Fast Fixes for Pressing Problems

 

Time has a way of sneaking up on us. Despite the flow of time being one of the most dependable things in life, it can still come as a shock to find out that the fax machine was invented the same year people were traveling the Oregon Trail [1], or that there is more processing power in a modern graphing calculator than in the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon [2].

So if the fact that half of the year is already over surprises you, don’t worry. Now is the perfect time to take stock of your business IT plans, adjust to new mid-year developments, and make sure you’re ready to meet your goals. To help you finish strong in 2015, here are five fast, high-impact ways to address your pressing tech needs.

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Easy Ways to Cut Printing Costs

Our businesses and organizations generate more paper than ever and everyone struggles to control the blizzard of paper we all consume daily. Managing printing whether using HP's or other solutions can save real money. We help manage the printing costs of numerous local organizations. Let us help you.

It’s relatively easy to take your office printers for granted. Did you know that there is often a significant opportunity to reduce costs and IT workload by making simple changes to your office printing environment?

Here are five ways your business can start reducing printing costs today:
 
1. See things from both sides
Saving on printing costs doesn’t mean you should stop printing altogether—it just means being strategic about hitting “print.” According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average office worker in the U.S. prints 10,000 sheets of paper each year. By taking advantage of your printer’s duplex printing function, you instantly cut your paper usage. Coupled with other smart printing habits, the savings add up quickly.

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IC EdTech Day - March 19th

The Computing Center will be participating in the 25th Annual Education Technology Day at Ithaca College on Thursday, March 19th. We will be working with our friends from Hewlett Packard showing their latest tablets, notebooks and computer systems. 

Ed Tech Day is a regional technology event that attracts over 1,600 people annually from the upstate New York region. National manufacturers will be in attendance  including Adobe Systems, Apple, Dell, Epson, Hewlett Packard, and Microsoft.

While one of the primary audiences for the event is the higher education community, the event is open to everyone.  There is plenty of information that is of interest to K-12 education, the business and not-for-profit communities. At the event you'll be able to talk directly with representatives from major computer and technology manufactuerers and suppliers, explore educational applications, learn how technology is being used today in and outside of higher education and see what can be expected in the coming years. 

The 2015 show will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Emerson Suites and adjoining areas of the Campus Center at Ithaca College. The show features a Vendor Technology Showcase, a College Showcase, and a series of seminars. 

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Hidden Costs in Using Old Hardware

Desktop PCs aren't dead.  They play significant roles in most of our businesses and organizations.  Although written from a Hewlett Packard point of view, this article's message is relevant regardless of the brand of equipment in use.

In today’s era of notebooks, tablets, and smartphones, mobility is a high priority—making small businesses more dynamic and responsive in an on-the-go world.

That reality, however, should not detract from the important role desktop PCs still play in today’s business environment, delivering more power, more robust upgrade options, and more functionality compared to their portable counterparts.

While large enterprises typically refresh their desktop PCs once every three years, small businesses tend to hold on to their PCs for five to seven years [1]. Older hardware, however, often slows operations and sparks hidden costs. In fact, PCs more than four-and-a-half years old are estimated to cost 50 percent more to support and take 50 percent longer to perform many tasks [2].

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You've got (great) email!

(Editor's note: These days, much of our communication takes place via email. At The Computing Center, our staff sees well over 1,000 emails each working day that are NOT deleted or quarantined by our spam filtration system.  This is an excellent article regarding making your emails more compelling and read by those receiving them.)

Do your business emails get ignored, cause confusion, or get deleted before they’re ever opened? If your emails aren’t getting results, first be sure you aren’t falling prey to these bad email habits. Then ask yourself honestly if you’re making any of the following common email mistakes:

Instead of doing this:
Sending emails from unprofessional email addresses or unfamiliar usernames—If you’re using a free email domain and/or a made-up email “handle,” your emails risk being deleted. An email from cutekitty@hotmail.com is likely to be perceived as spam.
Do this:
Be professional
—Save the free email domain for personal emails. For business, obtain your own company email domain and create email addresses incorporating your name and that domain (i.e., Sue.Smith@Smithandjones.com).

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