Gartner Research

Avoid These 'Bottom 10' Networking Worst Practices

Published: 04 December 2017

ID: G00343352

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


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
  • Key Challenges


  • What's Tactically Right Can Be Strategically Wrong
    • Cultural
    • Design and Operational
    • Financial


  • 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

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