September 2014 Tech Tips – iOS 8 Tips

Here’s your quick Tech Tips for the month of September to help you be more productive. As always, reach out anytime! We are here to help.

1.Tone down the number of email alerts you receive on your phone by using the new Notify Me feature in iOS 8. With it, you can set alerts for any email thread.To enable thread notifications, swipe left from the message list > More > Notify Me

2. Also new with iOS 8 when composing a new message you can access other emails in your inbox. While composing the message just swipe down from the top of the screen, placing the compose window along the bottom of the app. You’re then free to look through your Inbox, find what you need, and return to the message by tapping on the message.

We hope these will be a time saving and productivity boosting tips for you!

 

IT Direct Recipient of Marcum Tech Top 40 Award; Seventh Annual Event to Honor IT Direct as one of 40 Fastest Growing Tech Companies

West Hartford, CT, 9/8/14 – The Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) and Marcum LLP announced IT Direct has made the Marcum Tech Top 40 (TT40) list of fastest growing technology companies in Connecticut.  IT Direct will be honored alongside 39 other TT40 companies at an awards ceremony October 2 at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford.

The Marcum Tech Top 40, now in its 7th year, recognizes technology leaders in six industry sectors. IT Direct has been named a Tech Top 40 in the IT Services category. IT Direct is a recipient of this award due to strong revenue growth of at least $3 million in annual revenue as well as growth in each of the preceding four years.

“We are honored to be among the fastest growing tech companies in Connecticut, and are very appreciative of our growing list of clients. I am also extremely proud of the talented team here at IT Direct. The lion’s share of this honor goes to them for their dedication to our clients and for their help in making IT Direct a fun and rewarding place to work.” said founder and President of IT Direct, Ari Santiago.

“The annual Marcum Tech Top 40 gives us the opportunity not only to see innovation first-hand but also to recognize how Connecticut’s fastest growing technology companies are overcoming complex challenges to achieve success,” said Anthony P. Scillia, Partner-in-Charge, Marcum New England.  “Marcum is extremely proud to partner with the Connecticut Technology Council on this outstanding program again this year and enthusiastically congratulates all the winners.”

“Technology companies have a set of shared challenges that range from capital-raising and complex revenue reporting to intellectual property management and international expansion. Whether they are private enterprises or Fortune 500 companies, this year’s Marcum Tech Top 40 winners all demonstrate management excellence and market foresight,” said Alex Discepolo, a Tax Partner in Marcum’s New Haven office and Practice Leader of the Firm’s High Technology Services Group.

Bruce Carlson, CTC’s President & CEO added, “Connecticut is proud of its remarkable heritage of innovation and invention. Job growth in Connecticut is going to come from the technology sector and these Tech Top 40 companies are a great example of the range of technology companies that are growing substantially in Connecticut.”

The October 2 awards program will include an exhibition featuring the Marcum Tech Top 40 companies. One company from each of the six industry verticals will be named overall winner for demonstrating the greatest percentage growth in revenue across all the technology verticals. To register, visit the CTC website.

About The Connecticut Technology Council

The Connecticut Technology Council is a statewide association of technology oriented companies and institutions, providing leadership in areas of policy advocacy, community building and assistance for growing companies. Speaking for 2,500 companies that employ some 200,000 residents, the Connecticut Technology Council seeks to provide a strong and urgent voice in support of the creation of a culture of innovation. This includes working to position Connecticut as a leader in idea creation, workforce preparation, entrepreneurial aptitude, early stage risk capital availability and providing on-going support and mentoring to high potential firms. For more information, visit www.ct.org.

About Marcum LLP
Marcum LLP is one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the United States. Ranked #15 nationally, Marcum LLP offers the resources of 1,300 professionals, including over 160 partners, in 23 offices throughout the U.S., Grand Cayman and China. Headquartered in New York City, the Firm’s presence runs deep, with full-service offices strategically located in major business markets. Marcum is a member of the Marcum Group, an organization providing a comprehensive range of professional services spanning accounting and advisory, technology solutions, wealth management, and executive and professional recruiting. The Marcum Group companies include Marcum LLP; Marcum Technology LLC; Marcum Search LLC; Marcum Financial Services LLC; Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP; and MarcumBuchanan Associates LLC. For more information, visit www.marcumllp.com.

