By: Melissa Glick, CEO
Think Network Technologies
According to the Chinese Zodiac, I am a Lion and my business partner (and brother) is a Snake. The male snake is intelligent, wise, but his weakness is that he is not good at talk or communication. The female tiger is open-minded, frank, and cares for others but may lack teamwork.
According to the online quiz I just took, we are 30% compatible as business partners and should steer clear. Ha! Oh well. The damage has been done. We are humans and we make it work, and it seems to work well.
But, what about compatibility with technology? It’s a little harder to hash it out over a whisky neat when you are talking about software and hardware. Sometimes things just don’t go together.
We see it a lot. A client conducts their own research, talks to a friend, or reads some misleading information online. In an attempt to save money, they cut corners and as a result, time, money and other resources are wasted.
As your trusted IT advisor, we want to keep you happy…very happy. If we steer you in the wrong direction, you won’t use us. We always offer you honest advice. Unfortunately, sometimes the suggestions do not cost what you may have expected. That’s when the cheaper alternatives make their way into the picture, the client suffers downtime, and in the end they wish they would have opted for the original recommendations.
For example… Software like AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Suite demand a lot of power.
- Is that going to work with the consumer grade PC you bought?
- Will your needs outgrow your equipment?
- Do the features and specs of the equipment you are sourcing yourself, meet the requirements of the network?
Basic computers, routers and switches can be limiting and can cause conflicts. Purchasing add-ons down the road can get costly — not to mention the time it takes to troubleshoot the issues.
We have your best interest in mind and you don’t even have to buy the equipment from us. We will happily give you advice because the better the overall compatibility between us, the better our experiences will be.