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It Consultants Don’t Skimp On Hardware With Power Users

  • Posted on August 28, 2017 at 11:13 pm

As IT consultants, whatever you do, don’t let your clients skimp on PC purchases for power users who run high-end software.

While many of your small business clients employees depend mainly on software with modest hardware requirements, such as basic word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail and Web browsing software, there are certainly exceptions. Make sure you know who your clients power users are.

Power Users Need Cutting Edge Technology

If you have clients that depend on an advanced software application, such as graphic design, computer assisted design (CAD) or financial modeling, as IT consultants, you may want to advise your clients to implicitly “eat” that sky-high first years depreciation on the purchase of the latest and greatest PC hardware.

With processor and memory-intensive software applications, the employee productivity your clients will gain with leading-edge PC hardware likely will offset any major depreciation cost concerns.

Keep In Mind The Users’ Salary

Consider the salary required to attract and retain highly technical professionals who run advanced software applications. (As IT consultants, this high-salary-requirement-reality should come as no surprise.)

For example, if a clients of yours has a veteran graphic design artist or engineer on payroll at a $60,000 base salary, an extra $1,000 a year on PC-related expenses for this technical wizard easily could drive a productivity gain that makes the incremental expense seem trivial.

Get To Know Your Users

The moral of story: get to know your clients power users and their specific software applications needs. Just as important, clients power users are a kind of influencer that you need to be very aware of. Your clients power users are often very powerful votes when it comes to making decisions about hiring (and firing) IT consultants.

IT Consultants Should Consider “Hand Me Downs”

In many small businesses, the premium performance PC purchased for the power user gets replaced every year or two, and is passed down to an end user with less demanding software requirements. This is one way to extend the life of an expensive, high-end PC, while minimizing the out-of-pocket and related support expenses of bringing new PC hardware into your company.

Make sure your computer support, asset management and proactive maintenance plans all take this hand-me-down phenomenon into account.

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Excellent Ideas On Solar Energy Science Fair Projects

  • Posted on August 28, 2017 at 12:06 am

Solar cooker, solar race car, solar battery charger, solar radio, and solar generator are some of the good project ideas that can be an interesting science fair project.

A good topic for a science fair project is about the solar energy. It is also an interesting and popular topic because solar energy can be of great importance in our everyday activities. Utilizing solar energy implies a great aid in our depleting fossil energy needs. Developing technology using solar energy is very helpful in promoting an unpolluted environment. Here are some solar energy science fair project ideas that can be further develop as a promising energy alternative.

Solar cooker

Solar cookers are one of the most simple and popular science fair projects. It is a simple demonstration of using the sun’s heat to cook food. It is a good science fair project because it can be easily built and is very effective in conserving electricity. Most solar cookers have the same idea with that of a solar oven. You can create any dimension of size and shape of solar cookers to add an interesting look on the project.

Solar race car

Building a solar race car is also a good and fun science fair project. It is just like creating a home made toy car and learning the concepts of solar energy at the same time. To build a solar race car one can be creative in approaching a design. The energy source mechanism will show how a solar energy panel can produce power to make the race car run. It is a fun project for boys and students who love playing race cars.

Solar battery charger

Solar motor charger demonstrates how solar power can directly be used. With the help of solar panels, the sun’s heat will be transformed into electrical heat which can be used in charging batteries. It is a simple demonstration on the efficiency of light energy in providing alternative power source.

Solar radio

This application of solar energy will show how useful this energy source can be in places where no electricity is available. Solar radio can be created by simply turning an ordinary radio that works with electricity into a radio that uses the solar panel charged DC. Simply understand the radio’s electrical wiring and work your way in attaching the solar panel as the radio’s power source.

Solar generator

Using solar generator has been a popular choice for an environment friendly home. You could make a study in using solar generator as an alternate energy source for your house’s electricity. Your study can include finding the average numbers of sunny days needed to run your solar generator for your home’s energy consumption.

You can pick any from these good science fair project ideas to enhance your planning skills and learn something new. Always remember to have fun while learning.