The Art of Communication.
Local Area Networks For Small Business.
Build a Network? Yes, but How?
I’ve researched, designed, budgeted, implemented, and managed a successful small-business network.
The challenges presented by the network project were profound. Few of the principal players thought the project would succeed. But it did. The network met and exceeded management’s expectations and didn’t break the bank. Today it provides a competitive edge to a multi-million-dollar manufacturer doing business in a tough, deadline-driven marketplace.
Helping businesses engage their markets, communicate with customers, compete against all comers, and make money is a particular calling of mine. I’ve done it well enough to pay self-employment taxes for about twenty years now.
For the past three years I’ve taken a special interest in computer technologies because I think they offer the best avenue for service to my market niche.
An urban wilderness and a treasure trove
What I’ve discovered in this Next Manifestation of my checkered career is an urban wilderness with a maze of electric pathways, a treasure trove of under-exploited resources, unexpected obstacles and pitfalls, and very few fully-drawn maps and charts to guide the wary business traveler.
Most small businesses use computers to take care of some aspects of business. Many need to more fully integrate computer technologies into their operations. For some, the best step forward is to build a network. But how?
I suspect you will find some of the answers here. The information I’ve gathered, synthesized, and polished for you is based on first-hand experience and practical knowledge gained from two primary sources.
The first, most important source is my ongoing enrollment in the School of Hard Knocks, which is always in session and fully endowed. Its teachers have shown me the wonders and frustrations, the opportunities and limitations of merging computer technologies into the daily flow of business.
The second source is more traditionally academic. It is my intense, dogged study of bleeding edge technological solutions – the hardware and software sold by Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Compaq, HP, Intel, Apple, and others involved in the most incredible growth industry of my time.
NOTE: If you've read this far, the polished narrative stops here. The website, like my life, is a work in progress. Its official launch was July 21, 2000. This page was last updated on October 15, 2000. You're welcome to return soon for another, different read.