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How to Choose the Best Video-Conferencing Solution for your Organization

Your organization is probably more dependent on video-conferencing right now than ever before. You may have chosen a product quickly asyou switched to a work-from-home (or partial wfh) environment. Now is the time to re-assess whether that software is really working for you and enabling the most productivity from you and your team.

You are not stuck with your first video conferencing solution decision!

Below, we have created a checklist to help you outline your video-conferencing needs. We can’t possibly go through the pros and cons of each available system, but we can help you make a good decision. Once you have filled out this checklist, feel free to reach out for a suggestion based on your requirements or use the links further below to conduct your own research. Read more

8 Strategies for Getting the Most out of your PPP Funds

 

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is one of the most aggressive government support packages for small and mid-sized business that we’ve ever seen. These funds, which are designed to enable companies to maintain their workforce and assist with rent, mortgage interest, or utilities during the Covid-19 crisis, may provide a cash cushion to support other business advantages as well.

We’ve summarized the ideas we collected to help more manufacturers continue on their path to Stage 4: Thrive. The 8 high-level business strategies include:

  1. Improve Health and Safety Policies
  2. Enhance Automation and Machine Technology
  3. Improve IT Value
  4. Hiring and Employee Benefits
  5. Enhance Sales and Marketing
  6. Smooth out Production Schedules
  7. Save on Capital Purchases
  8. Increase Cash Reserves

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Why your company needs Core Values and how they drive business value

As a founder, CEO, or leader of a company, it is so important to discover the Core Values you want to your organization to aspire to. It can drive tremendous value to the business and help everyone – leaders, teammates, clients/customers, prospects and potential new hires – all be on the same page. Each knows exactly what is important to your company and what you stand for. After you discover the Core Values, write them down, share them, and find ways to make them an everyday part of your company culture.

Take a few minutes to watch our President and CEO, Ari Santiago, in the video playlist below as he discusses developing our company’s Core Values and talks about a few of them, specifically, and what they mean to us.

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What’s the story? How our manufacturing clients use technology – Part 2

Last month, I got to tour another one of our manufacturing client’s facilities, Jaypro Sports, in Waterford, CT. They are a leading authority for institutional sport equipment and athletic field/facility solutions. This was a great opportunity to see what they do and how they do it!

At IT Direct, we believe that the overarching purpose of using technology is to solve a business problem or to improve efficiency or productivity. In this way, technology can help the business achieve their goals. During my tour, I got to see several areas where technology had really come together to help Jaypro Sports achieve those goals! Read more

Freelance services can help you be more efficient and productive

We’ve been posting a lot lately about the benefits of outsourced services and how to choose the right outsource partner. Today let’s talk about the little jobs that can be outsourced that may save you enough time to make it worth your while.

While this isn’t specifically IT-related, it is all about helping you be more efficient and productive – which also happens to be a key goal of our technology solutions! Read more

Our IT vision for 2019

We are focused on our mission of helping our clients gain a competitive edge from their technology. This year we are looking closely at 3 key areas that are critical to supporting your success. Take a look at this quick video:

How to Choose an Outsourced Partner

As we discussed in a previous blog post, your time is your most valuable asset and you don’t want to waste it doing something you aren’t an expert in. Businesses can outsource all kinds of things: payroll, recruitment, graphic design, marketing, IT, etc. As you choose an outsourced partner, you want to make sure you’re not going to waste that precious time of yours on the wrong fit. That’s why you have to choose wisely! Read more

Retrospectives are the key to improvement

We just celebrated IT Direct’s 17th year in business…it’s an amazing achievement and we’ve learned a lot along the way. One of the keys to our success is our ability to continuously improve by thoroughly reviewing both our achievements and our mistakes. This is why the ‘retrospective’ meeting has become a mainstay of our processes. Read more

Do what you do best…Outsource everything else!

Recently, we had a really clogged up office kitchen sink. We’ve got some handy folks on our team who could have looked at it, but instead we remembered two important things…1) we are not experts at fixing clogged sinks and 2) we have much better things to do with our time. The solution here: OUTSOURCE! Read more

Manufacturers’ 6 most common questions about outsourcing

Our manufacturing clients and prospects often have similar questions about outsourcing as they consider their technology needs. Let us answer some of these concerns:

  1. Don’t we need someone that understands our unique facility and needs?

    Your facilities are unique. We have the best tools available that allow us to quickly map and document your system, so we can be up to speed on your environment in the blink of an eye. This is part of our discovery process, which happens before we even start discussing any needs or ways to improve your system.

    Your needs are unique. A virtual Chief Information Officer works directly with your team to get to know your company, your needs, and your business strategy. It is this person’s role to fully understand your needs as an organization and to devise an IT strategy that not only works for today but prepares you for tomorrow. Read more