Resolution for 2012: Get Smart

Some people think of technology as a money pit. Some view it as a necessary evil. Some view it as a great way to get work done. No matter how you look at it, in reality, nothing functions without I.T. The future is here for you to use. The hard cold truth is either you manage technology or technology will manage you.

If you are a business owner today, with yet another year coming to an end, I hope to inspire you to make some resolutions. Think of possibilities for this New Year. Focus on efficiency and streamlining your business and/or home office. Let this be the first year to make a technology plan that makes your job easier and lightens your load.

Blackberries, I-Phones and palms, aka: “the smart phones”, could be as much a part of your office as your trusted desktop. They are in fact, mini computers and need to be viewed as such. Most users only use 10% of their functionality. Smart phones are more than an email and text machine. In fact, some of the Smart Phone makers offer full Office packages including: Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, etc. Think of it this way . . . if your laptop is your computer away from work, then your smart phone is your computer away from your Laptop.

How could this phone change things? However you would like. Just a few concepts for you. . . Possibilities for your new year:

  • This group of phones can be synced with computers.
  • If you live by your outlook calendar, you can set appointments, and set reminders for anniversaries, birthdays and meetings.
  • Finish a document or excel spreadsheet and save it directly to your network
  • Access your emails or contact list from your outlook
  • Record your mileage/Take meeting notes/Unload your thoughts
  • Log in from anywhere and access your “my documents” and other file folders. Most phones are VPN (Virtual Private Network) capable.
  • The number one common concern that I hear, “What happens if my phone is destroyed or lost?” The common fear is that they would lose EVERYTHING.

Put your concerns to rest. Smart phones are easily synched up/backed up daily to your laptop or desktop. The desktop is easily backed up to the server. The server is either backed up to some form of removable media or off site back up, if like most offices. It is usually all recoverable within a single day. If the smart phone is destroyed and replaced, not to worry, the prior user settings from your previous phone, including outlook/contacts/etc. can be restored from media.

If you have questions about smart phone capabilities and how they can be used to make your business run more efficiently, or if you currently own a smart phone and would like utilize its capabilities to simplify your life, call an I.T. professional.

Tip of the month, utilize your smart phone. The phone store people are great to “put you in the boat”. Let your I.T. professional give you the oars.

(For a free consultation call 318-402-8842 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Paul dePingre’ is the owner of Computer Medic, servicing Shreveport and Bossier City. He is Microsoft certified (MCSE) and Cisco certified (CCNA) professional with Federal background check clearance. Paul also holds an all access Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (TLETS) clearance. With over 10 years in IT Management, Paul has a very broad working knowledge of the ever changing field of IT. His background includes Manufacturing, Healthcare and City IT Management.