Debunking the Top 5 Myths About Technology

Balancing the technology needs of state and local government and educational institutions against shrinking budgets is contributing heavily to the proliferation of false logic and expensive miscalculations by people involved in the government hardware procurement process. This article exposes the Top 5 Myths and misinformation that are causing state and local government and educational IT managers to spend more money than they need to.

1. Computer Hardware Prices Are The Biggest Contributors To The Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO).

This one is easy to believe when you’re specifying computers and network devices and sticker shock sets in. The real truth is that computer hardware is only a small part of the TCO. Repairs, labor, technical support, software and the hidden costs of downtime can easily exceed the initial hardware purchase price.

2. Cost-Savings Result When Generic and Low-Cost Hardware is Purchased.

Just the opposite is true. High-quality equipment, such as HP servers, HP desktops, HP notebooks, HP storage, HP workstations, HP printers and other HP hardware used by state and local government or educational institutions actually lower the TCO due to longer mean-time-between-failure (MTBF) times, resulting in lower service costs, and higher resale prices which can lower the TCO come replacement time.

3. Direct-To-Government Pricing Is Always The Lowest Available

Unless you work for a federal government agency that is buying off the General Services Administration (GSA) procurement list, direct-to-government pricing may not always be the lowest price available. It’s not uncommon for companies like Hewlett Packard to have lower pricing schedules available to technology solutions providers that regularly produce large volumes of business that far exceed what most state and local government and educational institutions can generate on their own.

4. Going Through The Request For Proposals (RFP) Process Guarantees The Lowest Prices

Like Myth #3, this one is often untrue as well. Remember that computer hardware purchase prices represent only a portion of the TCO. While it may be possible to find a hardware provider with an unusually low hardware bid price, the chances are that installation and configuration services, if they are even available, will be priced high enough to offset the initial perceived savings.

5. Purchasing Through Full-Service Solution Providers Is An Expensive Luxury

This final myth can actually be the most financially devastating one for state and local government and educational institutions that do not understand the importance of value-added services that are available from companies who specialize in the procurement process. Hewlett Packard technology partners that specialize in the procurement process, for example, can actually lower the TCO by configuring your HP computer products and by providing both personalized account management and rapid support response even after the sale. The best HP computer partners can also assist you with developing your HP computer hardware specifications and submitting your HP quotes. Additional information on configuring technology

Make Money Online at Home by Blogging About Technology

People are social animals. They love to share what they know and love to make their knowledge known to other people. That’s why societal contribution is very valuable in websites such as Wikipedia – because the people are the ones who are shaping the content of the site. Since you’re already disseminating information, why not earn from it as well? Not that you are already being materialistic but, let’s face it, almost every person in this world need money to sustain him and his family. Why not make money online at home in Ireland with a flexible work schedule, too?

Go blog about certain niche markets such as technology. Many people are interested in tech news because technology drives the economy of many countries. Japan, for example, is a country that’s very dependent on technology for its success. If not for the innovations it introduced to the worldwide market then the technological advancement we experience today may not even be imaginable.

The Walyou.com blog and The Hacked Gadgets Forum is one proof of the profitability of blogs. Once ads have been offered to blog sites then it is presumed that those blogs already hit the 5-figure spot already (more than unique 10,000 hits). And once this happens, all the creator must do is to sustain the readership by offering great and updated content every so often. Once you are able to do this instinctively, the rest is all about how to make money online at home in Ireland, your beloved country.

What Is So Special About Technology

Blogs are budding faster when compared to websites being bought over the internet. The most obvious reason why blogs attract many people is its ease of use. While you need to pay for some blogs, there are other blogs where you need not invest a single penny. Different genre blogs are continuously increasing with added features. However, I have seen many youngsters and others browsing computer technology blogs. What is so special about these technology blogs? I’m sure you would be interested to know the reasons behind this question. Go ahead and read the rest of this article.

For people who are much bothered about investing money online, the availability of free blogs becomes worthwhile. Thanks a million to the creation of blogs. Now you could keep updating the site with various news and ongoing events, share the same with your friends online. Rather than updating useless contents, techies make it a point to update technology tips and tricks so every body could benefit reading their articles. To be true, technology blogs are quite easy to navigate. There can be none without having a craze for gadgets. Most of us would try searching for the latest gadget innovation and tend to get the same before someone could get them.

