Why Network Modernization Must be a Priority for Government Agencies
Digitalization and IT modernization drive efficiency and cost savings in state and local government. The problem is, many agencies are using outdated IT systems and struggling as a result. According to a report from the Center for Digital Government, about one-third of major IT systems used by state government agencies in 2017 for child support, motor vehicle, Medicaid, unemployment and other services were woefully inadequate.
These broken systems fell into the category of legacy systems, which researchers defined as business-critical systems implemented before October 25, 2001 that failed to meet user demands. The study found that just 42 percent of IT systems were both working and younger than 17 years old at the time of the study. Child support systems were in the worst shape as 68 percent were deemed old and broken.
Network Modernization Drives in IT Transformation
Constituents rely more and more on technology to access resources and information. At the same time, regulatory requirements are becoming more complex, and penalties for noncompliance are becoming more severe. State and local government agencies must make it a priority to upgrade their infrastructure with more bandwidth, greater capacity, better security, higher performance, and improved reliability and availability.
Network modernization is the logical starting point for such IT transformation initiative. Network modernization is the process of assessing existing network architecture and identifying ways to upgrade technologies through consolidation, migration or replacement.
Benefits of Network Modernization
Strategically planned network modernization makes it possible to achieve agency goals, align goals across agencies, optimize budgets and resources, and meet the demands of constituents. By strengthening your technological foundation, you can implement or expand the use of mobility, advanced analytics, the cloud, virtualization and the Internet of Things.
Many legacy networks aren’t capable of supporting the performance demands of modern applications. Network modernization delivers a much-needed performance boost, creating a better user experience for employees and citizens.
A modern network is also more scalable, which allows you to add services, applications and resources, as well as the capacity to support increasing traffic and data consumption. Another problem with legacy systems is that they operate in silos and provide limited visibility into network activity and health. Network modernization overcomes these challenges, providing the visibility and transparency IT managers need to improve application performance, user productivity, and network security.
Speaking of security, network modernization typically involves integrating security tools and services into a multilayer system that protects data in any on-premises or cloud environment. Government agency networks are being targeted more and more for the wealth of data they contain, and network modernization enables you to beef up your defenses with emerging solutions.
Cisco Solutions that Support Network Modernization
Cisco’s industry-leading solutions can be customized for state and local government agencies to support and accelerate their network modernization initiatives. Cisco solutions reduce network complexity, improve collaboration across agencies, and integrate your data for simpler analysis and greater efficiency. They also keep your systems secure and meet the requirements of the latest regulations.
Cerium’s engineers have achieved the highest levels of Cisco certification, and have years of experience in the design, deployment, management and support of networks. Let us show you how to use Cisco solutions to break away from legacy systems and meet the needs of your constituents.