Factors Considered Important In Implementing Local Area Networks (Lans)
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Information Systems are fast becoming a common feature in many organizations as they attempt to exploit the numerous advantages these systems offer. Local Area Microcomputer Networks (LANs) are the result of the need for cost effective Information System. LANs are a relatively new technology and therefore problems are bound to occur when implementing them. This project's objective was to identify factors that need to be considered when implementing LANs. Views of organizations. vendors and consultants were sought. A questionnaire was administered to a sample of 30 organizations and 25 vendors and consultants. The resul~s of the analysis of the data collected indicated that the most important factors to be considered in implementing LANs are: 1. LAN is a novel and fast changing technology. 2. Information for planning a LAN is not widely available. even when available it is not always reliable. 3. Post implementation maintenance of LANs is challenging. 4. Organizational politics impact on LAN implementation. 5. Difficulty of appraising cost elements in a LAN. 6. Tendency to under-utilize LAN systems. 7. Implementing a LAN is part "selling" part technical operation. 8. Need for a comprehensive security policy regarding a LAN. over dependence on built in LAN security features should be avoided. 9. Optimizing components of disparate qualities in a LAN is challenging. 10. LAN maintenance is a continuous ongoing process.