Hoboken, New Jersey - (Vocus) February 29, 2012 –Computer networks in many small businesses gradually—and unintentionally—grow into a monster because of incompatible hardware and software. This IT tip is one of two dozen found in a new guide entitled: 24 IT Tips and Tricks for Small Businesses available from eMazzanti Technologies, an IT support and computer consultant servicing the greater Hoboken, NJ and New York City, NY areas.
“Adding a new computer and software to an existing network is a recipe for incompatibility,” notes Jennifer Mazzanti, president, eMazzanti Technologies. “Expecting new OS and application software to seamlessly blend in to an old network is asking for trouble.”
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Other IT tips and tricks are explained in the guide.
Keep a Detailed Inventory
Businesses should Inventory its hardware and software. Record make, model, date purchased, warranty, chip set, OS version and application versions documented and up to date. Companies can find inventory solution ideas online or asking their IT consultant for a solution that is usually part of the support package offered.
Get Rid of Old Equipment
Scour the office and get rid of old equipment. Once a year or so, businesses should conduct a thorough search of the office for old equipment i.e. printers, computers, hard drives, monitors, etc. Remove the temptation to grab an outdated piece of equipment in an emergency. This may trigger a network incompatibility that will take down the whole network and destroy the productivity of the entire office. Hardware is relatively cheap to replace as being too cheap can be costly.
Wipe Hard Drives Completely Clean
Make sure sensitive data is completely removed from the hard drive. When scraping or replacing a computer, merely deleting a file does not permanently remove it. According to the New York Times, a basic privacy measure often overlooked is the proper destruction of data on hard drives. According to a British Telecom study, only 33 percent of second hand hard drives are completely wiped clean. To ensure a drive doesn’t contain any personal data before it is given away or sold, a business needs to reformat the hard drive or use digital shredding software to completely eliminate all traces of data.
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About eMazzanti Technologies
With a company name that sounds more like a purebred, high-performance sports car than a IT support and consulting firm, eMazzanti Technologies is all about delivering powerful solutions such as flat-fee outsourced IT, video conferencing solutions, video security, managed printing services, PCS DSS compliance, computer network management, network troubleshooting, business continuity and disaster recovery, green computing, mobile workforce technology, information security, cloud computing, cloud computing services, and business information optimization in the most efficient manner possible. The Hoboken, N.J., firm is located in one of the most densely populated – and competitive – regions in the U.S. It provides business technology consulting services for companies ranging from home offices to multinational corporations in the New York metropolitan area, the United States and throughout the world. For more information contact: Carl Mazzanti 201-360-4400 or emazzanti.net
Carl Mazzanti is Co-Founder and President of eMazzanti Technologies, Microsoft’s four time Partner of the Year and one of the premier IT consulting services for businesses throughout the New York metropolitan area and internationally. Carl and his company manage over 400 active accounts ranging from professional services firms to high-end global retailers.
eMazzanti is all about delivering powerful, efficient outsourced IT services, such as computer network management and troubleshooting, managed print, PCI DSS compliance, green computing, mobile workforce technology, information security, cloud computing, and business continuity and disaster recovery.
Carl Mazzanti is also a frequent business conference speaker and technology talk show guest and contributor at Microsoft-focused events, including frequent prominent roles at the Microsoft Inspire (Worldwide Partner Conference / WPC).
Carl, a serial Entrepreneur, gives back to the community through Entrepreneur teaching engagements at Georgetown University, the company’s ocean wildlife conservation effort, the Blue Project, and Tree Mazzanti.