If the UK goes into recession it could provide IT managers with reasons to offshore network services and re-think applications and connectivity management, delegates at the Communications Management Association's 2008 conference will hear next week.
Camille Mendler, VP at technology consulting firm Yankee Group, will describe recession as the right time for IT managers to push offshoring, to locations such as India and China, as a strong argument to reduce costs.
"One of the key areas managers could be looking to offshore is in remote infrastructure management. That's all aspects of the Lan and aspects of the Wan environment, routers, switches and servers," said Mendler.
The decision to offshore would require businesses to install good telecommunications links to manage that infrastructure from abroad, as well as building in redundancy in the event of outages, she said.
In a separate presentation, Chris Lewis, senior VP telecomms research at Ovum, will say that even though network capacity will rise, managing the quality of connections will be the main challenge for IT managers especially as hosted applications such as Salesforce.com become more widespread in the enterprise.
"Just because you have a multi-megabit, or even in the future, a gigabit connection into your data centre or office doesn't mean you're going to get a quality connection end to end."
Lewis said that IT managers may need to work closer with telecos to guarantee network capacity, but to ensure that they don't overspend, they should draft employee profiles based on the applications they need access to, the degree of mobility required and then the device they use over the network.
On the issue of rolling out fast broadband, David Harrington, CMA regulatory affairs forum leader, will argue that the UK government should follow the lead of countries like Japan by setting target dates to achieve nationwide coverage. He said, "In the UK you have ministers saying we need to ensure that, or we must work with other to ensure that. It's woolly, it's indeterminate, there are no targets and this needs to change."