June 7, 2010

WAN Governance Executive Primer

After budget cuts during the global recession, many enterprises in 2010 will operate with IT spending at 2005 budget levels. Given the dependence on wide area networks for operational performance and enterprise growth, WAN Governance, a strategic and business-driven approach to network management within IT Governance, will become even more critical for executives to achieve business goals.

Using WAN Governance, organizations have been able to:
  • Roll out business applications across their enterprise without long, costly network reconfigurations - accelerating application time to value and ROI while saving millions in IT costs
  • Increase their global WAN capacity by 3x to 4x with no additional network investment - reducing costs for expensive bandwidth and delaying need for network upgrades
  • Improve the performance of business applications over their corporate network - eliminating up to 90% of network - related application performance incidents and reducing time - to - repair incidents by 80%
  • Increase availability and response times of business applications -improving workforce productivity, customer service and relationships with partners who depend on network access
  • Improve usage of software assets - optimizing hardware and license utilization while reducing maintenance expenses
  • Reduce overall OPEX and CAPEX costs while achieving higher levels of business performance
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This paper provides an excellent overview of the topic of "WAN Governance."

While the exact terminology of WAN Governance may not be familiar to you, the concept is simple and elegant. As defined in the paper, "WAN Governance is a unique way of approaching the management of a wide-area network from the
viewpoint of enterprise performance. Within IT governance, WAN Governance aligns network performance directly with IT performance in enabling corporate goals.
As such, it provides a framework for ensuring a consistent and acceptable level of customer experience.

For a more extensive examination of WAN Governance, I highly recommend the WAN Governance Book, available directly from Ipanema.

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