One thing all companies in the modern world need is appropriate software. IT professionals don’t come cheap, and it can be hard to know where to start your search. Luckily there are ways you can obtain the software you need without as much technical expertise and expense. Below are some great software shortcuts that can help keep your company current.
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One excellent choice that can certainly act as an advantageous shortcut for a company is cloud computing. Many software vendors now make their programs available through the cloud. While “the cloud” may seem a bit murky and hard to understand, it’s really quite simple. The software programs are loaded through the internet as opposed to files on your hard drives or servers.
What this means is that you do not have to install anything. If files become corrupted or you encounter significant bugs, it is the vendor’s job to address them. There is no IT professional required on your end. Besides, who better to deal with a piece of software than the company who authored it?
Power Management Software
You should also be aware that computer hardware can greatly increase the amount of electricity consumed by your offices and facilities. If you want to cut down on this overhead expense and make your computer systems more energy efficient, something you should invest in is power management software.
Software like SHAVLIK will help allocate tasks and resources for your computers in a way that the minimum amount of power needed is utilized. This can also have the added benefit of putting less stress on your hardware so you will have to replace it less often. This will also minimize the possibility of data loss when a computer’s components fail due to overuse.
Business software suites can come with a very hefty price tag. However, one thing you should be aware of is that most of the current software you need to run an efficient office is available for free.
While you won’t be able to obtain Microsoft Office programs for free legally, there are plenty of great alternatives for word processors, spread sheet applications, slide show makers, and more that can be downloaded and installed for free. There are even many free versions of the Linux operating system you can choose to install if you want to forgo paying for Windows all together.
It is true that you need many different kinds of software to run an efficient company. However, you don’t necessarily need an expert or a lot of money to obtain that software. Investigate your different options and see where you might be able to start.
By Brooke Chaplan