Money Saving IT Tips for Small Business (Part 1)

woman_cash.jpgInvesting money in IT solutions for your business can boost productivity, save money, increase customer satisfaction and more. On the other hand, you might invest $50,000 in new computer equipment and find your return on investment is zero, or worse – you actually LOST money on the investment because it didn’t work properly or wasn’t the right technology for your particular needs.
CDW has put together some money-saving IT tips for small businesses, which we’ll share in a series of 5 parts. Here is the first set of tips:

Purchase and support:

  • Negotiate prices and look for bulk purchase rates on systems, software and support contracts.
  • Consider replacing all PCs in the same year; you’ll see deeper discounts.
  • Sticking primarily with one IT vendor can often result in better overall deals.
  • Find the lowest available posted prices, then ask for even lower prices.

Power, cooling and space:

  • Upgrading Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs) to newer energy-efficient units can cut energy use and save money.
  • To save power, have the staff turn off their monitors, task lights, etc. on nights and weekends, while leaving the CPU running.
  • Use blanking panels in server racks and “air locking” grommets in raised-floor panels to minimize cold air loss.
  • House servers in a “cooling closet” or other area where they can be “spot cooled” instead of using general office air conditioning.

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  • Miles Technologies

    “Sticking primarily with one IT vendor can often result in better overall deals.” – This is a great money-saving IT tip for businesses! By choosing a provider who offers a complete range of technology solutions, businesses can save a significant amount of time and money while receiving more efficient services. Miles Technologies works to help customers save by providing a single-source solution for IT, software, online marketing, website design, hosting, information security, and more.

  • PJ

    Another money saving tip for the small IT enterprise is to use high-voltage UPSs such as those from Eaton. Virtually all IT equipment today is rated to work with input power voltages ranging from 100V to 240V AC. The higher the voltage, the more efficiently the unit operates. For example, an HP ProLiant DL380 Generation 5 server operates at 82 percent efficiency at 120V, 84 percent efficiency at 208V and 85 percent at 230V.
    Many users have not made this switch yet simply because they’re not aware of the energy savings and how to go about making the change to high-voltage. Good news – it’s very simple. Users can gain this incremental advantage just by changing the input power (and the power distribution unit in the rack). In some cases, it may be necessary to change a switch setting on the device. If a facility does not have 208-volt service at the server rack, an electrician will need to pull wire and add receptacles.