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What are the Benefits of Networking?


What is a Network

Simply, a network is a collection of computers, printers and other electronic devices, linked by cables or wireless, allowing them to communicate with each other. A network allows individuals to share and exchange information (files and programs), access common services (email and applications) and share hardware (printers, servers, image scanners and fax machines).


Increased Employee Productivity
When an office is connected, so are people. Ideas are shared more quickly. More informed decisions are made. Everyone moves faster. Being connected saves time. Progress can happen with fewer face-to-face meetings. Data is conveniently shared without trading floppy disks.  Users have access to shared equipment. Collaboration happens. The organization is more competitive.

Reduced Communication Costs
Network-based communication such as e-mail and "instant messages" are cost-effective alternatives to phoning and faxing, with the potential to deliver significant savings in long distance charges. The combination of the public Internet with secure "virtual private networking", VPN technology, allows for office-to-office networking without costly traditional dedicated Wide Area Network (WAN) connections, as well as realizing major cost savings.

Equipment Costs
Networking allows equipment mainly printers and servers, to be shared with multiple users. Shared resources are used more often and more efficiently. More users can be brought online without large additional costs. Investments in equipment benefit more workers.

Access to Resources Anytime/Anywhere Networking allows mobility. Key files, data and services can be accessed from any place on the network. With remote access in place, one can travel or work remotely and still be connected. Access to files, data, and messages when away from the office provides employee flexibility. Users can respond to co-workers and customers quickly, from anywhere.

 

Today, networking means more than running some wire between computers and hooking up a hub.  Shared internet access, connecting multiple offices, allowing staff to work from remote sites, just as if they were sitting at their desk,  are just a few things that you can do today.

The term networking includes "wide-area networking", "metropolitan-wide networking", and "global access".  Our world has shrunk as our network capacity has grown.



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