Get Rid of Your Old Electronics: Free E-cycling in CT

By Tom McDonald | Jun 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Nothing seems to go out of fashion faster than the latest technology. Long before television sets stop working, computers crash, or smartphone batteries give out, they become obsolete and need to be replaced by the latest and greatest hardware with the new features. Even at your average Connecticut small business, obsolete computer hardware tends to clutter up the storeroom as monitors, workstations, and network equipment are upgraded.

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What CT Business Owners Can Learn from the 1,800 Data Breaches in 2016

By Tom McDonald | Jun 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

With all the concerns facing CT business owners, cybersecurity does not top the list for most. However, cyber threats and data breaches are on the rise, and hackers and cybercriminals are focusing their attentions on smaller businesses that are less likely to have robust security measures in place. In fact, cybercrime has become so commonplace that the question today is not whether your systems have been breached, but when they were last breached.

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Every business needs to protect itself from cyberattacks, and understanding more about the nature of data breaches is the first step.

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5 Companies Founded by Connecticut Tech Grads

By Tom McDonald | Jun 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Connecticut Yankees always have been innovators. Ethan Allen built the first blast furnace in Lakeville in 1762, which launched Connecticut’s cannon industry. Additionally, the Colt factory in Hartford is credited with the birth of mass production of firearms. Moreover, former Colt mechanics Francis Pratt and Amos Whitney were the first to develop precision manufacturing techniques when they created Pratt & Whitney. In short, Connecticut has a long history as the birthplace of invention and innovation. And today’s Connecticut innovators are still at work launching tech startups and creating next-generation products.

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Migrating to Office 365? What CT SMBs Need to Know

By Tom McDonald | May 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

More Connecticut small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are seeing the silver lining in cloud computing. Migrating to the cloud means fewer servers and network components, less demand on IT staff time, and lower IT overhead. For most CT SMBs, the first step into the cloud is migrating from their old Microsoft Office workstation software and adopting Office 365.

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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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