Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Point-Of-Sale Systems Do More Than You Think

 We’ve come a long way since 1879 and the invention of the cash register. Today, point-of-sale (POS) solutions offer massive benefits to businesses who take advantage of their capabilities. Let’s go over how these capabilities can help the modern business and its owner.

Defining the Point-of-Sale System

As the system that’s in place at the point where a sale takes place, a point-of-sale system has a pretty accurate name. The basic concept behind these devices is to minimize human error in as many ways possible, as productivity is simultaneously maximized at the final transaction.

This once meant that a POS system was effectively a cash drawer with a calculator tacked on, but today, there are many more features available to a business. For instance:


Big Data Metrics and Insights

“How many of this tchotchke have we sold this year? When did we sell most of them?” Modern POS systems can provide a business with precisely that kind of data, assisting them by delivering insights and simple reports for them. These reports can help business owners identify trends, which can help them boost sales and benefit their other metrics as well. The inclusion of customer relationship management into the modern point-of-sale system has given even more benefits to business owners.

Consolidation

With online retail came more business opportunities, but also more data to process. Unlike the POS systems that were around when online retail first became viable, modern systems can integrate the data sets produced by online and in-house transactions. This gives business owners a more streamlined means of properly managing their inventory.

Mobile Functionality

In no small part due to the health and hygiene benefits that come with them, cashless and contactless payment options have also seen an exponential growth in popularity. Recent predictions see a 2025 with 75 percent of all transactions as cashless, so it is important that these solutions are put in place sooner than later.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

How We Streamline IT Support for You

 As people have increasingly shifted to working remotely, the importance of accessible support for their devices has risen substantially. This has led many businesses to use managed IT service providers, or MSPs, like us to provide this kind of support. To do so, we’ve invested in a series of tools collectively called remote monitoring and management software (RMM). Let’s share some of the reasons that you want an IT support provider that uses RMM to their advantage.

Let’s consider how your employees may experience an issue while working remotely.

They’re at home, trying to accomplish everything that they need to accomplish. Their schedules are full, and deadlines are looming. Obviously, it would not be good if your team’s technology encountered an issue, so it is naturally going to happen. Someone on your team is bound to have some problem with their tools, where nothing they try makes anything better.

Here’s the challenge: as your employees are floundering, they are also distanced away from whatever in-office support they would normally have.


Working with a managed service provider means that your provider has remote capabilities as well, and that they can use these capabilities to solve your team’s IT challenges. This is generally accomplished proactively with an MSP’s services, and as a result, you and your team will experience fewer interruptions overall and accomplish more as a result.

To achieve this, we use the RMM tool as we mentioned above. Using it, we’ll keep track of the solutions your workforce uses and ensure that your team is able to work.

Of course, this isn’t the only thing that an MSP can do for you. With their remote monitoring and management software, they can offer much more for your operations, including:

  • If given the opportunity, RMM solutions are low-profile enough to be installed and configured in the background of a device ahead of time. In doing so, you guarantee that your employees and clients are protected, as you can remotely push critical patches and other updates and install them to their devices as well as provide support firsthand.
  • On the topic, RMM software can also be used to help manage and support your clients and employees by providing them with the solutions that they will need. Whether it’s a VoIP application for your telephony needs, basic productivity solutions, or other essential business resources, you can ensure that your team is equipped with what they’ll need.

Here at Net It On, our team is ready and able to fulfill your needs. Regardless of where your employees are as they work, we can use our tools to help support them. To learn more about the various IT solutions we have to offer, give us a call at (732) 360-2999.

Dark Star Orchestra Drive-In concert. Philadelphia PA.

Watching my goal keeper son.

A fun day at LBI. September 2020

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Tip of the Week: Advanced Google Searches

 Google—the name that has become synonymous with searching online, it is (if we’re being totally honest) the go-to means of seeking out the information we need. We’ve all used it, but did you know that there are tricks to make your searches more efficient? For this week’s tip, we’ll go over these tricks so that you can use Google Search that much better.

Exact Phrase Search

Let’s say that you were seeking out a resource that contained a very specific line of words. Google gives you the capability to search for that phrase directly. Simply type it into the search bar while enclosing it in quotation marks.

So, if you wanted results that expressly said managed services, you would type in “managed services”. Easy!

Synonym Search

This tool can help when you’re unsure of the exact term that would be best to search for, but you have a general idea. By incorporating a tilde (the little squiggly line) into your search, you instruct Google to also consider synonyms of the word that follows it.

Therefore, if you were to search for ~red paint, you would also get results that involved scarlet paint, vermillion paint, cherry paint, and so on.

Website Search

There may be the time that you know that you’re looking for something on a specific website, but you’re not sure where on the website to find it. Alternatively, you might be seeking out anything related to a certain term on that website. Google gives you the means to do so with Site Search. All you need to do is add the website’s name and a colon in front of your search term.

For instance, amazon.com:red paint will deliver a results page filled with links to Amazon pages selling red paint.

Exclusionary Search

However, what if you want to search for something, but knew that it would likely kick back a bunch of results that you had no interest in? This capability allows you to proactively take results related to specific keywords out of consideration. All you need to do is add a dash in front of the terms that were to be excluded.

For example, if you were looking for a recipe, but had a few people with a peanut allergy, you could find some options by searching for recipes -peanut, or whatever ingredient that needs omission.

Range Search

If what you’re searching for falls between two numbers on a scale, Google offers a simple means of eliminating the rest of the scale from your results. For instance, let’s say you were looking for a copy of the fictional newspaper, The Exemplar Chronicle, that you knew was published between 1943 and 1947. By searching for Exemplar Chronicle 1943.. 1947, you will be presented with any results that match those specific parameters.

Multiple Query Search

Finally, Google also can search for websites containing multiple keywords at once. To do so, all you need to do is separate each query with a vertical bar, and the search engine will look for each.

So, if you wanted to seek out an IT provider that could offer proactive services and other crucial solutions, you could type in managed services | backup | data recovery, and you’d be much more likely to find the local company to serve your needs.

Of course, if comprehensive managed services are your end goal, you’ve already found the best provider available. Net It On can serve every one of your business’ technology needs. Find out more about what we offer by calling us at (732) 360-2999.