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Wardell Design Blog - Part 2

How Technology Has Permeated the Current Office Workspace

September 22nd, 2014


A moment of silence, please, for all those poor office workers who had to record everything on paper back in the fifties. The offices of today would look like the command deck of the Enterprise compared to what generations past had to work with. Let’s take a look at how completely our future-toys have changed the office.

5. WiFi

Wifi has been one of the biggest changes to the modern office. Previously, network cables had to be run all through the office ceilings and walls to reach each desk and terminal. Now, everyone just jumps on wirelessly, able to share files, communicate via chat and browse the internet whenever necessary. This often requires a complicated behind-the-scenes setup that has given rise to IT support companies like Keyspace
that take care of the installation and maintenance of such systems.

4. Print/Scan/Copy

Hard copies used to have to be written out by hand or produced on a typewriter. These days, digital word processing, spreadsheets and slide shows mean that physical reproduction of a given document is as easy as hitting the print button at the top of the screen. It’s in your hand a moment later. Have a hard copy you need digitised? Or a photocopy? No problem, the same machine can take care of that. And many of these machines don’t even require a physical network connection! Read the rest of How Technology Has Permeated the Current Office Workspace »

What is a hosted PBX, and what are the benefits of using it?

September 1st, 2014


The great appeal of a Hosted PBX phone system is that you can have a sophisticated telephone system for your business without having to outlay massive dollars for expensive telephone equipment. In fact, a Hosted PBX either operates with an existing telephone service or replaces it entirely.

It’s easy to use and operate

A Hosted PBX is easy for your business to use because its operation and maintenance is entirely the responsibility by the VoIP (Voice-over-Internet-Protocol) service provider that you appoint. Check out www.ivox.com.au for more details about Hosted PBX technology and the services of a quality VoIP business phone system provider.

Your employees can work from anywhere

One of the most appealing features of a Hosted PBX is that employees can remain connected to your office telephone system, although they may be working from their home, a hotel, or via their mobile telephone. With a Hosted PBX system, calls can be transferred, music can be used when calls need to be put on hold, conference calls be arranged, and it’s even possible for an automated attendant to answer calls and appropriately direct callers to relevant departments.

If you are weighing up the benefits and drawbacks of a Hosted PBX in comparison to a traditional telephone service, be sure to understand these benefits: Read the rest of What is a hosted PBX, and what are the benefits of using it? »

How a Website Overhaul Can Revamp Your Business

August 21st, 2014


Your website is one of the most powerful promotional tools your business has. However, a ‘bad’ website can be just as detrimental to your bottom line as not having an online presence at all.

When was the last time you really thought about your website and if it’s doing what you need it to do? If it’s been awhile – or your website hasn’t been refreshed at all since it was launched a few years ago – you may be missing out on some valuable business development opportunities. Read on to find out why.

Apps and Widgets Can Help You Work Smarter

Have you integrated your systems into your website? Nowadays, there are many browser based applications and plug-ins for all sorts of business tools and software including most contemporary CRM and accounting programs, email subscription clients, social media and more. In addition to improving your record keeping, reducing data entry and manual handling of information, making use of these applications on your website can also lead to a more streamlined customer experience. Read the rest of How a Website Overhaul Can Revamp Your Business »

Essential Mac Software from a Windows User

August 17th, 2014


I’ve been a Microsoft Windows user for most of my life and I don’t imagine that will change any time soon. With that being said there is a fondness by many in the design community for Apple Mac computers which is why I’ve found myself doing a lot of work on a Mac recently.

I’ve worked with Macs a number of times in the past but have failed to be converted to a Mac user personally.  There are many people who will try to argue that one OS is better than the other for one reason or another but I believe that one isn’t better than the other, because there isn’t really much you can do on one that you can’t do on the other, and which ever you choose to use really just boils down to a matter of preference.

Although there’s not much one can do that the other can’t , a lot of it is done in different ways, and when moving from one system to another you quickly discover which of your commonly used software programs aren’t cross-platform and need to find alternative software to perform the same tasks and actions. Below is a list of Mac software I started using  in lieu of similar software I use on windows. Read the rest of Essential Mac Software from a Windows User »

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