In the business world the term “networking” usually refers to the process of establishing relationships with people who can help grow or expand your business. In a social sense, the term “networking” may refer to the process of making contact with like-minded individuals who share your interests. Facebook and Twitter, for example, are two sites that make social networking possible. But in the computer world, or more specifically the world of Information Technology, the term “networking” has an entirely different meaning. In this article we will take a look at computer networking in a bit more detail, including some examples of networking with which you may already be familiar.What Is Networking?In computer-speak, the term “networking,” also known as data communication, is a discipline within the field of computer engineering which is primarily concerned with the communication between computer systems. Thus, a computer network refers to any computers – or related devices – which are connected to one another for the primary purpose of exchanging data.So what are some examples of computer networking?Computer networks are very common in businesses and other organizations, allowing multiple users to share and manipulate the same data and communicate with each other securely at any number of independent workstations. In office settings, for example, networking enables every employee to work from the same collection of data (such as a large database) without having to make changes to each computer every time the data is updated or modified.Networking has also become increasingly popular for home users. Perhaps the best example of this is when laptops and other devices are networked to a desktop computer wirelessly through a network router. Other devices can also be networked. Printers, for example, can be included in the home network so that each computer can give the print command to a single printer.Networking has completely revolutionized the way people conduct business, both at work and at home, and although setting up simple networks – such as the wireless home network described above – typically require no formal training, establishing complex business networks requires the skills of a person specifically trained in that field. As a result, networking professionals are in extremely high demand and are usually paid very well for the responsibilities they undertake.
Alcatel business phone systems now offer small and medium sized businesses the ability to communicate effectively with their workforce, especially those employees who are constantly on the move and remote from the office. The business phone system now supports an optional integrated, unified communication and collaboration solution (UCC) which includes extending the multiple voice and data communication capabilities of a desk phone to an iPhone. Similarly, this solution brings the same features and functionality to MAC and PC laptops.Once the Alcatel system has been equipped with the UCC application, employees using iPhones simply download the free-of-charge iPhone application which then extends the capabilities of Alcatel’s advanced business phone system to virtually anywhere.This solution makes it easy for employees who, at any time, are remote from the office to see if their work colleagues are available by phone, including being able to see if they are currently on a call, or through email. The office phone solution makes it possible for users to remotely access their voice mail, email, faxes, contact lists, communication history or a shared calendar, thus increasing employee efficiency and productivity and delivering improved business continuity and customer service.Further mobility solutions can be provided according to the customer needs. A proximity mobility solution with wireless desktop telephony equipped with blue tooth handsets. A pure voice mobility solution with DECT base stations and DECT handsets. A voice and data solution with Voice over wireless local area network (VoWLAN) that delivers fully featured telephony services with Alcatel IP wireless phones.With IP technology at its core, the Alcatel OmniPCX Office (Rich Communication Edition) phone system provides a personal communications manager, an advanced call center solution, secure high-speed Internet access, advanced TDM and IP telephony and LAN switching in addition to the mobility solutions mentioned previously.With growth in demand for advanced mobile devices boasting powerful processors, abundant memory, larger screens, and open operating systems, smart phones have outpaced the rest of the mobile phone market for several years. With this rapid development of smart phones and the power that IP brings to business telephone VoIP solutions, the future for unified communications, collaboration and mobility solutions is virtually unlimited.A recognized leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel leverages the unrivalled scientific and technical expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry, to provide solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users.