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How one Company Saved Money while Getting Better Wireless Too, A Long-Term Care Case Study

We all know that using the right technology can improve your productivity and efficiency, but did you know that it could also save you money and provide your clients with a better service? That’s exactly what happened thanks to a recent technology upgrade put in place by one of our clients, a Long-Term Care facility!

This long-term care facility, like most businesses these days, is dependent on strong Wi-Fi infrastructure. However, care facilities have the additional requirement of providing Wi-Fi for their residents and their visitors as well, not just for their own business needs! Read more

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

5 Tips for Better Home Internet Connectivity (during Covid-19 and after)

Poor or inconsistent Internet connectivity is one of the biggest struggles when working from home. At IT Direct, we have been hearing a lot about this particular struggle in recent weeks and would like to offer these five tips…

(If you would prefer video over written content, watch the video at the bottom of the article, where our CEO, Ari Santiago, talks about these tips during a recent webinar.)

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How we do it

I’ve spent some time lately looking at our company with an objective eye. That’s not always easy to do. Most of the time, you’re just busy getting through your task list, brainstorming new ideas, or putting out fires. But, after I spent some time recently getting out to our clients to see how they do things, it has forced me to come back an observe how we do things. You know what. We do things pretty darn well! Read more

5 Ways Technology Can Improve Workforce Recruitment and Retention

Advanced Manufacturers need new talent and must retain the talent they have. Technology may not be able to solve the problem, but it may be able to help. Take a look at the ideas below. Two focus on recruitment, the rest on retention. All are important to think about! Read more

IT Direct receives 2018 Marcum Tech Top 40 award

On October 3rd, IT Direct was honored again with a Marcum Tech Top 40 award, presented at this year’s Connecticut Technology Council ConnectiTECH Awards event.

The Marcum Tech Top 40 has honored over 400 Connecticut-based technology and tech-enabled companies since 2008. The awards recognize technology leaders in six industry sectors: Advanced Manufacturing; Energy and Environmental; Life Sciences; New Media, Internet, and Telecom; IT Services; and Software. IT Direct falls within the IT Services category.  Read more

When does 2+2=5?

When does adding two things together equal more than the sum of their parts? When you can take a few pieces of information, put it together, and come to a conclusion that saves you tons of time or resources! This is one of our very favorite things to do for our clients!

How do we do it?
Sometimes multiple helpdesk calls come in and they seem unrelated and may even be assigned to different techs to solve. They may even be quick issues, like difficulty updating a password, or a pop-up that keeps occurring from time to time for low disk space on a user’s computer. To an outside eye, these issues may seem coincidental or completely unrelated. But, our POD teams get to know our clients so well that they pick up on these seemingly unrelated events and can make changes that save everyone time and energy.

Putting it together

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IoT Smart City

Internet of Things (IoT) is changing our world in some pretty cool ways

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a general term covering a vast number and scope of devices, machines, and objects that collect and send data over a network. The number of these devices and sensors has not only grown exponentially in recent years but has increased in capability while decreasing in size. This means that sensors and devices can be placed nearly anywhere – in soil, machinery, building systems, even in and around live animals.

The results of this technology growth can be seen and felt in every industry and sector from manufacturing to farming to public safety.

Check out a few of these case studies that show the beginning of what IoT is capable of. If you think just a little outside the box, this piece of the technology revolution could add tremendous value to your business.  Read more

Life lessons

Life Lessons

Yesterday I went to a conference that was designed for women entrepreneurs to learn from other women entrepreneurs.  It was a terrific event, put on by the Greater Hartford SCORE organization, a volunteer-based national group in which retired executives use the knowledge and skills they gained throughout their careers to mentor small business owners on starting and developing their business.

The panel was filled with five incredible, successful women who enjoyed telling the stories of their businesses, their lives, and all the things they learned along the way. The themes that stood out are important, not only for entrepreneurs, but for all business leaders: Read more

Is your IT strategy cohesive across your entire business?

Is your IT strategy cohesive across your entire business?

In a previous blog post, we talked about the role of IT strategy and how it has changed over time. We described how to move up from a Reactive break-fix model and through the IT Pyramid to increasingly use your IT to drive value in your business.

What happens with an incohesive strategy?

Recently, we discovered a case where part of the business was still in break-fix mode, while other parts of the business had moved into higher levels of IT efficacy. Read more