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August 14, 2008

AOTMP Releases: "Network Performance Management: The Network is Not Down"

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributing Editor

AOTMP has announced the release of its research report on enterprise telecom and IT management. The report is titled “Network Performance Management: The Network is Not Down.” The report contains information on planning, measuring, and optimization of enterprise networks to ensure the traffic is appropriate for the applications and cost constraints of an enterprise. AOTMP is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN.
According to Tim Lybrook, president and CEO of AOTMP, “Our latest research report continues an initiative we began with wireless mobility management in effort to address areas that complement our core telecom audience. Enterprises are experiencing an increasing overlap in management activities of telecom, wireless and network performance, so it’s important our efforts evolve to meet their needs as well.”
The report contains data from 218 enterprises which participated in the online survey. The research done for the report tries to understand how elite performers achieve better results. The report contains recommendations and considerations for improving performance. It also contains AOTMP standards and best practices for network performance management.
Joe Basili, vice president of research for AOTMP stated, “Enterprises seeking to improve network performance should develop a technology road map for evaluating the merits of technology such as WAN Emulation, Internet Protocol Address Management (IPAM), WAN Optimization, Network Monitoring, VoIP management and security solutions. The report illustrates that elite performers in enterprise network performance management have distinguished themselves in five core best practice categories: people, process, data management, technology and reporting. This group has separated themselves from the rest of the pack by minimizing network downtime and reducing variability for the mean time to resolve network issues. They leverage technology, sound business processes, and people to achieve better results.”
According to the research report, 73 percent of enterprises expect bandwidth needs to grow over the next year. About 61 percent of enterprises that struggle with creating a business justification for network management say cost reduction is their main objective. Since enterprises are forced for more bandwidth and demands to cut costs, management of network performance is receiving increasing attention. AOTMP focuses on standards and best practices, certification programs, industry research and intelligence services.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin's articles, please visit his columnist page.

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