As a small business, how can you save money when I.T. can seem so expensive?

It seems like every company is now moving towards a subscription based system.  I’ll admit, when it first started happening, even I was a bit skeptical. But there are some really good products with really good savings out there that small to medium businesses are just missing out on. Microsoft alone has several different subscription based services SaaS (software as a service), and IaaS (Infrastructure as a service) are two growing segments in the I.T. world and they are saving companies thousands of dollars per year. SaaS (such as Office 365 for Business) can save your business money, and time. When you purchase, for instance, Office 365 for Business, you have a dedicated support team to help you with any issues. Instead of paying a company (such as Canton Computers) to constantly come out for support, or having your I.T. team support these issues when it can be handled remotely can save a lot of time, resources & money.  Most I.T. personnel feel that they are overworked as it is, and more duties are constantly being added onto their plates. SaaS & IaaS are just two examples of ways you can free up your I.T. staff & save money while doing it. For IaaS, which is a type of cloud computing service which offers essential compute, storage, and networking resources on-demand. This is on a pay-as-you-go basis. If you need a server to run a website, IaaS can do it for cheaper and more redundant than purchasing your own server as you are really only paying for the contents of the server that you will need. There is no wasted cpu performance, hard drive space, etc. wasted. It is ran and managed by Microsoft (Azure), or Amazon (AWS), etc. There are hundreds of examples of cost savings when going with this newer style of platform, especially for medium to small businesses. So how do you know if this is something that your business should move towards?  The easiest way is to sit down with an I.T. professional (such as the experts at Canton Computers) to go over your current IT Infrastructure, as well as any expansion or ideas you have moving forward. From there, Canton Computers can show you how we can save you money, electricity, resources, and time going with these types of services. Give us a call today!...

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How Bing Points turned me onto Office 365

When Microsoft Office 365 (subscription based software) came out, most people (including I) were against it. Why not just purchase the software once and never have to purchase it again for at least a few more years? For me, the decision was easy, buy the standard software (Home & Business) and avoid paying monthly (or yearly). Then something changed. Microsoft Bing gives you points if you search with Bing. For a while, I was collecting points to get xbox rewards for my sons to use. Then one day, I had enough points for 1 year of 1TB of OneDrive storage. I figured, eh, why not. If this was on here the following year, I’ll keep getting 1TB of OneDrive storage for free for years. For those of you who don’t know, OneDrive is Microsoft’s version of “Dropbox”. Just like dropbox, cloud storage, you can get OneDrive storage for free, but it’s only 5gb. You have to pay to get 1TB of storage.  One year, the reward to get 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage was removed and I was in a dilemma… Do I purchase OneDrive, or transfer everything to Dropbox and pay them? Or heck, even switch to Google Drive. So I opened up Excel and did a price comparison.  Currently, Google is $20 per month for 1TB of cloud storage ($240/yr) 1 user, Dropbox is $9.99 per month ($119.88 per year) for 2TB of storage 1 user or $16.99/mo ($203.88/yr) for up to 6 users to share 2GB of cloud storage. Here’s where it gets interesting. Microsoft Office 365 Personal (1 user) offers the latest Office suite (always updated) & 1TB of OneDrive storage for $69.95 per year (Canton Computers pricing) or if you broke it down $5.83 per month. Or you can go with Microsoft Office 365 Family which is $99.95 per year ($8.33 per month) for 6 users. Here’s the kicker. All 6 users get their own 1TB of storage. It’s not shared like Dropbox. The way I looked at it, I was getting the cloud storage I wanted (AND NEEDED) for cheaper than the other two services, AND I received MS Office for free. Office 365 was the clear winner here (if 1TB suites your needs). I like...

