Disaster Recovery Basics for Connecticut Small Businesses

By Tom McDonald | Oct 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It’s still hurricane season, and as I write this, Hurricane Harvey recently swept through Texas, leaving Houston underwater, and Hurricane Irma is pounding Florida. Natural disasters cost billions of dollars, and in Connecticut, we routinely suffer from natural disasters such as winter storms and blizzards that disrupt power and shut down businesses. Then there are man-made disasters such as cyberattacks that can bring your business to its knees. No matter what the disaster, you want to restore normal operations as soon as possible, and that means understanding disaster recovery basics in order to develop a disaster recovery plan.

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The Democratization of Internet Technology for Connecticut Companies

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

The revolution is coming, albeit quietly, and Connecticut companies will be the beneficiaries. Where small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are used to allocating much of their operating budget to buying computer networking hardware and software, enterprise networking is migrating to a subscription-based model that promises to be more reliable, faster to implement, and more cost-effective.

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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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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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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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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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