Some 84% of senior executives view convergence as being crucial to achieving their strategic it and business goals, but they also recognise there are significant network security challenges.
This majority has nearly doubled from last year, where only 45% in 2005 felt convergence was central to their strategic IT and business goals, according to a new global survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for telecoms company AT&T.
In addition, 48% of businesses have already implemented IP convergence in all or most of their business, nearly twice the number recorded a year ago.
The survey of 395 global senior executives, called “Convergence Takes Hold in the Enterprise” reveals that, while executives continue to expect streamlined network management and cost-savings as the primary advantages of network convergence, executives are also beginning to see beyond the bottom line.
Around 70% of those polled cited "better collaboration with customers, suppliers and partners" and "better customer service" as recognised benefits of IP convergence, and 65% said they are focusing on using converged networks to launch and manage new applications.