Case Study: Upgrading a Construction Company’s IT Infrastructure

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When Lakehead Constructors was moving not one but both of its locations, IT director Matt Dallam knew it was time to upgrade the company’s IT infrastructure from localized servers to cloud-based solutions. He knew the upgrade would make the company’s entire operation more efficient, but he didn’t realize just how much more time he’d be able to redirect to other projects.

About Lakehead Constructors

Based in Superior, Wisconsin, with an office in Aurora, Minnesota, Lakehead Constructors is a commercial construction company that got its start in 1916 building large-scale harbor facilities. Today, the Lakehead team completes large-scale commercial and industrial construction projects across the Upper Midwest. Since its staff is split between two locations and maintains a large field crew, the company relies on its IT infrastructure to keep its team connected and productive.

Lakehead Constructors’ IT Challenge

Matt knew that most of Lakehead Constructors’ IT infrastructure was reaching end-of-life, and some legacy hardware and software were well past that milestone. With the company’s impending moves at both of its locations, it was a great time to upgrade its localized IT infrastructure and move to cloud-based solutions that would require less hands-on maintenance and allow the company to scale.

Now IT Connects’ IT Solution

Matt contacted Now IT Connects for help moving their on-premises systems to the cloud. After reviewing Lakehead Constructors’ IT needs, the Now IT Connects team chose Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Exchange to host the company’s servers, email, and other applications. Older switches and routers got upgrades, and the Now IT Connects crew installed new firebox equipment as part of an improved cyber security plan.

The Result

Now that Lakehead Constructors’ system is cloud-based, the crew has an easier time working remotely. The improved IT infrastructure is easy to manage and maintain and offers much more peace of mind than the on-premises system did. Since the new system has been in place, Matt has spent less time on weekends managing the hardware, too.

“Since working with Now IT Connects, our system has been much better everywhere,” explains Matt. “It’s faster, it’s more secure, and I spend less time on infrastructure and network management.”


Cloud-Based Computing for the Remote Workforce

Cloud-Based Computing for the Remote Workforce

The past year definitely made the case for cloud-based computing, as the cloud is what empowered many companies to move to a remote workforce in 2020. Cloud-based technologies have more than proved their worth these last 12 months. If you’re still running your business off local servers in your office, or have hobbled together several cloud-based technologies out of necessity, it’s time to get strategic about the cloud.

The Case for Cloud-Based Computing

Imagine a workweek where every tool you need is at your fingertips, whether you’re at the office or at home. These tools work seamlessly together. The document or spreadsheet you’re working on is automatically saved and backed up, so you never lose your work or your data. You never accidentally delete an email. The recording of your last meeting with your client is available to review as soon as it wraps up, and you can share your notes from that meeting with your colleagues with a click of a button. When you log off for the weekend, you know all of your data is safe from harm because it’s protected by two-factor authentication and automated backup.

That’s what cloud-based computing can do for your workweek. It takes away many of the frustrations you have about storing and sharing files, collaborating with your team, and backing up physical servers.

Choosing a Cloud-Based Server

So, how do you go about moving your operations to the cloud? Find an IT partner like Now IT Connects! Having a knowledgeable, professional, and cloud-smart team like us takes the stress out of setting up your new work environment. We have the product expertise, know-how, and experience to develop a cloud-based strategy for your company.

Our favorite cloud computing tool is Microsoft Azure. It’s built specifically for businesses and contains hundreds of apps so you can move your entire operation to the cloud. Azure uses AI and machine learning to uncover data insights and keep your data safe.

Microsoft Exchange is an email and calendaring tool that helps teams communicate more efficiently. It’s highly customizable, has tools to foster collaboration, and makes setting appointments a breeze. Microsoft Exchange email servers are highly secure so your inboxes and data are continually protected.

Making the Migration to the Cloud

It’s easy to grasp the benefits of migrating your business operations to the cloud. The hard part is making the move to your new cloud-based system. Migrating any process from one tool to another is complicated and time-consuming, which is why we recommend you work with an experienced team of IT professionals. The Now IT Connects team will work with you to design a cloud-based solution for your business, then complete the migration and implementation for you.

