German enterprises want to improve the agility and flexibility of their corporate networks with software-defined networking (SDN) technologies to deliver better employee and customer experiences. It’s the outcome of a new study published by global technology research and advisory firm, Information Services Group (ISG).

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, enterprises in Germany are looking to SDN providers to help them modernize their networks, with the goals of improving collaboration among remote employees and improving customer engagement to drive revenues. The ISG study results are published in the report, ‘2021 ISG Provider Lens Network – Software Defined Solutions and Services Report for Germany.’

“German enterprises want to make their networks more flexible and agile in response to demands from both employees and a customer base that is increasingly mobile,” said Andrea Spiegelhoff, partner, ISG EMEA, based in Germany. “Providers of SDN-related technologies can help companies achieve these goals while creating a network that better fits with technologies like the cloud and artificial intelligence.”

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Photo Andrea Spiegelhoff, partner, ISG EMEA
“German enterprises want to make their networks more flexible and agile in response to demands from both employees and a customer base that is increasingly mobile,” said Andrea Spiegelhoff, partner, ISG EMEA, based in Germany.

According to the research, many German companies are focusing on moving their IT and network operations to the cloud, and SDN may help them do so with less complexity and risk. SDN technologies also enable increased mobility and intelligent edge deployment, as well as the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), automation, and collaboration tools, according to the report by ISG.

German businesses also seem to desire a network that is adaptable, allowing them to quickly add applications and network resources to fulfill their business and user needs. SDN technologies would allow businesses to respond rapidly to consumer requests and deliver new services. This was especially crucial during the COVID-19 epidemic, when customers adopted digital media more than ever, according to the research.

SDN may also make network administration and integration with other business IT efforts easier, stated ISG. SD-WAN can function and be controlled in real time using a single-pane-of-glass interface by transferring the network control layer to the cloud. This makes it possible to connect to other applications and IT services, according to ISG.

Furthermore, many businesses are relying on SDN technologies to increase network security, whether through security-as-a-service or do-it-yourself security tools that are easier to install with SDN. According to the research report, this will enable the next generation of integrated secure business networks in the near future.

The 2021 ISG Provider Lens Network – Software Defined Solutions and Services Report for Germany assesses 53 providers in six quadrants: Managed (SD) WAN Services, SDN Transformation Services (Consulting and Implementation), SD-WAN Equipment and Service Suppliers (DIY), Technology and Service Suppliers (Core – 4G/5G), Edge Technology and Services, and Enterprise 5G Solution. The ISG Provider Lens Quadrant research series currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe, as well as in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, the U.K., France, the Nordics, Brazil and Australia/New Zealand, with additional markets to be added in the future.

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