Announcing the 2020 Enterprise App Report Card!
by Paul Davenport Paul Davenport on

It’s no secret that cloud and SaaS apps are fundamentally changing the game for enterprise IT. While these teams used to own and control the bulk of their hardware-based, legacy workflows, the move to the cloud has empowered IT to offload a lot of their hardware altogether. Best of all, SaaS apps can be launched “as-a-service” in just a few clicks – a fraction of the time it’d take to deploy old-school applications.

But all of this is a bit of a double-edged sword where enterprise IT is concerned. Theoretically, offloading the burden of controlling and housing hardware-based tools should free teams up to focus on high-priority network transformation projects. However, teams are still tasked with assuring end user experience, whether they own the apps used by employees or if the tools are delivered via a software subscription. This “new way of working” could ultimately make ensuring end user experience even more complicated, as teams won’t inherently retain visibility into how these apps are being consumed.

This gets compounded as teams embark on their own network transformation projects, where cloud providers and carriers play an increasingly large role in rapidly transforming and virtualizing network ecosystems. Without a solution that can give teams end-to-end visibility across their entire network – from the SaaS host down to the user at a remote office – managing performance becomes a guessing game.

Lucky for enterprises, AppNeta Performance Manager is able to deliver this comprehensive visibility into all the apps, users and devices leveraging network capacity. AppNeta has the ability to rank not only which apps are the most popular tools in use, but even how much network capacity each tool consumes – and the impact that could be having on overall performance.

We leveraged these capabilities to create our 2020 Enterprise App Report Card, which provides a detailed analysis on the apps that are having the biggest impact on our customers’ networks (*all data is anonymized*). Because we partner with 4 of the 5 largest cloud providers and 3 out of the 5 largest corporations today, we’re confident our findings present an accurate snapshot of the enterprise space as a whole.

One of our key findings was that app popularity (ie. number of users) doesn’t always – or even regularly – correspond with the amount of network capacity a specific platform may demand. While the whole company may leverage a lightweight messaging solution, for instance, those few employees streaming Netflix all day could be soaking up more bandwidth. This calls for IT teams to look beyond just monitoring business tools but to take a look at every application fighting for a share of their network.

We broke it all down into five categories: Top Messaging Apps, Top Collaboration Apps, Top Social Networking Apps, Top Streaming Media Apps and Top Gaming Apps. This approach allows us to illustrate how important it is that teams are in tune with all activity taking place on their network so that they can get proactive in addressing issues before they impact end users. This in turn allows them to focus time and money on larger transformation projects (opposed to constant firefighting).


2020 Enterprise App Report Card
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