News | August 1, 2023

German Firms See SD Networks As Key To Digital Future


A growing number of German enterprises are looking to software-defined (SD) networks to reduce both the complexity and risk of migrating to single or multicloud environments, according to a new research report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.

The 2023 ISG Provider Lens™ Network – Software Defined Solutions and Services report for Germany finds SD-networking-enabled solutions are available as fully managed or co-managed services to reduce overall costs and implementation risks. With SD networks, German enterprises are able to improve overall customer experience by responding quickly and seamlessly to customer inquiries and by rapidly providing new services as required, the ISG report says. In addition, enabling SD networks can increase security across all networks, including cloud-based ones, ISG says.

“German enterprises increasingly view SD-WAN as a vital step toward a full SASE (secure access service edge) solution,” said Andreas Fahr, ISG partner and managing director, DACH. “SASE is really the inflection point where enterprise networking and security converge.”

According to the ISG report, when it comes to embracing fully managed services, Germany trails the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region. Many German enterprises still prefer adopting a DIY solution, where the enterprise manages the entire network or co-manages a solution that enables network and security operations to be shared between the provider and the enterprise. Whether they are managed or co-managed, SD network deployments and SASE adoption in Germany are accelerating, ISG says.

Germany’s powerful small and midsized enterprise (SME) market is at the forefront of adopting SD-WAN, the ISG report says. Because they are more likely to have a distributed workforce, German SMEs will often rely on cloud-based solutions for communication and collaboration. According to the ISG report, SD networks are seen by these companies as foundational in creating future-safe, cloud-first enterprise networks and implementing advanced security integrations, including full SASE or security service edge (SSE) deployments.

“SD networks are essential for enterprises that want to take full advantage of digitalization,” said Jan Erik Aase, partner and global leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. “They provide the springboard for a variety of innovations, such as intent-based networks, intelligent edge, AI/ML-driven solutions and SASE.”

The report also examines deployments of SSE, an evolving stack of cloud-based security tools, including cloud access security broker (CASB), secure web gateways, firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS) and zero-trust network access (ZTNA).

The 2023 ISG Provider Lens™ Network– Software Defined Solutions and Services report for Germany evaluates the capabilities of 39 providers across five quadrants: Managed SD-WAN, SDN Transformation Services (Consulting & Implementation), Enterprise Networks Technology and Service Suppliers, Edge Technologies and Services and SASE Solutions and Services.

The report names Deutsche Telekom as a Leader in all five quadrants, while Computacenter, Orange Business, Vodafone and Wipro are named as Leaders in four quadrants each. Accenture, CANCOM and Extreme Networks are named as Leaders in three quadrants each, while Axians, BT, Colt, Tech Mahindra and Verizon are named as Leaders in two quadrants each. Damovo, GTT, Logicalis, NTT and Riedel Networks are named as Leaders in one quadrant each.

In addition, Aruba and DXC Technology are named as Rising Stars — companies with a “promising portfolio” and “high future potential” by ISG’s definition — in one quadrant each.

Customized versions of the report are available from Axians, Cancom, Computacenter, GTT Communications, Orange Business and Riedel Networks.

The 2023 ISG Provider Lens™ Network– Software Defined Solutions and Services report for Germany is available to subscribers or for one-time purchase on this webpage.

About ISG Provider Lens™ Research

The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG's global advisory team. Enterprises will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help guide their selection of appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG's enterprise clients. The research currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., France, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, the Nordics, Australia and Singapore/Malaysia, with additional markets to be added in the future. For more information about ISG Provider Lens research, please visit this webpage.

A companion research series, the ISG Provider Lens Archetype reports, offer a first-of-its-kind evaluation of providers from the perspective of specific buyer types.

About ISG

ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 900 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,600 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data. For more information, visit

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