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How Multiple Monitors Can Enhance Productivity – Is Having Multiple Monitors Worth It – Benefits of a Multiple Monitor Setup | BVA IT Consulting Blog

Going Green?  Want to save trees and enhance productivity at the same time?  Then adding multiple monitors to your workstation is the way to go.

Computers, and in particular the ability to print multiple documents at the click of a mouse button, is one of the worst things to happen to trees.  Printing documents is easy, too easy maybe, and in many cases now unnecessary for workers to accomplish their jobs.  With the introduction of cost effective flat screen monitors the need for printed documents has been reduced dramatically.

Printed material has historically been needed for office productivity because users require access to multiple sources of information simultaneously.   For instance, a worker might use email, a spreadsheet, a specialized application, and a website to do their job.  With only a single monitor, displaying all of this information at once is awkward and can be counter productive.  That being the case, workers have historically printed some of the information needed.  In this scenario they might print the spreadsheet and information aquired from the specialized application, and then use their computer monitor to view/access email and the website.  With multiple monitors the need for paper is reduced or completely eliminated.  And productivity is actually increased because all information sources are readily visible and current.

Not all work involving computers will see a productivity increase with added displays; however, for those tasks that require access to multiple information sources as in the case illustrated below, multiple monitors are extremely beneficial and productive.

 

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Workspaces equipped with three displays increase productivity by 35.5%, according to research commissioned by Fujitsu Siemens Computers. For a full report on this study refer to the following link:  http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2009/02/18/234899/Multiple-monitors-boost-productivity-by-35.5.htm

Add a monitor, increase productivity and save a tree….

Sam…

External Data Storage Archiving Case Study – eSATA Attached Drive Usage Example | BVA IT Consulting Blog

Some months ago BVA was struggling to get more speed out of a client’s tape backup. We attempted updating firmware, drivers, and changing jobs but it did not yield the result we were expecting.  During this time we were also running out of room on the main file share which slowed down the backups even more.  One of our team members suggested to the client an archive process where we would move stale data to an external storage device. The client approved the process and we  suggested that we could use this storage device to do backups to disk instead of tapes.  Long story short, the BVA engineer went looking for a fast interface device with lots of storage that wouldn’t break the bank. An external eSATA device with 4 1TB drives for $600 was found. (http://www.cavalrystorage.com/CADA_SA4.htm)

The box comes with 4 drives, RAID controller, and an eSATA PCI-x card. We had to install the card on the server and just plug it in. The enclosure has its own RAID controller and the manufacturer sends it as RAID 5 so we got 3TB from it. Backups got faster.  When other clients ran into a similar problem – low disk space/low budget/LOTS of Mac projects needing backups, I suggested this drive to them. This time however, the same drive was $450 (even cheaper).

I think the drive is a good external solution for non-critical data or data that doesn’t require the speed of Serial Attached SCSI. If everything runs as it should, the interface transfers data at 3Gbps which the same as an internal SATA drive.

New Cloud VoIP Phone Systems – Cloud Phone System Review – Which Cloud Solution Is Best For Phone Systems | BVA IT Consulting Blog

BVA is reviewing many different options when it comes to Cloud Offerings for phone systems.  There are many out there that promise a lot of things and in our experiences we feel that they over-promise feature sets.  There are some local vendors here in the valley that have some offerings such as Saddleback and Telesphere.  We have heard good and bad things about these services here locally, therefore collectively we thought we would look elsewhere for a viable vendor to provide said services.  We have one service we are reviewing (http://www.ringcentral.com) called Ring Central and it sounds like a good solution to review and try out.

An organization can get a complete cloud-based VoIP business phone system that eliminates expensive on-premise equipment, includes ready-to-use phones, and provides enterprise-class functionality with RingCentral Office. No setup fees, no contracts required, and instant activation is what I like about it looking at it from 10,000 feet.  You can use RingCentral Office as your business phone system and:

  • Set up your phone system to work the way you do.
  • Get the business phone system, voice and fax features you need.
  • Integrate office, mobile, and distributed employees under one phone system.
  • Manage calls, voicemail, and faxes from your mobile phone.
  • Eliminate setup costs and complex installation.
  • Significantly reduce ongoing operating costs.
  • Add users and phones any time on the fly.