No matter what industry you are in, if your organization is not well managed it will not perform optimally. Whether it is the professional sports team with the right coach or a CEO with a comprehensive vision of the company, the difference between the good and the bad is clearly evident. The right management doesn’t only extend to human resources, but also to the technology that is in place in the organization. Applying some of the same management principles to your network will reap great rewards for the overall performance of your firm.
Poor network management translates into many different functions that are not being performed efficiently. Whether there is one or multiple IT personnel in the organization, these assets have to be trained to create a cohesive unit that takes into account the overall health of the company.
Network communications is a critical component of almost every business today. If you are not able to communicate efficiently to your customers, partners and employees your business will eventually lose these assets. The loss of these assets is the result of a domino effect contributed by one network related problem after another. The decline starts with a slow system which results in low productivity, bad customer service because of slow responses to issues, lost sales and a vulnerable network with a weak security system that makes your business partners reluctant to transmit any data to your organization.
Most of organizations assume increasing the bandwidth will improve network performance, but bandwidth is hardly ever the problem unless your organization has grown enormously and overall performance is not related to the size of your bandwidth. If the network is not well managed, increasing the size of the bandwidth will only give you a temporary fix.
In order to improve the performance of a network, the flow of relevant data that is specific to the organization must be optimized. This means the network manager has to ensure data that is essential for the overall functionality of the business is processed and transmitted before Twitter (News - Alert), Facebook and YouTube. Monitoring the flow of traffic will ensure relevant data gets priority over the network. Visibility into how users are using the network provides the network manager with a clear picture of the network’s performance.
The ability to see what is happening allows the manager to put in place a management process that is based on the actual bandwidth. With this information in hand, the network can be optimized by making sure business transmission has priority over all other data.
The most important aspect of having a well-managed network is understanding that key business operations will remain as priorities over other data. Implementing this policy in the very beginning stages lets your employees know what to expect when it comes to how the company’s network is used.
Edited by Jamie Epstein