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Modernize the Network

Merely replacing yesterday’s equipment will not prepare your network to meet the needs of tomorrow.

  • Business units, functions, and processes are inextricably intertwined with less and less tolerance for downtime.
  • Business demands change rapidly but the refresh horizon for infrastructure remains 5-7 years.
  • The number of endpoint devices the network is expected to support is growing geometrically but historic capacity planning grew linearly.
  • The business is unable to clearly define requirements, paralyzing planning.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Build for your needs. Don’t fall into the trap of assuming what works for your neighbor, your peer, or your competitor will work for you.
  • Deliver on what your business knows it needs as well as what it doesn’t yet know it needs. Business leaders have business vision, but this vision won’t directly demand the required network capabilities to enable the business. This is where you come in.
  • Modern technologies are hampered by vintage processes. New technologies demand new ways of accomplishing old tasks.

Impact and Result

  • Use a systematic approach to document all stakeholder needs and rely on the network technical staff to translate those needs into design constraints, use cases, features, and management practices.
  • Spend only on those emerging technologies that deliver features offering direct benefits to specific business goals and IT needs.
  • Solidify the business case for your network modernization project by demonstrating and quantifying the hard dollar value it provides to the business.

Modernize the Network Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should modernize the enterprise network, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Assess the network

Identify and prioritize stakeholder and IT/networking concerns.

2. Envision the network of the future

Learn about emerging technologies and identify essential features of a modernized network solution.

Member Testimonials

After each Info-Tech experience, we ask our members to quantify the real-time savings, monetary impact, and project improvements our research helped them achieve. See our top member experiences for this blueprint and what our clients have to say.


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Donor Network West

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Honda de Mexico

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Best - great facilitation. Worst - was hoping for some more practical application

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The analyst was very knowledgeable about the subject matter, and was able to clearly answer the questions I asked. The feedback was valuable and di... Read More

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Workshop: Modernize the Network

Workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Assess the Network

The Purpose

  • Understand current stakeholder and IT needs pertaining to the network.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Prioritized lists of stakeholder and IT needs.




Assess and prioritize stakeholder concerns.


Assess and prioritize design considerations.


Assess and prioritize use cases.


Assess and prioritize network infrastructure concerns.


Assess and prioritize care and control concerns.

  • Current State Register

Module 2: Analyze Emerging Technologies and Identify Features

The Purpose

  • Analyze emerging technologies to determine whether or not to include them in the network modernization.
  • Identify and shortlist networking features that will be part of the network modernization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An understanding of what emerging technologies are suitable for including in your network modernization.
  • A prioritized list of features, aligned with business needs, that your modernized network must or should have.




Analyze emerging technologies.

  • Emerging technology assessment

Identify features to support drivers, practices, and pain points.

  • Prioritize lists of modernized network features

Module 3: Plan for Future Capacity

The Purpose

  • Estimate future port, bandwidth, and latency requirements for all sites on the network.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Planning for capacity ensures the network is capable of delivering until the next refresh cycle and beyond.




Estimate port, bandwidth, and latency requirements.


Group sites according to capacity requirements.


Create standardized capacity plans for each group.

  • A summary of capacity requirements for each site in the network

Module 4: Communicate and Execute the Plan

The Purpose

  • Create a presentation to pitch the project to executives.
  • Compose key elements of RFP.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Communication to executives, summarizing the elements of the modernization project that business decision makers will want to know, in order to gain approval.
  • Communication to vendors detailing the network solution requirements so that proposed solutions are aligned to business and IT needs.




Build the executive presentation.

  • Executive Presentation

Compose the scope of work.

  • Request for Proposal/Quotation

Compose technical requirements.

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About Info-Tech

Info-Tech Research Group is the world’s fastest-growing information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 30,000 IT professionals.

We produce unbiased and highly relevant research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. We partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.


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What Is a Blueprint?

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Guided Implementation 1: Assess the network
  • Call 1: Assess stakeholder and IT/network concerns.
  • Call 2: Prioritize stakeholder and IT/network concerns.

Guided Implementation 2: Envision your future network
  • Call 1: Learn about emerging network technology and usage trends.
  • Call 2: Build your network modernization solution.
  • Call 3: Plan for future capacity needs.

Guided Implementation 3: Communicate and execute the plan
  • Call 1: Communicate to stakeholders.
  • Call 2: Prepare the RFP.


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