How Remote Work has Impacted IT Budgets

By Tom McDonald | Sep 28, 2021 6:30:06 PM

Like countless others across the United States, small and medium businesses in Connecticut changed the way they work, practically overnight. And to accommodate for this, many businesses like yours were left reinventing their IT budgets.

Our state has recovered 69% of the 292,400 jobs lost to COVID. However, despite a record number of unfilled job openings, paradoxically, there are 91,000 fewer people working in Connecticut than in February of 2020. One way for Connecticut business owners to access a larger talent pool is to invest in adapting their business to function well with remote workers. After all, remote work is here to stay.

Below, we share 4 ways remote work has impacted IT budgets and a few insights on what these changes might mean for you in 2021.


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4 Tips for Building an IT Budget

By Tom McDonald | Sep 13, 2021 11:00:46 AM

Building an IT budget — especially with the way things have been going in the past 20 months or so — can seem like a daunting task for small businesses. Your IT department experienced a rise in demand from the rest of your staff. With more meetings occurring online and an overall increase in requests for support, your tech team may be looking to you for guidance on how to build an IT budget that safeguards your SMB’s business continuity.

On the other hand, you may be wondering how to balance those needs with a plan that doesn’t break the bank and instead gets the most return on your investment. Take a look at the following four tips for building an IT budget in 2021.


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How Digital Transformation Improves Operations?

By Tom McDonald | Aug 24, 2021 9:15:19 AM

Ensuring that day-to-day operations run smoothly can be hard, especially within small firms where resources are limited. This is why new technology is important, because they offer progressive firms an opportunity to accomplish more with less.

But what exactly does “transformation” mean in terms of business impact?

That’s what this blog is about. In this blog we will explain what benefits a company can expect from a truly transformative experience with new technology.

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Why is Getting an ROI out of Technology Difficult?

By Tom McDonald | Aug 24, 2021 9:14:51 AM

The nature of technology is such that it impacts everything at the business - employees, work culture, various departments (sales, marketing, HR, accounting, manufacturing), and so on. Without clearly defined goals, established performance indicators and aligning the technology with existing work culture, organizations struggle to arrive at their ROI on technology.

Here are 5 challenges that organizations face when calculating ROI on technology:

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The Four Steps for Continuous Business Improvements

By Tom McDonald | Jul 9, 2021 9:45:48 AM

There are two ways to try to improve any aspect of a business, whether it’s about sales, marketing, operations, finances or management. The amateur way is to act ad-hoc and reactively. This leads to random sets of usually disconnected improvements and very limited return on investment of both money and time.

The proficient way is to plan and act proactively. This leads to a development plan usually with connected initiatives set for effective execution and leads to dramatic improvements.

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Industry Veteran Brian Jurick joins NSI Senior Executive Team

By Tom McDonald | Jun 15, 2021 12:02:00 PM

Jurick brings over 20 years of leadership experience in the MSP space, NSI continues to grow as the leader in SMB IT support in Connecticut.

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7 Ways to Lead [Executive Digest]

By Derek Marin | Jun 14, 2021 5:15:10 PM

We all know how important the role of a leader is to get the best out of a team. Influencing members, building strong relationships and protecting their needs go a long way in creating a successful team. Having the right mindset to do things in life is what makes us better leaders. Leadership is not an act but a decision that we must decide to live with. 7 Ways to Lead goes a step further to talk about the right ways to lead your personal life, your relationships and finally your career.

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Empowered [Executive Digest]

By Derek Marin | May 7, 2021 3:58:19 PM

We all know companies like Amazon, Tesla, Google and Netflix. They are global leaders on innovation but how can they keep a consistent record of innovation? Most people think this is because they attract the best talent but in reality it is not so much on who they hire but how they enable their employees to collaborate and create amazing products. Empowered will help you understand how to create an innovative environment and how to lead this change.

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3 Elements of Managed Detection and Response Services in New Haven

By Derek Marin | Dec 17, 2020 12:51:00 PM

With the threat landscape constantly evolving, identifying the best cybersecurity service for your organization can be challenging. A lot of organizations turn to outsourced cybersecurity services such as Managed Detection and Response (MDR) as a way to enhance security layers in a cost-efficient way.

We’ve covered why every SMB should consider Managed Detection and Response. In this blog, you’ll learn the core elements of an MDR service so you can fully understand what the service entails and are able to compare providers knowing the three fundamental areas of the service.

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Benefits of Co-Managed IT for New Haven Companies

By Derek Marin | Dec 3, 2020 11:59:00 AM

Business leaders believe there are only two options in regards to IT management: having an in-house IT team or outsourcing the department to an IT managed service provider.

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