Operating a small business offers a wealth of challenges. Having the right tools and resources at your disposal can make running a business far more efficient.
Choosing the right computer system for your company is a major decision that can influence the efficiency and productivity of your operations. Business computer systems should make it easy to share resources and data, save and back-up important files, and minimize the amount of other technologies needed throughout the office.
If your company relies on technology, there are several factors that you should consider when investing in a computer system for your small business. It’s important to address a number of attributes when shopping for a business computer system. In this article, we will highlight some of the most important components you should take into consideration.
For most small business computer systems, it’s important to make sure that each computer is equipped with at least 60 gigabytes of hard drive space. This is typically not a big issue, for most modern computers offer more than 60 gigabytes.
However, some businesses that work with a lot of video, audio, and other rich media files should consider opting for computer hard drive space with a higher capacity. A system that offers about 200 gigabytes (and upwards to 500 gigabytes) will enable users to save files locally before transferring them to a network. This can make many internal processes much more efficient for your small business.
Take into consideration any software that may be included with each computer system you are considering. Depending on the type of business you run, the cost of software can be very expensive. So if a computer systems is a bit more expensive than it’s alternative, assess the inclusion of software. A software suite that costs over $1,000 can be a significant difference maker when investing in a complete system for your business.
When comparing different computer systems for your business, take a moment to check the speed of the systems’ network cards. Opt for computer network cards that support at least 1 gigabyte of speed (even if you expect to utilize network support of only 100 megabytes.) Selecting network cards with higher speeds offers more room for growth (and eliminates the need to replace costly hardware in the future.)
It’s important to take graphic cards into consideration for each computer. Find out if the graphic card is built into the computer’s motherboard, or if a standalone option is available.
Choosing a built-in graphics card is a perfectly fine option for basic small business office, however companies that handle video editing, design, and other forms of media production will surely need to invest in a standalone video and graphics card.
When comparing the level of memory in each computer system, check to ensure that each platform has a minimum of 1-2 gigabytes available. Although it’s possible to upgrade and buy additional memory, the expense to install a new memory card can be quite costly. For this reason, it’s typically best to invest in sufficient memory while purchasing the complete computer system.
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This article was contributed by the technology advocates of Facet Technologies, Inc. – a professional provider of business IT support, consulting, and computer system services.