I predict that the worst is over; it can only get better from here. In 2002, the Internet will emerge as a solid, stable business communication mechanism. Companies will realize the true cost-saving potential of the Web as they slowly begin to rely on it for business-to-business transactions, voice-over-IP, mobile and real-time communications. The hype of the late '90s is over and the dot-coms are done. The Internet is ready to spend the next decade maturing.
Tony Northrup, MCSE and Compaq ASE, has been implementing Microsoft Windows NT and 2000 networking solutions since the first generation of the product. He has worked as a consultant at some of the largest corporations in the United States, implementing Windows-based networks in a variety of environments. Tony is currently responsible for Web hosting architectures at Genuity. He is the author of "Introducing Windows 2000 Server and NT Network Plumbing," co-author of "Networking Essentials Unleashed," and has served as technical editor for half-a-dozen Microsoft Press books on the Windows platform.