October 20, 2017

You Need Dual Monitors

dual two monitor screen stocks programming coding web deskOver the past few years the price of computer monitors have continued to drop while their quality has risen. At the same time it has become standard on computer towers and laptop docking stations to include 2 video ports and operating system software has built in capacity to manage multiple monitors. Plugging in a second monitor is as easy as, well, plugging in a second monitor.

There are also a number of University studies that show a productivity increase between 29% and 74% from multiple monitor use. Granted, these studies were funded by monitor and computer manufacturers. However, you will be hard pressed to find anyone using multiple monitors who would switch back to a single monitor.

The key to the productivity boost is in the applications that you commonly use. If there is a main program you use, such as a business dashboard or accounting program (Quickbooks) or key website (stock prices) that you use throughout the day, dedicating a monitor to the application significantly reduces the time and effort of maximizing and minimizing windows.

What program that you use throughout your day would it make sense to dedicate a monitor to? If you need assistance, please call Onsite Logic.

A better way to handle expense reports

More BillsHaving an increasingly mobile workforce can provide a lot of blessings both in terms of increased productivity and better quality of life compared to sitting at a desk.  However, it can also pose problems with things that were simple when everyone came in to the office regularly.  One of those items is how to handle receipts.

This was a problem Onsite Logic faced with our own team.  To provide timely solutions, Onsite Logic technicians may need to quickly purchase items such as replacement fans or hard-drives or even new computers.  But, since our technicians spend their day from client to client, we were facing issues with delayed and missing receipts.

After researching various solutions the approach we adopted was to use Evernote.  Subscribing to a business level account for $10 enables that account to set up folders and share those folders out.  Now, when our technician purchases something, they immediately take a picture of the receipt with their smart phone, attach any notes and drop it into their Evernote folder.  Our office staff has access to all of these shared folders and they can input the information onto the appropriate ticket and invoice.  Most suppliers will accept a photocopy of the receipt for returns, so even that is not an issue.

If you would like help implementing this, or identifying other projects that help you get better value from information technology and add to your bottom line, please contact the IT consulting team at Onsite Logic.