While many people are using tablets in this day and age to get quick and easy access to applications and resources that would help them become more productive, several have also decided to keep the PC or laptop close by in case they need to do some heavy-duty work.
The problem with both the desktop PC and the laptop is that they can get sluggish after a while, destroying your productivity and that of your employees. What are you going to do when it takes a quarter of an hour to get that cursed machine on? A quarter of an hour is worth a bit of money, and that gathers up, drop by drop, to thousands of hours a year lost all due to a slow computer. That equates to several thousands of dollars going “poof” every single year.
How do you get your computing infrastructure faster? Let’s see a few suggestions from Eric Townsend, SMB & MSP Director at Intel Corporation:
- Schedule your stuff at off-hours – Your computer has a schedule for everything, from disk defragmentation to software update installations. Schedule these things at times that you don’t need the computer very much, like weekends and after office hours.
- Make regular backups – When your computer becomes unbearable, instead of reinstalling the operating system and starting from scratch, you can back up your data on a regular basis. Schedule the backups to happen at weekends and off-hours like in the advice above.
- Update/install antivirus programs – You really need to have top-of-the-line security installed in all computers within your company. If you deal with any sensitive data (and you can bet that you do), you’d do best with an enterprise-level security solution. Malware has a tendency to slow down computers and abuse their resources thoroughly. Want to know a secret? They use up resources more often because they’re poorly coded in a makeshift manner, not because they intentionally want to make your computer slow. The best virus/Trojan horse is one that doesn’t leave a trace, not even while monitoring resources.
- Create a power schedule – We’ve already told you that you can install updates and stuff at times when the computer is needed. But how do you tell the computer to turn off when it’s not installing anything? Make a power-on power-off schedule that goes around this. Give the computer about three hours to do all its updating and defragmentation and an entire day to back up data. Usually, that gives the computer more than enough time to do all its stuff. In fact, you can take this a little further and have employee computers boot about at least 20 minutes before the work day begins. This makes them more productive, since they don’t have to sit around waiting for a PC to start up.
- Consider laptops with long battery life – If you give your employees laptops, give them something that has a battery life that’s unbeatable. The same goes for tablets and smartphones. This makes their uptime more efficient.
- Get wireless devices with 3-antenna MIMO technology – Three antennas with MIMO technology ensures that laptops don’t get lost in a wireless network. They will have a strong signal strength and be able to operate from quite a distance!
You’re business depends on computers running efficiently perhaps more than you think. If you apply these practices, you will reap financial benefits while keeping your customer base happy and employee productivity at a maximum.