IT Direct Contact:
Monique Taylor, IT Direct, Phone: 860.924.7860, Email:
 mtaylor@gettingyouconnected.com

About IT Direct:  IT Direct, based in West Hartford, CT, is a premier technology management & IT solutions provider for small to midsize companies & non-profit organizations. For more information, visit: www.gettingyouconnected.com

Inc. Magazine Unveils 33rd Annual Exclusive List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

IT Direct Ranks No. 2757 Nationally and No. 23 in Connecticut on the 2014 Inc. 500|5000  with Three-Year Sales Growth of 135%

WEST HARTFORD, CT: August 22, 2014Inc. magazine has ranked IT Direct No. 2757 Nationally and No. 23 in Connecticut on its 33rd annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

“We are honored to be among the fastest growing private companies in America. Thank you to our growing list of clients who trust us with their I.T. networks and computer support needs. We look forward to continuing to grow with you and helping you use technology to reach your goals. I am also extremely proud of the talented team here at IT Direct. The lion’s share of this honor goes to them for their dedication to our clients and for their help in making IT Direct a fun and rewarding place to work.” said founder and President of IT Direct, Ari Santiago.

IT Direct’s profile can be found at www.inc.com/profile/it-direct. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database can be found at www.inc.com/5000.

“What surprises me, even though I know it’s coming, is the sheer variety of the paths our entrepreneurs take to success, thematically reflecting how our economy has evolved,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “This year there are far more social media and far fewer computer hardware businesses than there were, say, six years ago. But what doesn’t change is the fearsome creativity unleashed by American entrepreneurship.”

IT Direct Contact:
Monique Taylor, IT Direct, Phone: 860.924.7860, Email: mtaylor@gettingyouconnected.com

About IT Direct:  IT Direct, based in West Hartford, CT, is a premier technology management & IT solutions provider for small to midsize companies & non-profit organizations. For more information, visit: www.gettingyouconnected.com

Methodology

The 2014 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 to 2013. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2010. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of December 31, 2013. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2010 is $100,000; the minimum for 2013 is $2 million. 

About Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto VenturesInc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders.  Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today.

August 2014 Tech Tips – TINYpulse and tiny.cc

Getting feedback from your employees can be invaluable. TINYpulse is a simple solution that captures anonymous feedback from your team to reveal insights, trends, and opportunities to improve retention, culture, and results. We use it and thought it might be helpful for you as well: https://www.tinypulse.com

Tiny.cc converts any web address into a much simpler and shorter one. Ever have a really long web link that you copy and paste into an email? Before you do – run it through Tiny.cc and make it simple, short, and easy to click: http://www.tiny.cc

We hope these will be a time saving and productivity boosting tips for you!

 

July 2014 Tech Tips – Improve Program Access with Quick Launch

The Quick Launch toolbar on your Windows computer doesn’t get a lot of respect, but it’s a great way to launch your regular programs faster.

If the toolbar isn’t visible, right-click on the Start bar, select Toolbars, click on Quick Launch to add it, and then drag programs or shortcuts to it. You can start programs instantly just by clicking or, better yet, use the Windows key. Windows key+1 will open the leftmost program, Windows key+2 the next one, and so on, up to 10 (the 10th opens with Windows key+0).

We hope this will be a time saving and productivity boosting tip for you!

 

June 2014 Tech Tips – Web Browsing Tricks!

Here are your quick Tech Tips for the month of June to help you be more productive. As always, reach out anytime! We are here to help.

Web Browsing Tricks:

  • Jump to address bar – Jump right to the address bar from anywhere in browser by pressing CTRL + L.
  • Bring back a closed tab – Accidentally closed a tab? Simply press CTRL + Shift + T to reopen the most recently closed tab and get back to what you were doing.
  • Use private browsing – The uses for not having cookies and history saved might come in handy when shopping for gifts on a shared computer. Pressing CTRL + Shift + P will launch a new private window in Firefox and Internet Explorer and CTRL + Shift + N will do the same thing in Chrome.

IT Direct Named One of Ingram Micro’s Fastest-Growing SMB Channel Partners in the U.S.

World’s Largest Technology Distributor Recognizes IT Direct’s Achievements and Success in Annual Ingram Micro SMB 500 List at Inaugural IMOne Event in New Orleans #IMOne2014

West Hartford, CT, June 12, 2014 – IT Direct today announced it was named to the Ingram Micro 2014 SMB 500. The annual list recognizes the top 500 fastest-growing Ingram Micro U.S. channel partners serving the small and midsize business (SMB) market. Ranked at number 122, IT Direct expanded its business with Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world’s largest technology distributor, by more than 61 percent in the past three years.

