Watching a business grow is very satisfying and rewarding. Whether opening a new office or employing a new person; it’s a positive step in the right direction. Upward growth often requires new office technology and IT changes to bring the new staff fully online.
At a minimum, a new computer will be needed for the employees to get started quickly and hit the ground running. New staff or an entire department may require a server, printer and / or additional networking hardware to cope with the extra demand.
It can be tempting to pick a simple solution off the shelf from the nearest retailer but a smart owner or manager should give careful consideration to how it sources and then configures its hardware and software.
In today’s tech world, manufacturers often make it easy to get set up with a new device straight out the box. Using default settings and a simple setup means a new laptop or tablet can be just plugged in and it’s ready to go, isn’t that right?
Unfortunately, setting up technology to create safe, secure and reliable business services requires a little more detail.
Setting Up Tech For Business
It is important to ensure any new technology you purchase is compatible with your existing business systems. Adding the wrong solutions to accommodate new employees can slow down the network for everyone.
Many firms talk themselves into buying the most expensive system on the market. This often makes them feel confident that the high price tag means it is guaranteed to work with anything you put to it. But this is not always the case.
Without an eye for fine detail and a good IT knowledge, combining certain solutions can cause significant network slowdown or even fail to work together at all.
Consistency Is Key
Other companies try and save money by purchasing technology based on offers and deals that are going around at that moment. Building their systems using a mixture of hardware from various vendors and manufacturers might be good in the short term but when thinking long term, this approach might not get you the great deal that you think.
Mixing suppliers can make it difficult to track where components came from in the coming months and years. Warranties, service agreements and support can become hard to track down when problems occur. Money saved when purchasing the equipment can then be lost when you waste time chasing down paper work and suppliers.
Sourcing replacement parts and supported peripherals can be made more difficult when components are mixed too.
Purchasing identical or similar hardware can make swapping components fast and straightforward. When systems are consistent, both parts and knowledge can be shared throughout the entire business. A smart decision today can eliminate costs, time and headaches later.
Unexpected issues appearing at the last minute can have large consequences on workload and deadlines. Sharing everything from chargers to memory can help to reduce and mitigate IT risks. Consistent hardware, swappable components and even considering a supply of spares can take care of many potential headaches.
Also items on special are usually old models. So why waste time purchasing old equipment when it will be slow and out of date at an even quicker rate than purchasing modern and up to date systems.
In business, first impressions are critically important. Whether setting up a new office or getting an employee ready to start, a professional attitude goes a long way. Good IT that’s ready to work sets a professional tone to your staff and customers.
IT that supports and enhances operations is infinitely better than IT that gets in the way. Using consistent and well-known solutions the first time avoids wasting time, maintains performance and reduces costs.
Our goal is to ensure your hardware meets your business needs. A professional setup ensures your IT helps and does not hamper your business growth.
Contact DP Computing for a professional setup to make sure nothing stands in the way of your businesses growth.