Gadgets blogs serve as an excellent platform for people who wish to talk about the latest gadget available in the market today. Not only does a technology blog informative, it is interactive as well. People can now discuss on the latest post, leave comments and get excellent eBooks from these sites. Another noteworthy point about a technology blog is the content. Every post will be written in such a manner that even a non-techie will be able to understand. It can serve as a medium for people to share their views about the prices of latest appliances worldwide. It is fun to read tech blogs. So, why don’t you create a blog and start sharing your technological thoughts?

What Small Business Owners Need to Know About Technology

I feel that I have to write this. I love small business and I am passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed and grow their business. As a business owner, I understand how much blood, sweat and tears people put into making their business a success. It pains me to see just how close some of these businesses are to a complete technology disaster and the business owners have no idea. I have seen it work a couple of ways. The business owner has a friend that can spell “PC”, no budget for technology, bad advice, internal staff gets burdened with IT Support, or the business owners assume that everything is OK with the technology systems. Whatever the situation is, I see it all the time. The company is on the brink of a disaster and the business owners have no idea. Well, that is why I am going to write this blog series. I want to provide business owners with simple to ask questions, things to look for, items to review and some simple technology advise presented in a non-technical way.

In part 1 of this series, let’s start at the edge of your company’s computer network. In most cases your company is going to have some type of connection to the internet. Most companies will have a DSL line, T1, cable, or some other type of high speed internet access. As a business owner, you need to understand what type of connectivity you have, and make sure it is the correct fit for your business. This will depend greatly on the number of employees that you have and how much your employees are online. If you feel your internet access is slow, then I recommend that you look at adding a cable to your existing internet connection.

Cable is a very inexpensive way, typically around $100-$120, to add high speed internet to your office. For a lot of our clients, we leave the existing T1 connection in place for the reliability, and add a cable modem for speed. A great way to understand internet speed is to think of it as a lead pipe. The larger the pipe the faster your internet speeds will be. A T1 is going to be around 1.5 inch pipe and cable is going to be between a 20 and 50 inch pipe. So you might be asking yourself, if you are paying $400 -$500 for a T1 and cable cost $100-$120, why do I need the T1? The answer will vary, but in most cases your telephone service probably runs over the T1 as well as your Internet connectivity. Plus, the reliability of cable is not as good as a commercial grade T1 circuit.

So, find out what type of connectivity your office has. Review your contracts with your providers. Prices for these services continue to decrease, so if you have a contract that is 2, 3 or 4 years old, chances are you can renew it at a cheaper rate.

If you have questions about your internet connectivity, please ask. In our next post in this series, we will take about Firewalls. We’ll explain what they are and why you need a good one.

Writing an eBook About Technology

As writers we are often assigned projects or come up with a project of our own to do. What might seem simple can quickly escalate into a full on monumental task. For instance take a recent project I decided to embark on; an eBook about a specific sub-sector of Technology. Believe it or not it was an eBook on the Future of Skateboards, or rather hoverboards of the future.

Looking at the project, I said well piece of cake, I use to ride a skateboard as a kid, all day in fact. I can write an eBook in 2-days right off the top of my head and since it is such an easy project, I can edit it and write it, get the pictures and even format the darn thing in that time.

Well this little project that I thought could be done in 2 days is now into its first day and I am not even 15% done. This means even if I kick butt, which I have been known to do this is going to be over 6-days in the making. The original idea was proposed by a fellow writer who was doing a single chapter of a book on the subject. I proposed really making it into a big project and said;

“If you are NOT going to write that “Skateboard” book let me know. I think the subject is interesting and can do it off the top of my head into Dragon Voice Software. So, I have already begun.”

Of course my thinking was that if they were not interested, I would make it an eBook for my website, as content [Online Think Tank website] and that I would probably have it done in a few days.

My thinking was why make it a kids book, then it would be more or less lots of illustrations and pictures rather than a reality based plan to actually build a flying skateboard. An Adult book on the other hand would be a subject that could be relevant for UAVs, NASA SATS Future Flight, military, skateboarding or a lead in to technologies described in a Sci Fi book chapter of the future.

Needless to say the project looks like it will be nearly 100 pages, including technical data and lots of research and could easily take 8-10 days full tilt. So, remember to not underestimate your commitment to a writing project, especially a book. I suppose this is really a writing tip of the day for me to recite to my mirror? Think about it.