LONDON, ON, Aug. 13 /EMWNews/ - With millions of people around the world glued to their television sets and computer screens for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, there could be a negative impact in the workplace from employees downloading streaming video, says Info-Tech Research Group. Watching the Olympics from the office may not only impede employee productivity, but could also slow network performance and interfere with critical applications. "A high volume of streaming media can easily put a strain on the enterprise network and interfere with necessary business applications like email and on-line commerce," said Jayanth Angl, senior research analyst with Info-Tech Research Group. "When a home-town hero is in the medal round of competition, the enterprise network may be pushed beyond its limits as everyone accesses bandwidth-intensive video coverage." The concern over available bandwidth is especially great since many online news sites are offering extensive live and archived coverage on their websites. According to CCTV.com, the official internet/mobile phone browser broadcaster of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, they will offer approximately 3,800 hours of Olympic coverage to the online world. Additionally, NBCOlympics.com and CBCSports.ca will provide approximately 2,200 and 1,500 hours of coverage respectively to individuals searching for an online feed of the Games. "The Olympics present an opportunity for companies to clearly communicate corporate guidelines for accessing high bandwidth content such as live streaming video," said Angl. "Some firms decide to completely block access to such material, while others enable access during lunch hour and after hours, or some other selective filtering of content to ensure the availability of network resources." By taking proactive measures and clearly communicating policy, enterprises will ensure that their employees will remain productive and their networks unfettered by high bandwidth, non-business traffic, even during compelling times like the Olympics.
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