Connecticut IT Managed Services Blog

What's Better For Business: Managed IT Services or Hiring a Network Admin?

Posted by Tom McDonald



For most small businesses, the network serves as the company’s backbone. Without it, customers cannot be served, employee efficiency crashes and you look like that little red guy from Pixar’s “Inside Out.”

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Topics: Managed IT Services

6 Options For Upgrading Your Routers

Posted by Tom McDonald



Computer networks are living things. As technology evolves, networking speeds change and new components are added to the networking infrastructure. This means that as the data traffic grows, it has to be managed and secured. That’s why core networking components such as routers need to be updated periodically; to accommodate new technologies new types of connectivity. Read More

Topics: Network

3 Options for Upgrading Your Server Operation Systems

Posted by Tom McDonald



Microsoft officially ended support of Windows Server 2003 on July 14, meaning the company will no longer provide security updates for the operating system a number of small businesses use to manage their servers.
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Topics: Server OS

The Pros And Cons Of Managed Print Services

Posted by Tom McDonald



Even in the Internet age, businesses still run on paper, a lot of paper. Every year, the average worker generates 10,000 sheets of paper, and much of that paper is electronic communications such as email and presentations. When you add it up, that’s 4 million tons of paper. One of the biggest cost centers for any SMB is office printing, and that’s not just the cost of paper but also the cost of printing hardware, maintenance, and the staff to manage the printers.
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Topics: Managed Print Services

5 Secrets about IT Services: What Your IT Manager Doesn't Want You to Know

Posted by Tom McDonald


Are you alone?

Good, because there are some secrets about IT services you need to know and, well, there is a good chance your IT manager isn’t going to tell you.
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Topics: Managed IT Services

5 Lessons on Merging Your IT Departments After An Acquisition

Posted by Tom McDonald

You’ve been searching for a long time, looking for that extra special someone to build your future with. Now they are close, ready to join you for an exciting future and all that’s left to do is …. merge your IT departments.

Acquisitions are an exciting time for small businesses. Either the company is bringing in another partner to bolster their offering, hoping the sum is greater than the parts, or your company is the missing piece in a large company’s grand plan. 

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Topics: IT Support

How to Avoid IT Downtime When Moving to a New Office

Posted by Tom McDonald

Moving is stressful, but it can be exciting too.

Moves are typically a landmark in the life of small businesses. It usually means the company is growing to the point where it needs more space to house additional employees.

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Topics: IT Projects

5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Network Admin

Posted by Tom McDonald

The network administrator at your company wields a tremendous amount of power over your company’s information technology, but is that person doing a good job?

For a small business owner, staying on top of the latest in technology is likely not the top priority and can take a back seat to things like serving customers and hiring the right employees to help the business grow. 

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Topics: IT Support

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

Posted by Tom McDonald

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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Topics: Managed Service Providers

4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a New IT Service Provider

Posted by Tom McDonald

Hiring a new IT service provider is an important step for any small business. Bringing in the right person can reduce the burden that mismanaged IT services can have on a business, especially one that is trying to grow in a tough economic climate. 

But don’t worry, help is here. Before hiring a new IT service provider, put on your detective hat and ask the right questions to make sure the provider you pick is the right one for your company’s needs.

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Topics: Managed Service Providers