Money Saving IT Tips for Small Business (Part 4)

piggy_dollars.jpgSmart investment in IT solutions for your business can actually help a small business make more money. IT is also an area where sometimes small changes can yield big savings.
CDW has put together some money-saving IT tips for small businesses, which are sharing in a series of 5 parts. Here is the fourth set of tips:
Networking and communications:

  • Consider web-managed switches (smart switches) offering many features of managed switches at close to unmanaged switch prices.
  • Avoid the cost of dropping cables by equipping your office with a wireless (802.11 Wi-Fi) network.
  • Add to office productivity by saving staff the time and hassle of having to delete unwanted e-mail by using anti-spam filtering software.


  • Switch your phone service to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and save nearly 40% on local calls and as much as 90% on international calling.
  • Save about 40 percent in cabling costs for new buildings by using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for telephone service.
  • Use the same staffer for network, data and telephone setup and maintenance by switching to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone services.
  • When appropriate, use Skype for collaboration (conference calling), especially for international calls.
  • Use audio, video and multimedia conferencing and collaboration software and web services as an alternative to expensive travel.


  • Instead of file servers, use lower-powered, lower cost and easier-to-administer Networked Attached Storage (NAS) appliances.
  • If you have a lot of files, consider de-duplication software to reduce space demands and eliminate the need to purchase extra storage.

See the rest of the tips here:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

One thought on “Money Saving IT Tips for Small Business (Part 4)

  1. John J. Manfreda

    Collaboration software such as PBWIKI or Central Desktop are great tools for projects that require a varied group of individuals. The pricing is by user and the access is entirely via the internet. There is no need to provision any hardware or software and the contents of the site can be saved as HTML source. I have been using PBWIKI with several of my clients and it is proving to be a an invaluable tool. It allows for unlimited disk storage for file shares.
    John J. Manfreda
    solving through simplicity

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