There is a relationship between the business and the technological aspects in the formulation of an enterprise network. This can be called business-IT alignment. In this way, a business is able to achieve its objectives. There are, however, many hurdles that lay on the way of such initiatives in any business. One of them is the nature of this form of alignment between technological and business aspects, which have a number of differences, such as culture, for example. Their objectives may also be different. Another challenge may stand behind the ignorance of either side of benefits that can be achieved for both of them in this initiative (Sundblad & Sundblad, 2007). The outcome of network designing is usually a high-value technological system of communication, which returns are not worth it.
Most businesses tend to lay emphasis on technological programs that are easily integrated, regardless of whatever processes the business conducts. The business would also like a system that enables its employees and clients receive whatever information they need easily. The financial investment into the system and its security are also important. These last two areas are the key objectives for information technology personnel designing a network system. Therefore, it is necessary for a network designer to consider the first two so that any decision the business undertakes be effective. The feedback from this system has to be easy to access so as to know the effectiveness of whatever the business is doing. Finally, the design has to incorporate whatever strategy the business undertakes and have its basis on the enterprises’ structure. The business can then adapt to the changes that occur in its lifespan (Sundblad & Sundblad, 2007).
The information technology department is given the task of formulating its own strategies independently. Some important platforms in the network are to be managed by the same organization. They are: the intelligence systems in a business, its identity, data storage, and the acquisition of data and information. The business also contributes with important functions to the network, which include managing its relationship with other businesses, vendor management, and integrating into the software system. This approach is bound to change with time as a result of the recent innovations and changes in technology (Cisco, 2008).
For instance, there is a possibility for a business now to outsource all the storage of its data and information to another company outside its IT department. Some of the innovations, such as mobile computing and ad hoc networks, may be too expensive implementation in the business network, and thus, require another company's inputs. Virtualization, for example, would need some adjustments in the network infrastructure of a company. Even though, it would provide the business with some advantage. Changes would be necessary in the network design to save costs on its implementation and maintaining. One possible change is to centralize the computing environment of users and create a virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Client delivery protocols, which are remote, should also be used together with appropriate software solutions (Bort, 2011). The time does not wait, and any business needs to follow and adapt changes in the information technology not to loose competition in the market. Cisco is not an exeption.