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It’s Important To Have a Tech Plan For Your Buisness

on September 18, 2018 No comments

Do you have a tech plan for your business?  At Unified Technology Solutions we are happy,make that eager, to assist growing companies, or startup companies or companies of any shape and size, to create a workable, scalable technology plan. If you have ever read our blog or taken a look at our Facebook page, you already know that we advocate for working with IT professionals to configure your network, phone system, servers before you spend thousands of dollars on systems that may not be right for your computing needs.

We also help companies with Cloud Migration, anti virus software, security and mail servers. I think you probably get the idea by now, but some of you may still be skeptical. To help convince you, I would like to share an article I came across:

David Rabin, guest writer for entrepreneur.com

“1. Make a plan and map your milestones.

Startups and SMBs celebrate the drama of the business plan but can turn a blind eye to its corollary, the technology plan. Every good business plan needs a tech plan, too.

The best way to plan office technology is around business milestones. What infrastructure will you need when you reach 10 employees, or 100? Ten million in revenues, or $100 million? Technology use tracks closely with headcount and revenue generation. Both of these indices are a starting point to help project your future tech needs….

2. Recognize the strategic value.

Startups and small businesses generally focus on investors, customers and cash flow, and can often treat office tech as an afterthought, or simply an expense.

That won’t cut it in today’s hiring environment. More than half of millennials say office technology is important in deciding where they’ll work, according to a recent PwC study. In their personal lives, they’re used to investing their own money on really good tech — the latest phone, tablet or TV — so understandably they expect the same from their employers.

Office tech is a key strategic investment. It goes beyond functionality, as important as that is, and increasingly reflects the caliber of your brand, the appeal of your workplace, and whether your business is truly future-facing.

3. Benchmark against your physical space.

Real estate is usually a company’s greatest expense. The kind of space you have and how your people interact with it is the biggest factor in how you’ll be using technology both this week and next year.  Real estate is also more fluid today than ever, constantly transforming, with more variants than ever – everything from open floor plans, to telecommuting, to hoteling, which eliminates assigned seating and lets everyone just perch where they want.

Making a precise, in-depth inventory of your real estate needs is key. Does your floor plan have offices with doors? Is it mostly unassigned workstations? How many of your people telecommute? Whatever your footprint, you’ll need the right technology tools to deliver what your people actually use. Balancing real estate with IT is a tough trick, but the time spent cracking this part of the code will pay major dividends down the road.

4. Set some rules and follow them.

These days, most everyone is a technology expert, at least in terms of what they know and like. Every company has one person or more who can’t live without their personal laptop and expect the company’s network to configure around it. There’s a fine line, however, between flexibility and dysfunction.

Big companies have IT standards for a reason – it’s unmanageable without them. Small companies that delay implementing standards run the risk of becoming franken-techs. The monitors bought on eBay, the laptop on sale at Best Buy, may make sense at the time but can add up to compromised performance. When it’s time to scale, you’ll likely have to rip out the gear that once seemed such a good value and start over…”

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To read the rest of the post, head on over to https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/318641

 

 

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The Most Powerful Computing Device

on February 10, 2018 No comments

computer stories, computer newsAs a parent, watching an infant as he or she begins this journey of life, can be an amazing experience. If each day we take time to really watch them. To watch them watching us, trying to mimic the movements we make as we talk to them, trying to communicate with us without yet being able to form words. It’s an exercise in sheer wonder and sometimes in utter frustration. After a time, you learn which cry means hungry, or sad, or angry, and as the child grows, they experiment with how they can make you react to their needs. It’s a great dance.

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Computers Running Slow?

on February 8, 2018 No comments

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As your computer gets older, does it seem to be running slower and slower? Are you thinking that perhaps you need a new one? Before you do anything like purchase a new computer, it would be a good idea to simply perform a few tasks which could clear out the clutter and make your system work faster. 

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What Is a Server and Why Do You Need One?

on November 15, 2017 No comments

 

What’s a server you ask? In this instance, we are addressing a fixed  server, not a cloud based server. A server is a computer that has been specifically designed to process data. It has powerful processing speeds,large data storage and software which will  manage your network of computers. A server is designed to be stationary and it’s built to be a workhorse of processing power. It has the power to keep everyone on your network sharing and collaborating. Instead of having to manually share files each end-user can be assigned the ability to access one centralized database and that in turn will allow each of you to view and update the information in real-time quickly and efficiently. Servers are also used to run operations  such as email, your office printers, calendar applications, sales leads and tracking, customer databases and other collaborative software packages.

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Adding Power to Google Account

on October 27, 2017 No comments

 

If you are like us and you have a busy office, sometimes any little thing we can do to make our systems integrate with each other work for us is a welcome upgrade. It will also be a blessing for some of our current customers. If you are already using DocuSign, Trello, and Quickbooks, it’s a nice shortcut to make a day’s workload a little lighter.  The Quickbooks add on puts a View invoice box attached to a group of all the invoices gmails you recently sent out. Keeping everything in one place. Try it out, see if you like it.

From Google Tech news:

Google is launching third-party add-ons for Gmail today. These native extensions will allow you to bring the power of services like Asana, DocuSign, Trello, Wrike and others directly to your inbox — no matter whether you are an enterprise or individual user.

