Gartner Research

Avoid These 'Bottom Ten' Networking Worst Practices

Published: 02 December 2015

ID: G00281958

Analyst(s): Danellie Young , Andrew Lerner , Vivek Bhalla


This research identifies ten common network "worst practices" that reduce availability, increase cost and/or delay service delivery. CIOs and senior infrastructure leaders should assume that some of these practices exist in their organizations and aim to mitigate or eliminate them.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • What's Tactically Right Can Be Strategically Wrong
    • Cultural
    • Functional/Operational
    • Financial


  • Recognize and Avoid the Worst Network Cultural Practices
    • Risk Aversion Stifles Innovation
    • Manual Network Changes
    • Limited Collaboration
  • Recognize and Avoid the Worst Network Operational Practices
    • Technical Debt
    • Outdated WAN Architecture
    • Lack of Visibility
    • Failure to Properly Survey the WLAN
  • Recognize and Avoid the Worst Network Financial Practices
    • Taking Questionable (and Costly) Advice
    • Vendor Lock-in
    • Overspending on WAN Services

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