I&O leaders should never rely on a single vendor for the architecture and products of their network, as it can lead to vendor lock-in, higher acquisition costs and technical constraints that limit agility. They should segment their network into logical blocks and evaluate multiple vendors for each.
- Divide the Network Into Foundational Building Blocks to Enable Multiple Vendor Options for Each Block
- Remove Proprietary Components From the Network to Facilitate New Vendors to Make Competitive Proposals
- Get a Technical Solution That Meets Needs at the Lowest Market Purchase Price by Competitively Bidding on Each Building Block
- Ensure That Operations Can Deal With Multiple Vendors by Planning for Network Management Solutions and Processes That Can Cope With a Multivendor Environment
- Compile a Hardware and Protocol List Independently
- Discern the Relationships Between Networking Vendors and Network Management Vendors
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