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This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for the enterprise networking business transformation in 2017. It is designed to provide CIOs with an understanding of the external drivers, which will change the networking environment over the next 12–24 months and beyond. It offers targeted guidance that enables CIOs to make sound investments in 3rd Platform accelerator technologies that will enhance enterprise ICT infrastructure and business processes.

The telecommunications ecosystem is being reshaped by enterprise transformation to digital platforms. The predictions in this study focus on a diverse array of key topics that will have a significant impact on networking processes over the next few years. These include Internet of Things (IoT) networking protocols, emerging software-defined networking/network function virtualization (SDN/NFV)–based services such as SD-WAN, and cloud-adjacent technologies such as analytics and unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) services.

"The telecommunications sector will be impacted by key 3rd Platform accelerators in 2017. In the short term, SD-WAN and enterprise cloud connect will be important, followed by 5G, SDN/NFV, and customer experience spending stimulated by the migration to digital transformation," says Courtney Munroe, GVP, Worldwide Telecommunications Research, IDC.



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