Only 28% of infrastructure plans successful say Gartner

Experts are saying businesses that fail to deploy and manage their network infrastructures and solutions effectively, are creating a failure rate of up to 72% of all projects.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  November 29, 2003

Experts are claiming businesses that fail to deploy and manage their network infrastructures and solutions effectively, are creating a failure rate of up to 72% of infrastructure projects. The figure is backed by the recent worldwide survey conducted by the Gartner group, which says only 28% of all projects are successful.

The results of the survey were recently highlighted by by Equant, a global network and integration services provider and its Middle East partner, Eastern Networks at their joint sponsored Performing Network Seminar in Dubai.

The half-day seminar was designed to provide a platform for Equant's range of network integration services, which are distributed in the Middle East through its local channel partner Eastern Networks. The event featured IT and telecommunications experts from the UK and Saudi Arabia who gave presentations and demonstrations on subjects ranging from IP telephony to voice, video and data convergence.

"While networks can deliver enormous value, due to their complex nature, they can cause enormous headaches too," says Darren Stratton, account manager, Eastern Networks Middle East. "We have seen a sharp increase in demand for outsourcing Network Integration Services as businesses are realising that complex projects need advanced technical expertise. Businesses purchase their equipment and software solutions from a dozen different sources, making managing them all a difficult and expensive task. By outsourcing network integration management to a known expert in the field, companies can divert their time and effort to other strategic matters."

Stratton was also keen to emphasise that Eastern Network's was more than prepared for the challenge by partnering with Equant, a company with 50 years history of working with high profile companies.

"With Eastern Networks' team of over 3,000 experts constantly on call to recognise signs of trouble and identify equipment issues before they have an impact. Problems are identified, analysed and solved before a breakdown occurs. In other words, the network becomes a strategic investment instead of expenditure as it is easier and more cost-effective to budget a monthly network maintenance fee, instead of irregular, unplanned expenses. By controlling these large costs, it becomes much simpler to measure a network's ROI, and thus cost-effectiveness", he adds.

Eastern Networks through its partnership with Equant, are working with businesses across the Middle East to deploy Integration Services, to help businesses control costs and maximise return on investment. Integration teams procure, stage, install and test a company's newly purchased equipment, and also manage shipping, customs, and tax issues for all international deployment projects.

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