Juniper Networks Research Finds Link Between Financial Performance and Information Technology
- Technology is at the heart of their businesses: they perceive their organizations to be highly dependent on real-time transactions and automated processes. For this reason, their IT performance requirements are extremely high: they are 30% more likely to be intolerant of technology outages that last longer than 30 minutes.
- Dynamic leaders are focused on productivity and operational efficiency and use technology strategically to help them achieve this. They are 30% more likely to have mobile workers. When purchasing IT, they are driven by productivity gains more than cost savings.
- Dynamic leaders have more IT projects on the go than the other companies surveyed, and adopt newer technologies far more quickly. In the networking arena, they are 40% more likely to have wireless local area networks and 50% more likely to rely on IP virtual private networks (VPNs) for their wide area network. They are 40% more likely to adopt MPLS technology at the core of their network, along with quality of service (QoS) traffic management, suggesting that they are pursuing the strategy of a single IP network for voice and data traffic.
- Dynamic leaders take a strategic yet dynamic approach to planning and IT purchasing. For example, they are 30% more likely to implement a comprehensive security strategy rather than piecing together a security approach over time. Yet, dynamic leaders have 50% more business change than other companies, including expansion and mergers and acquisitions, so any plan must allow for flexibility.
- Dynamic leaders are ahead of the curve when it comes to using technology to meet compliance requirements: 35% more dynamic leaders are investing in document management systems, and 36% more in Fibre Channel storage area networks.