Nearly any business can reap benefits from the tools available on a computer—core office software like word processors and spreadsheet creators, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, have become essential. While a single, unconnected computer is powerful, that computer connected to a network becomes vastly more scalable in its power and usefulness to your business.
Does Your Business Need a Network?
If you want your business to be competitive in the market, whatever that market may be, then a business computer network is almost certainly going to be necessary. It’s not enough to simply have a computer in your business—a computer needs to be able to connect with other computers and systems.
If your business is made up of more than a single employee, then it can benefit from a computer network within your business. A local area network (or LAN) will allow you and your employees to communicate with one another, and share information and office equipment resources such as printers, scanners and fax machines.
Business Office Networks
Regardless of the size of your business, you will want to connect your computers, printers and any other equipment with a local area network. Setting up an office network will allow you to share information across your business. In addition, you will also be able to share the equipment that you have. For example, one printer can serve several employees.
Your network is not limited to a single building your business occupies. If there are multiple buildings in an area, a campus network can be set up to connect employees and resources in each building. If your business spans more than one city, more than one state, or even if it is spread across the globe, your business network can be connected by a wide-area network or WAN.
Business Networks and Internet Connections
The Internet is “the world’s marketplace.” With an Internet connection, you can communicate with suppliers, customers, prospective customers, employees and anyone else who may be important to your business. You can also advertise and sell your products and services anywhere in the world.
Network and Internet Connection Security
When you connect your business to a network and with the Internet, security becomes a critical concern. All connected businesses take steps to protect their information through backup systems, network, and data security.