There is growing recognition, in emerging economies and economies in transition, that information communication and technology (ICT) will directly impact the competitiveness and growth of most businesses; and in some industry sectors ICT may even hold the key to business survival.
Essentially, in today’s economy a business ignores technology infrastructure and systems investment and deployment decisions at its own peril.
The Internet has also radically changed the business landscape but has, at the same time, offered tremendous new opportunities for many businesses allowing them to have reach to global customers, vendors, suppliers, and create meaningful high utility partnerships.
The connectivity it has provided has allowed businesses to be located in a distributed fashion (wherever they need to be), while maintaining the same level of services to their staff and customers.
Institutions staff can now have access to the same services at anytime, from anywhere and using any device. One must also ensure that the connectivity provided to this internetwork provides the required benefits (optimised connection).
However, one must then invest in ensuring that mission critical resources are not accessible to this global shared network by implementing appropriate security mechanisms.