Choosing technology today can be an overwhelming prospect for any business. There are many options to choose from. Gone are the days of computers that filled up warehouses and monochrome monitors.We are overwhelmed by technology ads. Buy this! No! Buy that! The list of products seems almost limitless. Products like computers, tablets, smart phones, wireless printers, cloud computing, wi-fi and many other products and services are available. There are many new and improved products coming into production.
How can you keep track of it all? E-N Computers helps businesses customize a plan for choosing technology. Systems are built on certain core fundamentals.
- The core function of the business. What do you do? Are you an accounting firm, a medical office, a detention facility?
- The type of software that your company will be using. Do you use CAD? Multiple copies of financial software running simultaneously? Do you just run normal, everyday office applications?
- How do your employees log in to their computers? Is everyone on-site? Do a number of people remotely connect?
This customization allows the business to obtain the latest and most up to date products available. Depending on these factors, we will focus on two distinct, but inter-twined, areas of technology.
When we talk about computers, most of us think of our home PC's and laptops. In the business world, the computers look and respond the same way our home PC's do. The difference is how and what we use our business PC's to accomplish. Professional (business) grade computers are typically engineered for more reliability in operation and are usually accompanied by a better warranty should something go wrong. Though this reliability and protection will often come with a higher cost, the value is in not having to worry about the PC constantly breaking down or, if it does , not incurring the expense of replacing it. There are three types of professional grade PC's, each with their own unique attraction:
- Desktop - This is your standard computer and is ideal for a stationary workforce (i.e: manufacturing facilities, general business offices; anywhere employees are performing general tasks like e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, and any other general office applications).
- Workstation - This type of computer is generally more powerful than the standard desktop and is usually devoted to one (or several) applications that require faster processing or more power than the standard desktop. These are typically used for CAD, digital media content, and other software applications requiring more speed or power. The workstation is also expandable making it easy to add additional hardware or memory.
- Laptop - This computer is for businesses that want the flexibility of doing business out of the office. Ideal for mobile sales forces, this allows the user to make presentations, create proposals, draw up contracts, create sales orders and invoices all while still in the presence of the customer. This type of computer is generally not expandable. With the addition of a few simple tools, like a small portable printer or wireless adapter, you can have a completely self-contained office on the go.
Choosing Technology - Network Infrastructure
Now that we have touched on computers, there are two other considerations for companies when updating or choosing technology.
- Servers - Servers act as a business' main hub for storage, retrieval, and sending of files and data. They can be located on-site or as part of a data center or"cloud computing". The added advantage for servers is that they can be built from the ground up, allowing the company's specific needs to be taken into consideration (memory, storage space, processor speed). This is an important factor if your company is expanding and you are adding new employees, software, or processes. As for server software, servers can run on Windows or Mac, as well as, open source products like Linux. Databases are an integral part of server architecture, enabling multiple users to obtain information at the same time.
- Network Infrastructure - The network infrastructure is the traffic police of the office. Depending on setup, the function is to route the information to the correct location. This is achieved by the use of switches, routers, modems, firewalls, and bridges. This allows users to gain the information they need while allowing the administrators to set restrictions on who sees what information.
Does your business want to manage its own IT needs? This could include updating software, internet access, performing backups, and everything in between. This is where E-N Computers can be a valuable asset to your business.
Hand in hand with designing and customizing your PC's, server(s), and network infrastructure, E-N Computers can manage the daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that are part of 21st century business.With several options and service levels to choose from, your business can concentrate on your customers and avoid the headaches and hassles of maintaining your equipment, software, and services.