It’s hard to deny the popularity of microcomputers right now, whether it’s the Raspberry Pi or the different alternatives available. Whilst you might have thought that such microcomputers are limited to hobbyist use at home, they can also be useful in the workplace too. So how can your business make use of microcomputers?

Whether you’ve got your hands of a Raspberry Pi or similar microcomputer, or you’re designing your own with PCB software, this article will take a look at some of the best ways your business can make use of microcomputers.

Security Testing

For any business environment, security is of paramount importance. And an important factor in maintaining that security is to test rigorously. However, testing your network security is difficult without compromising your system or the data on that system. That’s where a cheap and easy to use microcomputer comes in.

If you want to put your security system through its paces but without risking one of your current systems or the data on that system, the simple and cheap solution is to opt for a Raspberry Pi or similar microcomputer. Not only do they allow cost cutting in the security department, but they’re small and easy to use with little fuss.

Digital Signage

The hallmark of any modern professional business is digital signage. Any swanky office environment needs glowing signs around the place. However, using a fully-fledged desktop computer to power those signs is far from cost effective. That’s where a microcomputer comes in. They’re fantastic because they’re incredibly cheap and can be easily tucked behind a monitor, running your company’s digital signage of choice.

With many microcomputers now also offering on-board wireless communication, your digital signs will be able to communicate with each other. That’s perfect if you want to display variable information for visitors and employees, but don’t necessarily fancy updating each sign individually every single day.

Print Server

Many companies allow employees to print to a shared network, which means that print jobs can be sent to any printer in the building. However, in order to achieve this, a dedicated server for managing print jobs is needed. Luckily, those servers don’t exactly need to be very powerful, only managing a few documents at one time.

With the above taken into consideration, a Raspberry Pi or alternative microcomputer fits the job of a print server perfectly.

With small businesses, the use of microcomputers for servers can be taken one step further. The Raspberry Pi is perfectly powerful enough to manage incoming and outgoing emails for a few email accounts, saving you an awful lot of expenditure of expensive email hosting. That being said, it might not be a good idea to try and host your business’ website on a microcomputer, with their limited memory!

Conclusion

The Raspberry Pi and similar microcomputers don’t necessarily have to be limited to hobbyist use. They also have a fantastic array of uses in the business environment and could save you some serious cash in the process.