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Preferred has been serving the Tinley Park area since 1991, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

3 Technologies to Help Your Office Go Green

April 22, is Earth Day. What is your office doing to help save the planet? We talk a lot about business continuity, but none of that matters without Earth continuity. Here are three office technologies that will help your business go green.

Fax Server Solution

Offices are notorious for destroying forests with their paper-wasting ways. In fact, it has been estimated that modern offices increase paper consumption 20% every year, despite advancements in digital communications. Going paperless is one of the biggest ways that your business can positively impact the environment.

One of the biggest paper wasters is the fax machine. Two things have been around since 1970, the fax machine and Earth Day, one of these needs to stop. A fax server solution saves paper by giving you the ability to send and receive faxes from your e-mail inbox. With this fax solution in place, you will also have the freedom to smash your old fax machine—er, responsibly recycle it.

Paper Scanners

Your paper-filled file cabinets are one reason why there are less rainforests in South America. Equipping your office with the latest in paper scanning technology is a big part of the paperless equation. Modern paper scanners like Doxie are even enabled with Wi-Fi and will instantly send your scans to the cloud.

The great thing about paper is that it can be recycled. By scanning your documents into searchable files on your server, and then shredding and recycling them, not only will you be able to free up office space by ditching the file cabinets (they too can be recycled), but you will also be saving dozens of majestic trees.

Server Virtualization

Server Virtualization is a process that basically consolidates older server units into newer ones that are more powerful and underutilized. Preferred specializes in combining new technology, IT best practices, and cloud services in order to virtualize your servers and reduce their numbers by as much as 4:1! The environmental impact will be seen by your office dramatically using less electricity. Servers are straight up electricity hogs. Medium to large-sized companies that have virtualized their servers have seen reductions in server electricity consumption by as much as 80%!

Technology offers offices great tools to do business in an environmentally responsible manner, but technology is not a magic bullet to save the Earth. Environmentally-friendly policies still need to be put into place and effort needs to be put forth by every employee in order to make a real and lasting impact. Even changing your habits to include turning off the lights and monitors, adjusting the thermostat, and recycling will go a long way in fighting waste and pollution. To learn about more technologies that will help your office go green, give Preferred a call at 708-781-7110.

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