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Juniper Networks global study finds C-Suite underprepared for digital disruption

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Juniper Networks released global survey results from over 2,700 IT and business decision-makers (ITDMs and BDMs), revealing that companies are not prepared for the inevitable impact of digital disruption. Commissioned by Juniper Networks and conducted by Wakefield Research, the survey polled respondents from India, China, Singapore, Japan, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany. Three hundred respondents were polled in India, of which 200 were ITDMs and 100 were BDMs.

Key India specific highlights from the report include:

68% of BDMs surveyed believe that their company would perform better if the current C-Suite was more tech-savvy.
84% of ITDMs surveyed feel that the C-Suite at their company does not view the network as vital to company success.
52% of respondents in India have adopted SDN based technologies and 42% of the respondents have deployed SDN partially. In terms of adoption, India leads the race for regions that have already deployed SDN into their network infrastructure.
53% of respondents in India have predominantly adopted NFV based technologies into their infrastructure making India a close second to Australia.
79% of ITDMs and 72% of BDMs surveyed are excited about IT and network automation in India.
58% of ITDM respondents in India feel that it is likely that their company’s IT infrastructure would be an obstacle to accelerating a new product or service.

“For over 20 years, Juniper has partnered with customers to embrace business growth by investing in network innovation,” said Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper Networks. “True innovation requires an understanding of the value that technology delivers. Now more than ever, savvy technology investments are vital to maintaining a business advantage. The C-Suite doesn’t need to code, but leading a company strategy for growth requires a strong relationship between those who set the strategy and those who execute.”

More than half of the respondents (55% of ITDMs and 51% of BDMs) expect a new disruptive technology, product or service to be introduced to their industry within the next two years. However, IT departments aren’t feeling prepared for the changes ahead. Almost half (45%) of ITDMs surveyed believe a quarter or more of their IT workforce will not have the skills they need to succeed five years from now.

Nearly nine in 10 respondents (84% of ITDMs and 84% of BDMs) admit their organization would perform better if their current C-Suite were more tech-savvy. A lack of investment in IT creates a barrier to innovation, preventing business from keeping up with the pace of change and staying competitive. Nearly half of the respondents (46% of ITDMs and 50% of BDMs) expect it would take one or more years for their company to develop and support an improved product or service if challenged by a competitor.

Legacy infrastructure is slowing business growth. More than half of respondents indicated their company’s IT infrastructure would be very or somewhat likely to create an obstacle in accelerating a new product or service.

To remain relevant today, organizations need to address impending industry disruption by rethinking their IT approach to ensure they are investing in ongoing innovation. Market advantage is more likely to last when leadership stays at the forefront of technology innovation.

To stay ahead of the disruption curve, organizations should prioritize network automation investments. Study results show that both ITDMs and BDMs see IT and network automation as essential for their company’s future competitiveness.

ITDMs at companies that have adopted SDN report greater benefits and capabilities than they originally expected; respondents were most likely to report cloud interconnect, virtual data center and security automation as the business benefits of SDN adoption. ITDMs at companies that have adopted NFV reported greater benefits and capabilities than they originally expected; respondents were most likely to report that NFV adoption enables virtual security, virtual routing and WAN optimization.

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