Chapter 1. Business and Technology

Most businesses rely on at least one network for their smooth, efficient functioning. A small company that takes credit cards relies on the network or Internet to get purchases approved and recorded. Even a cash-only company relies on the bank’s network when it deposits its money. Networks have become essential parts of business infrastructure, critical to business operations. Who bridges the gap between business and technology? The same person who bridges the gap between a family’s needs and the design of a new house—the architect. A network architect develops and implements technical solutions to business problems.

This reliance on the network makes the job of the network architect more difficult in some ways ...

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