The New State of Business Interconnectivity

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-28-2015 Email

The number of enterprises that are expected to be interconnected will double between now and 2017, according to a recent survey from Equinix. The report, titled "The Enterprise of the Future: Unleashing the Interconnected Enterprise," indicates that companies are transitioning to IT/business models to obtain instant collaboration with partners, employees, customers and data sources—thus creating this state of interconnectivity. Among other positive outcomes, they're improving app performance while reducing systems risk. To ensure competitive advantage, CIOs and their tech teams must constantly find new ways to connect to omnichannel consumers who consider anytime/anywhere connectivity the norm, while supporting workers who increasingly pursue cloud-enabled collaboration and communication, findings reveal. These changes are "radically reinventing the face of the enterprise, altering how work gets done, how competitive advantage is forged and how revenue is generated," according to the report. "In this new interconnected era, organizations can't go it alone when it comes to creating value. They must rely on each other—and interconnection—to succeed. And they need an interconnected IT strategy to position their enterprises for growth." More than 1,000 global IT decision-makers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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