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Computer System Consultants – How Can They Help?

Computer Consulting FirmsWhen you talk about a computer system consultant you are usually talking about a business setting. If you are looking for help with you home network then it is usually too small for someone like a computer system consultant, so you are usually just going to have the same guy come in that would fix your personal hard drive. A computer system consultant suggests a whole other level of involvement. This is the kind of person or team of people that are going to come in an assess your overall needs and put together you software and hardware, including servers for all you employees, for 10 to hundreds of thousands of employees.

How to know you need a Computer Consultant

The easiest illustration to use when describing how to know when you have a need is the small business that grew quickly. Maybe you started your business out of your garage and it took off. You hired one person then two people, and a year later your have a dozen or so employees. The next year you are walking through you new office space and realize you have people working for you that you’ve never met.

If you find yourself in this kind of growth situation you likely stated with a personal computer. Then you needed more so you have one of your people go online and find the best deal of some PC’s. Then a few months later you hired 5 more people and bought 5 other computers. Somewhere along the line you added a server in the mix for storage. Now you have people in the office, in the field, and working from home all on different setups and you are trying to support it all. At this point it can easily get to where you are spending more resources on getting people connected and working with your next work instead of doing whatever you business does to make money. This is the perfect definition of a time when you need a computer system consultant.

What does a Computer System Consultant Do? 

Basically once you’ve chose the computer consultant and hired them then are going to come in and see what you do, how you use your technology now, and how you would like to use it moving forward. They will then custom make a plan for a whole solution of technology set ups that will work for all your people and operative smoothly. Often these same consultants will offer tech support for a fee, so if you choose you can totally outsource the headaches. Of course this is going to cost you, but it is often much cheaper once you calculate how much you have spend in time and resources trying to do it in house.

So when you find yourself in need of a good computer consultant don’t hesitate. Get them in and let them set up something that will really work for you. And consider hiring them to do the support as well. Get back to making widgets and making money, instead of wasting time and money on things that aren’t going to make you any profit!

Windows 7 Logo

Windows 7 logosWindows 7 has been out for a while now and for even the late adopters of new operating systems the change has been made. I know my office has switched to Windows 7 a few months ago, and if we have it then it seems that everyone must have it!

There are many cool new features that Windows 7 has to offer including the snap feature where you can drag a windows to the edge of the screen and it will become half the screen on that edge. There are function upgrades and just some really cool stuff too. So partially people upgrade to get the new functionality, some people want to cool stuff, and really the late adopters make the move because they get a new computer and it came with it, or maybe because the industry has moved forward and they finally find that they need Windows 7 to do what they need to do.

Windows 7 Logo

One area that definitely fall in the cool area of upgrades is the new Windows 7 logo. It of course features the core look of the Windows logo with the four colors squares, but it’s been upgrades to look cooler and be more eye catching. No where is this more apparent then on the start up screen.

I remember hearing an interview from someone within Microsoft that was in charge of look and feel of the new logos. He was specifically talking about the start up screen which if you are in charge of logos then that is the most important screen for your career! That new looks where it seems for different fireflys are coming together on a summer night to end up resulting in the new logo is genius. It’s new and eye catching and it sort of sums up the new look and feel of Windows 7!

Windows 8

I haven’t heard a release date yet but I have heard a few reports that Microsoft is hard at worm on Windows 8. This makes sense but seems funny to me because I feel like it was just a month or so ago that the commercials were out advertising the new Windows 7! With the really impressive look and feel of the Windows 7 logos Microsoft is really going to have to raise the bar to top it. Hopefully the Windows 8 logos are going to be just as impressive!

 

Windows 7 sp1

Windows 7 sp1

Windows 7 service pack 1 is an update to windows 7 which addressed customer feedback issues. It is a collection of a number of updates and fixes which have been collected into one all encompassing update. It should make you computer more reliable (less crashes and issues) and safer.

Like all Windows versions in the past, and in fairness almost any piece of software every written, upon deployment there are a number of issue which were unanticipated while being created. Once they’ve been discovered Microsoft codes a solution. Depending on the severity of the issue this solution can either be distributed immediately (something like a dangerous security breach would make this happen) or collected and pushed out in a service pack.

The Microsoft Windows site specifically states that the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 includes the following: “previously released security, performance, and stability updates for Windows 7. SP1 also includes new improvements to features and services in Windows 7, such as improved reliability when connecting to HDMI audio devices, printing using the XPS Viewer, and restoring previous folders in Windows Explorer after restarting”.

Windows 7 service pack 1 was release on February 22, 2011 and like any new piece of software many were questioning whether it was work installing right away because there could be unknown bugs in the new code. In other words does the fix need to be fixed before you can use it to fix? Think of a new model year for a car. Many people will avoid that car for a couple years while the maker works out the bugs. Same thing with software, but because things change and update so quickly, instead of waiting a couple years, a few months or ever weeks will do the trick.

While there were a few issues along the way, it seems that most experts now agree that it should be installed. Any remaining risks of issue outweigh the good you are getting from the service pack.