iPad Upgrade Plan for a Business

Upgrading equipment for a business can sometimes be a time-consuming process with a lot of headaches.  This is a guide with suggestions on implementing an iPad upgrade for a company with 57 users.  Any time you are upgrading equipment you want it to be as seamless and efficient as possible.  You also want to look at ways to save cost.  There are various versions of iPads with different sizes and specifications that come at different costs.  After reviewing the different versions, I opted for the iPad Air 2 which comes in at a cost of $399 per unit.  This option was the same price as the iPad mini but comes equipped with a fast processor.  The total cost of upgrading the hardware would be $22,743 for 57 employees.  To figure out the overall cost of the project you also will need to include what it will cost you for labor.  In this example I am using one employee at each of the three locations of the business, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Indianapolis, to configure and deploy the units.  For arguments sake, we will say that there are 20 employees in Milwaukee, 20 in Chicago, and 20 in Indianapolis.  I would order the units so they would arrive one month before deployment is ready.  It will take one day to implement the software and apps onto each device that will be used as test devices, as well as set up the user’s email.  For testing purposes I will be setting a user up in each department with a device as well as the entire IT department.  Doing this allows users to...

Planning Milwaukee to San Francisco Business Trip

Milwaukee to San Francisco Travel Plans   Research your travel options from Milwaukee to San Francisco (air fare, car, bus other). List them all in the post.  Research your staying options, based on the location (assume downtown San Francisco). List all options and estimate cost, based on 5 day stay (Mon-Fri): Planning a business trip from Milwaukee to San Francisco for a 4 nights and 5 days.  Using travel sites, I decided on an option from Travelocity.com.  It included airfare as well as the hotel.  The cost including taxes came out to $800 roundtrip and lodging.  I decided on this option because flights alone were anywhere from $675 and up.  Using the bundled package saved about $125.  The flight is through United airlines with one stop for a 40-minute layover.  The hotel is Good Nite Inn and in the room, is a television, one queen sized bed and a refrigerator and microwave. Research your dining options. Estimate and list options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. San Francisco has a lot of options for dining.  For a five-day trip, you have three meals per day to explore different restaurants.  Starting with breakfast after looking around I decided to make this one easy and just use a bagel place close to my hotel.  Bagels are a quick affordable option for breakfast.  The restaurant is called Noah’s Bagels.  For lunch a chose a different option each day.  One day I decided on a restaurant called Amicis Pizzaeria that have 7” personal sized pizzas.  For the next day, I chose Jersey Joe’s sandwich shop.  I chose a grilled chicken breast sandwich with French...

Preparing for the CompTIA A+ Exam

This post is designed to help someone who is interested in becoming certified through CompTIA for an A+ certification.  It goes through materials that you can purchase or use for free depending on the source as well as how to find a testing center and what the costs of these things are. I started off by researching some books online.  A couple of these I have used myself for school and they were very helpful in breaking down the material as well as the bonus access that can come with them.  Some tasks while reading these books are everything from reading the chapters, using the bonus access that comes with the books for online information, and taking the practice questions at the end of each chapter as well as the whole practice exam that comes in these books. Network+ Guide to Networks by Tamara Dean. This book is a good book to have as it breaks everything down for you.  If you purchase this book new it also comes with an online access card to more content and practice questions. ($74.00 on amazon) CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam guide is another good tool. It’s an easy read and laid out in an easy to understand way.  The book uses a lot of sample scenarios and pictures to assist the reader while learning. ($30.00 on amazon) CompTIA Network+ Authorized Exam Card can be a useful book to purchase while studying. There are practice tests in this book that have similar questions that will be located on the test.  It also uses illustrations to explain the material. ($39.00 on amazon) Next...

Getting hired for Information Technology Job

Preparing for the Interview: How to research organization in preparation for the interview? a. Researching an organization when you are hunting for a job is an important thing to do. You don’t want to go into an interview unprepared and know nothing about the company you are interviewing with. It can also be important as you can gain background on the company and see if it is somewhere that you would like to work for. Some good ways to research a company would be using the internet and you could use search engines to locate the actual company website, you could also find a website with reviews about the company on it. Another good option would be to use LinkedIn and some other social media sites to see if you can get information from current or former employees of the company. How to compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements? a. When you have finally settled on a job it is good to review all the required skills or qualifications that the company is asking of their candidates. This is important because you don’t want to be in an interview where a question could pertain to one of those skills that you may not actually have. Make sure you are only applying for jobs that your skillset and training apply to. You don’t want to lose out on ever working for a great company because you didn’t match up to the skillset they were looking for at that time. It is good to review your own knowledge and skills and make your own list to compare to...

How to negotiate salary and benefits for Information Technology Computer Support and Help Desk Job

In today’s day and age the easiest way to research salaries for a desired job is on the internet.  There are lots of websites that list the average pay for anyone that has replied to a survey which can skew the numbers some but is a good starting point.  Typically, these sites will show hourly wage and or yearly salary.  My advice is to just research on USAJOBS.gov as this information should be the most accurate and give you the most information. To find information specific to your georgraphic area I would also use usajobs.gov again as you can search jobs and break it down by state or city.  This way you can get a good idea of the location you are in or if there are better areas of the country to search for a job. When you are negotiating a salary don’t be pushy.  You have to remember that you haven’t fully gotten the job yet and the employer can take away any offer.  You don’t want to offend the potential employer and break all ties to that company.  You need to see things from their point of view depending on your experience, the size of the company, and the level of the position you would be taking.  Stick to your guns as much as you see fit, but remember to do your research and don’t lie to the potential employer.  The more honest and knowledgeable you are the more it can help your situation. When you get an offer and you have gotten past the salary the next thing to talk about is benefits.  There are...