DELL Partner Direct makes sense for resellers

By: Rene Sloos, VP Solutions, Bulletproof InfoTech

When someone asked me a year and a half ago if I would consider becoming a Dell reseller, my response was not very favorable. “Are they not cutting us out as the middleman?”. A year ago we went through a merger, and the other party was a loyal Dell Partner, while we were a loyal partner of another (two letter) company, whose name shall remain anonymous.

One of the decisions we had to make moving forward, was to decide who was going to be our leading vendor? We created a list of pro’s an con’s of each vendor, and hands down Dell came out as the clear winner! A year after our merger, my opinion about Dell has changed 180 degrees. They really want your business, they are genuinely interested to help your business succeed and they don’t seem to have traded price for quality. We consistently have had quality issues with the other brand, and really lost valuable business relationships because of it!

As an added bonus, as a reseller you can actually make a margin selling their systems. Bulletproof InfoTech is an IT service provider for the Red Deer and Calgary area in Alberta. Our clients are businesses in the Exploration and Production (E&P) Oil & Gas area, Accounting and bookkeeping firms and other small to medium sized businesses. Fixed fee IT support allows our clients to predict their expenditure on IT and Dell Partner Direct helps us to deliver quality systems and services to our clients.

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Selecting a DELL Computer for your business

There are a number of options when it comes to computer systems to meet the daily needs of business across Calgary, Red Deer and all the other areas Bulletproof serves. There are a number of great solutions available that will meet many small business needs from leading IT providers and local computer system builders. During our travels and years of experience helping junior oil and gas firms, accounting companies and businesses just like yours with computer support services. We have found when you select a computer system from a name brand system builder such as DELL you end up making a wise business decision.

What is the right solution for business?
What options do you need?
Even more critical where can you turn for support 5 years down the road?

Computers from DELL Canada provides a complete offering including a scalable plus robust business computer solutions which meet the needs of innovative companies and small business throughout Alberta. More importantly, you have somewhere to turn in the years to come when a computer issues arises, and issues always come up when a replacement part is needed. DELL will be there to support you and this is why we have elected to partner with them as our main supplier of computer systems.

Here are the computer systems Bulletproof InfoTech recommends for your small business.

  1. DELL Vostro – The Vostro line of DELL computers are ideal for any emerging small business who has basic business computing requirements. DELL Vostro desktop computers are built to grow with your business and easily fits into your expanding IT needs over the course of your business maturity. We have found them to be extremely reliable and have the capability to run all your latest software applications such as Microsoft Windows 7, Office 2007 and many business applications. Learn more about the DELL Vostro line by clicking here.
  2. DELL Optiplex – The Optiplex line of DELL computers is the flagship business desktop computer system that Bulletproof recommends to our Oil and Gas companies, Accounting firms and all of our small business clients. The DELL Optiplex offers everything a business needs. If you are using Accumap, Microsoft Dynamics, Energy Navigator or CSExplorer the DELL Optiplex can meet and even exceed all your business computing needs. Learn more about the DELL Optiplex by clicking here.

No matter what product line who select the most important feature is post sales warranty. Many of the DELL computer systems support an industry leading five year product warranty. When you combine this impressive coverage for your business systems with quality information systems consulting from Bulletproof InfoTech your business has everything it needs to take care of your own business without the hassle and worry of business IT.

Contact Bulletproof today when you need help and support with your DELL business systems at 403.206.2233 and 403.340.1011.

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Wireless Networks that simply work

More and more computer devices such as laptop computers, telephones, iPods and much more smart devices such as iPhones and BlackBerries are available in the market with built-in wireless and people are starting to use them.  How is your business offering wireless to your customers, students, staff members and whoever else my need access. What is your wireless strategy, do you have a trusted advisor who can help you?

Bulletproof InfoTech is happy to announce our recent partnership with Meraki.  Meraki offers the best wireless solution for schools, cafes, small business, junior oil and gas, accounting firms and whoever else simply needs a wireless business solution which offers more than what a simple wireless access point you pickup from the nearest office supply store.

Alberta businesses are now on the hunt for a simple, consistent and reliable wireless network solution which is highly secure, easy to manage and most important cost effective.  Bulletproof, together with our partner Meraki has the solution for you right now. We are so confident you can try us out for free.  You just need to ask us?

