Communication used to be simple – as long as people spoke the same language they could meet and began speaking. Then the postal system was set up. The telephone. The Internet. Today in the digital age, communication is a complex technical process. Project teams meet with each other on social networks. The sales force is equipped with tablets, and customers with service apps. Whether telephony, video conferencing or machine-to-machine exchanges – networks transport many diverse types of data and enable highly complex communication and control processes.
In a business environment this modern diversity frequently causes problems since all devices, systems and applications need to be managed and synchronized.
According to a survey of more than 600 IT managers by the market research institute Freeform Dynamics, concern is growing among European companies whether their networks can keep up with demand. Around one third of those surveyed stated that the increasing use of new technologies such as cloud computing and remote access to their company networks is the main reason for the growing strain placed on their IT infrastructure. One third of the IT decision-makers questioned anticipate even more problems in the future which will be caused by increasing compliance demands, greater use of cloud solutions and the escalation of the Internet of Things. In particular, the managers see weakness in their network performance (74 percent), network reliability and in security (66 percent respectively).
Businesses that want to adapt their networks and communication structures to this increasingly complex area can find the corresponding basic technology at CeBIT’s “ Communications & Networks ” cluster. M2M, connectivity, smart office, VoIP, video conferencing and broadband solutions are the focus of this cluster in Hall 13. Leading providers of these solutions will be showcasing their latest products which deal with all aspects of digital communication, and will demonstrate how devices and channels can be bundled into highly effective networks.