Computer Learning Month Tip From Gareth: Contact a Local IT Expert
Our Saskatoon IT Tips are from the Trusted professionals at Burnt Orange Solutions. We promise to have a one-hour response time for all your Saskatoon IT support needs. Honesty and respect are important to us. In our latest IT Expert tip Article, for Computer Learning Month Gareth discusses the importance of talking with an IT professional before purchasing computer equipment.
Happy Computer Learning Month!
If you only take away one thing from Computer Learning Month this October, it’s to contact your local IT experts at Burnt Orange IT Solutions BEFORE you purchase any computer equipment or software, and here’s why.
Computer Learning Month: Contact an IT Expert Before Purchasing Computer Equipment
I am going to be honest. I am not great at Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects. I can put up a picture and possibly put up a shelf, but I don’t trust myself enough to put anything heavy on that shelf without acknowledging that my wall may have a hole in it afterwards. Therefore, whenever my family home needs painting, fixing, or changing in any way, I call a local Trusted expert.
I am good with computers which is why I own an IT company, but I don’t own a renovations company or a dental clinic, and with good reason.
October is Computer Learning Month, and the one thing I wish Saskatoon businesses would do more of is pick up the phone and speak with a trained, professional IT expert before you purchase computer equipment or software. It would save you a lot of time, money and hassle.
‘DIY’ Tends to be Cheaper – But NOT With IT
I have many stories of Saskatchewan companies calling the team at Burnt Orange IT Solutions after they have bought equipment or software to do a particular job, only to find that the equipment they bought does not suit the task. Our team then spends days either battling with the software they have to try to make it work, or giving recommendations on what equipment is right for their needs, making for a second purchase for the company. For Saskatchewan businesses this is wasted time, money and energy that you will never get back.
A story which illustrates this, is the story of one of our clients. This Saskatoon business has been our client for a number of years now. In an attempt to save money, the company bought computer equipment based on price, not quality and without the proper information on what they really needed for what they were trying to do.
The company recently had to replace all their PCs to run a new software. They bought inexpensive, low quality computers off of eBay. Once the computers arrived, they called their local trusted IT professionals at Burnt Orange to install a new software on the PC’s provided to all their staff. This should be no problem, right?
Unfortunately it was a BIG problem! The business knew that Windows 10 was needed but other than that, there was no further investigation for what the new software needed. The company saved money in the short term by purchasing the least expensive computers for $500, but proceeded to then spend an additional $900 to make the software compatible on the PC’s.
Buy Nice or Buy Twice!
To add insult to injury, the computers the client had purchased had older processors which will only provide the service required by their staff for approximately 2 years.
At Burnt Orange IT Solutions, we spend time doing the research for you to make certain your business needs align with what software and equipment you are purchasing by providing you with the correct solution, to save you all of this exhaustion.
Like I always say, “BUY NICE, OR BUY TWICE.”
– Gareth McKee, Owner & Founder
We hope this article gave you some insight. If you want to ensure your business’s IT security, contact the Trusted Saskatoon IT professionals at Burnt Orange Solutions and we can take IT worries off your plate.
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