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In business three things remain, you must make profit, you must please your clients to do so, and you need to be efficient to do it well. Where then does efficiency come from? It comes from the management systems you have put in place to ensure that your business makes you money.
Recent times have seen technology grow more than five times of how it had since the inception of the World Wide Web, machines and other devices have been developed that can be carried by hand yet used the world over. This turnaround has made decentralizing and expanding your business premises easy thanks to the internet.
A computer network is all you need once you have decided to expand your business. It is vital, almost like the central nervous system to the body. Here you share files, you share information, transactions and all that is necessary to the business in a secure, efficient, fast and most of all reliable. Computers have stopped being machines and have become a way of living, a way of making money, and saving lives.
Therefore, the question lies here, what would happen to you if you used computer networks and what would happened if you decided to remain old school and trust your mind. The idea behind the latter is that the computer still needs human application to work or else, it is just a machine. Well, you are in luck, this article will spell out the advantages of having computer networks in your company and the disadvantages that come with them, then at the end you can weigh the option and see if the good outweighs the bad or otherwise.
Advantages of having computer networks
• You can share files real-time
Once you have your company computers in a network, you can request a file from your European, African, Asian and or American office from a remote area and it will be sent to you real time. In a server situation where you have online hosting with systems like cloud computing, you will access the file if you have the right crede3ntials. What does this mean for you in business language?
You will be able to get any documentation you need from your office even when you are miles away from the office as long as it is on your computer and your computer is in a network. This makes working easy, efficient and you can work on an ad hoc basis especially when you have taken your vacation days and a crisis you need to deal with
• It saves money for you
In an office situation, internet is a necessity for information retrieval, research and sharing. If you have many computers sin the office you will need to provide internet for each person individually; however, in a network, you are able to provide internet for all the people in the network, you can monitor them and restrict websites that would not be helpful for your company. This saves your internet and communication bill and you area able to make a saving.
• It provides a way to back up your data
Data is vital in companies, and this could be company policy, invoices, receipts, memos, minutes to meetings, and the like. Having files containing all this means that if the file went missing, you would need to recall everything by memory or cede to the fact that all that information is lost.
It is not so with the network systems, here you can back up your data on a server so that if you ever needed anything you can search and find it in the server. This makes it easy to have a filing system that can only be accessed by people with the right credentials and depending on the type of information they have, the job level and what they are allowed to access.
Disadvantages of Computer Networks
When a virus gets into your system, you will most definitely have to format your server or lose some information. This is the worst disadvantage of computer networks, it is however not without a respite; you need to install anti-virus software on every machine and ensure that they update their databases every time the machine comes on. This will ensure that, they can detect any virus trying to get into the system and stop it.
Jayne is an avid blogger and a computer Science specialist in the field of Neural Networks. Her blogs on enterprise managed network show you how to use them and the advantage you get from using them.
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