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What should I look for when buying a new computer?

Ryan Aiken

In this world of ever-changing technology, staying up-to-date and standardizing your computers can be overwhelming. It doesn’t make things easier when it seems like vendors want to sell you the high-end computers, rather than set you up with something more practical (sounds like a car salesman, right?). Looking for a new computer is going to be a lot like looking for a new car.

When you’re shopping for a new car, you tend to know the size, trim, brand, etc.… With computers, it will be the same, except with computer parts instead. Check out this guide to learn the main components that make your computer run. You can use this to make a decision about what to look for in a personal or business computer.

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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Owners & Managers

The cost of doing nothing

Chris Vilim

Getting a sleek, shiny, brand-new computer is an exciting experience. You have the opportunity to customize it to fit your needs perfectly. You have so much space for everything you’re going to need and seek to accomplish. Every program and web page works instantly, making each task feel effortless. However, technology doesn’t stand still. Innovation constantly materializes and propels the industry forward. Within just a few years, computers become incapable of keeping up with the latest updates and applications. Users start to find them moving arduously slow. The next time you find yourself or your employees in this situation, don’t just suffer through the frustration. That outdated computer may be costing you more than you think.

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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Owners & Managers

Is it time to upgrade your phone system?

Alyssa Sisco

Thankfully, phone system manufacturers have, overall, done a good job at creating a robust product that lasts for many years. But something to consider is that there's a difference between your technology still functioning and your technology working for you-- by saving time and making communication easier.For instance, you may still have a VHS player that functions, but that doesn't mean it's not time for an upgrade. Besides the generally grainy-quality of tapes and the inconvenience of having to rewind them after every use, new movies don't even come out in that format anymore. In the same way, if your phone system is stuck in the past, you're missing out on some great new pieces of software and it may be wasting more time and energy than you think.

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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Phone Systems

Why your business needs unified communications

Emily Moulder

Regardless of the type or size of business you have, the one aspect that all companies cannot afford to neglect is the way in which they communicate with customers. Unified Communications (UC) is a solution for doing just that! It is not a product but rather a combination of different avenues which boost productivity in the workplace. With collaboration tools such as instant messaging, video, conferencing, mobile applications, integrations, and voice, businesses may boost their productivity and better manage their customer relationships. Rather than switching between different applications, employees use one system to keep their office communications organized, saving time and money. If you still aren’t sure whether to implement a UC system, read on to learn more about the benefits it can bring to your business.

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Topics: Equipment Purchases

Questions to think about when upgrading your business PC's

Vee Figueroa
Creating a Technology LifeCycle Management (TLM) Plan is good way to plan ahead for technology upgrades that work within your budget process and your company needs.

While TLM encompasses all hardware, software applications, and renewals of each, a PC Lifecycle Management (PCLM) plan is an aspect of planning small to midsize businesses need to have a handle on. There is no one right way to go about technology upgrades.  Working with many different companies, I have found that it is not a “one size fits all” decision.  It is an IT Manager and Account Managers job to help each client navigate the questions they should consider before developing their PCLM plan.  

The only statement that I would make for all clients is that it is much better to have a plan than just wait for disaster to happen and then have to make decisions while in the midst of a “fire drill”.
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Topics: Equipment Purchases

Out with the old, in with the new: Is outdated technology impacting your business?

Megan Thiemann

Perhaps “good enough” isn’t really good enough. Is holding off on updating your technology holding your business back? What factors do you need to consider when holding on to outdated technology? Read on…

Impact on Productivity
So, your aging server crashed, again! Your employees are sitting at their desks waiting…all the while losing precious work hours. System downtime directly correlates to time and money lost. Updated technology and support allow you to focus on your business – not the technology problems. An outdated network, PC or Laptop not only slow your workers’ productivity, but a reliance on older hardware and software will also hinder new technology you want to incorporate into your workplace. 

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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Owners & Managers

I’m looking at new PCs & laptops at NFM and Best Buy. Is it okay to buy a consumer class computer for my business?

Joel Havenridge

Every now and then we have a client that for one reason or another ends up with a consumer class computer. They may be wanting to save money, or needed a computer for a new hire ASAP. So what's wrong with that? If it's an HP computer that should be good enough right?

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Topics: Equipment Purchases