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Jump-Start Network Automation to Scale Digital Initiatives

Published: 22 June 2018

ID: G00322992

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Sanjit Ganguli


Scaling digital initiatives requires increased networking agility. Network automation is a great way to start improving network agility, and also increases uptime while reducing opex. This research identifies how I&O leaders can start and/or improve network automation initiatives.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Achieve Quick Wins by Implementing Culture Hacks Such as No-CLI Fridays and/or Holding Automation Hackathons
    • Culture Hacking
    • Networking Culture Hacks
  • Measure, Reward and Socialize Network Automation by Targeting Business Outcomes
    • Socialize the Value
    • Measure and Reward
  • Implement Network Automation in a Gradual Fashion
    • Automate Nonchanges and Lower Criticality Activities First
    • Require Automation for New Infrastructure Buildouts
  • Invest in Personnel by Shifting the Hiring and Training Focus Toward Specific Competencies
    • Focus on New Skills
    • Cross-Train

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