Build vs. Buy: Finding the Best Path to Network Automation


Enterprises have been trying to automate their networks for decades, but manual tasks continue to dominate operations. According to Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) research, only 34% of IT organizations have been able to automate more than half of their network provisioning and change management tasks. With so many commercial and open source network automation tools available, why aren’t organizations doing better? 

There are several issues that undermine network automation. First, network teams have too many paths to take. Some write an endless number of custom one-off scripts to automate individual tasks. Others use open source tools with obvious limitations around commercial support. Others lean on commercial tools that are difficult to implement and challenging to customize to specific business requirements. Moreover, people are struggling with the hidden challenge of maintaining the network data that is required to drive an automation pipeline. And finally, organizations are struggling to find the people with the right mix of skills to support their network automation strategies. 

Register for this webinar featuring Shamus McGillicuddy (EMA Vice President of Research) and Jason Edelman (Founder and CTO of network automation solution provider Network to Code) to get guidance on how to set a network automation strategy. They will also provide insights on:

  • Whether a network team should use open source, homegrown, or commercial network automation solutions
  • How to establish a data-driven source of truth for your network
  • How to build the right team for enabling your network automation strategy


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Shamus McGillicuddy, Vice President of Research, Network Management, EMA

Shamus McGillicuddy
VP of Research Director


Jason Edelman 
Founder and CTO  
Network to Code