Gartner Research

How to Optimize Your Network Spending

Published: 28 April 2016

ID: G00301751

Analyst(s): Danellie Young , Andrew Lerner


Twenty-two percent of an enterprise's capital and operational expenditure budget goes toward data and voice networks and staff. CIOs and network managers who use Gartner's 10 best practices to optimize spending on network infrastructures and telecom services can save 20% to 50% on network expenses.

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Research Highlights

  • Manage Your Network Service Provider Relationships Appropriately and Save 20%
  • Use Hybrid WAN Architectures, Preferably With SD-WAN, to Save as Much as 50%
  • Embrace New Consumption Models and Save 30%
  • Implement SIP Trunking to Save as Much as 50%
  • Manage Your Mobile Service Providers and Save 15%
  • Carefully Manage Your Network Equipment Vendors and Save 30%
  • Segment Your Network Infrastructure and Save 30%
  • Leverage WAN Optimization to Improve WAN Performance and Save 30%
  • Just Say "No" to Chassis-Based Switches and Save 70%
  • Scrutinize Network Equipment Maintenance Expenses and Save as Much as 50%

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