If digital transformation, what IDC calls DX, is in your future\u2014and IT IS\u2014then the ugly truth is that your network infrastructure will have to change radically. Most of today\u2019s networks are based on technology that hasn\u2019t changed much over the last 30 years. But that technology is woefully inadequate for addressing all the new and emerging requirements of big data, analytics, mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), social media, security, and cloud.\nJust over half of the respondents to a recent networking trends survey\u201452% \u2014are struggling to increase bandwidth requirements, and scalability seem to be at the forefront as organizations work to keep their networks up to date.\nAccording to IDC:\n\nIn 2016, the level of connectivity related to products, assets, and processes will increase 50% for all industry value chains.1\nBy 2018, at least 20% of all workers will use automated assistance technologies to make decisions and get work done.1\nBy 2017, 60% of DX initiatives will not be able to scale because of lack of strategic architecture.2\n\n\u201cThe challenge for the IoT, mobility, and cloud developments is to update network operations to be agile and supportive of rich digital experiences for the internal and external customers of IT infrastructure,\u201d said Elisabeth Rainge, research vice president, Communications Service Provider Operations at IDC. IDC stated, \u201cAny meaningful, sustainable and high-impact digital transformation must have robust and responsive network architecture as their skeleton.\u201d\nSo what do you have to do when your network must evolve from a supporting role to the lead in your DX future? Here are 10 networking priorities for digital transformation, according to Zeus Kerravala, ZK Research, A Division of Kerravala Consulting:\n\nTake an architectural approach.\nBuild on open, standards-based interfaces.\nTake a two-pronged approach to IT.\nSimplify the network.\nMake the network more agile.\nIntroduce centralized policy-based control.\nIntegrate security throughout the network.\nLeverage network-based analytics.\nLeverage the network for contextual information.\n\n10.\u00a0 Move toward cloud-based services.\nThe DX stakes are incredible:\n\nForrester Research predicts that 47% of revenue will be influenced by digital sources by 2020.3 \nBy 2019 worldwide spending on DX technologies will be more than $2.1 trillion (over $730 billion in the US) with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.8% over the 2014-2019 forecast period, according to IDC.4 \n\nThe urgency to revamp your network to support the DX future is growing, and that\u2019s where a trusted partner, like PC Connection, can assist you. We have years of experience\u2014and expertise\u2014helping customers upgrade their networks to digital-class, addressing their network efficiencies, collaboration, increased speed, and greater productivity requirements.\nSources:\n1. IDC: IDC Reveals Worldwide Digital Transformation Predictions; November 4, 2015. 2. IDC: IDC Predicts the Emergence of "the DX Economy" in a Critical Period of Widespread Digital Transformation and Massive Scale Up of 3rd Platform Technologies in Every Industry; November 4, 2015. 3. Forrester: The State Of Digital Business, 2015 To 2020; November 2, 2015. 4. IDC: IDC Forecasts Worldwide Spending on Digital Transformation Technologies Will Surpass $2 Trillion in 2019; January 26, 2016.