Saving money in an ever changing world of technology
By Tim Weeks
In today’s high tech world, computers are an integral part of business and
personal life. With the “latest and greatest” thing coming out every three
months it can be a daunting task to understand what you really need versus what
is simply hype. You can go online and read articles or talk to your peers about
what they are using, but all that takes time.
When it comes to technology for business the most important thing to keep in
mind is that the needs of your business drive your technology needs, and never
the other way around. One of the most common reasons we hear people think they
need to replace a computer is because it is too slow. Here are a few tips for
maximizing your technology, and avoiding unnecessary upgrades.
1. Inventory your technology, both hardware and software, so you know what you
have. You can use that information to plan for necessary upgrades and budget
2. Install necessary updates for Windows and other software regularly to make
sure your computers are protected and running correctly.
3. Perform general maintenance on your computer using built in tools or free
programs. This can include defragmenting your hard drive, running virus scans,
and clearing out your temporary files.
4. Backing up your data regularly can help to reduce the cost of recreating
information in the event that a hard drive fails. Many times this can be a low
cost replacement that can eliminate the need to replace an entire computer.
5. Blowing the dust out of the tower or vacuuming out the vents on a laptop can
also be a great way to reduce the ware on the fans, and reduce the heat of the
computer. This should be done with caution though so as to not damage anything
inside the computer.
6. A good surge protector can protect your computer from even small surges that
you may not even notice.
7. Finally understanding how technology is used in your business will help with
proper budgeting and avoiding unnecessary upgrades.
While computers can and do fail, just like a car, general maintenance can help
you get the most out of your investment. Always remember that upgrading for the
sake of upgrading is never a good investment.
Tim Weeks is the VP Sales & Marketing at TeamLogic IT located in Monroeville,