Thursday, May 15, 2014

Home or Pro/Business

What we see a lot of is small businesses, who when they purchase a new computer, they purchase some new software with it.
However they try to save a few pounds, by purchasing a home version of the product.

Then a few months later on they realise that they simply don't have the right software for the right job. We see it all to often.  How can you make sure that this doesn't happen to you?

Simple, just ask, talk to us or any IT company and they should be able to help you with the best way to get the software that you require.

And even if it is cloud based products then the above is still right, recently had a case of someone who purchased Office 365 home, then in this case 13 months later they needed to use something from the business package.  The only thing that could be done realistically was to sell them a second Office 365 subscription.  The reason why they purchased home version, "it gave them access to what they needed at that time" however having purchased it online, they never spoke to anyone regarding what would happen in the future.

This is going to have cost them only an extra £40 so not a really big issue, but as this is for 1 user, you can see how a simple mistake could scale up and cost a lot over the lifetime of the product.


Thursday, May 01, 2014

Happy Birthday to us!!

Today Limbtec is 12 years old, so we thought it would be good to see what was happening in 2002 when we started.

Operating Systems

Let's start with Windows XP, when we started a new computing experience had just hit the streets, it was Windows XP, and it has lived as long as we have as a company.  Having said that most of our customers were still using

  • Windows 98
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows NT 4
We also had a few installs of Windows 95, and I do remembers looking at a Windows 3.11 system at some point, along with these we have also seen
Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
along with server 2003, 2008, 2012

This is without mentioning the work we have done on Mac both OS X, and it predecessor, and the few Linux/Unix issues we have dealt with.

Internet Connectivity

ADSL had really only just come out with blistering fast 2MB connections, although a lot of customers were dialing up (YES Really) on 56K connections, or maybe if they were a little posh might have an ISDN connection.  Currently sitting here on a FTTC connection at 76MB, having said that we also do far more online, not just with social media, but almost everything we do is reliant on an internet connection.

Storage
Servers had 10Gb or so of storage, and these we were replacing with servers with 40Gb of storage, now even the smallest of small business have 1TB of storage available to them, and probably even more than this
Although even small businesses had an advantage to having a Small Business Server, now a lot of these customers are using Office 365 and a nice fanless NAS box for on site document storage.
Backup of these were done by tape, DDS 4 or smaller, now for a lot of people the backup is done online into the cloud, and if it is an onsite storage it will more than likely be on to external drives.

Screen's
Almost everyone had a crt screen (about 15") sat on their desks, then LCD screens still around 15", now we put out mostly 19 -21" as standard and a lot of customers buying 24" +.  Also seen the introduction of touch screens, which now with Windows 8 offers a new way of doing some tasks.

We have also said goodbye, to the floppy drive, and starting to see end of optical drives specially in mobile devices. Processors have become much faster, and with multiple cores, and memory, well that now comes in amounts never even dreamed of 12 years ago.

Now just wondering what the business IT environment will be in 12 years time?