This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for the enterprise networking business transformation in 2018. It is designed to provide CIOs with an understanding of the external drivers, which will change the networking environment over the next few years 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 and networking are integral aspects of enterprise transformation and adoption of digital platforms. The predictions in this study focus on some of the most important drivers that will have a significant impact on networking processes over the next few years. These include emerging software-defined networking (SDN)/network function virtualization (NFV)–based services such as software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), unified communications as a service (UCaaS), cloud access, and managed WiFi services. "The telecommunications sector will continue to be an important aspect of digital transformation and the transition to 3rd Platform accelerators in 2018. In the short term, SD-WAN and enterprise cloud connect will lead the way, but UCaaS, open source APIs, and analytics will be significant drivers for enterprise IT over the next five years," says Courtney Munroe, GVP, Worldwide Telecommunications Research, IDC.



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