Today's business and educational worlds depend upon electronic data. A
great deal of business critical information only exists in electronic
form and optimum working efficiency is best achieved by managing and
trading that data electronically.
Figure (1) below shows a general adoption
process leading an existing company from a non connected
state to a connected state - adding clicks to bricks in popular jargon.
Plainly this is a generalisation and elements may not be relevant to
Internet access is a must for most of us today, email now being the
preferred method of communication for many businesses. This along with
e-markets and B2B trading over the Internet is forcing many companies
who have not already done so, to network and join the e-revolution.
|Data and system reliability and
availability are critical parameters and should be regarded as key to
the continuing operation of business. There are many threats to both
system and data, from poor power supplies through inadequate
administration to malicious hackers. Key areas to maintaining system
availability and data integrity are; system design, data backups,
access control and virus prevention.
access through a central point, or gateway, instead of multiple dialup
accounts helps in the fight against virus infection and malicious
intrusion by hackers.
|A single connection for all
traffic can be used to provide anti-virus protection for email, web
page based active code and ftp downloads.Centralised caching can help
speed up page access and reduce load on the connection. Furthermore it
becomes simpler to block access to inappropriate sites helping you
protect your employees or children from inadvertent access to obscene
printers on a network save money and allow economic resources to be
concentrated on buying quality instead of quantity. A reduction in
diversity of printers in an office often saves on the cost of
consumables and office administration.
|Collaborative projects are
easier to manage if the whole team sees and works on the same data.
Team efficiency is increased by reducing the time wasted by multiple
copies of information getting out of sync or taking divergent
can bring benefits to the small
business as well as the large providing it is designed and
planned to suit the business at hand.
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