An important consideration when buying a computer for work purposes is whether you should purchase a consumer model or a computer specifically designed for business. Many computer manufacturers offer what appear to be the same computer make and model in both their home and business divisions, but they are actually not the same computer. Here’s what you need to know about the differences between consumer and business grade PCs, and which kind you should get for your home or mobile office.
Percent of Business vs. Personal Use
First determine how often you will be using the computer for business use. If you telecommute infrequently (e.g., only during rare severe weather), then a consumer class PC should be just fine — provided the computer has the appropriate applications and resources for your job, of course. Likewise, if you’ll be using it 90% for personal entertainment and only 10% for work, a consumer computer may be more fitting.
Computers sold to consumers usually cost less than business PCs, and since they’re sold everywhere, including Best Buy and Walmart, you can pick up a consumer computer very quickly and easily.
Durability and Reliability
For more dedicated or serious work use, invest in a business class computer, which offers more value in the long run than the consumer counterpart. Business computers are built to last, with higher quality components that are tested more rigorously. Parts used for consumer computers may be more generic or even cheap, while computers designed for professional use more often include higher grade materials and name-brand parts. This emphasis on durability means that a business class laptop or desktop you buy now should last you several years.
Business grade computers offer more features for professional work, such as fingerprint readers, remote desktop control software, and encryption tools. The professional operating system version that comes on business PCs is also more suited for workers than the home version; Windows 7 Professional, for example, has features — which Windows 7 Starter and Home editions do not have — for easily joining a corporate network and using Windows XP software. If you’re not convinced yet, consider this: business PCs typically don’t include the crapware that bogs down so many consumer PCs.
Service and Warranty
Finally, business computer systems come with better support options and may be more easily supported by your employer’s IT department as well. The default warranty on business computers is usually longer than those on consumer models. Business users also tend to get priority support, via a dedicated support line, and you can opt for on-site tech support available within hours rather than having to send in your computer for repair, which could take weeks.
Business class computers are designed to reflect and support companies’ critical reliability and performance needs. If you’re buying a laptop or desktop PC to make money (i.e., for work), invest in one designed for business users and the investment should pay off in terms of better reliability, easier troubleshooting, and more professional features. If you find a consumer model that you’re interested in, check if the manufacturer offers a similar model in its business division. Either way you decide be sure to set your expectations from the start. A consumer pc is going to have home versions of windows and will not include Microsoft Office. Ask yourself how long you can afford to wait for the computer to be repaired? What will happen to the data on PC that you ship to the manufacture for service on your consumer machine? Cybernut Solutions recommends business lines of computers coupled with next business day onsite warranty service by the manufacturer so your drive data is protected and down time is kept to a minimum.
By Melanie Pinola
You are sitting at your
computer working and suddenly it shuts off. You push the power button to turn it back on and nothing happens. You look at the back of the machine; it is still securely plugged in. Sitting there you realize that your computer just crashed. Everything is gone. All of your family photos, videos, all of your work; it is all gone. A scenario such as this is why it is vitally important to create a back up of all of your data.
Backing up data is something that most people do not give much thought to until something happens. Of course, by then it is too late. Cybernut Solutions has the answer to this problem; it is called Cybernut Online Backup. Cybernut Online Backup is an inexpensive option for ensuring the safety of your invaluable data, and it requires little to no work on your part. So how does this wonderful program work? It is easy; just bring your PC to Cybernut Solutions. We install the backup program and set it up to send all of your work, pictures, videos, etc… to our backup servers where it is encrypted and stored for future retrieval. This gives Cybernut the ability to access and restore your data in the event that it can no longer be accessed from your PC.
Now you may be thinking “My computer is brand new, it is not going to crash. I have nothing to worry about.” While it is true that the chances of a brand new PC crashing are minimal that is only one of the many ways to lose your data. Other ways to lose data include natural disasters, viruses that destroy it, or a virus so bad that the only way to remove it is to wipe out the hard drive and start over. These are only a few of the ways that people lose their data every day. If one of these events does occur and you have no back up your data is gone forever. This is why it is vitally important to back up all of your data. Cybernut Solutions provides an inexpensive, easy way to ensure the safety of your family photos, videos, and all of your hard work. Do not become another statistic of data loss; take action today and protect your data with our automated backup. Contact us at 972-216-8800 during normal business hours for more information on our Online Backup Service.
Summary: Every week 140,000 hard drives fail in the United States. 31% of computer users suffer a complete data loss due to hard drive failure. Statistics and real world data loss tracking can be found at this URL: http://datalossdb.org/
Article Contributed by Cybernut Technician: Jinger Francis
Fixed-rate Computer Support for businesses in greater Dallas area…
Cybernut Solutions is devoted to providing companies with satisfying Computer Support with a predictable budget. Through their budget-friendly service plans, you get Network Services that best meets your requirements without burning a hole in your pocket.
(Rowlett) November 6, 2012 – The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member Cybernut Solutions with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, October 30.
Their team of professionals are experts in IT Consulting, so you can count on them to provide all the support and service you need for your business in Dallas and the surrounding areas.
