We noticed some issues with our network that prompted us to contact Stewart and Son Computer Services. Throughout the work day, our network would slow down to almost a halt and we could not figure out what was going on. They suggested that we do a bandwidth analysis. Below are some of the issues that were discovered once we took them up on their proposal.
It made sense that our marketing team was uploading videos to the internet. What we weren’t expecting to find was the number of employees who were watching videos on company time. It wasn’t just videos from YouTube, either. We found that employees who streamed videos from FaceBook were also causing network slowdowns.
Some employees work best while listening to music. Unfortunately, music streaming services were also cutting into our bandwidth and slowing us down. Additionally, we found that video conferences and webinars also caused slowdowns.
The most surprising find, however, was the employee who was downloading videos illegally. This turned out to be the biggest productivity killer and cause of our network issues.
Cloud storage applications also ended up being an issue for our network. We found that some virus scanners were misinterpreting the files being automatically saved to the cloud. This caused the virus scanner to repeatedly scan the files while our employees’ workstations transferred large amounts of data because the files were being sent back and forth over and over.
Stewart and Son implemented employee monitoring for a few weeks and came up with an amazing solution for us. We throttled the bandwidth available to the most offending applications and ended up terminating the employee who was illegally downloading videos. We also fixed our anti-virus settings so that the issue with cloud storage stopped. Since then, our network has worked just fine and we couldn’t be happier. I can’t recommend contacting them enough!