Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Computer Rentals: Best for Classroom Training

It is actually less expensive to rent computers for your classroom training, than to own your own computers and install them all over the country.

Calculate all the Costs

Add up all the costs and distractions from your computer training goals. Put a value on your time, say $100 per hour. Now multiply the time you and your staff spent on hardware setup, software installation, pre-testing, delivery, installation, maintenance and pickup of the equipment at the end of the training class.

10 Tasks for Computer Classroom Setup
Here are 10 common tasks that need to be accomplished when setting up a computer training session:

1. Image (copy) the same versions of operating systems and training software on all training computers.
2. Install wires or wireless devices for sound system, projectors, printers
3. Install network routers, switches and cables
4. Tape down all wires for student safety
5. Test network, av equipment, and other instructor equipment
6. Test each student computer, verify software installation works properly
7. Troubleshoot, diagnose and fix all installation problems
8. Provide Technical services during training
9. Have spare computer equipment just in case.
10. At the end of the computer training, disconnect, pickup and return all the equipment to various locations in your company.

100 or 1000 Man Hours?
How many hours would it take for you and your company's staff to accomplish the 10 classroom training setup, service and teardown services listed above?

Heck the manpower alone will cost more than a rental, not to mention that some of the computers will break, get lost, stolen and all will become obsolete.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Chermint said...

Practical Choice for today's trend is Computer rental. This will keep your savings in the bank instead of buying new equipments.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Scott Gardner said...

Computer Rentals seems like the way to go. You don't have to tie up your money in hardware that could get broken or lost. Let someone else worry about the hardware and setup for you.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous valmon8 said...

Seems the computer rental trend is growing.

9:01 AM  
Blogger John Beagle said...

This is especially true with the state of the economy and company capital budgets. Renting is not a capital expense, therefore it is easier for SMB (Small to Medium Businesses) to obtain the necessary computer equipment by renting rather than buying.

9:15 AM  
Blogger tkunkle said...

Computer Rentals are more becoming popular and more convenient. I would recommend computer rentals to everyone.

9:23 AM  

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