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Directive has been serving the Oneonta area since 1993, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Work Smarter, Not Harder


Want to get more done in a days time? We all do. If you are a business owner, it is likely you'd love to see your employees get more accomplished during the course of the day. There is a lot that can be done to make your time more efficient (that is an industry all on its own!), but one very frustrating cause of lost productivity is faulty technology. The most overlooked culprit? Slow computers!

Hit the jump to see our analysis of what workstation slowness can cost your company.

It happens to all of us. You are working on something and for no reason whatsoever your computer starts to get bogged down, or the application crashes or freezes, or that one often used action always just takes far too long for your computer to process. Think of those older computers that your some of your staff might still be working on. It's more than a little inconvenience for your staff; they are unable to get work done as efficiently. We've seen users struggle with computers that take 10 minutes to load their email client, let alone the delay between clicking on an email and seeing the content of the email. If your clients need to repeatedly wait 30 seconds or more for their workstation to catch up, that is money and time your company is losing. Not only that, but they could lose their train of thought while they wait for their workstation to respond. At that point, the slow computer is detrimental to your business.

Sometimes the PC just needs a little maintenance to get it back up to speed. Keeping up to date on updates and security patches, anti-virus, spyware, and general maintenance can extend the life of your workstations and keep them running well for your users. We can provide monthly managed maintenance and monitoring for your PCs to keep them running smoothly. We notice a lot fewer trips to our clients who utilize this service as well. If the sluggish workstation in question is just old, sometimes spending a little on RAM will improve performance dramatically. If the workstation more than a couple years old, the cost of purchasing a new system is usually more cost effective than trying to support and upgrade the older system. Standard workstations these days run a couple hundred dollars depending on your needs, and recertified refurbished systems can whittle the price down even further. If it is keeping your employee from doing their work, the small investment will pay for itself in a short time.