More Bandwidth ≠ Greater Productivity
November 21, 2007
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Business Week published an article, “Ten Penny-Pinching Ideas for 2008” (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/nov2007/tc20071120_184990.htm) which got my attention. No, it wasn’t the sarcastic reference to “the best ways to soak your overpriced tech consultants for free advice” in the opening teaser.
It was my disagreement with # 1 (and how does this qualify as a “penny-pinching idea”??):
“1. Increase your network bandwith.
Faster is better. Just ask Laurie. She found that the faster she could enter an invoice, print a check, or record a customer order, the faster she could get on to the next productive task. ”
Getting off to a bad start, the author mispelled “bandwidth”. But my disagreement is that faster network bandwidth will help Laurie print a check or enter an invoice. Now, I know a lot of Lauries, and not one of them would become more productive by simply installing a larger pipe.
A better UI, or leaner, less buggy, code perhaps. Maybe some more training. But I seriously doubt more bandwidth equals greater productivity. Organizations already overspend on bandwidth and network infrastructure. Yep, it sure is great to have that new OC-3 at work so we can pull down all those YouTube videos, junk emails, and bloated crapware.