DIY or commercial network automation? Most network teams choose ‘all of the above’

April 16, 2024


Security and compliance requirements drive IT pros to commercial automation tools, while the prospect of more customizable functionality lures teams to DIY automation.

The first question most IT organizations ask when they kick off network automation projects is: Do we build or buy? In reality, most network teams end up doing both.

“We have a hybrid strategy,” an IT tools architect at a Fortune 500 media company recently told Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). “We can buy some commercial tools where it makes sense. But we are also developing tools internally where we can’t get the capabilities we need from vendors. Commercial tools can meet about 80% of our needs.”

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