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Not the networks fault?
You’re right to be wary
Flexi-working and solid management?
Carrot and Stick
11-June-2007 Not the networks fault?
One of the most common user complaints is about network speed and the obvious response for many a network manager is to throw more bandwidth at the problem. However this can not only be costly but pointless; network problems are easy to misdiagnose if you don’t have the appropriate real-time tools to analyse performance. In many cases the users themselves are the ones who are handicapping operations by clogging the network with inappropriate activities.
11-June-2007 You’re right to be wary
New research from Fujitsu reveals that 2/3rds of IT professionals are wary about introducing new technology because of the cost and potential disruption they may cause. Well, good! But surely this level of caution amongst IT professionals shouldn’t be a surprise? In my view, the alarm should be that around 30% of IT directors are forging ahead with new tech purchases without due regard for the potential disruption to business processes and the work of the IT team.
11-June-2007 Flexi-working and solid management?
Tele-working and home working may have had many false starts, but at last it looks like it may actually be taking off. The proportion of staff working one or more afternoons a week at home has more than doubled in the past two years and now stands at almost a third of the population.
British working parents already have the right to flexible working and after April 2007 this will be extended to cover anyone who has a ‘caring responsibility’. The most successful companies have already embraced flexi-working and many are taking steps to extend it to all their staff as it not only boosts productivity, but loyalty and job satisfaction.
Successful teleworking structures are reliant on good technology, not least of which, a broadband connection. Yet, there are significant challenges for any organisation embarking on the introduction of flexi-time schemes. The advent of tele-working means that IT will grow legs and walk out of the door along with valuable and perhaps, confidential, company data.
It doesn’t need much imagination to see that security practices will need significant ‘beefing up’ as the company’s perimeters become more and more permeable to threat, attack and loss.
Management of network assets, support of remote workers and license compliance all become far more complex once workers are off-site and the arguments for real-time asset management become undeniable.
For instance, how would a network manager check inventory, assets and the spread of malware from his remote console, how could he monitor and police user behaviour and how could he plan patches and upgrades for the user community without the use of real-time reports and alerts? Well it would be possible, but he’d need a heck of a lot more time.
Comprehensive, real-time, automated asset management is not only useful, but essential for any company considering how to glean the benefits of teleworking.
11-June-2007 Carrot and Stick
Piracy is a problem as old as hills and probably as hard to shift. Cynics amongst us would probably say it’s a fact of business life and that Microsoft is banging its head against a brick wall in its noble battle to reduce software piracy rates.