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What to Consider When Choosing a Work Time Tracker for Small Business?

You shouldn’t take a decision to get a work time tracker lightly

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Small businesses must be frugal, so pricing plays a key role in the selection of a work time tracker. Pixabay

Selecting any type of software for your business is a lengthy process. You usually start by researching options, then selecting a few of them to test before you eventually make a decision and pay for the one you’ve chosen.

But, the fact is that there are dozens of different options for every software you want to use, and the choice is never simple, especially if you’re facing a tool you’ve never used before.

Most small business owners have never used a work time tracker before they realized they need one, so you probably have a lot of questions regarding what you should pay attention to while choosing the tool. Well, you’re in luck, because today we’ll talk about key factors you should consider when choosing a time tracking software for your small business.

Pricing

Small businesses must be frugal, so pricing plays a key role in the selection of a work time tracker. You should be aware that there are free options of the software, which are mostly limited to up to 10 employees, and a couple of projects. Data storage is also limited, and not all features are available with freemium plans.

On the other hand, there are some very cost-effective solutions, and you might be able to get one for as low as $5 per employee per month. Also, makers offer discounts for companies who pay the annual price.

Features

When looking at features, don’t just look for a solution which has most of them. Think about what you want to achieve with the software, and look for the features that can help you out.

For example, if your goal is to speed up the project process, you should look for project tracking features such as time on tasks. And if you want to increase productivity, website and app categorization, as well as productivity reports will be essential for you.

More features don’t necessarily mean that the software is better, but it will definitely have a higher price.

Scalability

You might only have 3 people who are using MacOS on your team right now, but soon enough your team will grow and other people might not be using the same devices. When searching for a perfect work time tracker, pay attention to the operating systems it works on. Ideally, you should find a solution which works on Windows, MacOS and Linux (although the last option depends on your industry).

Additionally, you should opt in for an option that is lightweight, so it could run even on some slower machines. 

Also, if you decide to go with a freemium solution because you only have a few employees, you should still use a solution you would be willing to pay for moving forward. This way, you won’t have to waste time seeking for another solution when you do decide to make a purchase.

Ease of Use

Ease of use is undoubtedly very important. The solution shouldn’t have a short learning curve, both for you and your employees. The interface should be clean and intuitive. The same goes for the installation process, you should be able to install the software to all devices at once using the active directory, or if your employees work on personal devices – you should be able to invite them to use the software via email.

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Most small business owners have never used a work time tracker before they realized they need one, so you probably have a lot of questions regarding what you should pay attention to while choosing the tool. Pixabay

The whole setup process shouldn’t take a long time.

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Wrap Up

You shouldn’t take a decision to get a work time tracker lightly. Invest some time to do your research, use the free trials until the time runs out, and have your employees test the software as well. This way you can get insights from everyone and select the software which will benefit your team the most.

 

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Hacker Obtains Source Files For Xbox Series X Graphics

The alleged hacker has valued the information at $100 million, though it's not exactly clear if that's its actual value

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The alleged hacker has valued the information at $100 million, though it's not exactly clear if that's its actual value. Pixabay

US-based semiconductor company AMD claimed that a hacker has obtained source files for some of its current and future GPUs, including details about the Xbox Series X.

“In December 2019, we were contacted by someone who claimed to have test files related to a subset of our current and future graphics products, some of which were recently posted online, but have since been taken down,” AMD spokesperson said in a statement.

The stolen material include source code for Navi 10 (think Radeon RX 5700 series), the future Navi 21 and the Arden GPU inside the Xbox Series X.

In an interview with TorrentFreak, the alleged hacker has claimed they will just leak everything if they are not able to sell the information.

The alleged hacker has valued the information at $100 million, though it’s not exactly clear if that’s its actual value.

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US-based semiconductor company AMD claimed that a hacker has obtained source files for some of its current and future GPUs, including details about the Xbox Series X. Wikimedia Commons

AMD has filed multiple takedown notices to Microsoft-owned open source software development platform GitHub, where the source code for the Navi GPU was hosted until recently.

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“While we are aware the perpetrator has additional files that have not been made public, we believe the stolen graphics IP is not core to the competitiveness or security of our graphics products. We are not aware of the perpetrator possessing any other AMD IP,” added AMD spokesperson. (IANS)