Challenges facing a corporation when implementing a network

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Challenges corporations face when developing a network.

Networking plays a vital part in business today. It provides the tool to link people, software and hardware together. It is not bound by time differences, and it provides businesses the opportunity to work together in ways that would not have been possible 20 years ago. Corporations depend on networking more and more. With the advent of a global economy, the infrastructure has grown more complex. The challenge is finding an innovative business model and the right technology to provide long-term value and increased profitability. Although the International Connectivity map leads one to believe that the digital divide is narrowing, there are some remote areas that have no connectivity. An article from ABCNews dated July 22, 2000, stated that only one in 20 people worldwide have access. The potential for businesses to link into global market are endless, the challenge is penetrating the areas where access is low.

Every office whether it is large or small needs access to a wide variety of communications tools to enhance their internal business process and or to effectively service customers. One of the first considerations is how the network will be used and who will have access to it. A company needs to look at a various types of networking technologies and match them to their needs. If it is a small local area network (LAN) the infrastructure will be different than that of a wide area network (WAN) Data is transmitted differently and would, therefore require a completely different infrastructure from the LAN. It is important to note, however, that communication between the two is easily achieved through routers, and other hardware devices. In either case a good solid infrastructure must be built. The infrastructure should be at least one step ahead of where the...