Why Do Network Problems Develop?
There are a few reasons why this problem develops throughout various industries. As new technologies come to market or as new needs become priorities organizations are tasked with determining which of these technologies best fit their needs. This can lead to organizations layering on new technologies to their existing networks that are not built to natively communicate with each other. Not only does this add to the number of devices deployed onsite which consumes one of the most limited resources, real estate, but it can cause unwanted network complications. In addition to managing these additional devices and platforms it adds in additional points of failure in the environment. All of this leads to an inefficient network that becomes overloaded, cannot communicate effectively, and has more points of failure than it should.
The second reason why this can occur is due to limited IT resources. IT departments are tasked with securing an organizations data, keeping the business’s operations up and running, providing break-fix services to all of the end users, all while being expected to research and deploy new technologies that will improve business operations. This is a lot to ask of any team but especially those who may be running thin on head count. Due to these limited resources many teams may have no choice but to keep legacy equipment in place and try to add additional single service devices into the network to meet the ever growing business demands of an organization. This is commonly referred to as “if it’s not broke don’t fix it”. But in the process of not fixing it because it’s not broken an organization may be unknowingly adding potential future issues that could negatively impact their businesses.