Ready to learn more? We’re here to help. Contact Now IT Connects today to discover with the cloud can do for you.


Case Study: An IT Partnership Nearly Two Decades Strong

When it was time to outsource some of the IT tasks he was handling himself, Seacole CFO John Bell turned to the person he knew could help: Now IT Connects founder John Koshiol. That was back in 2004. Since then, Seacole and Now IT Connects have formed a strong partnership, working together to install and maintain systems that keep the chemical distributor productive and secure.

About Seacole

Seacole is an ISO-certified chemical manufacturer and distributor based in Plymouth, Minnesota. The company’s headquarters houses its front office as well as its production and warehouse space. In addition to the industrial equipment on the production floor, Seacole maintains and manages 30 to 40 PCs and nearly a dozen servers, as well as other pieces of hardware.

Due to the highly sensitive nature of their work and the chemical products they stock, Seacole takes network security and reliability very seriously. The company cannot risk their systems going down at any point without a viable backup system and rapid recovery response.

Seacole’s IT Challenge

CFO John Bell is fluent in IT and cyber security systems and had managed the company’s IT and cyber security systems on his own until 2004. By that time, the ongoing management of Seacole’s IT systems had become a full-time job on their own, and he did not have an in-house IT team to delegate tasks to.

John Bell knew that Seacole’s IT demands would only grow, and it was time to find an outsourced partner. That’s when he called John Koshiol for help. John Koshiol was an experienced IT professional who had just started his own company, Now IT Connects.

Now IT Connects’ IT Solution

Since 2004, Seacole has relied on Now IT Connects to maintain and expand Seacole’s entire IT program. While John Bell still performs smaller day-to-day tasks, he relies on John Koshiol and the Now IT Connects team to do the heavy lifting to keep Seacole’s network secure and performing optimally.

Over the nearly two decades the companies have worked together, Now IT Connects has expanded the Seacole network from a single server in 2004 to nearly a dozen today. Now IT Connects supports Seacole’s staff devices and maintains the company’s cyber security systems. The Now IT Connects team installs hardware and software on the front end and maintains and manages devices and software on the back end to ensure every staff member is productive and secure. As Seacole’s technology needs grew and IT solutions evolved, Now IT Connects innovated and adapted its services to ensure Seacole’s IT solutions were always state-of-the-art, including automating system updates and other essential tasks.

Recently, John Bell created an IT committee at Seacole to continuously monitor and review the company’s systems and security. He asked John Koshiol to become a member of that committee so he can share his expertise. As a result of the committee’s work, Now IT Connects will update and expand Seacole’s seven-year-old wireless system so it can support more devices at a faster connection speed.

The Result

By outsourcing their IT needs to Now IT Connects, Seacole has been able to grow its business sustainably and securely. Recent audits by agencies that oversee Seacole’s operations have applauded the company’s top-notch IT program, which John Bell attributes to Now IT Connects.

“Without Now IT Connects, we wouldn’t be able to survive. Their support is that important,” explains John Bell. “We’re constantly working to improve our IT, and without Now IT Connects, none of that would be possible.”


5 IT Tools Your Business Needs in 2021

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With a remote workforce and cyberattacks on the rise, you need to be sure your data and your customers’ data are secure yet accessible. After spending much of 2020 helping our customers safely move to a remote workforce, the Now IT Connects team has come up with a list of must-have IT tools for 2021. Which ones do you already use, and which ones are you going to adopt this year to keep your data safe and your team productive?

1. Two-Factor Authentication

With the rise in cyberattacks in recent years, securing your data is more important than ever. Two-factor authentication is an affordable, powerful way to immediately improve data security. It requires your team to use two login methods to access their email, web apps, and other business tools. Two-factor authentication can protect your data from phishing and from bad actors gaining access using weak or stolen passwords.

