A network overhaul should prioritize areas where your existing network struggles—poor throughput, perhaps, or high error rates—but it should also include a holistic assessment of your organization's needs.
When considering how to design network infrastructure, first determine where teams such as marketing, sales and customer service are on their digital transformation journey. Your new network needs to be ready to support a diverse and evolving mix of applications and use cases.
Next, think through what the future of work will look like across your team, including the ways it might already be changing. Many organizations have pivoted to remote work models, for instance. How decentralized is your organization likely to become over time, and how will your network need to adapt?
It's also important to determine how much downtime and data loss cost your organization; this will influence the security and business continuity features you build into the project.
As more organizations place an increased focus on the customer experience, your organization needs to ensure that ongoing network maintenance doesn't bog down your IT department. The more automated your network becomes, the more agile and efficient your IT staff can be, and the more it can focus on complex and creative projects.