Employees in a business come into the company already capable of interacting with each other to share information and create new projects. They are connected in a network of speech. In nearly every business those same employees are using computers. Each of those computers are used to perform the employee’s job, so wouldn’t it make sense that they too communicate like their users?
Many businesses are starting to agree, by networking all company computers in local area networks or LANs. In this arrangement each computer can connect to the other, increasing the interaction capability of the entire business.
The basic need of for most computers to interact in a business is to share files. It’s true this can be done with email, but there is always the issue of a file being saved on someone’s computer who is absent. With a network, any employee can retrieve the same files when needed. And when networked, large projects are much easier to transfer than through email alone. It is also a better medium for collaboration as employees can pass files back and forth, as well as brainstorm, much more efficiently in an open setting in which additional workers can make suggestions.
Additionally, computer networks can be outfitted with remote access so employees can grab and share files from outside of the office like on their home computers or smartphones. It is an ideal system for businesses with employees that need to travel and still access information when needed.
Employing a network can in some cases save money for a business in equipment costs as well. For example, printers. Instead of purchasing multiple printers for various groups, a single high-end printer can be linked to the computer network and used by all.
A successful business is an organized business, and with a networking system each employee can stay organized by staying on the same page. Employees can share project schedules directly across the network and make changes appropriately.