With Cybernut Solutions as your trusted technology partner, you can:
- Enhance productivity – with minimal disruption to your work time
- Seize more business opportunities – as they take charge of your technology
- Make a sound IT investment – with technology that will increase your ROI through increased productivity and efficiency
- Protect everything you’ve worked for – with world-class security & backups for your network and data
- Stay calm – never be surprised by IT costs again, scheduled equipment refreshes before the failures
Cybernut Solutions offers the Computer Support that gives your business the advantages of modern technology, with the cost-effective support plan you need to maintain it. Serving the Metroplex areas of Dallas, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Rowlett and Rockwall, they have designed their Computer Support to help you achieve your long-term business goals.
With IT Consulting based on a predictable monthly rate, you can enjoy the benefits of advanced Network Services without worrying about what it’s going to cost you. Let Cybernut Solutions show you how their services can increase the bottom line of your business.
Stephen Faulkner, Owner
337 Oaks Trail, Suite 108
Garland, TX 75043
Cybernut clients, friends, vendors and chamber members are invited to attend and join us for lunch catered by Jason’s Deli.
There will be a drawing for event giveaway for a new Kindle Fire HD tablet ($200 value)
There’s a big gap between what physicians thought they could do, and what they were eligible to do, to collect meaningful use incentives last year, according to a new study, which appears in the May issue of Health Affairs.
The study shows that 91 percent of physicians nationwide were eligible for federal electronic medical record (EMR) incentives in 2011. However, only 10 percent intended to apply for the program.
That number was on the low side of what the federal government had anticipated. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services had estimated that 10 percent to 36 percent of Medicare-eligible professionals and 15 percent to 47 percent of Medicaid-eligible professionals would demonstrate meaningful use in 2011.
According to the authors, among physicians intending to apply for meaningful use, about 21 percent were ready with the 10 core capabilities. Even in the state with the highest degree of readiness - Wisconsin - only 32 percent of physicians were ready with the 10 core capabilities.
The authors say the low level of readiness illustrates the challenges in meeting the federal schedule for financial incentives. Healthcare practices have support options, however. Your IT provider can help you if you need assistance preparing your meaningful use.
Stage 2 is coming, and the focus of the electronic medical record (EMR) community is shifting from the capture, to the exchange of health information. According to one industry insider, when it comes to true interoperability, here are 10 things your EMR may need:
- Single sign-on (SSO). Applications tend to proliferate, and if you don't allow people to switch between these applications using a common login and password, users will get frustrated and give up.
- Context transitions. As applications grow, and you need to integrate them into an EMR, SSO won’t be enough, because you’ll still lose the “active patient or task" being performed. You’ll also need to provide for the transition of context between applications.
- Widget publishing. EHRs often have hundreds of functions, and if some are exportable or publishable as widgets, they become much easier to integrate into new user interfaces in the future.
- Widget consumption. EMRs will become more like containers of cross-application functionality than innate functionality, so consuming widgets will be a basic requirement.
- Mash-ups. EMRs should allow access to their content through the content management interoperability services (CMIS) standard, thereby allowing users to unlock content they have in various health records.
- Customizable dashboards. EMRs should provide dashboards that can be tailored by organization, user role, or even user.
- Interactive Voice Response (IVR). IVR, which allows an EMR to interact with users through phones and other voice systems, such as Skype, will improve collaboration with patients and other physicians who aren’t at a computer.
- Voice recognition. This will help users conduct EMR tasks more efficiently.
- Natural language understanding. Because most EMR data is entered by humans, an EMR must integrate with systems that can convert the spoken word or typed text to structured data.
- Customizable data import and export. A good EMR must allow customizable importing and exporting of simple lists in common formats, such as Excel, CSV and XML.
Q1 2012 had some big surprises in store for us so far this year. In February we welcomed Knightvest Capital to our managed services program. The following month in March we welcomed Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship a local non-profit organization (www.equest.org) well known for their Equine assisted therapy programs over the past 30 years in North Texas. We also attended their recent local gala for volunteers and were impressed by the work and dedication their staff and volunteers deliver to the community.
The first quarter was very busy with fresh new referrals coming in from our valued clients. To date this year we have given out one windows 7 Professional Toshiba laptop as a thank you gift and one MacBook Pro valued at over $1500 as our thank you to those clients remembering us when they hear of a company looking for help with their technology needs. By simply visiting our referral link at our website (http://www.cybernutsolutions.com/about-us/referral-program/) you too can share our secret of world class service and participate in our referral program.
Business Referrals are the highest form of flattery to us!
Most medical practices that implement Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) see a significant financial return on investment (ROI). Here are five ways that happens: You can see more patients; you'll reduce missed appointments; your claims processing will be more efficient; you'll spend less on hard technology costs; and you'll improve reimbursements. Below we discuss each in more detail.
You can see more patients. Once you've implemented an EMR and established good work flows, you'll spend less time documenting, allowing you more time to see more patients.
You'll reduce missed appointments. Cancelations and no-shows are key performance indicators. An EMR can reduce them by issuing appointment reminders, and a reduction in missed appointments can improve your bottom line.
Your claims processing will be more efficient. Once you've implemented an EMR, you'll spend less time filing, faxing, and retrieving charts and moving documents, which will allow claims to be processed faster.
You'll spend less on hard technology costs. Once you've implemented an EMR, your technology will be centralized, so you’ll make fewer ad hoc purchases. Moreover, if your EMR is cloud-based, you'll spend less on equipment overall.
You’ll improve reimbursements. Many EMRs have alerts that make sure you're using the correct document to satisfy reimbursement requirements—and improved legibility is a bonus.