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Services Offerred

Did you know, Canton Computers offers various services for all sorts of clients? We offer personal computing services for home users, offer On-Site services including Cloud Technologies to small to medium businesses as well as campus / school Microsoft agreements, network products, cloud services, etc. to schools & enterprise corporations. Moving your office and need your product asset tagged & moved properly without damaging your property? CCI can do that too! Our main goal is to serve our customers with the best possible customer service, as well as sell the products and services that meet and/or exceed customers expectations & needs. We offer new and used desktops (including monitors), laptops, all in one systems, and networking components. Our custom built systems are built with quality parts that offer the best warranties in the industry. Call our sales reps today for more information!...

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Are you aware of how tech scams work?

Essentially, a scammer will either call you, e-mail you, or have a pop-up on a website to convince you that there’s an issue with your system. They try to gain access by having you give them access to your system, then attempt to either: 1. Steal your information and/or 2. Hold your data hostage by encrypting your data. You end up paying them to release your data in which they may or may not even do.   Understand that Microsoft will NEVER call you to tell you that your system has a virus, or that “Windows expired”. If you have a question regarding a phone call or potential scam, call the experts at 734-838-9700. Canton Computers is here to help guide you in the right...

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Advantages of custom built pc’s over OEM Branded systems (i.e. Dell/HP/Lenovo)

Customers that have never had a system customer built in the past is usually skeptical. Our job is to make sure they understand the advantages of going with a custom built pc over an OEM such as Dell or HP. The biggest difference that sets us apart from the big OEMs is the warranty. While we all have a 1 year standard warranty, because you are purchasing from a small business, we do not cut short the warranties of each individual components that the BIG OEM’s do. What does this mean? In short, OEMS will get better deals on their system components by only receiving a 1 year warranty from the component manufacturers. For instance, if you purchase a Seagate hard drive from Canton Computers, and try to RMA (warranty) the drive straight through Seagate, you can. You also get the full 3 year, or 5 year warranty the drive comes with. If you take out a similar model out of an OEM system, then attempt to warranty it through Seagate (for instance), you cannot warranty it through them. You will receive a notification that you will have to take it back to the place you purchased it from. Well, Dell only gave you a 1 year warranty on the system…. that means every component purchased in that system has the same 1 year warranty. Custom built systems from Canton Computers retains the manufacturers warranty for EACH individual component. Motherboard? 3 years (most brands). Hard drive? 2-5 years. Memory? Lifetime (most brands). On top of that, you also run the risk of getting proprietary components which force you to purchase a single brand component for replacement IF your component fails after the warranty runs out. These components generally cost more than the non-proprietary components found in custom built pc’s. The final issue I have with OEM branded systems is that the components picked out are picked because the “lowest bidder won”.  Some of the motherboards in old Dell systems were known to have failed components on their boards (I.E. Firewire), they just didn’t list it as it came with the system, therefore saving money on the system to get you a real inexpensive system. With custom built systems, the motherboard is hand picked for your usage of the system. Using it for an office pc? There’s no need to have a gaming motherboard. Or using a gaming system? You certainly do not want a standard motherboard going into the system. You have no choice with OEM’s. You do have a choice with Canton Computers! Call us today for a custom quoted...

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Data Transfers & Frustration

We all feel frustrated when getting a new PC or Laptop. It’s exciting, it’s cool, it’s… frustrating. Transferring data, reinstalling apps, what a nightmare! This is a very frustrating part about getting new tech. We all have suffered through it. Just because you received your laptop or PC today, doesn’t mean it’ll be fully ready like your old system was the same day. Canton Computers specializes in Data Transfers from old systems to new systems. Let us take the worry and frustration off of your hands the next time you upgrade to a new PC or Laptop. We also give discounts for purchasing the system from us with a data transfer. We’ll get you back up and running in no time with no frustration at all. There is no appointment necessary either! 734-838-9700 or walk into our store 6 days a week at 34900 Plymouth Road, Livonia, MI...

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The Canton location is now closed. Feel free to visit us at 34900 Plymouth Road, Livonia, MI 48150.

 

The Canton location is now closed.

Feel free to visit us at

34900 Plymouth Road, Livonia, MI 48150

 

(734) 838-9700 or (734) 981-6600.

 

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Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday Closed

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