What COVID-19 teaches IT executives: Webinar presented by Zeus Kerravala

Published on May 5th, 2020

COVID-19 is changing everything, from business continuity strategies to IT operating models and even digital transformation priorities. Networks and security will simply never be the same. But what pivots and process changes do IT executives need to succeed in the new reality? Masergy sponsored a webinar during which Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst at ZK Research, and I led a discussion on what the pandemic has taught IT leaders about secure networking and cloud application delivery. Watch the on-demand webinar

Information technology “gaps” exposed

In the wake of the Coronavirus, IT leaders are seeing with a new sense of clarity the gaps in their IT infrastructure. Many are lacking the ability to deliver on the demands of the post-COVID enterprise:

Perspectives and priorities are shifting in response to COVID-19

Research shows that IT executives are now making changes to their digital transformation strategies, reprioritizing investments with a new, fresh focus. As the situation drags on, a virtual workforce is more likely to become a permanent need for every enterprise. Now, IT leaders are recognizing that their temporary solutions need to become sustainable. This represents yet another wave of change for IT.

The urgency of COVID-19 forced CIOs to support their virtual workforce using legacy solutions for network connectivity and communications, but for many these are inefficient, complicated systems that are unsustainable long term. CIOs must better enable remote work from anywhere. For most that means accelerating investments in network modernization tools, cloud communications, and security too. As a result, IT executives are in the midst of a recenter on:

Most importantly, enterprises are trying to reallocate budget to support shifts in their digital transformation strategies and make careful judgement calls on which of their IT changes should remain for the long term or be reverted back to pre-COVID-19 status. While uncertainty abounds, one thing remains clear–now more than ever IT leaders are in need of more information.

Analysts stand prepared with their guidance on how IT leaders should prepare for re-entry. Don’t miss Zeus Kerravala and Masergy in the webinar discussion. This is your chance to learn what the pandemic has taught IT leaders and ask your questions. 

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Ray Watson

Ray Watson is VP of Innovation at Masergy. He brings over 17 years of expertise in IT strategy, application solution design and next-generation network architectures. Ray has enabled numerous global enterprises in transforming their IT infrastructures to guarantee business outcomes. Ray is an industry thought leader in IT transformation and is a frequent speaker on topics such as hybrid networking, SDN, NFV, cloud connectivity and advanced security. Prior to joining Masergy, Ray worked at Airband Communications and Broadwing Communications. He holds a B.S. from Purdue University.

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