Productivity Improvements with iOS11

Perryn Olson

Apple’s new operating system, iOS11, is chock full of fun new features like gifs integrated in the Photo app and VR flyover cities. Instead of listing the 100+ changes, let’s focus on the twelves updates that can improve productivity for your business.

Top iOS 11 Productivity Improvements

  1. Transition Phones – Apple made it even easier to transition to a new phone (of course). You can now import all of your settings, preferences, and keychain passwords wirelessly just by having the two phones next to each other.
  2. Centralized & Customizable Control center – You can do more with fewer clicks and finger swipes because iOS11 has all the controls in one location and you can customize what is included via Settings.
  3. Simpler Notifications – The new interface also centralized notifications, making them easier to review and dismiss. You can also make a notification persistent, allowing it to stay visible until you’re done with that reminder.
  4. Do Not Disturb while Driving – A key, potential life-saving feature, allows you to disable texts and notifications while you’re driving so you can pay attention to the road. I expect many companies to require this setting for all their drivers, much like companies banning talking on phones while driving.
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Topics: Efficiency & Productivity

What Does IoT Mean for Your Office? The Office of the Near Future.

Perryn Olson

You’ve probably heard of the Internet of Things, IoT for short, but you may not have known it was called IoT and you may think it is decades away from ever happening. A “connected office” it isn’t that far-fetched either, nor is it years away. Per Gartner, 8.4 billion connected “things” will be in use in 2017 (up 31% from 2016).

IoT, or machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, means your devices are connected to the internet or to each other generally to increase productivity. For example, the coffee pot at your office automatically turns on a 7:55 am because the first employee to arrive just pulled into the parking lot. This menial task saves that employee 5 minutes and allows him to grab a cup of coffee and start work at 8:00, not 8:05. Some experts say the Internet of Things should be called the “Era of Assistants” as devices are taking care of routine tasks, measuring performances, and helping us solve problems.

IoT is already in many offices, homes, vehicles, and on your body (wearable technology like fitness trackers). However, many people just don't realize how connected of a world we already live in and they take for granted a future living integrated with technology is already here.

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Topics: Efficiency & Productivity

The ROI of Standardization

David Bourgeois

As we onboard new clients, we educate them on the power of standardizing their hardware and the financial benefits of doing so. By standardization, I don’t mean every user at My IT has the same computer or every person in your company needs the same devices, but you should be able to create groups of users that have similar needs. For example, an engineer needs a more powerful computer than someone in administration because the engineer runs CAD programs that take up a lot of memory and storage. Also, a mechanic or someone working in the field needs a durable laptop while that engineer will prefer the speed of a desktop model. Creating a few basic user groups or profiles allows you to standardize your hardware while still giving each employee the right tool for the job.

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Topics: IT for High Growth Companies, Efficiency & Productivity

ROI of the Right Workstations for The Right People

David Bourgeois

All decisions at My IT come down to ROI, regardless of whether they are for us or our clients. One of the most significant changes many of our new clients learn working with us is the cost savings of buying more expensive workstations for their employees.

How can it be cheaper to buy a more expensive computer? A workstation, or any device really, is a tool and having the right tool for the job makes the employee more productive.

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Topics: Efficiency & Productivity

Can Technology Make Us More Profitable?

Guest Author

Guest post by Neel Sus, CEO & founder of Susco, a business solutions-focused web and mobile app development firm.  

I get one question all the time from high-growth executives, “Can technology make us more profitable?"

Oftentimes, their companies already use systems for accounting and CRM (Customer Relationship Management), and they are not sure (1) what processes could be improved and (2) if there is a business case to improve them.  

Over the years, we've identified some very clear indicators for when it's time to invest in technology to improve processes (and your bottom line); some indicators are so obvious it hurts because you’ll wish you thought of it earlier while other are subtle. Either way, if you see these indicators in your business, I recommend talking with someone to review the ROI of implementing a potential change.

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Topics: Efficiency & Productivity

5 Tools to Optimize Your Business

David Bourgeois

Your IT department should be a profit center in your business, not an expense. If your technology isn’t providing you a strong ROI (Return On Investment) compared to doing things manually, then you probably need to rethink your business plan or get a good IT support team on hand quickly.

With this frame of thinking, we review every aspect of our business and our clients businesses thinking about the ROI. If the ROI doesn’t make sense, we don’t proceed. If the ROI is strong, it should be a no brainer. My rule is to never make lateral moves for the sake of change; every move must be a step up.

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Topics: Efficiency & Productivity

ROI of Free Technology

David Bourgeois

As business people, we have to evaluate the ROI (Return On Investment) of everything, even free stuff. It seems like everything these days is free – free apps, free trials, free versions, even doing-it-yourself is free – but is it really free?

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Topics: Efficiency & Productivity

ROI of Using Multiple Monitors

David Bourgeois

You’ve probably been in an office where nearly every employee has multiple monitors. And you may be wondering why they need so many monitors. Is it worth it for your company to get additional monitors?

Benefits of Multiple Monitors:

  • Increased Productivity – Whether switching between programs, copying & pasting items, or comparing two elements, it is more efficient with more than one monitor and you can do the task without losing focus. Also, having an additional monitor can give you a dedicated communication screen for things like email, Slack, Twitter, or dashboards.
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Topics: Efficiency & Productivity

What Technology Do I Need For Mobile Employees?

Patrick Leonard

So, how do we classify a mobile employee? – This is the on-the-go-employee, “road warrior” that primarily works out of a car, work truck, airport gates, hotels, or coffee shops. These mobile employees occasionally come to the office or work from home. (If you’re looking for advice for full time remote employees working from home or satellite office instead of being road warriors, read What Technologies Do I Need for Employees to Work from Home?)

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Topics: Efficiency & Productivity

What Technologies Do I Need for Employees to Work from Home?

Patrick Leonard

More and more companies are looking at allowing their employees to work from home. Whether it is just for emergencies or for full-time remote employment, executives need to look at their IT infrastructure to ensure they are ready for remote working.

First off, why do employees want to work from home?

Some employees want the flexibility to stay home with a sick child or even if they are slightly sick. Having access to work allows them to stay functional and not burn PTO (Personal Time Off) days and to meet deadlines. Other employees seek to work from home to focus on work without the distractions of an office, such as people knocking on their door or the noise of working in an open environment. Working from home also lets employees with long commutes shrink their work day because they do not need to spend hours commuting. Heck, they can get by with a quick shower instead of getting dressed up for work, which also saves time.

As an employer, you have benefits too.

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Topics: Efficiency & Productivity

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We believe an educated client is the best client, therefore, we share our knowledge with executives and business owners looking for a fair, knowledgeable IT firm that fits well with their company and objectives.

My IT helps companies to protect their data, become more efficient and productive, and to boost high-growth using technology. In our blog, we discuss these topics and our extensive expertise working with medical practices, construction industry companies, and auto dealerships.

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