For CIOs investigating modernising their operations through automation, the network is a natural place to start. Today, 80–95% of network changes are performed manually — a huge drain on IT staff time, and a significant risk of introducing human error. When the network is the foundation for nearly every IT experience that your users and customers have, it’s important that it’s running as well as it can.
New research from IDG and Cisco, featuring CIO peer perspectives, gets inside the trend of “Intent-Based Networking”, or IBN. IBN is a relatively new model for networks that involves capturing business intent, translating that into network policy and configuration, automating changes, then analysing the result to assure that the intent has been followed.
The research puts the IBN trend in the context of the IT function’s situation and the most common drivers facing CIOs — specifically the shortage of IT talent and the rise of security threats. Adopters are seeing IBN as a way to reduce the burden on operations teams, and to apply and enforce security and compliance policies more consistently.
Check out the short paper (8-page PDF) here for data points and more insight, including seven recommendations to help you get started with an IBN strategy.
Of course, using analytics and automation to transform operations is a trend not confined to the enterprise network alone. Operations is becoming data-driven and automated across all technology domains, with sweeping implications for leadership, skills, innovation and the wider business. For unique data and insight into these areas and more, check out the Cisco IT Operations Readiness Index, based on a global study with more than 1,500 senior IT leaders.
Start here to find the full report and a self-assessment you can take to benchmark your own IT operations.