How to Know if Your Business Can Benefit from Better Networking

For most small businesses, downtime due to lagging networks or network failure is the second highest business cost after HR. It is also one of the widest reaching problems a business can face, affecting everyone from clients and suppliers to employees and managers.[1]  One way to determine whether your businesses should invest in improving the quality of your network connections is to answer the following questions.

Does your business:

  • Leverage the internet for 50% of your business operations or more?
  • Deploy 3 or more computers, including phones, laptops, and desk side machines?
  • Employ 2 or more employees?
  • Conduct business at multiple (two-four) locations?[2]

If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, then you need to review your current network setup because your company can benefit from a faster network. Many variables affect how fast your network is running, and we at Hill Country Technology Solutions have seen everything. Whether you are not sure about the performance of your network or are constantly waiting on a lagging computer, we recommend taking the following steps to ensure your business is reaching its full potential:

  1. Call HCTS at (830) 637-2910 or visit our website to schedule a meeting to learn more about how we can improve the quality of your network.
  2. Share your specific business goals with HCTS, and we will review your current network setup and help develop a plan to help you reach your goals.
  3. Partner with HCTS to manage your IT solutions to ensure maximum productivity for years to come.

Why HCTS?

HCTS has multiple decades of experience designing and installing business class IT infrastructure for Fortune 500 companies and governments all over the world. Call us at (830) 637-2910 or visit our website to learn more about how we can help you increase your bottom line.

[1] “The True Cost of Downtime in 2016”  by Graham Leitch

[2]  “The Impact of Internet Speed on Business Productivity” by Ephraim Batambuze III

What makes a home smart?

Whether you were introduced to the concept of a smart home from The Jetsons, or in my case, Smart House, it’s time to break down what actually makes a home smart. Spoiler alert – it’s not a robotic nanny.

The steps to convert your existing home to a smart home are pretty simple, and if you have internet connection in your home, you are already on the right track.

First, for a home to be smart, it must be connected. If you have an appliance or gadget connected to the home Wi-Fi, and information can be shared across devices, your home is connected. A smart home is a connected home, but a connected home is not a smart home.

In order for a connected home to become a smart home, the devices and appliances in the home must be connected to Wi-Fi as well as actively work in-sync with one another. Additionally, the devices are programmed to work together at specific times and are controllable at one centralized hub, which you can access locally and remotely.

A home can be smart to varying degrees, and there are many products on the market introducing consumers to starter-smart home technologies.  A few products that are a great start to becoming a smart home are Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Nest Thermostat, and Ring Video Doorbell.

These products are innovative, and DIY projects, but they are a piece-meal approach to home automation. The more comprehensive option is a Control 4 system professionally installed by Hill Country Technology Solutions. Control 4 gives you the ability to link all your smart products on one easy-to-use platform that you can manage at home or remotely. HCTS professionally installs Control 4 and has an unmatched depth of experience with technology infrastructure. To learn more about our products and services, call us at (830) 637-2910 or visit our website.