On-Site’s typical New Orleans business network and Microsoft

April 18, 2008

One of the most frequently asked questions, by prospective information technology clients of On-Site Computer Services in New Orleans, is what does a typical business owner require in a business system or network. The answer is as unique as the business; however for the purpose of this message I’ll focus on generalizations. A few of the primary concerns in answering this question is the number of people who use the system, the type of work they perform, the information they access, and the type of output they require.

From On Site’s experience we’ll focus on the most cost effective and reliable technology solutions for a business with less than 50 employees, including home businesses. Every business Onsite services needs a secure method to share resources (i.e. high speed internet service, printers, faxes, contact information (Microsoft Outlook), accounting information (Intuit QuickBooks, ACCPAC), and documents (Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft Word documents, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations), to name a few.

Sharing resources implies computers must communicate with other computers, both within the business and on the internet, (desktops, printers, internal dedicated server, and web servers) and the computer industry term for such connectivity is a network, either wired or wireless. Each employee on the network uses a desktop computer running a desktop operating system (i.e. Microsoft Windows XP w/ SP2 or Microsoft Windows Vista w/ SP1), an internet browser for viewing web sites (i.e. Microsoft Internet Explorer), a productivity suite for producing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, (i.e. Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint), a personal information manager for email, contacts, and scheduling (Microsoft Office Outlook), an accounting system (i.e. Intuit Quick Books, ACCPAC), and a security software (i.e. McAfee, Symantec).

Sharing resources also establishes the need for a protected central repository of data, the need for security and a computer which performs these tasks. An efficient manner of managing these tasks is with a special computer called a server running a server operating system (i.e. Microsoft Small Business Server R2) and server security software (McAfee, Symantec).

Last, but not least, the typical business owner needs a Microsoft certified professional  who is a specialist in Microsoft software to design, install, and administer the operation.

If you’re searching for computer consulting, repairs or service of your Microsoft based system or network in the New Orleans area, then call the knowledgeable, reputable Microsoft specialists at Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans 504-469-6991.

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Services post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. On-Site Computer Services, Inc. serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District.  Please visit our website at http://www.onsitenola.com.

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