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Upgrade to 2011 with my PC Techs: a Dell Registered Partner

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

As many of our clients already know, my PC Techs provides expert computer repair technicians to businesses throughout Phoenix, Arizona at reasonable rates. We are also a Dell Registered Partner, and that means big savings to your small business when you’re ready to upgrade. With 2011 just around the corner and the economy showing signs of life there are plenty of reasons to upgrade old computer equipment.

  • Our Dell partner status can provide you with up to 6% savings beyond already low Dell partner deals. Many of the deals available to us as a Dell Partner are not available anywhere else.
  • Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 systems are extremely affordable right now and, for most small businesses who have cut back on upgrades through the recession, could provide a 100 to 200 percent increase in productivity for your staff. With prices this low you can afford to get top of the line computer systems that will last another 5 more years or longer.
  • The latest operating system, Windows 7, provides greater ease of use, stability, and more features than ever before – your employees will get more done in less time.
  • Older systems are more prone to failure, upgrading servers and computer systems now can help your business avoid costly downtime.
  • As a Dell Registered Partner, we can help your business arrange financing through Dell or give you the options to pay via company credit card. Spread out payments for your new equipment upgrade over time, paying it off as the economy improves.

Upgrading your entire office can be as SIMPLE as:

  1. Call my PC Techs and schedule your free initial consultation
  2. We will evaluate the needs of your business and your budget
  3. We will consider all of your business computing requirements and will provide you with options for the latest technologies that fit within your budget
  4. We help you obtain the selected equipment, and work through our Dell Partner network to obtain financing or payment options that fit your needs
  5. When the equipment arrives, we migrate all of your existing business data over to the new computers, physically install your new equipment, and provide employee training to help maximize productivity on the new computers.

We can assist your small to medium sized business of practically any size! We will help upgrade your organization from 2 to 30 computers, including server support. We can help you if your business is located in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert, or Mesa.

Unlike many of our competitors, my PC Techs does not mark up the cost of equipment or software. The prices we can obtain for you as a Dell Registered Partner are passed on directly to your business resulting in huge savings! Those savings can then be applied to the service and installation of your new equipment, making your upgrade as easy as picking up the phone. Call today (602) 456-0150 for information on the many ways my PC Techs will help your business save time, save money, and increase productivity in 2011.


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Determining the Installed Sharepoint Version

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

A recent project has me attempting to install Microsoft Project Server 2010 to a Windows Small Business Server 2008. SBS 2008 ships with SharePoint version 3.0, but Project Server calls for SharePoint 2010. Not only that, SharePoint 3.0 must be upgraded to Service Pack 2 before SharePoint 2010 can be installed.

I went to SharePoint Central Administration, went over to Operations, Clicked on Servers in the Farm and pulled the existing version number: 12.0.0.6535.

Then I ran across this useful link: http://www.sharepointdesignerstepbystep.com/Blog/Articles/How%20To%20find%20the%20SharePoint%20version.aspx. This allows you to match your existing Sharepoint version number with the Service Pack and Version. In this case, I am already running version 3.0, Service Pack 2.

With that done, I can follow the official guide to migrate from Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 on a server running Windows Small Business Server 2008.


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Now is the Time for Low Cost, High Impact System Upgrades!

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

How old is your existing computer? Did you purchase it longer than three or four years ago? If you haven’t purchased a new computer for yourself, new servers, or new systems for your office, it’s time to take a good look at what’s available! Technology has advanced considerably over recent years and prices have come down at the same time. There are some amazing deals available out there for system upgrades.

Take the Dell Optiplex 780, for example. Here are a few specs from a mid-range Dell system selling for only $750. But don’t let the mid-range category fool you, compared to older computers this is a beast!

  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Quad 2.6 GHz Processor
  • 4 GB System Memory (RAM)
  • 160GB 7,200 RPM SATA, Hard Drive

Now, let’s compare this to a very popular system being sold by Dell in 2006 for around the same price range, the Dell Dimension 3100. These systems were very popular, and we still run across many offices with these systems still running today. How does it stack up to the Optiplex 780? Here are some specs from the 3100:

  • Windows XP Professional
  • Pentium 4 3.0 GHz Single Core Processor
  • 512 MB System Memory (RAM)
  • 80GB Hard Drive

The processor on the older 3100 system took 231 seconds to do the same office task that the new 780 system can do in only 114 seconds. Also keep in mind that the new 780 has FOUR cores, and that same task can be performed four times in the same span of time as the 3100 is cranking away on a single task. WOW, now there’s an amazing difference. This is the type of productivity increase that should not be ignored. With every computer in an office running tasks twice as fast, and capable of running 4 times as many tasks at once, it’s easy to see how an entire company can realize a massive jump in productivity after a minimal investment in new computer systems.

Some other benefits: Windows 7 is far more stable than Windows XP, which means fewer crashes and less troubleshooting to contend with. Also, any time a new system is setup and configured, you have an opportunity to clean out old junk files from the previous system that have been slowing you down. There’s also an opportunity to install the latest anti-virus and make sure that software is configured correctly for optimal performance. Finally, let’s not forget about Office 2010. If you’re upgrading computers, it’s probably a good idea to dump that old version of Office 2003 and get the latest and greatest, Office 2010. This software is packed with new features that make it easier and faster to compose and share documents.

The same increase in productivity, speed, and reliability also carries through to the latest laptops and servers on the market. New office technology is very affordable right now and will work wonders for any office of any size. We can help you pick out and customize the system that is right for you. Several important factors to consider include type of processor, hard drive size, network card, and operating system depending on where and how you will use the computer.

When deadlines matter and competition is tight, it’s important to provide yourself and your employees with the latest tools if you want to be successful. Let my PC Techs provide your office with a free, expert consultation. We can help you identify the best use of your yearly technology budget to make meaningful purchases that will increase productivity and save time and money. Call (602) 456-0150 to setup your free consultation today.


 


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