Businesses need to embrace service-oriented architectures, outsourced services and flexible network infrastructure to respond effectively to uncertain commercial forces, says Scott Kriens, chairman and CEO of Juniper Networks.

“They need to create [an] environment that can respond to changing risks,” he told a moderately sized audience before the show floor opened.

Investing in long-term service contracts and network gear that allows for growth as needed without massive investment up front makes businesses nimble enough for when demand increases or declines, he said.

If network resources are shared — both between corporations and within organizations — the fixed cost of ownership drops, making it less expensive to operate in lean times, he said. Corporations can spend more in better times as demand grows for capacity, he says. “You can turn it up and turn it down,” Kriens said.

He called this flexible network the on-time, real-time enter

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