Business IT Networks – 5 Common Problems Overlooked by Entrepreneurs

IT Networks though simple, require extensive planning to ensure stability, yet we often encounter businesses that are unacquainted with the imperative role networking plays in the efficient functioning of their company.

Informed business entrepreneurs often opt to upgrade their networking systems to suit their organizational structure. Although upgrading is an expensive, time consuming process, its benefits are ten fold. Though, there are some small size companies that insist on having a Windows XP workstation function as a network server, this decision may eventually lead to decrease in efficiency and productivity of the entire Information Technology environment.

Network Consultants should always analyze the nature of your business so as to recommend a networking/Information Technology system that would be the best fit for your business. IT Consultants should evaluate both hardware and software requirements to guide your company through the pros and cons of various networking options that your business may be considering.

From a network consulting standpoint, these are five common problems that are either neglected by businesses or not included in the overall planning of the Network Infrastructure.

Disaster Recovery: Although entrepreneurs are risk takers they provide for all contingencies. While they insure their store and goods against fire, theft, natural calamities, etc., in many cases they ignore the need to implement a disaster recovery plan for financial records, employee payroll and client data. Losing valuable customer information to a fire would result in temporary chaos and a financial drain. Therefore, a data recovery system should be available to restore normal operation within 24 to 48 hours.
There are several options to evaluate depending on the size of the business. A good Technology consulting company should be able to assess the needs and accordingly recommend an IT recovery plan that is fool proof yet affordable.

Redundancy: Although businesses are advised to maintain an alternate or redundant source of power supply for critical servers, many entrepreneurs ignore this simple loss prevention method in order to save a few hundred dollars. For example, servers that process customer credit card transactions are not exempted from the probability of failure and if not backed by a redundant power source, it may lead to a major financial loss. The point that I am trying to get across is that important network equipment should be identified and a redundant plan should be implemented to provide against unforeseen circumstances.

Network Security: Viruses are not strangers to the world of computers and internet. While performing technology analysis and auditing we come across businesses that have servers on DMZ without network security [http://www.onsitechicago.com/networksecurity.htm] measures like a simple firewall. We have seen instances were employees had full access to the network server running virus inviting programs like Limewire. An obvious result of this would be a slow network. In most cases, passwords for workstations, servers etc. are identical and shared. Impermeable network security plans should be implemented especially when business IT infrastructure holds confidential information of clients or individuals that may become a risk as well as an embarrassing situation if lost or stolen.

Network Speed: Businesses always focus on maximizing efficiency and productivity at the lowest cost and what better way to achieve this goal than to minimize wastage of employee time? Speed of IT networks depends on many factors from simple network security policies to restrict P2P software to intelligent switching hardware. You may be surprised but network infrastructure cabling (Cat 5, Cat 6, and Fiber Optics) also makes a significant difference on the performance of the entire network.

Expandability: Change in networking structure is an option that should always be open for clients. To plan ahead is important as a business need not overhaul a huge part of their network to see an insignificant benefit. A simple example would be to anticipate network storage requirements of data. Clients often overlook the importance of discussing options with consultants to make sure their IT system remains adequate for at least 3 to 5 years. The aim should be to minimize dollars spent without hindering the quality of work being performed by employees.

Consultants are professionals and while their recommendations should not be overlooked, they should not be adopted blindly either. As a customer you are entitled to know the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of every suggestion made. Request layman’s explanation for every problem encountered. Most importantly, ensure that the 5 major and basic areas are covered in the initial audit reports or recommendations made by any Technology consulting company.

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Numis Network Information Review

Numis Network opened its doors for business in August 2009 as the first Network Marketing company to offer as a product, a variety of Gold and Silver Numismatic Coins. There is a growing amount of Numis Network info and review pieces so this article will serve as concise review of the opportunity from a leader on the “inside” and I’ll spare you the hype and “fear tactics” that many amateurs use which insults your intelligence.

The Numismatic Coin Industry: In the United States alone, the Numismatic Collector Coin Industry is already a $10 Billion Dollar market and is growing. Experts still consider it a “small cottage industry” undiscovered by the general population. However, globally it is a massive industry with over $100 Billion Dollars in sales yearly. So, in fact, even if you and many others have never heard of it, the Numismatic Coin industry and what Numis Network is tapping into is already a massive industry with a robust and growing market worldwide.

The Network Marketing Industry: Around the world the industry that allows normal, every day families to start a real home based business from their kitchen table that they build by word of mouth and referral, networking based marketing is also, already a multi BILLION DOLLAR industry that has gone “mainstream” as claim several experts from inside and outside the industry. Globally this industry is massive and growing.

Because of the staggering loss of trust and financial/economic crisis created by the government handling of the massive big corporate bailouts, corporate money schemes which fleeced the normal family for years and now the sky rocketing increase in taxes, governement debt and gloomy job market, people are flocking to the only industry where the average person has a shot at building a side income and growing a profitable, low cost business based from the home. Enrollments in home based business opportunities is growing exponentially as people worldwide recognize that there is more leverage in learning to network with others and use the internet, social media and direct response marketing strategies to build global businesses and multiple income streams away from the “corporate world.”

