Technology as we knew it even 10 years ago is evolving much differently than any of us would have imagined. Our smart phones have more computing power than many of the devices we owned when we were younger.
As 2017 comes to a close, we are all going to be busy trying to get through Holiday preparations, out of town visits, company coming to town and end of the year tasks at work. My partners and I have been discussing how we are going to grow our business in 2018, and I think it would be a safe bet that many of you are thinking about the same thing.
Laptops. On the one hand they provide us with the flexibility to take our work with us. On the other hand, they are much more fragile than a desktop, often times they are slower than a desktop, and most people don’t drop their desktops. Laptops and cracked screens are practically synonymous.
For a while it seemed like innovation in the laptop segment in the market had stalled. However, lately, I have seen the offerings in the laptop arena are getting better. Microsoft Surface was lovely to look at when it was first released, and for some applications, it well outperformed some of the other offerings on the market. HP had a good reputation for a time, but then their laptops began to garner less than stellar reviews. It looks like they are set to redeem themselves with a new line of high-end laptop/tablets which are positioned to give the Microsoft Surface a run for it’s money
Larry Dignan for Between the lines had this to say about the new Spectre Line:
HP outlines new business PCs, targets smart office, collaboration | HP hits its stride: How PCs and printing have stabilized, rebounded
Among the key points:
Both laptops have the 8th generation Intel Core processor.
The HP Spectre 13 is built from CNC aluminum and carbon fiber and comes in ceramic white with pale gold accents or dark ash silver with copper accents.
Up to 4K high resolution displays.
Up to 1TB PCIe SSD and memory up to 16GB.
And up to 11.5 hours of battery life.
The HP Spectre x360 has a battery life up to 16.5 hours and comes in natural silver or dark ash silver with copper accents.
Up to the same resolution, storage and memory options as the HP Spectre 13.
A Windows Ink Certified pen.
And an integrated privacy screen.
According to HP, the Spectre 13 will be available Oct. 29 starting at $1,299.99 and the Spectre x360 will run you $1,149.99.”
It will be interesting to read the reviews once the product is actually released. Some of the early reviews are saying that while HP has managed to clean up issues from the past, delivering a sleek, state of the art product, they are holding their opinions for the time being. Once it’s fully released we will see how it holds up and performs in the real world.
At Unified Technology Solutions we work with companies of all sizes. In each situation, there are differing needs for computing power, servers and phone systems, but what is common to each of them is the need for a plan and some forethought. Too many times we are brought in after the decisions have been made, and we could have helped these companies come up with a better plan.
Before you finish your business plan, or your plan for expansion, it is a wise idea to call in some expert help to design a network to meet your computing needs. People are the most important element in any company, followed closely by the tools they will use to keep that company running efficiently. The better the plan, the more efficient the company can be.
While there are companies who invest in laptops for their employees, unless you have people who often work in the field, a better choice maybe desktop systems.It’s easier to keep data secure when the system stays in the office.Desktops stand up better to wear and tear, plus there are desktops that are easily upgraded when more computing power is required. Depending upon the type of work you do, having more than one monitor to enable your people to have multiple screens available could be important.
Operating systems and servers are also up there in importance. In fact, when you are running a network, I would venture to say it’s of primary importance,. The server software has to be able to efficiently run the entire network without slowing people down, and it may be that you need more than one server. It also eliminates the need to the same data to be stored on multiple computers. The server can be set up so that collaboration between different departments is possible. It can also be that certain files will not be available to everyone, such as employees personal data and payroll, or customer files. Cloud storage and backup is another option, depending upon how you feel about keeping your data somewhere other than on site. Sometimes a combination of on-site servers with cloud backup is the best way to go.
There is also the question of how to integrate mobile devices such as tablets and cell phones into your network. Tablets and cell phones enable your people to communicate with you while they are out on the job. There are so many useful apps these days which will run on tablets which can allow your people to do things like estimates, plans and drawings right at the customer site. These are great tools, but along with these tools comes the need for better security and software to properly interface the devices in with your network.
We are happy to work alongside you to make certain you have the right tools for your current workload, but also have a system that can grow as your company grows.