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How to Reduce Technical Debt in Enterprise Networks

Published: 27 November 2019

ID: G00451462

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Sanjit Ganguli , Josh Chessman


Many enterprises carry high levels of technical debt in their networks, which limits network agility and increases unplanned downtime. To combat technical debt, I&O leaders should build an automated pipeline for common change requests, and make specific adjustments to NetOps culture.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Shift Networking Culture
    • Set Unattainable Stretch Goals
    • Bottom Up
    • Top Down
  • Use an Automated Pipeline to Deploy Common Network Change Requests
    • Getting Started
    • Upskill and Cross-Skill
  • Reduce Configuration Drift
  • Scrutinize Network Deployments for Overconfiguration and Overengineering

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