Why New Haven, CT is the Best U.S. City for Tech Startups

By Tom McDonald | May 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Although Silicon Valley, Research Triangle Park, and Austin are still active centers of tech entrepreneurship, other regions across the United States have followed in their footsteps and become hotbeds of innovative technology startups. New Haven, Connecticut, in particular, is among one of the best locations for tech innovation.

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From Dead to Flourishing: 10 Connecticut Manufacturers Changing Their Industry

By Tom McDonald | May 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Connecticut has a long history of manufacturing innovation, starting with furniture and cabinet-making before the Revolutionary War to the manufacture of state-of-the-art aircraft and submarines today. Notably, gun manufacturing started in 1797 with Eli Whitney, and a few decades later, Samuel Colt began making his famous revolver in 1836. Additionally, Connecticut is famous for clocks, originally manufactured by Seth Thomas, and tool makers such as the Stanley Company, which still has its headquarters in New Britain.Today, Connecticut is at the forefront of advanced manufacturing and continues to develop new techniques and technologies to improve production and distribution techniques.

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Why CT Manufacturers Need Agile IT Infrastructure to Remain Competitive

By Tom McDonald | May 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Competing in today’s global market requires agility. Companies need to be able to quickly adjust to changing market conditions and consumer trends to stay ahead of the competition, and as business becomes more globalized, the pool of competitors keeps growing. Despite an economic downturn and increased global competition, Connecticut manufacturers continue to thrive, partly because of agile IT support.

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Unique Challenges Faced by Connecticut's Manufacturing Industry

By Tom McDonald | Apr 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Connecticut’s economy has always relied on manufacturing. Connecticut is host to thousands of factories and is a leader in industries such as aerospace, medical devices, and biotechnology. In fact, the state has more than 160,000 manufacturing jobs and hosts the headquarters for companies such as Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, and Electric Boat. However, manufacturing has changed over the years, and smokestacks are being replaced by computerized processes and automated assembly lines. The challenge is finding the personnel needed to run today’s factories.

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In-House or Outsourced IT: Which IT is right for your business?

By Tom McDonald | Apr 19, 2017 10:02:00 AM

Growing a small business is not easy, especially in a post-recession economy, so every decision business owners make needs to consider a return on investment.

For small business owners, the decision to outsource their information technology needs opposed to having someone in-house is an important one.

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Why Data Breaches Remain a Concern for Connecticut Small Business Owners

By Tom McDonald | Apr 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A word of caution to all Connecticut small businesses—you WILL be hacked. It’s not a question of if but rather a question of when. Cybercriminals are tenacious, and they attack companies of all sizes looking for data they can convert into cash, or systems they can use to launch an attack on someone else and hide their tracks, and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) tend to be easy targets.

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Keeping up with Changing Government Regulations as a Connecticut SMB

By Tom McDonald | Apr 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

No matter what the size of your organization, you have to deal with government paperwork. Regulations are a fact of life for every company, including small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and if you are a Connecticut SMB, you are familiar with the regulations governing employment, consumer privacy, secure transactions, exports, and the like.

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Cybersecurity Risks for CT Municipalities: How Towns Can Fight Back

By Tom McDonald | Apr 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Businesses, healthcare facilities, government agencies, and even Connecticut municipalities are targets for cybercriminals. It doesn’t even matter how secure your data are; hackers will want to break into your systems anyway, even if it’s just to steal server access to launch an attack against someone else.

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The Biggest Cybersecurity Threat Facing CT Businesses

By Tom McDonald | Mar 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You can’t trust anyone these days. Just look at your email inbox for proof. How many solicitations do you get each day for offers that are too good to be true? How many requests to open suspicious attachments or visit unknown websites that could contain malware?

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