Research shows network connectivity is at heart of successful business operations
Survey findings released by Allied Telesis International have highlighted the total dependency which UK businesses place on their network infrastructure and the professionals that manage those networks. But whilst the findings revealed a fundamental dependency on the network to perform day-to-day operations, they also show significant incidents of network downtime and a growing sense of frustration amongst managers due to the consequences of network failure.
The independent study canvassed 401 managers in large UK companies across nine key sectors across the public and private sector:
· 92 per cent of managers are reliant on access on the network – nearly half of these cite it as crucial to their job.
· 86 per cent of managers experience some form of downtime every month, with as many as 28 per cent experiencing five or more instances of downtime in a one month period.
· 68 per cent of respondents cited slow Internet or inability to access documents from a network as affecting their productivity.
· Slow Internet or inability to access documents from a network has a major effect on their ability, and the ability of their team, to complete essential business tasks.
Despite the importance of a reliable and effective network infrastructure, many managers do not necessarily equate this with a need for smarter investment of IT budget into people and resources associated with the network. When polled about where IT budget should be allocated, over a third of managers would rather see investment in user hardware (38 per cent) versus just 18 per cent who would like to see IT budget spent on upgrading their network.
Jane Brett, UK & Ireland sales director at Allied Telesis International, commented, ‘The findings of this survey show that dependence on network IT infrastructure is greater than ever. In my opinion this will only increase particularly as we see the edge of an organisation’s network extend beyond the office to home workers, remote devices, suppliers etc. The secure management of the network is more complex than ever. What is concerning is the frequency of network downtime experienced by managers across the UK and the consequences of this poor connectivity.’