'In today's organisation, the CIO has the hardest job,' says David Molony, principal analyst at Ovum and author of the report. 'The pressure to do more with less has never been greater, both from within lines of business and from end users, and the evolution of technology will only add to the pressure on increasingly burdened CIOs.'
According to Ovum. the growing number of devices and sources of content mean that the enterprise network is being given a strenuous workout, and when the connected world arrives, and many physical objects are digitally enabled as communications nodes, the enterprise network will play an even more critical role.
'Provisioning new capacity to meet extra demand is only the first of many tasks for today's CIO,' says Molony. 'The rise of bring your own device (BYOD) - employees using their own devices to connect to corporate resources - is also bringing a new wave of security and cost pressures.'
Ovum says the intelligent network will meet these challenges head-on, addressing mixed end-user and customer requirements. 'It will manage traffic effectively, and offer CIOs a greater range of billing, payment, and cost management tools than ever before. The intelligent network will also promote on-demand distribution and consumption, and anticipate future requirements,' Molony says.
'With the intelligent network, IT will become decentralised, allowing the CIO to focus on innovation and aligning IT capabilities with business and user requirements to a greater degree than has previously been possible.'