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4 Steps to Scaling Up Your Office Tech Fast
No solution is one-size-fits-all. Finding the perfect combination of technologies to solve your specific needs is critical to growing your business.
It’s one thing for business owners and their managers to hire teams of A-list employees. But even the best talent needs to be set up for success. With more employees returning to offices, and as companies hire new staff to work from the office or remotely, those employees need the right tools, technology, and processes to enable them to do their best work without obstacles.
No one knows this better than Ignacio Juarez, founder and CEO of Austin-based clean energy startup Semtive. Founded in Argentina and relocated to the U.S. in 2016, Semtive developed a small-scale wind turbine for commercial and residential applications that’s designed to work at very low wind speeds.
A fast-growing company with demanding product development needs, Semtive joined the Dell for Entrepreneurs Program about a year ago. Like a lot of companies, Semtive needs a technology partner that could provide a wide range of solutions to help fuel their growth. Dell has the tools and strategies startups need to scale and grow.
Here are four steps to help any growing business get the technology they need to scale—fast.
1. Get help from the experts.
As the founder, you’re focused on big-picture initiatives and taking your startup to the next level. As such, business technology might not be in your wheelhouse. Working with someone who understands startups and knows the tech solutions that solve everyday problems can go a long way.
That’s where Dell’s Startup Tech Advisors come in. No solution is one-size-fits-all, so Dell works with small-business clients to determine the right solution for a startup’s specific needs.
“Our tech advisor from Dell served as a consultant that helped us plan and size our technology strategy as our company grows,” Juarez says. “We are using Dell technology in different areas of our company, from the everyday IT infrastructure, to the computers that we use for the design and test of our units, and the servers that we use to store the gathered data.”
2. Take advantage of discounts and financing whenever possible.
Whether outfitting an office from scratch or updating an existing system, office tech is an expense. As with any other business-related expenditure, it pays to know your options.
That’s why Dell offers various discounts, rewards, and payment solutions. Whether a business is bootstrapping or VC-backed, Dell aims to assist the company in stretching its tech budget as far as possible. Dell offers a 5 percent to 10 percent discount that can be used in addition to many of its sale prices on select business technology. Startups can also receive up to 6 percent back in Dell rewards* that can be used toward future Dell purchases.
Taking it a step further, Dell Financial Services enables qualifying businesses to lease the tech products they need through the Pay As You Go offerings with fixed monthly payments, reducing the upfront sticker shock while allowing companies to budget those expenses over time.**
3. Utilize technology that gets the job done.
No single startup is the same. Therefore, your business requires specific devices and services to solve your specific needs. Luckily, Dell has endpoint solutions for virtually every situation.
For instance, Juarez and his team at Semtive use Dell Precision mobile workstations, which he says “are a must to facilitate our engineers working back and forth at our lab.”
If your business is in a cramped co-working or home-office setup, Dell offers options like the OptiPlex 3080 Small Form Factor to help maximize your space. If combining portability with a high-performing, business-class machine with top-line security is what you need, the Latitude 7420 2-in-1 can be a perfect option.
4. Make sure your tech grows with you.
Your office technology needs to offer solutions for today and for tomorrow (and next month and next year) as well. To help startups maximize scalability with their infrastructure, Dell offers companies a range of on-premises cloud solutions with consumption-based and as-a-service solutions optimized for the way your business consumes infrastructure.
Semtive, for instance, has worked with Dell to acquire its first servers to “manage and store the data generated by our units, creating our own in-house private cloud,” Juarez says. According to Dell, owning and maintaining cloud technology on premises can be significantly less expensive than relying exclusively on the public cloud.
Enabling your tech to grow along with your business also means having access to ongoing tech support for when issues arise. Semtive utilizes Dell’s ProSupport Plus and iDRAC Enterprise for its in-house servers. “This gives us full support related to the units that we need and the know-how to set our infrastructure to scale in our objective to disrupt the energy industry using clean energy sources,” Juarez says. “We are working to be able to provide reliable and resilient energy to customers around the world, using Dell solutions to help us in that growth.”
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