Are you guilty of committing one of these 10 Networking Worst Practices?

Avoid These 'Bottom Ten' Networking Worst Practices

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner, Danellie Young, Vivek Bhalla 
Refreshed: 21 April 2017 | Published: 02 December 2015

Over the course of several thousand interactions with Gartner clients on the topic of networking, we observe several oft-repeated "worst practices." No organization sets out to create inefficient practices. These "worst practices" were often rooted in the best intentions, but have evolved incrementally and slowly over time, and are consequently difficult to self-diagnose.

This research identifies and describes the most prolific and impactful worst practices, and describes specific actions to avoid or curtail these practices. These practices can broadly put into three categories: cultural, functional/operational, and financial.

  • Risk aversion stifles innovation
  • Manual network changes
  • Limited collaboration
  • Technical debt
  • Outdated WAN architecture
  • Limited network visibility
  • Failure to survey the WLAN
  • Taking questionable advice
  • Vendor lock-in
  • WAN waste

Download the report to learn how to recognize and avoid these networking worst practices.

This research identifies ten common network "worst practices" that reduce availability, increase cost and/or delay service delivery. CIOs and senior infrastructure leaders should assume that some of these practices exist in their organizations and aim to mitigate or eliminate them.