Another interesting aspect of the exponential growth in the home business arena is the fact that more and more “white collar” professionals are recognizing the powerful leverage available and are leveraging their existing skill sets and networks to gain a financial advantage and cash flow generation model they could never have received inside of the corporate cubicle.

So Why Numis Network? What was it about Numis Network’s product and opportunity that people resonated so deeply with compared to so many other competing concepts? Why are so many high quality people and industry leaders enrolling in Numis Network and building large organization so quickly?

The Numis Network Product: Traditionally most network marketing companies have used the tried and true consumable product as its base. Usually in the form of a “wellness” juice, vitamin, diet pill, or other kind of lotion and potion. They have been used to build Mulit-Billion dollar global organizations for many decades. Numis Network, however, has a product that struck a nerve universally across an industry and it’s all based in fundamental market psychology inherent to the arena of home based business.

It’s simple really. People, by and large, come to this industry “to make money from home.” They usually do not approach this industry in a search for “the perfect juice” or other consumable product. People are attracted about the opportunity to make money from home with leverage. Numis Network’s product just makes sense. If you’re looking to learn how to make money from home, it may as well be by promoting MONEY (gold and silver) to other people who are looking to also make money, right?

Numis Network is still in its “infancy” stage but already many leaders of the industry have resonated with that line of thinking and have joined and enrolled over 5,500 people into the program already. So there is yet, another marketing psychology based “story line” here that explains the fast growing Numis Network phenomenon and why even industry leaders may be climbing on board fast and sharing the word.

Assets versus “Doo-Dads?” – The other interesting aspect of the Numis Network product line is that the product itself has historically tended to appreciate with time. As an example, a 1997 MS70 American Silver Eagle Numismatic Coin is currently valued at roughly $500 versus the 2010 issue of the same coin which is found on other Numismatic Dealer shops and web sites for around $150. These coins, like the value of the base metal they are made from, tend to APPRECIATE in time. And they are also considered ASSETS on any balance sheet.

You can not say the same about the usual consumable product that people spend their money on in the network marketing industry. So many people may be assuming that it is financially more intelligent to exchange their cash currency for a gold or silver coin product instead of a worthless juice product or other consumable because in time, their gold and silver will still have an intrinsic value while the juice will be wortheless.

Numis Network Compensation – The founders of Numis Network have designed a leveraged compensation plan that pays up front commissions in the form of “coded bonuses” to unlimited depths and width, as well as binary based residual income with a unique twist. Traditionally binaries tend to only pay on the “weak” or pay leg which can cause several scenarios where the distributor loses significant income to the corporation even though they recruit power builders who grow massive businesses and product volume.

Numis has created a unique hybrid binary structure that compensates on all sides and mitigates the weaknesses in other binary structured pay plans. It affords both the new member ways to make up front money as well as compensating leaders for building teams that grow wide and deep.

Numis Network Marketing and Final Thoughts

Numis Network seems to have their hands on the pulse of today’s home based business market. There is no doubt that with SUPER salesman, Mike Mezak, a leading pioneer in the creation and growth of the Numismatic Coin industry, they also have their hands on the pulse of a $100 Billion Dollar global industry that is still growing fast.

Time will tell how fast and how much this company will grow, but after performing a thorough analysis at core fundamentals and facts surrounding this company, the industries they market in and the results of their fast growing launch, it seems as if they have a good handle on scaling their growth.

The independent marketer and home business owner will need to connect to solid leadership to leverage the existence of training, marketing systems and sales support so they don’t get stuck losing sales and time in an attempt to “go it alone” or reinvent the marketing system wheel all by themselves. It still takes a firm understanding of the niche, direct response marketing strategy and effective systems and training to build any home based network marketing business and the serious home based entrepreneur should invest time and energy on their own skill sets and also in finding proving mentors and teams with systems that can help them short cut the learning curve. Assuming they get that “handled,” Numis Network, like other intelligent programs, should prove to be a profitable venture for many smart entrepreneurs.

Popular Affiliate Networks – Information That Newbies Need to Know About Affiliate Networks

Whether you’re a businessman or a business woman, the most convenient way to add customers and to raise your profit is by using an affiliate network. Some of the popular networks are the following:

Click2Sell is a free online affiliate network that provides the companies the opportunity to earn big. The marketers can instantly accept payments, run an affiliate program, begin selling products or offer services and add products to the market place. Click2Sell also gives the marketers the power to know how their customers were able to find out about their products, such as what keywords they used to find the products that the marketers are promoting. By advertising the best products, the affiliates will be earning money easily.

The most popular affiliate program in the world today is Google AdSense. Who doesn’t know about this program? This is the most used and most efficient program today. You see it in Google, Friendster, Facebook, MySpace, anywhere in the internet. It is in fact very hard to remove on your Friendster account no matter how hard you try to remove it. Google AdSense is very easy to use by anyone who wants to earn money by just posting appropriate ads to their website. As the owner of the website, you have the power to choose what type or what kind of products will be advertised on your page.

AffiliateWindow dot com is the most popular affiliate network in the United Kingdom. This is because they have many programs that offer appealing commissions. You can also choose to provide contextual promotions, however these depends on the keywords you provide instead of the one taken from the context of every web page.