In our final article for the 3-part series “How to Implement a Successful Network Transformation”, we will address what to expect when a Network Transformation is carried out, the benefits and how to get started on your journey.

What to Expect

Network Transformation does more than simply transform your network.  It transforms your IT department, the way you do business and your bottom line.

According to the “IDC FutureScape: Worldwide CIO Agenda 2016 Predictions” report, CIOs are focused on legacy IT services and how to maintain them with limited budgets, while increasing digital transformation within the business.  When the IT department has help understanding what they have and what they need, it can then help align the business to industry best practices to power a cloud-enabled network and application connectivity for better productivity and cost savings.

No longer will they deal with recurring issues around cost, unreliability and speed – the IT department is now a value-add to the organization that is known for reliability and business acumen.  No longer is it a group in the corner; it’s on the forefront of driving the enterprise and innovation.

Other results include:

  • Enabling geographic movements of key business processes.
  • Providing consistent network performance.
  • Better handle on network costs.
  • Improving reliability.
  • Open access to the application ecosystem.


After years of patching up legacy networks, many IT departments have turned into crisis management teams, rather than strategic partners who can lead an enterprise to better results.  According to the study “The Changing Role of IT Leadership: CIO Perspectives for 2016” from IDC, only 25 percent of CIOs described innovation as their role; more than a third described themselves as service managers.

But Enterprise executives are looking to CIOs to take the lead on transformation; More than 40 percent of them say they see the CIO as an innovation officer.

According to the 2016 Gartner CIO Agenda Report, with Network Transformation, the IT department itself becomes a business leader in the organization, representing the best of agility, flexibility, service and value to the enterprise.  With just 34 percent of CIOs reporting that they are innovation leaders at their organizations, Network Transformation represents an opportunity for them to shine.

Ready to get started?  Contact Advocate today for a free Insider Network Transformation Review.