The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity is driven by cloud as a critical enabler of digital transformation. Scalability, cost efficiency, accessibility, innovation, and security benefits are driving the widespread adoption and fuelling the rapid pace of cloud innovation. Also, growing importance of technologies such as network performance monitoring (NPM) tools, network security monitoring (NSM) tools, predictive analytics tools, cloud access security brokers (CASBs) and software-defined networking (SDN), among others, are driving the market. In the last three years alone, there have been over 3.6 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Cloud: AI-assisted network management. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 2.5 million patents to analyse innovation intensity for the technology industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

AI-assisted network management is a key innovation area in cloud

AI-assisted network management in cloud refers to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and algorithms to optimise network operations and management processes in cloud environments. It involves analysing network data, predicting network performance, automating tasks such as configuration, troubleshooting, and policy enforcement, and providing real-time insights into network performance.

AI-assisted network management can help businesses improve network efficiency, reduce downtime, enhance security, and minimise operational costs. By automating many of the routine tasks associated with network management, IT teams can focus on more strategic activities, such as optimising network architecture and implementing new technologies.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 240+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of AI-assisted network management.

Key players in AI-assisted network management – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to AI-assisted network management

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Cisco Systems 767 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment & Holding 632 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines (IBM) 429 Unlock Company Profile
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson 415 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 287 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 280 Unlock Company Profile
Nokia 252 Unlock Company Profile
Microsoft 208 Unlock Company Profile
AT&T 164 Unlock Company Profile
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 130 Unlock Company Profile
ZTE 123 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 118 Unlock Company Profile
Desktone 112 Unlock Company Profile
Accenture 112 Unlock Company Profile
Juniper Networks 105 Unlock Company Profile
BT Group 102 Unlock Company Profile
Dell Technologies 93 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid 91 Unlock Company Profile
Furukawa 89 Unlock Company Profile
Tencent 87 Unlock Company Profile 82 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 82 Unlock Company Profile
Broadcom 82 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone 81 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 81 Unlock Company Profile
Oracle 78 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 71 Unlock Company Profile
Verizon Patent And Licensing 70 Unlock Company Profile
SoftBank Group 69 Unlock Company Profile
China Tower 68 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 68 Unlock Company Profile
Adaptive Spectrum And Signal Alignment 68 Unlock Company Profile
Shanghai Wangsu Science & Technology 62 Unlock Company Profile
ASSIA 62 Unlock Company Profile
ServiceNow 53 Unlock Company Profile
Bank of America 48 Unlock Company Profile
Citrix Systems 48 Unlock Company Profile
Deutsche Telekom 47 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 40 Unlock Company Profile
Ping An Insurance 40 Unlock Company Profile
China Southern Power Grid 38 Unlock Company Profile
Pearson 37 Unlock Company Profile
Moogsoft 36 Unlock Company Profile
Meta Platforms 35 Unlock Company Profile
Ciena 34 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 33 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 33 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 31 Unlock Company Profile
Amdocs 30 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 30 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Cisco  is the leading patent filer in AI-assisted network management. The company’s patents are aimed at enhancing the use of AI in network management as evidenced by the grant of several patents in this field.

Other prominent innovators in this space include Huawei, International Business Machines (IBM), and Ericsson.

Ipanema Technologies, Permutive and Emerson Electric are some of the top companies in terms of geographic reach. The leading companies, in terms of application diversity, include Ayyeka Technologies, AO Kaspersky Lab and

AI-assisted network management in cloud is becoming increasingly important as cloud networks become more complex and businesses rely more on cloud-based applications and services.

To further understand how cloud is disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cloud Computing – Thematic Intelligence.

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GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.