C˛I˛ Press Release
To harness the full capability of the desktop, with its powerful yet inexpensive off-the-shelf components, organisations must ensure that their entire end-user computing environment is properly networked and system engineered.
That’s the view of Richard Young, Managing Director of C˛I˛ Systems, a Cape Town-based company specialising in networking and systems integration.
Young contends that some organisations, in their rush to install a PC on every desk, pay scant attention to providing an infrastructure to fully lever their technology investments.
"This negates the whole point of desktop computing, which is to empower users to be more effective by communicating easily across departmental, organisational or geographical boundaries, ‘mining’ corporate databases, publishing information on the company intranet etc. etc.
"Without a suitable technical infrastructure, the required functionality will be either wholly or partially lacking. As a result, the concept of ‘the desktop’ will become meaningless and the company’s investment will go to waste."
To avoid this pitfall organisations should ensure that their end-user environment is thoroughly system engineered by specialists who are skilled in hardware, software, networking and systems integration.
The process should include an accurate assessment of the organisation’s requirements (both current and future), analysis of the costs/benefits, matching of requirements to available technologies, documentation, training and whatever else is deemed necessary to ensure a stable, flexible, cost efficient and upgradable infrastructure.
Young stresses that special emphasis must be placed on the organisation’s longer term connectivity needs.
This is vital to position the business to take advantage of the coming generation of real-time applications such as desktop video conferencing, digital video and document image management.
"These new-wave applications will demand faster and more sophisticated networking than currently exists in most companies. By planning for these high speed networks today, businesses can start to pave the way for the desktop of the future."