Electronics Design Group (EDG) recently upgraded critical hardware/software infrastructure for its Administration, Production & Service workforce. This 3-phase process, internally pegged “EDG’s Technology Initiative”, is currently being rolled out and will extend through the remainder of 2014.
Phase I included upgrading our mobile phones and entailed extensive testing of iOS and Android handsets. Because EDG, as an organization, is heavily based in Google Apps, the decision was made to utilize Nexus 5 phones on the competitively-priced AT&T network. This option will make communications more consistent and keep the EDG team connected.
Phase II of the “Technology Initiative” is an upgrade to our computers. After six months of testing we chose Apple’s MacBookPro Laptop. Running Windows7, in bootcamp mode over a 6 month period, we tested everything from Autocad to the various windows software tools our vendors provide. Our decision to upgrade was based on the overall age of current hardware and software (most computers were reaching, or at, their end-of-life and EDG was using Windows XP so changing to Windows 7 was necessary). Standard issue for Production & Service are the Apple MacBook Pro with retina display, 16GB of RAM and a solid state hard drive with Windows 7 OS Boot Camped on them. This upgrade enables EDG Technicians, Programmers and Project Managers the ability to run multiple apps and Windows-based program utilities (i.e. Control4, Crestron, Lutron, etc.) remotely and/or onsite for quicker, more efficient and effective service, system design and installation. For office personnel a combination of MacbookPro’s, iMacs and Mac Minis are being rolled out. This provides increased performance when using browser/cloud-based services and faster access to programs and files. Overall, the upgrade facilitates our need for stability, consistency, quality and longevity of hardware, as well as an easier roll out and minimized user learning curve.
Phase III involves upgrading EDG’s Windows server farm infrastructure to a Mac OS X Server with local file storage for autocad files. Our primary applications for email, documents, accounting, CRM, etc. are all cloud hosted. This change will reduce maintenance, require less space, generate 1/10 of the heat, and requires ⅓ less power consumption. With the new gear, our team has some of the fastest and most reliable technology to count on everyday.
Pimp Our Vans! EDG decided to update its fleet of Service vans this year! Here at EDG, we like to make a statement on the road so we “wrapped” our vans with some cool graphics, our areas of expertise and contact information so we can be seen (and contacted) wherever we are.
No, rap superstar Xzibit will NOT be making a cameo appearance but look out for our newly decorated vehicles on the roads.