Gartner Research

Creating a Business-Relevant Network Strategy

Published: 05 January 2016

ID: G00294550

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Tim Zimmerman


Strategic network planning is essential to meet the challenges associated with initiatives like cloud, mobility and IoT while maintaining security and reducing costs. Senior networking leaders can use this research to align network and business goals in a business-relevant networking strategy.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Use Business Strategy — Not Technology — to Drive Network Strategy
  • Build a Network Strategy That Includes Current State, Future State, Gap Analysis and Action Plan
    • Business and IT Drivers
    • IT Environment
    • User Environment
    • External Environment
    • Current State
    • Future State
    • Gap Analysis
  • Prioritize IT Networking Projects Based on Investment Required, Criticality to Business Success and Risk
  • Keep the Network Strategy Updated on a Yearly Basis, or as Business Priorities Change
  • Summary
  • Appendix

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