Bulletproof InfoTech has taken notice and is acting on the need for secure and robust Wi-Fri networks throughout the province. There are many in the business community asking about wireless solutions asking about the benefits wireless networks bring to the following:

  • schools (private, public and colleges)
  • medical offices
  • conference centres
  • airports
  • business
  • and every else who requires a wireless network.

Wireless networks and wireless mesh networks which offer the ability for any of your staff members (when authorized) to roam throughout your business and stay connected is becoming a must. Are you offering this for your staff members, guests or conference attendees?  If not, Bulletproof can help you right away with ensure your wireless needs are addressed.  We must keep in mind the basic wireless routers are good for basic needs, however when your business demands higher needs for security, robustness, and the ability to grow easily, it is time to call Bulletproof to check out what Meraki can do for you.

Almost ever single coffee shop offers wireless now to their customers, look at Starbucks which offers free wireless Internet services for 2 hours every day.  Starbucks is a success story with Meraki. A fellow partner in Latin America fitted the well-known coffee shop with Meraki solutions. Good Earth Cafe or Second Cup locations also offer wireless to their patrons in Calgary or Red Deer. Turn on your wireless device or laptop computer anywhere in the world and soon you will be online getting work done from the comfort of the cafe while you enjoy a fresh latte.  For the business owner or site manager, are you aware of who is using your Wi-Fi network?  Can you manage this easily?  What happens if it goes down, what is the impact on your reputation?

We have teamed up with Meraki to offer secure, stable and robust wireless networks in Alberta.  Some of our clients include private schools and post secondary education facilities throughout the province of Alberta.  Even booth of the Bulletproof InfoTech locations run Meraki in-house, this allows us to demo to you how Meraki works plus Bulletproof InfoTech has always made sure we use the solutions we recommend ourselves that we recommend to you.  We drink our own champagne here, we always have with everything Bulletproof offers to the business community in Red Deer, Calgary and throughout the province of Alberta.

Come by with our Red Deer or Calgary office today for a demo and see how Meraki works, ask questions to our technical team and experience it live for yourself.

Whose is a great candidate for a wireless network in Calgary or Red Deer?  Schools (private, public, college or universities) can utilize everything Meraki has to offer.  Meraki and Bulletproof offers an enterprise class wireless solutions which is centrally managed without having the worry of expending your entire IT budget.  This easy to manage network and centrally managed solution offers your IT department or the Bulletproof netSHIELD help desk the ability to manage and support your wireless networks through your standard Internet Explorer or Firefox web browser.

All management just sits out in the cloud (Internet) which offers your system administrator or our technical team the ability to centrally support your network with ease.  This saves you the hassle of running around managing your network and racking up huge IT support costs.  Meraki is ideal for the small coffee shop chain, conference centre, oil and gas business who needs something.  And more importantly keeps everyone on the network working, your staff productivity and your clients happy.

Offer your vistors, guests and customers a wireless experience they will share with their friends today.

What does a Meraki solution offer over the standard Wi-Fi router you can pick up at any computer shop?

Let’s not kid ourselvers.  You can pick up Wi-Fi routers at any computer or electronics store in Calgary or Red Deer and configure it to offer up wireless in your business, home or community centre.  It will work and your vistors, staff or customers can surf the web, send mails and access resources on the network.  Sounds simple enough however as your business, corporation, hotel or even your coffee shop grows how do you manage this? Especially muli-locations or buildings?

Meraki and Bulletproof can offer an central location to manage all your wireless access points.  This cloud (Internet) based solution allows Red Deer and Calgary business to deploy wireless Meraki access points easily and in most occassions have secured wireless offerings up and running in a matter of minutes not days.  The great thing about the Meraki solution is all of your access points are connected into the centrally managed location without the need for extra hardware saving you money.

Are you interested in rolling out wireless in your business and concerned about security and the reliability of the wireless network?  If you need to control the costs associated with wireless in your hotel, school, coffee shop or business Bulletproof and Meraki can assist you right away.  Reach out today to 403.206.2233 in Calgary and for those in Red Deer 403.206.2233.  Meraki through Bulletproof can even offer your business a free trial.

For additional information on Meraki’s wireless access points, wireless mesh networks visit the Meraki website today.

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