CIOs Explore, Evaluate Software-Defined Networking

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The technology of software-defined networking (SDN) is continually growing in popularity among CIOs and other interested networking professionals today. In fact, SDN is such a popular trend in technology that IDC foresees it becoming a $2 billion market by 2016. Trends such as these, although often successful for many companies, should be met with a healthy dose of skepticism. At the same time, it’s a good idea to thoroughly examine the possibilities of these trends.

To use SDN as an example, here’s a simple system to help you figure out if certain trends are right for your company.

Explore Reasons for the Trend

Take a close look at who’s discussing the trend, particularly if it’s hyped to the point of seeming incredulous. As in the case of SDN, make sure that if small or large vendors are talking about it that they provide as much detail about it as is available. You should apply the same amount of observation with third parties; ask yourself if they seem reliable and professional with a solid reputation.

Find Out if You Should Try It

In any successful business, ROI is at the forefront in business owners’ minds, but it shouldn’t get in the way of what could be a good business decision overall. The opportunity to take advantage of a trend in its first phases may not only allow you to enhance your company via the technology, but also by connecting with reputable vendors. For example, recent reports by Tech Journal have made it clear that SDN is a beneficial decision for companies.

Look at Who Will Benefit

Like any other technology, the implementation of SDN will result in both winners and losers. The key to deciding if a technology such as this is right for your company is to review your current situation and the avenues available to you. Technology trends that promise too much can be as harmful to your business as getting lured into a pyramid scheme.

In order to further ensure a trend is sound, deal with a vendor who has proven to perform well in the past and is likely to succeed in the future, consistently keeping up with new innovations and changing industry standards.

In the end, company managers and CIOs should do everything they can to maintain and develop their businesses, never overlooking industry changers such as SDN.