In the build-up to IP EXPO at Earls Court on 20-21 October, a survey of 130 of the UK’s top IT managers shows that they would consider losing their IP network more damaging to their business than losing telephone or web presence. However, over half the respondents felt that their companies were not using their IP networks most effectively and lack the funds to do so.

Of the professionals surveyed, an overwhelming 65% said IP network outage would be most damaging to their business. This was some distance ahead of mobile or fixed phone outage, ranked second at 21%, while loss of web presence was third.

While this is a strong indicator of the importance of IP networks to the running of the modern day business, IT managers want to make them even more essential. Of the 130 respondents who will be attending the IP EXPO, 80 stated that they did not feel they were using IP networks to their full potential, and although the benefits of IP networks are well understood 78 expressed frustrations in obtaining funds.

Adam Malik, Content Director for Imago Techmedia commented: “Over the past few years we have been seeing a steady stream of services moving across to IP, from applications shared across organisations through to sophisticated communications services. The survey reflects this: IP networks are now mission-critical. Lose your IP at your peril.”

The survey was completed by 130 of IP EXPO’s top attendees. These include key players and decision makers in management, IT strategy, implementation and infrastructures.