScope study. While nearly three-fourths of respondents confirmed
they already are deploying some cloud-based applications, the shift to
the cloud is far from slowing.
The seventh edition of the CommScope Global Enterprise Survey, released
today, found that enterprise
mobility and cloud
services beat out infrastructure intelligence, 40/100GbE
and green power initiatives as the top challenges facing company
networks around the world. More than 1,100 IT professionals from 63
nations participated in the tri-annual research.
The survey found a noticeable gap between usage of mobile devices within
enterprise facilities and the capability of those buildings to enable
wireless traffic. According to the survey, an average of 43 percent of
all phone calls originating within an enterprise facility involves a
mobile phone, yet only 30 percent of these businesses say their
carrier-provided in-building signal coverage and capacity are sufficient
to handle the mobile traffic. This had more than three-quarters of
respondents admitting that employees had to roam around the office, or
even go outside, to get an adequate signal for a call.
“It’s clear from the survey that bring-your-own-device is a growing
trend and places a heavy demand on organizational infrastructure, while
weighing heavily on the minds of most network IT professionals,” said
Kevin St. Cyr, senior vice president, Enterprise Solutions at CommScope.
“The pace of mobility adoption by consumers—and thus the workforce and
company visitors—has outrun the infrastructure and practices in place
within enterprise facilities to support it. This also factors heavily
into the uptick in a majority of survey respondents confirming
deployment of cloud-based applications.”
Key findings from the CommScope Global Enterprise Survey include:
- Enterprise mobility: Forty-four percent of surveyed
participants see the widespread use of mobile technology as a
game-changer. About a third of respondents reported having a distributed
antenna system (DAS) deployed on site to support the indoor
wireless traffic, while another 36 percent reported no capability to
provide adequate indoor mobile coverage or capacity.
- Cloud services: Forty-four percent of surveyed respondents also
pointed to cloud
services as a top game-changer and expect that importance to grow.
While 21 percent currently rely on cloud technology to run more than
half of their applications, 52 percent believe that by 2017 more than
half of their applications will reside off-site in the cloud.
- 40GbE and 100GbE: Nearly a third of respondents indicated that 40GbE
and 100GbE would have a significant impact on their future
operations, with a majority citing the emergence of laser-optimized
multimode. There was also consensus among the respondents as to their
installation strategies for future data centers. Sixty-one percent of
operators favored a pre-terminated data center solution as opposed to
a field-terminated solution.
- Infrastructure intelligence: Nearly one in three of surveyed
participants mentioned the need for intelligent
infrastructure as an IT infrastructure game-changer. The key
driver, cited in 61 percent of the surveys, is the increasing demand
for greater productivity.
- Green, reliable power: Energy usage is still near the top of
many respondents’ minds. One-fourth of respondents indicated that
energy and green initiatives would be a game-changer over the next
five years. On average, respondents are looking to reduce energy
consumption by 18 percent; their strategies involve server
virtualization, consolidations and cloud computing.
The CommScope survey is conducted every three years, made available in
10 different languages and is online to maximize the number of
completions. The survey respondents represent a wide variety of industry
sectors. Thirty-five percent are involved in a technology or IT-related
business. IT professionals within the finance/banking,
industrial/manufacturing, education and government sectors accounted for
a combined 36 percent of responses.
“We are trying to capture what’s important to IT managers, and the
impact of trends in network planning and connectivity on the jobs they
do,” said St. Cyr. “This survey is part of our ongoing commitment to
fully understand our customers’ needs while getting a better perspective
on how they view and manage their evolving enterprise networks and data
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