Framework for Assessing Network Management ROI

We view the network as much more than a line item in an organization’s spreadsheet of operational expenses. In our view, network infrastructures are critical enablers of successful operations, growth, and success. For this reason, this ROI framework considers more than just the cost savings that result from more efficient network management. While it includes those gains, this approach also encompasses more of the upside elements companies gain when their networks go down less often, and when outages do occur, they are found and fixed more quickly.

The value delivered by a next-generation network management system like IBM SevOne Network Performance Management (NPM) varies widely across industries, business models, and organizational sizes. For this reason, using a single spreadsheet with stock formulas is ineffective. Simply put, one size doesn’t fit all.

Every organization is different, as is the role the network plays in its business and the potential ROI it can deliver. It is best left to each organization to establish its own calculus for measuring network management ROI.

Therefore, rather than putting forth a hard-coded, traditional ROI calculator, SevOne NPM offers the following general framework. It is intended as a tool that will help organizations to develop their own ROI models based on the unique characteristics of their businesses and how their networks support their operations.