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Why Networks Change Businesses

If your business is running multiple computers then the chances are that you would benefit greatly from installing a network. A local area network (LAN) connects your company's computers, allowing them to share a whole host of information.

While one computer is useful, several networked computers when used properly can be a revelation.

Here are some of the ways a computer network can help your business be more productive:

File Sharing - Have you ever needed to use a file stored on someone else’s computer? A network makes it easy for everyone to access and edit the same file.

Printer Sharing - If you use a computer, chances are you also use a printer. With a network, several computers can share the same printer. Although you might need a more expensive printer, it's still cheaper to use a network printer than to connect a different printer to every computer in your office.

Collaboration - It's hard for people to work together if no one knows what anyone else is doing. A network can allow employees to share files, view other people's work, and exchange ideas more efficiently.

Organisation - A variety of scheduling software is available that allows you to arrange meetings without constantly checking everyone's schedules. This software usually includes other features, such as shared address books and to-do lists.

Shared Internet Access - If you have several computers but just one phone line, a network makes using the Internet much easier.

Data Protection – As we all know, it is vital to back up your computer data regularly. A network makes it easier to back up all of your company's data on one set of tapes, CDs, or other backup systems.

This isn't, by any stretch of the imagination, a complete list of benefits. Once you have a network you will find many other uses for it, and once you get used to the benefits of a network you will wonder how you ever coped without it.

This article was first published : 7.1.2011