The perception of the data network has changed. With the advent of mobility, the increasing emphasis on analytics, and the explosion of the application economy, the network is at last beginning to be valued as a strategic business asset within the enterprise.
The role of IT is also changing. No longer a mere cost centre, the CIO now finds himself side by side with the CMO and COO in delivering tangible business benefits and outcomes. The modern business is inexorably driven by applications and the industry has come to realise that to deliver those applications appropriately time, money and a good deal of expertise must be devoted to the data network.