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Contact BCC&V and one of our technology professionals will help you make the right choices for your computing needs. We’ll deliver your Lenovo products anywhere in the Los Angeles area, set up and test every component. We can usually have everything running within 48 hours.
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Shifting office technology
Lately, I’ve found myself doing something I never thought I would do. I’ve been talking people out of buying products they want to buy from me. Imagine a car salesman convincing a customer, who came in to buy an SUV, he or she really should buy a Mini or a Smart Car.
Here’s how it goes. A customer with a small office asks for an estimate to replace older computers. I should welcome the opportunity to sell five, ten or more computers. Instead I ask whether they really need that many desktop machines. Say goodbye to that deal…or maybe not.
For most of the past few decades, an office worker’s desk came equipped with a computer, monitor and keyboard. In the early part of that period, it might have also had a printer. Network printing enabled multiple employees to share printers, reducing the need for each computer to have one of its own.
I try to get my clients to think about other options. This concept isn’t new. Lots of employees who were once tethered to a desktop computer gained freedom and mobility by switching to laptops years ago.
Now they have even more options. Some employees might need the full features of a laptop but because they access documents and applications in the cloud, a Chromebook makes the most sense. The Chromebook gives them a full sized screen, keyboard, webcam and USB ports. That choice could save the company money and provide all the features these employees need.
Some desktops might be able to be replaced by all-in-ones, computers that look like a big screen but they have all the features of a desktop including disk drives. They eliminate the need to store towers under the desk and require only one power plug.
A mobile sales force or field service personnel might not need computers at all. If they don’t do a lot of typing, they don’t need a keyboard. iPads, Android or Windows tablets can all run mobile applications including spreadsheet and document apps.
An employee who gathers information in the field such as an insurance appraiser or a real estate agent who lists homes for sale can take photos or video and transfer it instantly back to the office for posting on the web. In some cases, the employee can post images and data on the web from his or her location in the field.
The person who used to leave the office with a camera and a laptop and come in at the end of the day to load images and data onto the company server now travels much lighter. He or she probably doesn’t need a computer back at the office to get the job done. The material gathered in the field gets transferred immediately to where it can do the company the most good.
Finally, there are employees who don’t even need a tablet. Today’s smart phones have the computing power of yesterday’s desktop computers. Nearly any business challenge you can name can be solved by a smart phone app.
Not long ago, I was trying to figure out how to bill clients for an entire job including the time it took to finish it on-site. If I left my office with an invoice, then spent a couple additional hours finishing up at the client’s location, the invoice I brought with me didn’t include the those hours. I had to go back and update the invoice.
Then I discovered a service called Invoice2Go. It allows me to update an invoice from my smart phone and email it to my client or print it from my phone to the client’s printer. I can do it before I leave the client’s location. The information is kept in my online account so I can access it for accounting purposes anytime.
Business owners and managers should take the time to analyze how each employee interacts with the company’s data and determine the best device or devices to facilitate that interface. Simply ordering a set of replacement computers might make computer salespeople happy but it might not facilitate the productivity and efficiency every business owner and manager works to achieve.