Get ready for some changes

No one following the ever-changing IT industry can afford to stand still for too long and Network World Canada is no exception.

It’s been a few years since NWC has undergone a facelift so, as I mentioned briefly in a previous editorial, a redesign of the publication is underway. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the changes you’ll see inside the publication in the near future.

The most important change will be to make the magazine even more useful to readers. NWC already offers up the latest news on networking products and services and puts that news in context by including comments from industry experts and people actually using the technology.

In the redesign NWC will include more articles on how to overcome particular networking problems. Also included will be pieces listing tips for better managing and operating networks.

The product sections at the back of the book will be completely revamped. NWC will still serve up news and reviews of the latest networking hardware and software, but after the redesign readers will see more articles on network management.

NWC has covered network management in the past, but with ever-more devices and services moving onto the enterprise network, management is a topic that deserves more regular coverage. The new section will look not only at management hardware and software, but also offer up advice on how network managers can get a handle on the traffic running over their networks.

Another focus for the back sections will be network building. In the past NWC has looked primarily at hardware in the Infrastructure section.

After the redesign the publication will feature more pieces on network architecture, cabling and advice on building networks. The new section will also offer tips on how network managers can get the most out of their existing infrastructures.

NWC’s staff is also going to work at making the publication more interactive for readers. Obviously there are limits to how interactive a print publication can be, so NWC will use the Web to stay in touch with readers and give the magazine’s audience more of an opportunity to provide us with feedback.

Finally NWC’s editors and writers are looking to make the publication more fun. Readers should keep their eyes peeled for more offbeat articles and hopefully more puzzles along the lines of Brain Cramps.

If readers have any suggestions for things they might like to see in the redesigned magazine they can send an e-mail to (No requests for Page 3 Network World Canada boys or girls please.)

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