Working Hard With Microsoft @ My Side

By Kevin Conroy, Ottawa  Computer Services

As a business owner, it’s so important that I be able to work on my business while I’m on the go! With the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, my life just got a whole lot easier! Here’s why:

Versatility and Power…That’s it! For my business, this means a light and fast device that can do what I want, when I want. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 has the ability to help me complete my most demanding tasks, whether that’s writing up a proposal for a client or diagnosing their network infrastructure.

If you need a powerful device, great battery life, an amazing display and something that’s easy to use…this is the device for you. In the last 10 years, we’ve ventured from standard desktops, to laptop devices, to netbooks (short lived), to tablets and now the age of hybrid tech. The versatility of a tablet, and the power of a laptop or desktop computer, all under 3.0 lbs.

As a business owner at Ottawa Computer Services Inc. and a technician in the field of information technology, I need a device that will let me examine an organization’s I.T. backbone to find issues that are slowing them down. The SP4 has the speed, power and connectivity ports to allow me to do just that.

Simply put, the Microsoft Surface Pro is a device designed to help people achieve their business and personal goals. It allows me to do my day job, run my business and connect with people more easily.

When it comes to the right tools for my business, this no-nonsense powerhouse is the only thing I need, period. I would like to thank Microsoft and Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX Networking for the opportunity to put this modern day computer through its paces.

Kevin Conroy
CEO @ Ottawa Computer Services Inc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OCS_Ottawa

Surface Pro 4 is a dream for East Coast Limos!

As an owner of a successful Limousine Business, (East Coast Limos), I know how quickly we have to adapt to an ever changing market. The Surface Pro 4 has enabled our Sales/HR/dispatching teams to become more streamlined and effective in their day-to-day activities. At times, our office staff will have to attend ‘out of office’ meetings and with the Surface Pro 4 tablet in hand; the transition from our Headquarters to a Coffee Shop for a meeting is a very simple task.

In order to maintain our high standards of excellence in customer service, it is crucial that our chauffeurs are aware of any immediate changes to their itinerary, i.e. client pick up locations and/or pick up times that may impact their assigned limousine service. The Surface Pro 4 tablet is the right tool for this on-demand service.

As an IT Consultant with the Federal Government and a business owner, we are acclimated to bulky computers and older technology. The setup for the Surface Pro 4 was simple, user friendly and functioned perfectly on first attempt to configure.

Our East Coast Limos staff and I highly recommend this beauty of a device because of its relative ease of use and its cohesive nature. In our opinion, this 2-1 is currently the best technology on the market.

Seeing is believing and if this first month is any indication, we are standing pat with this technology because the Surface Pro 4 has evolved beyond our previous imagination.

I would like to thank Christine Bays, Commercial Digital Community Manager, and Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX – The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience for providing me with access to the Surface Pro 4 for the month in order to review it and the opportunity to let the Entrepreneurial community know how Microsoft ensures an effective and reliable way to do business in Ottawa.

Keith Rogers
Owner of East Coast Limos

Test-Driving the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 by Tony Snippe

The Microsoft Surface 4 Pro has been a device that I’ve been interested in for quite a while, and when given the opportunity to test drive it, I was very excited. My career means I am usually on the move, and my meetings very quickly jump from business oriented to creative brainstorming sessions and back again. I will meet some clients at their office, others a coffee shop, a job site, or over the phone. What interested me most about the Surface Pro 4 was its ability to give me the power of a desktop computer in such a small size. The business-end of things usually includes Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, project management, etc. and the Surface Pro 4 lets me flip out the attached keyboard and type-in data but also allows me to use the pen or touch screen interface to quickly select a particular field. At the same time, I’m able to open design files and the processing power of the Surface is enough to keep up as we tweak or comment on designs using the pen to draw notes right on the image file.

The portability is better than my laptop, since I can quickly toss the surface under my arm and walk around rather than lug-around my entire computer bag. I hadn’t really known at first that this was a big deal, but after a month of such a light device to carry around, I found going back to my laptop felt like I was trading-in a smartphone for a brick phone.

When we took the device with the family for a short road trip, I could easily prop the Surface up for my kids in the back seat so they could watch a movie which is something I can’t do with my laptop, as there’s simply no place to put it. The kids were even able to use the pen to draw on the screen, giving me some much-needed down time.

One of my biggest draws to the Surface is that fact that it runs an actual desktop OS like Windows. I also have a tablet, but the limitations of its OS just don’t let me run the software I need, making it sort of useless for me. I was concerned at first that I may not use the Surface since my last couple of tablets are in a corner somewhere collecting dust. When the device asked me if I would like to stay in computer-mode or switch to tablet-mode I was very happy. Given the choice to stay in computer-mode meant sticking with an interface I was familiar with and the ability to navigate as I expect a computer should. That’s really what I wanted…a robust powerful computer that was as portable as a tablet.

