Tips for Choosing
Hardware and Software for your Company
Your choice of hardware and software will have a huge impact on
the productivity of your personnel and your company’s bottom
line. You need the right tools to get the job done right. Computers
consist of two main elements, namely hardware and software. Hardware
refers to the physical elements such as the computer hard drives,
screens, printers, etc. You can touch hardware. Software is the
interface that you use to perform certain actions on your computer.
Always Buy Legally and Register your Software
It is always important to buy legal hardware and software and to
register the products that you purchase. By registering your software,
you are often able to receive additional upgrades, service and support
at no additional fees. Add-ons, plug-ins, useful tools and information
from the software company can benefit your company’s use of
purchased software. If you are using Windows then you will need
to register your Windows software in order to be able to download
important service packs and updates.
Pirated software is hacked to take out the copy protection. This
affects the performance of the software. This affects the performance
of the software and can cause freezing/crashing on your PC and conflicts
with other legitimate software programs. Pirated software results
in your paid employees being unable to do their job, which affects
their performance and your business’ bottom line.
Proper licensing also ensures that you are legally protected in
the event of an audit.
Consider the After-Sales Service and Guarantee
Software and hardware are often costly and should come with good
after-sales service and a good guarantee. CDN Technologies’
business computers and servers always come with a 3 year on site
parts and labor warranty. We strive not only to satisfy you, but
to delight you long after your purchase. If you have any concerns
or questions about your purchase – simply call us and we will
take care of it right away. We’ll go the extra mile for you.
Consider the Company that the Hardware or Software is from
CDN Technologies only represents proven brands within the IT industry.
We deliver, install and service the products that we sell.
It is also important to think about where the hardware or software
is from and whether this is a recognized and well established source.
Retail computers come with bundled software packages that are not
compatible with your network software, and by the time you purchase
the required software you have over paid and have voided the 1 year
manufacturer’s warranty. Always ask about these before choosing
the products that you are going to use.
What Will It Be Used For and Who Will Use It?
Another important consideration to take into account when choosing
hardware and software for your company is what function you want
it to perform and who will be using this. Each computer should compliment
the user and the software that is being used. A computer and peripherals
that are used for Auto-CAD, Pro-E engineering or graphics, should
be different than the computer your receptionist, accountant or
sales person uses.
A business server is a different type of computer than a PC. It
is used by every person, computer, printer, and any peripheral within
your business. A PC does not have the components to withstand the
workload of a server, and will ultimately fail resulting in company
downtime that affects your bottom line.
CDN Technologies’ business servers and computers have a standard
on site parts and labor 3 year warranty to withstand consistent
What Basic Software and Hardware Should All Offices Have
1. Reliable computers that don’t crash
2. Fast, consistent internet
3. Email that works and is not full of spam
4. Fast access to all data
5. Back ups in case information gets lost or stolen.
There are some basic hardware and software elements that most offices
should have. This basic hardware and software includes a security
package including fire walls, anti virus, anti spam and anti spyware;
a router, hub or switch, and server for the network; and of course
the computer systems themselves. In addition you will require an
office package which should consist of a word processor, spreadsheet,
and database software, email software and an accounting package.
CDN Technologies can assist you in selecting the right hardware
and software for your business. When considering software you should
ensure that it is able to perform the tasks you need it to and be
used by all the employees that need it. Your hardware and software
is the core of your business. CDN Technologies can select the right
amount and the correct hardware and software requirements for your
particular needs, today and for your growing business tomorrow.