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Cure workplace football fever

In spite of reports to the contrary, it's entirely possible for businesses in Northern Ireland to help workers enjoy the excitement of this year's World Cup without affecting productivity or bringing their networks to a halt.

It's true that significant advances in video streaming since the 2006 Cup mean that businesses will be dealing with increased network traffic if workers stream games online.

Rather than trying to crack down on workers who want to watch the games, we'd advise businesses to make sure their networks are match-fit, so critical systems remain unaffected by a surge in demand for bandwidth.

Another alternative is to consider remote or flexible working to minimise the impact of these big games, or allow employees to watch from a central TV.

The World Cup may well be a nail-biter for fans, but there's little reason for the same feeling to be replicated across Northern Ireland's IT departments.

ALAN WORTHING

Virgin Media Business Northern Ireland

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