New Research: 84% Of ICT Service Incidents Fall Outside Support Contracts
According to Dimension Data’s annual Network Barometer Report, these statistics are worrying because a large proportion of incidents fall outside of a support provider’s traditional remit, and must be resolved by organisations themselves.
Telecom, or wide area network (WAN), failures came in as the second most frequent root cause –
at 22%. This is to be expected, considering the complexity of maintaining and managing the many different components of a geographically dispersed telecom network.
Third on Dimension Data’s Network Barometer Report list of the most frequent causes of service incidents are physical environment problems such as loss of power, air-conditioning failures, temperature control problems, and more. These account for 15% of all incidents.
* Dimension Data’s Global Service Centres (GSCs) are organisational hubs situated at eight central locations around the world.
At these centres, Dimension Data technical support experts receive and resolve technical service tickets from over a million
requests from 10,000 clients every year – more than 2,500 incidents each day.
In fourth position, are device-related problems, with 14% of all incidents attributed to hardware. Adding a 2% of incidents attributed to software bugs, this indicates that only 16% of all service incidents fall within the remit of device support contracts.
“This latest data tells us that these service incidents are not device related and fall outside typical maintenance contracts therefore, they will need to be addressed and resolved by the organisation’s internal support resources,” says Rich Schofield, Dimension Data’s Business Development Director for Networking. “From a lifecycle perspective, one might expect the failure rate of obsolete devices to be higher than current or ageing devices. That’s because obsolete devices are older and maintenance options are limited. However, this year’s analysis shows that the failure rate of obsolete devices is around 1% lower than either current or ageing devices.
“We investigated how likely obsolete devices were to fail when compared with current or ageing devices. We expected to uncover that obsolete devices would cause longer downtime when they fail than current or ageing devices. We were surprised to find that the data indicated otherwise. In fact, the average mean-time-to-repair for all devices is 3.4 hours. Broken down by technology lifecycle stage, the data shows that current devices take about 48 minutes longer to repair than the average. Ageing devices take the shortest time to repair - about 42 minutes shorter than average. Obsolete devices take slightly longer to repair than ageing devices at 3.3 hours, but still in substantially less time than current devices,” explains Schofield.
Considering that the large majority of services incidents are not related to network devices and that maintenance requirements for these devices vary by lifecycle stage, Schofield recommends that the most effective way for organisations to improve their network service levels and ensure maximum availability is to invest in mature operational systems and support processes. “Knowing the devices and their lifecycle stages, having sparing strategies for obsolete equipment, and understanding the potential network impact if devices fail will support greater network availability.”
Figure above: incidents by root cause
Click here to view the infographic summary of the Network Barometer Report 2014.
About Dimension Data
Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group. www.dimensiondata.com
About the Dimension Data Network Barometer Report
The Network Barometer Report 2014 presents the aggregate data gathered from Dimension Data’s Technology Lifecycle Management Assessments conducted for clients around the world in 2013.
It also contains data provided by its Global Service Centres which relates to service incidents logged for client networks that Dimension Data supports. The data is compiled, analysed, compared and interpreted to gauge the readiness of today’s networks to support business.
About the Technology Lifecycle Management Assessment
This ICT assessment service from Dimension Data discovers installed assets on the network, identifies their lifecycle statuses, determines maintenance coverage, and flags potential security vulnerabilities. The Assessment ensures that organisations don’t expose themselves to unnecessary risk, by assisting with the alignment of their IT infrastructure to configuration, security, and patch management best practices. The Technology Lifecycle Management Assessment is automated and is not based on a survey.
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