UK corporate networks in disarray

Bewildered BOFHs

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UK networks are in disarray, with many BOFHs unaware of even basic information, such as how many PCs are connected to their firms' networks.

That's the main conclusion of a survey by audit and migration tools firm LANboss Software, which found that as many as one-in-four UK IT managers have no idea how many PCs are attached to their corporate network. More than half (51 per cent) said their network was not fully documented and three in four were unable to quantify the level of computer misuse within their organisation.

LANboss argues that the lack of accurate information about network topology, partly caused by the rapid pace of changes to networks, means upgrades are likely to flop, failing to deliver promised improvements to business performance.

Unsurprisingly LANboss argues the solution to these problems is better asset management, which it argues can reduce spending on software and prevent firms inadvertently falling foul of software piracy. The company said its migration tools, which have successfully been used by customers like Carlton TV, can minimise the need IT support staff to carry out manual system checks or deal with helpdesk calls after implementation. ®

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