Network Complexity Is Impacting Over 80 Percent of UK IT Professionals According to New SolarWinds Survey

IT Training Key to Addressing the Complexities of Managing Virtualisation, BYOD and Security


CORK, IRELAND--(Marketwired - Jul 25, 2013) - SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today released survey results revealing that network complexity is changing the role and responsibilities of IT professionals, predominantly due to the uptake of virtualisation, enterprise mobility and measures to improve security.
The results emerged from a survey* of over 150 UK IT professionals, which was conducted in May and June 2013, in an effort to understand the driving forces behind growing network complexity and the corresponding measures IT professionals need to take to develop their skills if they are to remain ahead of the industry.

Survey Findings:

  • Over 80 percent of IT professionals said network complexity has either somewhat affected or greatly affected their role/responsibilities within the last three to five years
  • Respondents indicated that the top factors driving network complexity across technology, IT operations and business operations were:
    • Technology - compute virtualisation, smarter/more complex equipment, and video conferencing/telepresence
    • IT operations - BYOD, mobility and the distributed workforce
    • Business operations - security

"Over the past few years enterprise networks have become vastly more complex due to the adoption of new technologies as well as changing business practices. The impact of popular new technologies -- like compute virtualisation and unified communications -- has been dramatic. However, at the same time new business practices have forced network changes -- none more so than the growth of more mobile and flexible working," said Sanjay Castelino, VP and market leader, SolarWinds.

62 percent of respondents surveyed reported that the main measure companies need to take to prepare for growing network complexity is training IT staff -- this was comfortably the leading suggestion. However 25 percent say that budget restrictions are hindering the appropriate training from taking place.

The survey also asked IT Pros to rank the most important skillset needed to combat network complexity today and in five years. 

  • The network complexity skillsets ranked most important today:
    • Nearly one-third of IT professionals surveyed said understanding the business is the single most important skillset needed to combat the challenges of network complexity, followed by information security and network engineering.
  • The network complexity skillsets needed in five years:
    • When IT professionals look five years into the future, the single most important skillset was found to be cloud/SaaS followed closely by understanding of the business and then information security. Notably, mobile applications and device management is also high on the skillset radar.

"The role of IT professionals is undergoing dramatic change as they not only need to understand an ever expanding number of technologies; they also need an in-depth understanding of the business. This is exemplified in the skillsets IT pros report as being essential for the business today and in the future. Currently, an understanding of the business is the top priority as it helps them choose the network complexities they need to live with and those they can live without. In the future, the shadow of game-changing technologies like the cloud loom large as they transform how enterprise networks are used," said Sanjay Castelino, VP and market leader, SolarWinds.

Network Management Solutions to Combat Complexity

For IT pros looking for an easy-to-use management foundation designed to help them stay on top of network complexity challenges, SolarWinds delivers powerful network management functionality out of the box with the power of customisation to address enterprise scale and the complexity of today's networks at a price any organisation can afford.

From network performance to configuration and compliance to traffic analysis and more, IT pros can deploy SolarWinds network management products to build a robust IT management system that fits their evolving needs, including:

The complete survey results can be found on SlideShare and SolarWinds' blog.

*The survey was conducted in May and June, 2013, resulting in 156 survey responses from IT practitioners, managers and directors in the UK from public- and private-sector small, mid-size and enterprise companies.

About SolarWinds
SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. In all of our market areas, our approach is consistent. We focus exclusively on IT Pros and strive to eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from traditional enterprise software vendors. SolarWinds delivers on this commitment with unexpected simplicity through products that are easy to find, buy, use, and maintain while providing the power to address any IT management problem on any scale. Our solutions are rooted in our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our online community, thwack, to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly participate in our product development process. Learn more today at

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