Potential Impact of Amazon for CT Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

By Tom McDonald | Aug 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Amazon is coming down out of the cloud. For those of you who haven’t heard, Amazon is bringing a new distribution center to North Haven at the site of the old Pratt & Whitney plant. This is going to be an 855,000-square-foot fulfillment facility that is expected to add 1,800 jobs, according to Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

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Are You the Biggest Threat to Your CT Company's Cyber Security?

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

Data security is a concern for anyone who runs a Connecticut company, but surprisingly, Connecticut entrepreneurs and CEOs may be the worst offenders when it comes to opening up the corporate enterprise to potential security risks.

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6 Reasons Connecticut Companies Need to Update Their Business Software

By Tom McDonald | Aug 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Whenever you buy new office equipment, the tendency is to run it until it wears out to maximize the return on the capital investment. You cannot use the same approach with business software. Developers are continually updating software to fix bugs, address security issues, and add new functionality. Connecticut companies that fail to actively maintain their business software are leaving themselves open to risks as well as failing to take advantage of the latest technology.

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The Four Types of Security Threats That Can Affect Your Local Business

By Tom McDonald | Jul 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Data security continues to be a problem that plagues businesses of all sizes. Big retailers like Target and Neiman Marcus are obvious targets, but small businesses can be targeted as well. And the threat can come from anywhere. Connecticut and Illinois investigators, for example, determined that the Target hack resulted from credentials stolen from a third party, and the result for Target was an $18.5 million settlement negotiated by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, among others.

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NSI Recognized Among Top 501 Managed Service Providers by MSPmentor

By Tom McDonald | Jul 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

10th Annual MSP 501 Ranking and Study Identifies World’s Most Progressive MSPs in Information Technology Systems

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Should You Stay with Your Current IT Managed Services Provider?

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

Nothing lasts forever, and business relationships need to be revisited regularly, especially when it comes to IT managed services. Technology changes at a rapid rate, and so should the capabilities of your managed services provider (MSP). Unfortunately, too many businesses consider IT support as a “set it and forget it” contract. Even if your relationship with your current MSP is still working, it may be time to take a look at your IT managed services to see if you are getting the support you really need.

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How Much Should CT Small Business Owners Spend on IT?

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

Whether you are a Connecticut small business or a global company, it’s important to have a formula to make sure you are spending the right amount on your IT infrastructure.

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In-House or Outsourced IT: Which Is Best for Your Business?

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

Growing a Connecticut small business is not easy, especially in a post-recession economy. Every decision that business owners make needs to keep in mind a return on investment or savings in overhead.

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Is Your CT SMB Vulnerable to the Next Worldwide Ransomware Outbreak?

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

The risk from ransomware is real and threatening Connecticut businesses. If you doubt that statement, consider the chaos created by the WannaCry/Petya virus in recent weeks. This malware attack rapidly spread worldwide, disrupting global businesses and costing companies millions in lost revenue and trying to kill the virus. Connecticut small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are particularly vulnerable to this type of malware attack.

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Managed Service Provider Pricing vs. the Cost of Hiring In-House IT

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

Like companies everywhere, Connecticut small businesses are struggling to contain operating costs, and computing infrastructure can be one of the most difficult expenses to manage. The enterprise infrastructure is essential to business operations, but it’s usually a cost center, so balancing outlay against returns is a continuous challenge. Staffing is a big part of IT operating expenses, so the question becomes: Is it more cost-effective to hire or to outsource? How do you assess managed service provider pricing against in-house staffing costs?

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