Money Saving IT Tips for Small Business (Part 3)

money_jar.jpgSmall businesses are always looking for ways to save money, and make sure the money they do invest in the business is being spent wisely.
We’ve been sharing a weekly series of money-saving IT tips from CDW. We continue here with the third set of tips:
Desktops, Notebooks:

  • Buy desktop computers for office-based employees; they can deliver more power and value for your IT dollar.
  • Save money purchasing three desktop computers for what it might cost you to buy two notebook computers.
  • When purchasing PCs, sacrificing some CPU speed while adding extra RAM can increase the value of your IT purchase.
  • Buy notebook PCs for mobile and non-desk-oriented employees to garner the added productivity of working from anywhere.
  • When applicable, consider smartphones and Portable Digital Assistants (PDAs) for staff who may not need a notebook PC.

Monitors:

  • Replace CRT monitors with LCD monitors that use a lot less power (as much as 60 percent) and generate less heat, thereby cutting electricity and cooling costs.
  • Buy the largest LCD monitor that makes sense as more screen space often translates into increased productivity.
  • Multitask using dual monitors on the desktop to save time closing and reopening applications or switching between windows.
  • Set power-management and screensavers so that computers and monitors power down when not used for a designated period of time.

Software:

  • Take advantage of money-saving software volume licensing programs often available for as few as five desktop PCs.
  • Implement time-saving software license tracking and management, often available at no charge from your software vendor.
  • When possible, switch from software licensing covering “total-users” to “number-of-active-users” in order to save on fees.
  • Consider open-source software as your server and even desktop operating system as a way to possibly cut costs.

See the rest of the tips here:
Part 1
Part 2

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2 thoughts on “Money Saving IT Tips for Small Business (Part 3)

  1. Steve Diamond

    My biggest tip for saving money on IT:
    Before you buy any software, do a thorough, formal requirements analysis to make sure you’re getting what you really need and to make sure what you think you need will really benefit your business. If you don’t have an expert business analyst on staff, hire a qualified consultant.
    This one step can save you tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars when acquiring software, whether it’s packaged, off-the-shelf or custom developed.
    Don’t take the vendor’s word for it that their product will solve your problems. Make sure that an expert is representing your interests.

  2. Miles Technologies

    “Multitask using dual monitors on the desktop to save time closing and reopening applications or switching between windows.” – In addition to saving time, the use of dual monitors can also reduce the need to print out documents, saving you money on costs associated with printing and copying.

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