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Small Office Networking

If you have multiple PCs and staff in the office and they work in isolation, maybe it is time you thought about networking? Networking is not just about technology, it is about people working together and securing their collaborative efforts.

When all said and done a business is optimised through synergy, bringing individuals together under the umbrella of a business should produce results that exceed the sum of the individuals efforts. And as a manager that's what you need to manage.

So why risk having all your efforts thwarted by an individual leaving you but not their work, or an isolated PC unexpectedly winging its way to silicon heaven?

It can be beneficial linking just two computers so it is worth assessing the benefits from two computers upwards.

E-commerce is making inroads into many industrial and commercial sectors, are your competitors, customers or suppliers tooling up for the next generation of business processes? Take a look at a general ICT adoption plan to help you understand and develop your ICT strategy.

Operational Benefits

The time taken to access and distribute electronic documents my be reduced significantly.

Needless replication of information can be eliminated by sharing centralised contact lists, procedures etc.

Access to new communication methods such as email, instant messaging, video conferencing and paperless faxing.

Safeguard your business data by backing up to a centralised system such as a networked tape drive.

Collaborate on projects in real time from geographically dispersed offices.

Centrally manage projects.

Financial Benefits

Sharing peripherals such as printers can reduce overall requirements. Instead of each individual PC requiring a printer, share two on the network, one for backup.

With centrally located data, the PC becomes a simple terminal or network access point and much more easily shared using hotdesking techniques.

Centralised storage and control brings with it better visibility of  software licence requirements allowing you to keep control of your investments in software and ensure licence condition compliance.

Wired networks, i.e. cables to each piece of equipment, are still the fastest, most reliable and robust of general office networks. However modern wireless network standards bring wireless networking within reach for offices that are difficult or expensive to cable.

Call us today on 01243 553251 to discuss what networking can do for you

  • LAN - Local Area Network. A network of computers in a small area, usually a building or office.
  • Server - equipment that provides a service for other devices or users. A file server provides storage, a print server manages networked printers.
  • Peer to Peer - a network of computers with no overall leader
  • Client Server - a network of computers in which one or more servers provide, or serve, functions to be used by the others which are known as the server's clients.
  • Workstation, Client - usually the end user machine or desktop machine connected to a network.
  • WAN - Wide Area Network. A widely geographically dispersed network of computers.
  • NOS - Network Operating System. The Operating System running on the server in a network. E.g. Linux, Microsoft Windows 2000 server, Novell Netware, Unix
  • UTP, Twisted Pair, CAT5 - cabling used to carry the network.
 

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