Today, businesses of all sizes are dealing with a broad array of technology and workplace trends that are changing the rules of network management. Even relatively small networks have become alarmingly complex, making effective network management tougher than ever. Businesses allow their employees to bring their own devices to the workplace, they replace parts of their in-house IT infrastructures with managed cloud services, and they face a plethora of potentially devastating cyber threats.
Without the ability to keep track of potentially hundreds or even thousands of devices and their activity, businesses risk expensive downtime and the loss of productivity in the workplace. According to a survey by Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, the cost of a single hour of downtime for most businesses is over $100,000. That’s a very large price to pay for poor network management.
Besides being cost-effective and productivity-boosting, network management also creates an environment for growth, making it possible to implement new technologies in an optimal manner and utilize existing IT resources to their maximum potential.