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Cisco Research Shows IT Eager to Adopt Artificial Intelligence, Intent-based Networking

SAN JOSE, California, Oct. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

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News Summary:

  • In a survey of over 2000 IT leaders and network strategists, Cisco found maximizing businesses value to be IT's number one priority, demonstrating a desire to drive greater innovation and closer alignment to business strategy.
  • In order to achieve this, organizations are moving their networks towards intent-based networking and investing in AI technologies.
  • IT leaders expect new wireless technologies, AI and IoT to be the biggest network disruptors in the next five years.

The network is vital to today's digital business. Whether maximizing employee productivity, optimizing customer experience or keeping data protected and secure, the network is foundational to business success. At the same time, the network is in the midst of one of its biggest evolutions since the introduction of the Internet, creating an opportunity for IT leaders and their teams to innovate. Cisco asked over 2000 IT leaders and network strategists how they plan to prioritize investment and the current state of their networks.

"IT teams today are running complex mission critical networks that are increasingly capable of providing rich data. But using that data to improve the operations, security, or business impact of the network requires new tools. That's why IT teams are embracing intent-based networking, AI and machine learning — because the business demands it," said Scott Harrell, SVP and GM, Cisco Enterprise Networking. "AI will help IT break the cycle of maintaining the status quo. By embracing predictive analytics and AI-based operations, IT teams will pivot from being consumed with maintaining the status quo to becoming an enabler of new business innovation."

Key findings from the Global Networking Trends Report and Survey include:

  • IT leaders expect new wireless technologies, IoT and AI-enabled operations, threat detection and remediation to have the biggest impact on their network strategy and design over the next five years.
  • The top priority for global IT leaders and network strategists is to maximize the business value of IT and more closely align to business needs.
  • Intent-based networking is coming, allowing organizations to build on their software-defined networking foundations.
  • IT leaders and strategists are ready to embrace AI and automation.
  • IT operations are struggling to move from reactive to proactive, hindering their ability to become more aligned to their business.
  • IT leaders and strategists aren't concerned about a skills gap.

The complete Cisco Global Networking Trends Report
The complete Cisco 2020 Global Networking Trends Report is available to download click here. It is Cisco's inaugural report on the state of the evolution of enterprise networking. It brings together research from across Cisco, including guidance from our leaders, fellows, and distinguished engineers. The report also includes insights from the Global Networking Trends Survey of over 2000 IT leaders and network strategists to better understand their network's current state as well as their future network aspirations.

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