Channel partners named to this year’s SMB 500 list were identified at Ingram Micro’s inaugural 2014

IMOne event, held May 6-10 in New Orleans. As part of the more than 20,000 U.S. solution providers and MSPs who work with Ingram Micro’s U.S. SMB Business Unit, these top-performing companies achieved a three-year compound growth rate of more than 42 percent.

Ingram Micro’s annual SMB 500 list is developed in close collaboration with channel research services firm The 2112 Group, Ingram Micro’s Business Intelligence team and U.S. SMB Business Unit. Criteria for selection to the list includes size, overall technology category revenue growth and innovation across SMB engagements.

“We are proud to be recognized for our phenomenal growth by Ingram Micro. As one of our trusted suppliers Ingram Micro works with us to allow IT Direct to compete on price with better service against national companies such as CDW. Often new customers are surprised that we are able to offer them the same or better pricing with much better personalized service” said Ari Santiago, President and CEO of IT Direct. “We are projecting year over year growth of 50% in gross revenues for 2014 and through the first half of the year we are on target to meet this phenomenal growth rate and Ingram Micro is a large part of our supply chain to achieve this target.”

“The Ingram Micro SMB 500 is representative of solution providers who are focused on business excellence and recognize the value in teaming with Ingram Micro to deliver a superior customer experience and grow their business faster,” Jamie Ferullo, director of SMB sales, Ingram Micro U.S. “We congratulate this year’s SMB 500 and applaud their success.

Performance metrics, trends, best practices and other key findings from the Ingram Micro 2014 SMB 500 list will be produced by The 2112 Group and noted on the Ingram Micro SMB 500 site: www.im-smb.com/smb500. Additional information and research is available on 2112’s Channelnomics, a news and analysis website dedicated to channel business trends.

“The channel partners who earned a spot on the 2014 Ingram Micro SMB 500 are growing at rates that are three to four times the channel industry average and well above the channel average for SMB-focused resellers,” says Lawrence M. Walsh, CEO and chief analyst of The 2112 Group. “The SMB 500 shows how consistent execution and collaboration with a technology distributor with broad resources and support mechanisms, such as Ingram Micro, results in accelerated growth performance and business strength.”

A copy of the 2014 Ingram Micro SMB 500 list can be found at  www.im-smb.com/smb500.

About Ingram Micro Inc.

Ingram Micro is the world’s largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain and mobile device lifecycle services. As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics and mobile solutions, technical support, financial services and product aggregation and distribution. The IT Direct is the only global broad-based IT distributor, serving approximately 170 countries on six continents with the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of IT products and services. Visit IngramMicro.com.

IT Direct Contact:
Monique Taylor, IT Direct, Phone: 860.924.7860, Email: mtaylor@gettingyouconnected.com

About IT Direct:  IT Direct, based in West Hartford, CT, is a premier technology management & IT solutions provider for small to midsize companies & non-profit organizations. For more information, visit: www.gettingyouconnected.com

May 2014 Tech Tips – How To View Emails by Conversation and Remove Word Formatting

Here are your quick Tech Tips for the month of May to help you be more productive. As always, reach out anytime! We are here to help.

View Email Messages by Conversation in Outlook:

On the View tab, in the Conversations group, select the Show as Conversations check box, then click All Folders or This folder. Note: This feature works only if emails are sorted by date received. Otherwise, the Conversations group is grayed out.

Remove Word Formatting:

Microsoft Word is great for writing and formatting text. But sometimes you want to copy that text into another program (an email, your website) without including the formatting (i.e. font size, color, margins). The easiest way to do this is to open up Notepad (PC) or TextEdit (Mac) and paste your text in a new document. Next, copy your text from the new document. When you paste it again, the formatting will be removed.

Important Video & Announcement from IT Direct

Our mission is to help businesses and non-profits realize a competitive advantage by harnessing the power of technology to reach their business goals.

In our never ending effort to advance this mission we’ve invested in an application that will greatly improve the way that we work together – particularly with what we call Task Authorizations (or TA’s.) The best part is that it’s really easy to use!

In January we completed an ‘Alpha’ release of this application and over the last few months, have had a very successful ‘Beta’ release. We are now ready to roll it out to all of our IT Direct clients!

We recorded a video to show you how the program works:

We are very excited to release this new, very easy to use program and will answer any questions you may have as we provide your next TA.

Please let us know what you think about the program during your next meeting with you technical account manager.

Thank you for taking a minute to watch this video and also for your business and support!