12 December 2016
2 min read
There are enough models of laptops, PCs, printers and smartphones to make even the most tech-savvy people hesitate before deciding which to buy next. As if that wasn’t enough to think about, you’re likely going to be using your tech for a minimum of three years, so there’s extra pressure to make the right decision.
We’ve put together a list of considerations that’ll help you make the right decisions about technology, faster:
Need vs want
Everyone would love the latest smart device, super slick laptop or a monitor the size of a home cinema screen, but realistically how many of us really need that? Walking the line between job function and perceived value can be tricky, so giving people what they genuinely need is important.
Instead of taking requests on specific models of devices, talk to managers of departments or review IT logs about issues that have been raised by users over and over again. If Helen in your sales team complains about poor battery life on her laptop, or Fred’s headset keeps cutting out mid-call, then it’s clear that their tech is stopping them from performing essential job functions and lowering productivity.
How much control do you want?
The buying model is slowly fading away, being replaced by leasing and ‘As-a-Service’ services, such as HP DaaS (Device as a Service). Instead of spending time managing processes and services, as well as the physical hardware that runs them, you are freed up to focus on other aspects of the business.
You might like the idea of being in total control of every part of your business tech, but just because the expert providers are running things remotely, it doesn’t mean you lose any awareness or decision making. In fact, it gives you a chance to take oversee without wasting resource on management, which in turn gives you the chance to plan proactively and tactically.
Talk to your providers
It might seem like an obvious thing to do but technology providers like HP will provide more than boxes of printers and laptops on demand. Understanding how businesses run is key to helping them grow, and having external experts look at your requirements and match them to their products is one of the easiest ways to get what you need. Make the most of the free advice available to you and use this to make initial decisions.
A good technology provider will partner with your business, looking for ways you can use their products to improve productivity and grow – all within budget. For example, discovering you could change your printers and save power, improve print security and lower your overall cost of printing is invaluable for most businesses.
By keeping these three ideas in mind with it’ll become a lot easier to cut through the problems and get the expert advice you need to keep your employees happy and productive.
Want to discuss your requirements? Get in touch with our team for some free, expert advice.