The New State of Business Interconnectivity

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-28-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    The New State of Business Interconnectivity

    In this new era of interconnectivity, organizations can't go it alone when it comes to creating value: They must rely on each other to succeed.
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    84% of enterprises will be interconnected by 2017, up from 38% today.
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    More than one-third of IT decision-makers say interconnectivity creates more than $10 million in value for their enterprise.
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    Three of five believe establishing direct and secure interconnections with employees, partners and customers is "very important" in terms of their ability to compete.
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    71% of IT decision-makers at companies that are interconnected say they've increased app performance, as opposed to 60% of those at enterprises that aren't interconnected which are experiencing this.
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    Benefits Statement: Reduced Exposure

    71% of those at organizations that have deployed interconnectivity say they have reduced risks and improved security, compared to 50% of those at companies that aren't interconnected which can claim to be doing this.
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    65% of those at companies that are interconnected say they're delivering a better quality of user experience, as opposed to 49% of those at organizations which aren't interconnected that are accomplishing this.
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    65% of those at businesses that are interconnected say they are connecting to more physical locations with greater speed, compared to 51% at companies which aren't interconnected that are able to do so.
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    Top IT Strategic Priorities

    Revenue Growth: 40%, Employee productivity: 23%, Cost reductions: 19%, Fast execution: 18%
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    82% of IT decision-makers say their organizations deploy a multi-cloud strategy.
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    On average, these decision-makers say 75% of their company's employees reside in locations other than where corporate headquarters is based.
 

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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