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There is a wealth of information out there on the internet, especially when it comes to products. Not only can you easily find out information about all different types of products available, you can read hundreds of reviews from both experts and consumers on these products.
So the question is, with all the information available these days, why would you need to work with a procurement department instead of buying yourself?
The answer has two parts: Information overload, and not enough information.
These might seem like opposing ideas, but in this case they are two sides of the same coin.
Let's look at an example to help illustrate this.
No matter how hard you try, you can't ignore social media. Channels like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are now a key way our society communicates. If you aren't already on board the social media train, you've been left behind.
What has been interesting (but not unexpected) has been the way these new channels of communication have impacted the business world. It was inevitable that at some point, businesses would have to start utilizing social media, and over the past several years, social media strategies have been developed for businesses.
It is important, as a growing business (or a business that wants to grow) that you are up to date on all the social media tools and strategies, and you know how to use them to contribute to your business.
Buying new equipment for your business can be a harrowing process. There are so many different aspects to consider that at times it can seem like an overwhelming task- especially if you are purchasing something that is a key component to the infrastructure of your company, like a server.
When you work with an outsourced IT company that has their own procurement department (like Network Depot), this helps to take some of the pressure off, because they are able to recommend the type of equipment that is best suited for your company.
There will be occasions when you purchase equipment through an IT company that you will notice a higher price on these than if you were to go to some place like Best Buy or Micro Center. So the big question is (obviously)- why does it cost so much more? And the follow up question- is it really worth the extra cost?
No one likes to talk about it, but a reality of the business world is that you have to prepare for losing an employee. It's hard not to think of everyone as a work family, especially in smaller companies, but at the end of the day employee turnover is a natural occurrence. Sometimes the employee will choose to leave, other times they will be asked to leave. Either way, it is important to make sure that you have an off-boarding process in place.
First, let's answer the obvious question- Why? Why does it matter whether or not you have a written, specific, off-boarding process for employees?
The answer can be summed up in one word- Security.
Computers seem invincible, indestructible, and infallible...but they're not. The fact is, without proper care, computer equipment can get sick- just like people. So here are some tips that will help keep your computer equipment healthy as long as possible.
1. Get plenty of rest: It is actually important to turn your computer off every so often. This gives it the opportunity to rest, and when you turn it back on, it will likely install all of those updates you kept putting off that required a reboot. A best practice is to reboot your computer once a week. This will minimize the amount of time it takes to install all those updates and help keep your computer running more efficiently.