This IDC Survey Spotlight presents the outlook for network management investment and priorities for 2021 and beyond. It contains data from IDC's survey titled Enterprise Networking: Emergence of the New Normal. Survey responses were gathered from 250 United States–based IT and business executives and managers in midsize and large enterprises operating across all major verticals.
"COVID-19 has acted as both a disruption and an accelerant for network management. Business practices and levels changed overnight when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020. These changes had a dramatic effect on network management focal points and investment. While the pandemic is still a primary influencer in 2021 plans, enterprises are starting to look forward and beyond COVID-19. Here, network innovation is accelerating. And permanent changes are now taking hold in network management." — Mark Leary, research director, Network Analytics at IDC