Avoid These 'Bottom 10' Networking Worst Practices

Foundational Refreshed: 05 April 2019 | Published: 04 December 2017 ID: G00343352

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This research identifies common network "worst practices" that reduce availability, increase cost and/or reduce network agility. Senior I&O leaders responsible for network infrastructure should assume that some of these practices exist in their organizations, and mitigate or eliminate them.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • What's Tactically Right Can Be Strategically Wrong
      • Cultural
      • Design and Operational
      • Financial
  • Analysis
    • Avoid the Worst Network Cultural Practices
      • Excessive Risk Avoidance
      • Manual Network Changes and Lack of Automation
      • Network Silo-ism
    • Avoid the Worst Network Design and Operational Practices
      • Technical Debt
      • Lack of a Business-Centric Network Strategy
      • WAN Waste
      • Lack of Visibility
      • Inadequate WLAN Planning
    • Avoid the Worst Network Financial Practices
      • Taking Questionable (Often Biased) Advice
      • Vendor Lock-In
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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