Blog posts tagged with 'Efficiency'

To All You "Mulit-Taskers"

Think You’re a Productive Multi-tasker?? Think Again…

With all the distraction out there—e-mail, music, phone calls, and texting—it’s easy to think we’re doing a lot of things at once and doing them well or being productive on major tasks or projects. A slew of studies, one of the most recent done by M.I.T., say otherwise. Our brains are just not geared toward doing too many things all at once, especially tasks that require the same part of the brain to accomplish, such as talking and writing. Sure we can walk and chew gum and listen to music at the same time, but walking is so ingrained in us that it takes little conscious thought to do. Listening to music is generally a passive endeavor and chewing gum a mindless task.

Yes, there are a few people who can genuinely keep track of and successfully complete multiple tasks seemingly at once or in rapid succession, but most of us need to focus on one thing at a time. That’s not to say a lot of people can’t switch their focus quickly, but that’s where the myth of multi-tasking takes root. People think they’re juggling several things at once, and maybe they are, but they’re focusing on and completing a single task in the grand scheme of things before moving onto the next. But there also comes a saturation point.

For me personally, I make much better progress on certain things when I’m not answering phones and being interrupted every five minutes, when I can focus my attention on that one task and get into a rhythm and go, go, go.

Do you consider yourself a multi-tasker, or are you just proficient at shifting your focus?

Jen FitzGerald
Office Manager
StormsEdge Technology

Benefits of Using Hardware as a Service (HAAS)

As we all know that replacing computers in an office can be a very expensive process. What if I told you that there is a much more cost effective method to replacing computers and On-Premise servers. This method is what we in the industry call HAAS or Hardware As A Service.

The idea behind HAAS is that instead of having to upfront the cost of replacing PCs that are considered obsolete, or have become defective, is that instead we are able to provide the PC to you on a monthly low cost, and so that anytime there is a problem with the computer later down the road, we will be able to bring you another computer right away, to minimize your downtime.

Some of the other benefits to HAAS is that you can always stay up to date with current technology, as a new PC can be delivered with the latest most efficient O.S and hardware specs needed for your needs. With the monthly rate being fixed cost, you no longer have to worry about that unexpected expense. Using this model will also be able to increase productivity from your employees not being able to get work done to countless and constant computer issues. Now with this service a lot of providers will also include remote monitoring and maintenance to the PC throughout the lifespan of the computer. One last benefit would be that HAAS is a scalable service, as needs for your business grow, all that you will need to do is add more PCs, and if there is a decline for any reason, your HAAS provider can simply pick up the PCs and you no longer have to pay for them. This will keep you from having a closet full of old computers that are not getting utilized.

So as you can see is that there are multiple benefits to utilizing HAAS from a service provider, especially if your company is rapidly growing, or even needing to replace multiple PCs for any reason.

Tracy Hazelton
System Technologist
StormsEdge Technology

Increase Employee Productivity, Simply

According to a University of Utah study, you can increase your efficiency (or your employees' efficiency) by 25% just by adding a second monitor. With multiple monitors, you can get more done since you aren't minimizing and maximizing all day long. Therefore, adding monitors can be a money maker for your company.

I have been using multiple monitor (4 to be specific) for a very long time and I just can imagine going back to a single monitor.  Furthermore, as a business owner, we implemented dual monitors for just about everyone in our office and have notices huge benefits just like the ones identified in the study.

With the cost of video cards and monitors as cheap as they are now, you could easily start reaping the benefits in just a few months on your investment. For as little as $250 let’s get down to the real numbers try filling out the table below to find good candidates for Multi-Monitors and what they would do for your bottom line.

We all know that your employees are your greatest asset in business and also the most expensive.  So, I don’t know about you, but I would gladly spend $250 to get $900 per year more work out of the same employees.

Our full article, "Increasing Employee Productivity," can be found HERE

Daniel A. Fitzgerald
Owner & President
StormsEdge Technolog

Managed Services: Part 3

The Real Benefits Of Managed Services

Put in simple terms – one of the biggest benefits of Managed Services is discovering and fixing problems before they can negatively affect your business.

A well maintained, proactively serviced computer network will always run better than the alternative. With proactive network monitoring, patch management, and desktop optimization performed on a regular basis, you will notice a tremendous difference in operations… and you will reap the benefits of preventing fires, rather than fighting them.

Reduced costs: Businesses are also able to control and reduce their overall operating costs with the flat-fee billing model. Cost-effective access to enterprise-level support is a reality

24-hour monitoring: Because the Managed Services provider also manages all of your vendor relationships, issues with internet slowness/outages, printers, phones, cell phones, websites are dealt with directly with the vendor by the Managed Service provider. As a result of this “always-eyes-on” network monitoring 24 hours per day, businesses experience an additional level of comfort and security.

Additional Benefits Of Managed Services:

1.    Increased operational efficiency

2.    Reduced operating costs

3.    Cost-effective access to enterprise-level support

4.    Minimized downtime

5.    Allows the focus to be on running the business, and not the technology

6.    Peace of mind from knowing that the network is monitored 24/7/365

Small IT companies come and go quickly – and so do the Techs

If you’ve been in business for longer then 5 years, you’ve probably hired more then one IT support company — you’ve maybe hired many. You know the frustrations of having a new technician working with your network. The question becomes “Is your technician a trusted advisor” or just a guy trying to fix your computer problems? (Find out more about finding and hiring a TRUSTED ADVISOR)

So adding another monthly fee wasn’t exactly what you were looking for?

We can clearly understand and relate to that mode of thinking. In this day and age it feels like every company we deal with is trying to figure out a way to squeeze more money out of us — especially on a monthly basis. IT support services is not immune to this change in business climate.

But that being said, Managed Services is not just a short lived fad, or a way for IT companies to fatten their wallets. Managed Services is a way for businesses to eliminate problems before they ever occur, manage their IT budgets better, and create a solid long-term partnership with an IT firm that is protecting one of their most important assets… their data.

Daniel A. FitzGerald
Owner & President
StormsEdge Technology

Is Your Technology Working For You or Against You?

Stop allowing your business to be held back by the wrong technology and get back into the competition!

If you find yourself constantly feeling like technology is slowing you down or holding you back, your technology may have not been properly integrated into your business processes.  As an example let’s take a look at a client of ours.  There’s a small marketing and advertising company in the Dallas / Fort Worth area that handles promotional based advertisement for some rather well-known brands. We were brought us in to evaluate if they need more Internet bandwidth.                                                                 

You see, one of the greatest challenges for marketing and advertisement firms is getting the Graphics and Design work completed and off to the client for their approval by the deadlines.  With graphics becoming more advanced and complex over the years, the files (pictures) have become huge.  Making it take longer and longer to get them sent to their client.

Sure you could just purchase more bandwidth, but this is a never ending tug-of-war as the company would grow and would have to continue purchasing more and more bandwidth at an alarming and expensive rate.

However, having a technology expert to ensure your leveraging technology correctly in order for it to work for your company and not against it, can prevent issue like this from happening. Want to know more? Read the full HERE!

Daniel A. FitzGerald
Owner & President
StormsEdge Technology