If you’ve been following along, this announcement doesn’t come as a total surprise. The company first announced at its I/O developer conference in March that this feature was coming. At the time, though, this was only a developer preview; since then, Google has worked with a number of partners to bring a first set of native extensions to Gmail.

This first set of partners includes Asana, Dialpad, DocuSign (coming soon), Hire (by Google), Intuit QuickBooks, ProsperWorks, RingCentral, Smartsheet, Streak, Trello and Wrike. Unsurprisingly, the focus here is on productivity services that, for the most part, already include some connection to email. The add-ons live in the right sidepane of Gmail (though sadly they are not available in Inbox by Gmail, Google’s other email client).

Asana co-founder Justin Rosenstein told me that this will allow his customers to more easily bring tasks from external emails to the work-tracking service. It also will allow Asana users to see more details about tasks that appear in emails they receive directly from Asana or from other users.

The same is true for most of the other integrations, whether that’s the Trello add-on allowing you to turn emails into actionable tasks or the RingCentral add-on allowing you to make outbound calls and view and send SMS messages from your inbox.

What’s nice is that these add-ons also work in the mobile Gmail app on Android. As for iOS support, a Google spokesperson tells me the company is “working with Apple to bring Gmail Add-ons to iOS users.” It’s unclear when exactly this will happen, though.

As somebody who heavily relies on Trello’s Chrome-based plugin for Gmail to stay semi-sane, the idea of a native integration with Gmail definitely sounds like it’ll make life easier — especially because of this mobile integration.

You can now install these integrations from the G Suite Marketplace; if you are a developer, you can also start creating add-ons for your own organization. These Gmail add-ons join similar tools for Google Docs and Sheets that are already available in the Marketplace.”

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Setting Up Your Business Network

on September 30, 2017 No comments

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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.

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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.

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The Importance Of Training

on July 25, 2017 No comments

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What happens when you get something new? Are you excited to have this new system?  I love installing new hardware that will be less expensive to administer and maintain, and yet provide more functionailty.  But something that often happens when you try to use this new thing,is that it doesn’t work like your old system did. In fact, other than the basics, you are having trouble figuring out how to take advantage of all the new features built in to your new system.  It’s so frustrating.

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Why You Should Hire Unified Technology Solutions As Your IT Support

on July 7, 2017 No comments

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If computers are essential to running your business, and I don’t know many companies today that this is not true of, then your next hire should be us. I came across an article on just that subject in the latest Entrepreneur magazine. In this particular article the writer is advising companies to hire a full time IT person, and while I don’t disagree with that, I would suggest if you have 100 employees or less, hiring just one in house IT person will probably not be sufficient.

When you have a company to run, trying to build your business and maintain a functioning computer network at the same time could be disastrous. Computer outages can take one person out of circulation for days if it is an intermittent problem

Add to that the fact your company is running vital software packages for sales and lead tracking as well as the software required to keep your company running and NOT having an IT professional on your team is simply a bad situation.

The writer in this post on Forbes Magazine is making the case for hiring a full time IT person, or staff, as the case may be. While he is making the point for bringing on a full time IT person, there are many points in what he writes that would apply to hiring Unified Technology Solutions as your full time IT department, and even if you already have an IT person, having our services as a backup to your IT guy is always a good idea.

Give this a look and see what you think:

“…The reality of doing business in a Web-centric economy means that you have to learn how to tame all of those electrons. You have to be able to deal with the intricacies of Web sites and data storage, and not let your systems get summarily swamped. And while plenty off-the-shelf products appear deceptively “plug-and-play,” managing IT eventually will require professional chops.

The big question: When to hire that IT guy? Prominent minds disagree on this subject, but there are two basic schools of thought.

The first argues that entrepreneurs should hire an IT professional immediately. This urgent view applies mostly to companies that depend on technology for their very livelihoods–say, a social networking site like News Corp.‘s MySpace, a blog (like my own) or a company hawking an entirely new technology, such as a voice-over-Internet Protocol carrier.

“I’m surprised by how many start-ups out there don’t make IT a high priority,” says Toni Schneider, chief executive of Automattic, the Web development company responsible for WordPress, a popular weblog software platform. “There’s a big competitive advantage if you have someone who owns [your IT] and thinks about it all the time.”

The second school sees IT more as a tool to optimize performance rather than as a core competency of a business. Most entrepreneurs are in this camp. They feel they don’t need to hire a professional geek immediately, but at some point later on when growth (measured in revenues, employees or site traffic) calls for it. “ Which can be a big miscaculation.

You can read the full text of this article at Forbes.com…

What I took away from their article was this: IT should not be the ast thing a growing company thinks about implementing. In fact it should be one of the first things. To run an effective company in today’s business environment, its important to have good tools at your disposal, and functioning computers, a strong network and software which helps your company run better are three of those things. Without a presence to manage those three items, company owners are going to struggle.

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Small Business and the Economy

on May 23, 2017 No comments

 

There are several pages on Facebook where growing companies can post employment opportunities. It seems there are positions open for people who are qualified to do the work. Most of the positions are for skilled tradesman, but there are also schools, healthcare companies and tech companies who are searching for people to fill their vacancies. I belong to a local BNI chapter, and at least once a month one of the businesses in my chapter asks for referrals to people in their field who may be looking to move to a new company.

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