The first criterion for evaluating technology is based on the old adage about there being no free lunches. This can also be true with technology, though free or near-free, can cost a a business significantly more in time and frustration.
Hoboken, New Jersey (PRWEB) December 05, 2013
Though businesses have many hardware and software technology options today, choosing the right ones can be challenging. A new article from eMazzanti Technologies, an IT support and computer consultant in the New York City area, gives three guidelines that can be helpful.
"The first criterion for evaluating technology should not be based on it being free," said Jennifer Mazzanti, president, eMazzanti Technologies. "No-cost technology can require businesses significantly more in time and frustration."
Interface and Support Issues
Saving money in any way possible is a top priority for most small business owners, but when it comes to choosing technology, it pays to think through the downside of a free solution. No-cost software programs may have some of the features needed, but getting it to interface with separate business applications can be a huge challenge.
Also, no-cost technology often means businesses won’t have access to tech support when something does go wrong, and the company will be on its own to learn the ins and outs of the technology. If a company wants to ensure it can learn how to use a solution, and get professional help integrating it with other applications and fixing issues when they arise, a sound alternative to no-cost is to pay a reasonable monthly or annual subscription for cloud solutions. Known as "software-as-a-service" or SAS, providers such as Microsoft and HP offer inexpensive solutions that are familiar and easily integrated into a businesses’ network.
Choose IT Solutions that can Multi-task
Small businesses often fall into the trap of implementing technology that addresses only one specific task. For example, the need to share large files with customers or partners outside the company; so it signs up for a file-sharing service. Low cost or not, choosing a single-function software for simple tasks like file sharing might actually cost more in the long run. A business can miss out on collaboration tools and integration with email and other productivity applications that would take file sharing to the next level.
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About eMazzanti Technologies
eMazzanti Technologies’ team of trained, certified experts provide 24x7 outsourced IT support to help ensure business productivity, address challenges of growth, cloud computing, mobility, critical business continuity and disaster recovery demands. The consultancy has special expertise in manufacturing, distribution, retail and PCI compliance, financial, architectural, engineering, construction, government, educational, legal services, accounting, marketing communications, and healthcare market segments, while maintaining high customer satisfaction levels. Flexible support plans range from fixed-fee, around-the-clock network management where eMazzanti functions as an extension of a businesses’ IT staff to a custom-solution provided on an as-needed basis. eMazzanti serves the Hoboken, NJ and NYC area markets as well as regional, national and international business support requirements. The IT firm is Microsoft's 2012 Partner of the Year and on-going Gold Partner, Microsoft Northeast Region Partner of the Year, a four-time recipient of WatchGuard's Partner of the Year and has achieved the Inc. 5000 list for the fourth year in a row. Download the free article: How to Select an IT Provider here. More than 400 companies trust their IT support needs to eMazzanti Technologies. For more information contact: Carl Mazzanti 201-360-4400 or emazzanti.net. Twitter: @emazzanti , Facebook: Facebook.com/emazzantitechnologies.