May 19, 2020

Top Google Chrome extensions for boosting productivity

Google Chrome
John McMalcolm
3 min
Top Google Chrome extensions for boosting productivity

Nowadays, many business activities, ranging from research to marketing, involve the use of web browsers. As such, it is becoming increasingly important for businesses to improve their web browsing capabilities. There are many browsers available today, and one of the most popular among them is Google Chrome.

If you are one of the many businesses that are using Google Chrome as your default browser, you can improve your web browsing experience significantly by using Google Chrome extensions.

Here is a look at why Google Chrome extensions can be a great tool for your business.

What are Google Chrome extensions?

Google Chrome extensions are extra capabilities and features that can be easily added to Google Chrome. These extensions enable you to customize Google Chrome to meet your needs and preferences, and get rid of things that you do not use.

They can make your web browsing experience more organized and efficient, allowing you to perform a wide range of tasks with less time and effort.

Benefits of Google Chrome extensions

Increase productivity. There are a number of Google Chrome extensions that can help you and your employees save time and increase productivity.

Google Mail Checker is a simple feature that enables you to know the number of unread messages in your inbox without having to access your email account.

If some of your employees are spending too much time on certain websites for non-work-related purposes, you can get them to stay focused on their work by using Website Blocker. With this extension, you can block access to any website for a certain period of time.

Stay organized. Another benefit of Google Chrome extensions is that they can make it easier for you to stay organized.

According to an article entitled "7 Killer Google Chrome Extensions for Your Business", Evernote is an extension that can be very useful to businesses that have a lot of data.

It provides a place for you to keep your notes, reference materials, schedules, ideas and other types of data, and it comes with an excellent search feature for retrieving specific documents quickly.

Improve Mobility. Chrome to Mobile is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to perform your work duties even when you are not in your office. With this extension, you can take live web pages with you when you leave your office by replicating your desktop or laptop browser experience on your mobile phone. 

Another extension that can facilitate remote working is Chrome Remote Desktop. This feature makes it possible for you to access other computers and share your screen with other people. If you left a file in your office, you can get it by using Remote Desktop to connect to the computer where it is stored. 

The above-mentioned Google Chrome extensions are only a few of the many extensions that can be beneficial to your business.

Some other useful extensions include Pocket, Buffer, AdBlock, MightyText, Nimbus Screenshot, Delicious Bookmark, Search by Image, FVD Downloader and PageRank Status.

John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of subjects, from social media marketing to Cloud computing.

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Jun 14, 2021

Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR

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CDW is a leading provider of information technology solutions, optimized business workflow and data capture systems for the auto racing company.

The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.” 

NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well. 

2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer. 

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