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New business challenges drive German companies to SDN

FRANKFURT, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Most German enterprises are migrating to software-defined networking (SDN) as part of digital transformations to meet a wave of new business challenges, according to a new research report released today by Information Services Group (ISG). (Nasdaq: III), a global leader in technology research and consulting.

The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Network — Software Defined Solutions and Services for Germany report reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental regulations, growing cybersecurity threats and energy price increases triggered by the war in Ukraine brought about major changes for German companies, forcing companies to modernize their technology and business operations. Because networks connect all elements of companies and affect their customers and partners, networking is a major axis of transformation.

“Network modernization is a key part of business transformation, and it involves changing not only technologies, but also processes and management practices in a cost-effective way,” said Yadu Singh, EMEA Head, Platforms and digital solutions, for ISG. “In Germany, there are many service providers with the technology and business knowledge to guide companies through this. However, choosing the right partner is essential.

German enterprises want to improve network integration and automation, and they are adopting SDN in part to be able to manage and orchestrate network resources and processes from a single screen, the report says. Many are also migrating IT and network operations to the cloud, and SDN helps them do this by reducing complexity and risk.

Network security has become a growing issue for German companies, which has helped drive decisions to implement SDN technologies, says ISG. Enterprises providing cloud and hybrid networks increasingly expect total security from core to edge. Many are testing and deploying advanced SD-WAN and SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) for more comprehensive protection.

“A fully integrated SASE environment is critical to many enterprise SDN strategies,” said Jan Erik Aase, Partner and Global Leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. “In Germany, we expect strong growth in this area.”

However, German enterprises are not adopting fully managed SDN services as quickly as those in the United States and the Asia-Pacific region, the report says. A significant percentage of German companies prefer to manage the entire network solution or co-manage it with one vendor.

The report also examines other SDN trends in the German market, including the role of SDN in the adoption of intelligent edge computing, edge computing, and new technologies such as AI and machine learning.

The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Network — Software Defined Solutions and Services for Germany report assesses the capabilities of 40 providers in five quadrants: Managed WAN Services (SD), SDN Transformation Services (Consulting and Implementation), Technology Providers and enterprise network services, Edge Technologies and Services, and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE).

The report identifies Deutsche Telekom as the leader in all five quadrants. It names Orange Business Services and Vodafone as leaders in four quadrants each and Computacenter, Extreme Networks and Wipro as leaders in three quadrants each. BT, Colt, NTT and Verizon are named leaders in two quadrants each. Apcela, Axians, CANCOM, Cisco, Damovo, GTT, IBM, Juniper Networks, Logicalis and Riedel Networks are named leaders in one quadrant each.

In addition, Axians, Infosys and Wipro are designated as rising stars—companies with a “promising portfolio” and “high future potential” as defined by ISG—in one quadrant each.

Custom versions of the report are available from Computacenter and Logicalis.

The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Network — Software Defined Solutions and Services for Germany report is available for subscribers or one-time purchase on this webpage.

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The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider assessment of its kind to combine data-driven empirical research and market analysis with the real-world experience and insights of the global advisory team. from ISG. Companies will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help them select appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors will use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to client companies. from ISG. The search currently covers providers offering their services worldwide, across Europe, as well as in the US, Canada, Brazil, UK, France, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland , Nordics, Australia and Singapore/Malaysia, with additional markets to be added. in the future. For more information on the ISG Provider Lens research, please visit this webpage.

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About ISG

ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a global leader in technology research and consulting. A trusted business partner to more than 800 customers, including more than 75 of the world’s 100 largest enterprises, ISG is committed to helping enterprises, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The company specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud, and data analytics; procurement advice; governance and risk management managed services; network operator services; design of strategy and operations; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries – a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep expertise in industry and technology and its world-class expertise. research and analysis capabilities based on the most comprehensive market data in the industry. For more information, visit