Achieving the “Last Mile” of Business Productivity

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Many businesses owe their very survival to improvements that would have been impossible without radical changes to business process systems. However, many of the promises implicit in these systems—dramatic increases in business success, with minimal negative impact—have proven to be overly optimistic for many, and flat-out fantasy for some.

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There is actually a direct correlation between network performance and application performance. There is of course intrinsic value in network hardware and software, but more importantly many people in the organization rely on the applications that the network supports—so if the network is running slowly, users’ applications will slow down too. Hence a budget priority should be where changes in the network are needed to avoid problems arising or improve application performance and hence overall productivity.

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