In this article we’re going to be giving you the best advice we can on what you should be looking at in order to select the best I.T. equipment and infrastructure for your business.
One of the first things you need to do is take a good look at your daily business activities. What is it exactly that your business does? Maybe you’re the CEO of your business. Do your day to day activities require different equipment from others working for your company? These are all important questions that you need to address way before you start paying out for costly I.T. equipment that might be totally unsuitable for your work. For example, maybe the only software is for your accounting business. In that case it would be pointless to end up paying for graphics editing software because someone suggested you get business cards.
Once you’ve analysed the situation and come to some conclusions about what you need in terms of I.T. equipment you can begin looking a little closer your options.
The Desktop Option
If most of your work will take place at the same location you might want to look into desktop computers for you and your staff. With all the various tablets and phablets currently being the hip options you might think of it as going backwards, especially if you’re setting up your new business from the ground up. But there’s a lot to be said for going the desktop route.
If you’re looking at running graphics hungry software a desktop computer would be your ideal option. With a significantly larger hard drive capacity, more RAM, and greater ability to handle sophisticated graphics, a good old-fashioned desktop computer will be your friend if you are running video or music editing software or 3D graphic design.
If you need upgrading along the way the desktop will also allow you greater ability to add memory or change elements.
The Laptop Option
If you need a little more portability but you still like a full, physical keyboard you should go for the laptop. You won’t be able to upgrade it as much as a desktop if you run out of memory or need beefier graphics. However, as far as connectivity goes the laptop option will provide you with everything that you already have on your desktop. USB ports for your flash drives and to connect to printers, HDMI to connect to monitors and TV screens, ethernet for high speed data transfer, amongst others.
While tablets are all the rage it is difficult for a lot of people to see them as viable replacements for their trusty laptops.
The Tablet Option
This should be your choice if you don’t need power and graphics hungry apps, or are happy to use stripped down versions of your desktop or laptop software, and need the freedom to work on-the-go. Tablets certainly are the fashionable choice and they do allow you to work and play in ways that a laptop doesn’t, however they are not always the most practical solution. For those who need all the physical ports that they enjoy on a laptop a tablet may not be the ideal option. An adaptor can help to solve some connection problems and a physical keyboard can usually be connected to a tablet if you don’t like the idea of typing on a screen.
While tablets are very versatile they may not be the best option if you it to run more powerful software and might not be the best choice for your company.