Is Your Business Losing Time and Money with the Wrong Technology?

You have invested a lot of time and money into the technology your office uses to operate every day. When your computers do not function as they should, productivity for you and your staff is immediately impacted. You may be losing potential productivity simply because you are not using your current technology to its fullest potential. Are Your Employees Using the Right Tool for the Right Job? Let’s face it, employees are not always productive and your business can suffer for it. However, office inefficiencies aren’t always due to lack of employee motivation. In fact, the use of the wrong tools or outdated technology is often the root of the problem. The 1907 advertising slogan, “The Right Tool for the Right Job,” is still entirely relevant in today’s digital workplace. Have you talked with your employees lately to understand where they feel they are losing productivity? They will likely be happy to tell you where they feel their computers are holding them up, or what type of solutions they need to be able to be better at their job. How to Put Your Technology to Work for You There are products and services available that with little to no investment could dramatically increase the power of your office network. For example: Productivity: Did you know that by simply adding a second monitor to a computer the productivity of the person using that computer can increase by as much as 50%?: Data Security: If you utilize an automated online backup solution for your business, your critical data (your most important asset) is more secure, more likely to be recoverable, and can...

Can Office 365 Transform Your Business?

Microsoft has invested heavily on Office 365 as the way of the future for software licencing and it clearly turned out to be a winner! Both the consumer and business markets are enthusiastic about Microsoft’s Office 365 based on its user-friendly flexibility, effective communications and online productivity solutions. Have you thought about transitioning to Office 365? Does Your Technology Support the “Time is Money” Viewpoint? Advances in technology have enabled small and local businesses to participate in the global marketplace by maximizing productivity; delivering enhanced communication capabilities; providing affordable e-marketing; and offering efficient customer service. It’s becoming increasingly common for small businesses to have user-friendly websites; online catalogs; call centers; customer relationship management tools (CRM); and streamlined inventory management systems. Technology is now primed to wring every ounce of efficiency and productivity out of a business to keep it one step ahead of the competition. How Can Office 365 Benefit Your Business? If you are an individual user or a business owner managing a team of employees, Office 365 offers many benefits including: Work Whenever and Wherever: Access your Office tools from anywhere on any device. Create and edit Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote files and share with your team using cloud-based file sharing. Even the Small Business edition can support up to 25 users. All editions provide great storage capacity for your data. You can also use Office 365 with your desktop version of Office. Email and Calendar: Sync your email and calendar with Office 365’s hosted business class email system. Stay in touch and on schedule with instant messaging. Secure and private communications are delivered across various...

Is your current Technology supporting the goals of your Business?

As a business owner, how often do you use the phrase “time is money?” It’s certainly an accurate description of how we live and work today, yet this phrase should actually be attributed to Benjamin Franklin’s 1748 essay titled “Advice to a Young Tradesman.” Centuries have passed and this maxim is still true, although the young tradesman is now a small business owner empowered by the efficiencies of technology. Does Your Technology Support the “Time is Money” Viewpoint? Advances in technology have enabled small and local businesses to participate in the global marketplace by maximizing productivity; delivering enhanced communication capabilities; providing affordable e-marketing; and offering efficient customer service. It’s becoming increasingly common for small businesses to have user-friendly websites; online catalogs; call centers; customer relationship management tools (CRM); and streamlined inventory management systems. Technology is now primed to wring every ounce of efficiency and productivity out of a business to keep it one step ahead of the competition. Do You Have an IT Strategy That Delivers Efficiency and Accountability? When it comes to efficiency, how does your business really operate on a day-to-day basis? Do you have employees manually performing the same tasks over and over again? Are you still using accounting procedures that aren’t entirely efficient? Is someone still manually sending “welcome” e-mails to new clients? Can your staff access a shared calendar and project files? If you answered with a “not exactly” response to any of the above questions, then it’s time for your business to catch-up with technology by implementing some of these new IT strategies: Remote access is one of the greatest enhancements to increased...

Creating a Technology Plan for the New Year

We all make personal New Year’s resolutions on January 1st. This year, why not commit to a few professional resolutions for your business, too? Computer Troubleshooters strongly encourages you to put a new technology plan at the top of that list for 2014. We are offering some technology planning guidelines that can help you form a strategy as you think about your business resolutions and professional goals for 2014. Technology Solutions That Can Benefit Your Business in the New Year Backup Services: Cloud services include data storage and backup systems plus access to software programs. Information stored on the cloud can be shared with other users anywhere and at any time. Data shows that 61% of surveyed small businesses are currently using some form of cloud-based service with another 5% planning to add cloud services by 2014. If your business is not currently using the cloud for backup service, it’s time to make a plan for switching over. The cloud can provide data storage plus a variety of services and benefits. Put the cloud at the top of your list. Security Measures: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) research shows that over two-thirds of surveyed companies already have employees using their own computers on the job. The advantage is that BYOD makes it easier for employees to stay in constant contact and also work from home more productively. The efficiency of BYOD comes with the responsibility on the part of the business for training employees on security policies and standards. Safeguarding your network and ensuring the confidentiality of your data is critical to the security of your business. Disaster Recovery:...