About 15 years ago, this question would have resulted to several hours of debate. Now, with all the gadgets and equipment that are being developed, does this question still matter? Because of technology, computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets and other devices can work seamlessly together. They can adapt to different platforms and adjust to your needs.
The right tool for the job
Perhaps it is much more a question of which is the right tool or set of tools for the job. So how do you choose which ones are right for your business? Here are some guidelines.
What needs to be done?
Determine the tasks that need to be done using a machine. If you are a small business, it is better to buy equipment one at a time. As time progresses, you will see that your requirements will increase. Get the basics first and update or upgrade as you go along. This way you don’t invest a lot of money while you’re just starting up.
Mix them up
There is no perfect combination of gadgets for your business. If you are thinking that having all Apple gadgets will create a seamless flow in your work environment then you are probably dreaming. Remember that some programs don’t work on Apple devices. On the other hand, if you prefer all Windows or all Android, you are also at risk for potential threats. Each gadget has its own pros and cons so be wise to just mix them up according to your requirements.
It’s easier (and much cheaper) to just change devices than to install a system to integrate all your devices.
Now that you know what hardware to get, it’s time to figure out what software fits your business. This will be determined by your employees. Like the gadgets, you have to figure out which employee does what specific task. You may need different apps for each employee. You can use cloud programs to access your data and files anywhere. You can also set these so your employees will only have limited access to files. You may also need to buy specific software such as accounting or Windows Office.
Like the hardware, you must purchase software slowly. Upgrade when needed. Make sure that your staff will use the software and that they will become more productive.
Technology is changing fast and you don’t necessarily have to have all the latest gadgets. Grow your equipment inventory slowly to ensure that you are getting the best deal out of your money.
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