Posted On: 2006-04-18
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Welcome! I'm Anita Campbell, your host. And I am so glad you could join us today for another edition of Small Business Trends Radio. The topic of today's show is "Hiring New Employees-the Technology they Need." Michael Dees, president of E-Security Direct, who is a veteran technology professional with 20 plus years experience, is going to be joining me today to share essential tips for outfitting your employees with the office technology they need. You'll learn how to source it at the lowest cost, when to use web services, and various other products. This show is part 1 in a once-a-month, four-part series we're going to be doing called "Productive Employees and Happy Bosses Through Technology." And this series features Michael as our resident expert for technology for your employees. So you'll be hearing from him, not only today but also in the future.
But first, before we get started with Michael, we have our regular weekly feature called the Today's Trend segment. And Today's Trend is about the trend of falling compute hardware prices. If you've done any shopping recently for computer hardware for your business, or even for personal purposes, you may have been pleasantly surprised. That's doubly true if you have not shopped for computer equipment for a couple of years. What you find today is the computers for the office have become way more powerful. Yet instead of getting way more expensive, the prices of some lines have dropped considerably. So power keeps going up and prices keep coming down.
We've broken the $1,000 price barrier, that's $1,000 in U.S. dollars. And as you'll hear later today from our featured guest, if you're a wise and determined shopper and you take advantage of specials and other money saving techniques, and depending on your needs, you can find economy computers under $1,000. And of course, you still have loads of choice at the higher end, with a nice and wide selection in the $1500 and up range containing excellent bells and whistles. These are name brands, too. We're not talking about generic or cut-rate brands. Dell, Lenovo, which is the Chinese company that took over the IBM line of PCs...