All in all, the Surface Pro 4 has been able to do everything my laptop can do, but in a smaller and more convenient size. From paperwork to artwork, it is a fast and dependable tool. I have every confidence that it would keep up with everything my job requires of me, and it’s great that I can just as quickly switch to play mode and watch a movie or draw something with my kids on the couch, which just doesn’t work on a conventional laptop. I would like to thank Christine Bays, Commercial Digital Community Manager, and Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX – The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience for providing me with access to the Surface Pro 4 for the month in order to review it and the opportunity to let the Entrepreneurial community know how Microsoft ensures an effective and reliable way to do business in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

 

Tony Snippe – Co-Founder

Media Mall Marketing Inc

Surface Pro 4 Simplified My Business!

I remember the days when I used to use a desktop to do everything. Back when I had one location, things were simpler. As a public speaker and owner of three Pita Pit locations (and growing!) I needed something to be with me all the time that I could open up in a split second and dive into work. And it had to be lightweight and portable enough to take between stores, and across the country when needed. That’s where the Surface Pro 3 became a lifesaver. Other laptops I had used were heavy, bulky and just not feasible for me to carry around every day, so when I switched to the Surface Pro 3 in 2015 I was amazed at the difference. It still had the same capabilities as my other computers, but packed into a compact, lightweight workhorse. Whether I’m reviewing documents for my team, crunching financials or writing my next keynote – the Surface Pro has got my back.

The tablet functionality was another great feature so I could walk around my stores taking inventory and placing product orders without running back to the office or trying to unsuccessfully balance a laptop on one hand while typing with another. The touchscreen pen as well made it very easy for those situations where it was more practical to write than type. Notetaking became a breeze and being able to draw different ideas and sketch out new store designs became an irreplaceable feature for me.

It’s not only the surface pro that has become a key part of my business, Microsoft Office 365 is the glue that also holds my organization together. The office suite and Onedrive keep my team working in perfect collaboration from wherever they might be. When you have a team that’s spread out but still need to work together, I can tell you that this works extremely well for us.

For the last month I’ve upgraded to the Surface Pro 4 and I have to say that all the same reasons I came to love the Surface Pro 3 are still true, and then some. It’s faster, it’s lighter, the resolution is better and the surface pen functions even better. To me, it’s a no-brainer. If you’re on the go and you’re looking for the punch of a desktop in the size of a tablet, the surface pro 4 is what you need.

I would like to thank Christine Bays, Commercial Digital Community Manager, and Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX – The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience for providing me with access to the Surface Pro 4 for the month in order to review it, and the opportunity to let the Entrepreneurial community hear my story of how Microsoft assists me in running my business.

 

Andrew Scott
Pita Pit Franchise Owner

How Microsoft helps my Small Business

I have been using a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 for over a year now, and I love it. I would have to say that it is the best machine that I have ever owned.

I co-founded Collab Space, an Entrepreneurial Community Centre here in Ottawa Canada over a year ago, and my Pro 3 was with me the whole time, day in and day out, and it has kept up with everything that I have thrown at it.

For the past month, I have been running the Surface Pro 4 as my daily driver and work horse machine, and it hasn’t skipped a beat. The Surface takes the best qualities of a desktop, a laptop, and a tablet PC and smashes them together into one amazing machine.

Why does this matter?

As a small business owner, I am constantly on the go, and I need my machine to come with me.
I have a Surface dock in my home office, and a dock at work, both attached to a dual monitor setup to maximize my screen real estate. When I need to run into a meeting, I can just grab it and go. When I have to run home at the end of the day to put my daughter to bed, I don’t have to close what I am doing, I grab and go, and plug in at home to continue working. I can work from the couch, the kitchen table, the bus, in the truck between meetings, and never have to worry about not having what I need with me.

What complements the Surface, and is a pivotal part of how my small business operates, is Microsoft Office 365. I have several employees spread over two locations, and O365 allows me to manage everything so easily.  I can quickly spin up new employee accounts and add all of the permissions they require, and have them up running quickly. O365 is also great that it can all be operated via a web browser, so if an employee forgets their machine, or if something happens to it, it minimizes the downtime.

We have just started to play with Microsoft Teams, and are excited at the possibilities and options included.

I have been writing this post on the Surface, and ended up switching to Word on my Microsoft Lumia 950XL to finished it up. I love the ease of access to my information, and how it can adapt to my working life.

I would like to thank Christine Bays, Commercial Digital Community Manager, and Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX – The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience for providing me with access to the Surface Pro 4 for the month in order to review it, and the opportunity to let the Entrepreneurial community hear my story of how Microsoft assists me in running my business.

Blair Kilrea
Co-Founder – Collab Space