Computer Professionals- Taking Care of Business






 Bad Practices

The attitude extends to security and software. They pay zero attention to protecting their computer assets and files. No backup. Zilch. Worse, they will use a free online backup program and ignore warning balloons that they’ve exceeded the free limits and the backups have stopped. Because they don’t know what they’re doing, they may think they have working backups in place, but they don’t check the backups or test them. They don’t know how, and they won’t pay a professional to check and design backups that work. So they end up paying big dollars for advanced data recovery when their systems fail.

They won’t pay for licensed software, either. They search the Internet for bootleg product keys or expect to get it from their employers for free. I had a former client, a wealthy ophthalmologist, assume I could get Microsoft software licenses for free because I’m a Microsoft Partner, so he called me up demanding a copy of Microsoft Office. Of course, I told him I don’t steal software. He hung up and I haven’t heard from him since.

Pay Now or Later

Ironically, I make a lot of money off these people, because their indifference and lack of attention to their systems results in a high rate of failure and billable work to fix the problems. Clients who let me proactively maintain their systems to avoid failure experience smooth operations and minimal support charges.

I guess it goes back to that old saying; “Pay me now, or pay me later!”

Read more of David’s articles:

Mum’s the Word

Wearable Computers Are Coming

Small Business Move To Cloud? 8 Factors Say NO.

The Changing Face of Personal Computing

5 Key Small Business IT Managed Benefits

Windows Server 2012 for Small Business

Backing Small Business Up in the Cloud


David Streit
David Streit
David Streit is an IT consultant and an entrepreneur, as principal of Stephill Associates, LLC. in Manalapan, New Jersey. Stephill provides IT infrastructure and technology advisory services for small business clients in New Jersey and New York City. Streit has worked with PCs and technology for more than 25 years.  He and his wife, Claudia, have two daughters, Hillary and Stephanie.  Stephill Associates website. Website</a

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