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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

Efficacy of technology – can technology meet everyone’s needs?

Efficacy of technology – can technology meet everyone’s needs?

During a recent meeting with a prospective client, a CEO of a growing manufacturer in Connecticut, he described what he was looking for in technology in terms of efficacy.

Efficacy – the ability to produce a desired or intended result

I thought this was an interesting way to describe what he was looking for – efficacious technology. It leads to the question…what is your desired result? I think he chose this word, because this answer will be different for every single individual in an organization and is entirely dependent on their role. Yet, the request remains that technology be efficacious, or leading to results, for everyone.  Read more

Top 5 ways to prepare for a ransomware attack

Ransomware attack!
A top cybersecurity threat for businesses today is ransomware – a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. In fact, 12 Connecticut state agencies were just attacked with ransomware, with 160 computers affected. Luckily, the attack was thwarted by the state’s excellent multi-layered cybersecurity strategy.

Your business needs to be prepared too. And just like the state of CT, the multi-layered approach is the best way to do it.

Here are the top 5 ways to prepare for a ransomware attack: Read more

How to make IT strategy a key component of your business strategy

How to make IT strategy a key component of your business strategy

Technology is a key component of your business. Are you doing enough to make sure that this key component is helping your company be more productive and efficient and prepare for the future? Chances are, if you don’t have someone dedicated to regularly looking at your technology with one eye on business strategy and the other on the future, the answer is probably no. Below we outline what this role can look like and then we use two recent examples from our clients to show how this role works in action. Read more

How to get your business ready for the future of IT (part 2)

In our first digital transformation post, we talked about the basics of digital transformation…what it means, how you prepare for it and the importance of a strong and secure infrastructure. If you missed that article, click here to read it.

In this post, we’ll talk about how the role of IT in business has changed over time and how your business approach can change along with it.

The IT Management Pyramid

The pyramid below describes the efficacy of your IT strategy as it improves and develops on the way to Digital Transformation. The goal is to move up the pyramid! The idea is to be continually thinking about how you use IT, the role of IT in business strategy, and where your IT is focused. Each tier of the pyramid is explained more fully below, along with the limitations and benefits of each stage as your business develops its IT strategy. Read more

3 Manufacturing Technology Trends for 2018

Your manufacturing facility may look very different in the years to come. The technological changes that started just a few years ago are becoming readily available and more affordable in 2018. It’s time to start thinking of how you, too, can take advantage of Industry 4.0, aka the “smart factory”. Your company could become more efficient and your employees more productive when you take advantage of some of the technology that is changing the manufacturing industry. Read more

IT Direct on Connecticut Technology Council Board of Directors

IT Direct is excited to announce that our CEO Ari Santiago has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Technology Council.

“I am honored to join such a passionate and focused group of leaders with great goals for our state and the future of technology and innovation,” said Ari Santiago.

The Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) strives to make Connecticut a vibrant location for innovation and growth by pursuing strategic initiatives designed to bolster Connecticut’s tech-talent pipeline, support companies at every stage of growth and development, and advocate for the best in tech infrastructure development.

Ari will be working with the CTC to promote technology and innovation in all industries. He brings to the Board his expertise in technology and infrastructure. Ari hopes to help educate Connecticut companies on the technology they need to work more efficiently and effectively and to prepare for the future.

For more information on the Connecticut Technology Council, please visit www.ct.org.

IT Direct Superheroes

A standalone IT person can only do so much. While they are keeping you up and running, who is ensuring that IT is giving you a competitive advantage?

Your IT needs to not only work, it needs to keep you efficient and productive, safe and secure, and ready for the future of your business.

Our IT Superheroes make sure your technology leads you into the future!

Please contact us or give us a call at 860-249-1200 to learn what our superheroes can do for you.