You’ve likely run into two-factor authentication at your bank or other online retailers. To get access to protected accounts, you need something you know, such as a password, and something only you have, such as your phone. Anytime you’re texted a code or asked to verify your account through email after you’ve entered your password, that’s two-factor authentication.

Other systems use a two-factor authentication app that generates a random code for you to use after you enter your password. AuthPoint and Duo are our favorite two-factor authentication apps. To use them, your team downloads the AuthPoint or Duo app on their phones or smartwatches. When they log into a connected account, the app will send a push notification on them to approve or deny the login.

2. Cloud Backup

With so many people working remotely, offsite access to files and collaboration tools is essential to your team’s productivity. Cloud backup not only provides a fast and secure way for your team to access the information they need from home, it also protects your data from being lost or erased on physical servers. Cloud backup is also affordable, as it requires no infrastructure investment from you.

The Now IT Connects team recommends a SaaS backup for Microsoft 365 and all associated apps in their suite, including Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, and Groups. This SaaS solution is easy to set up and integrates with all Microsoft products and will back up all files on your Windows computers.

3. Endpoint Protection

Endpoint protection tools are the applications on your computers and other devices that protect your network from cyberattacks. Examples of endpoint protection tools include the antivirus and antimalware apps on your laptop, desktop, or mobile device. They are your last line of defense against cyberattacks.

With so many endpoint protection tools available, it can be difficult to decide which ones to use at your business, and another thing altogether to manage these tools. That’s why we recommend Webroot’s suite of endpoint protection tools. It allows your managed IT provider to monitor and update your endpoint protection tools across all devices from a single dashboard they access on the cloud.

4. Microsoft 365

If you run your business on Windows, integrating the full suite of Microsoft 365 products into your business is a smart move. Not only does this product include the full Office suite, it also includes video conferencing, project management, cloud storage, email, and calendaring. Built-in security features ensure your data is protected.

Microsoft 365 is the most underrated and underutilized tool you likely already own. When we fully integrate Microsoft 365 into our customers’ businesses, we’re often able to save them money and improve their team’s productivity and collaboration.

5. Managed IT Services

If finding, installing, and monitoring these IT tools seems like a full-time job, it is! That’s why most businesses partner with a managed IT service provider to take care of IT. At Now IT Connects, we work with our customers to identify the secure IT tools that will best serve them and their team while keeping their data secure. We handle all updates, upgrades, and security remotely and in real time so your team doesn’t miss a beat.

To work with a managed IT provider or learn more about the five secure IT tools your business needs in 2021, get in touch with the Now IT Connects team today.


Registering Your New Domain Is Easy with Our Tool

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Registering your company’s domain is the crucial first step toward setting up a new website. But choosing a domain provider can be confusing. That’s why Now IT Connects offers domain registration right on our website. Get up and running in just a few easy steps.

1. Come Up with a Great Name

The best name for your domain is one that is easy for both your audience and Google to understand. Choose a name that is simple and easy to remember. Your best option is to simply use your company name.

2. Use Our Domain Registration Tool

Once you’ve settled on a name for your site, visit our domain registration site. There, you can search for and purchase your domain, web hosting, email, and other essential website tools.

3. Purchase Your Domain and Choose a Hosting Platform

To see if your first-choice domain is available, search for it with our tool. If it’s available, great! If not, make sure you have a couple of backup options. If the .com extension is available, we recommend going with that (unless you’re a nonprofit, in which case .org is a good option for you). Notice that the cost of the domain changes depending on the extension. Once you’ve made your decision, add your selection to the cart.

Then, click on “Hosting” in the top navigation bar to select a hosting environment for your domain. This is where your domain will live on the internet. cPanel is a popular choice, as is WordPress. Or, you may choose to host your domain on a dedicated, private server.

4. Add Not-So-Optional Extras

If all you’re interested in is the domain, you could check out at this point. However, we encourage you to consider purchasing some essential security tools first. An SSL certificate lets users who visit your site know you keep their data safe. Google considers SSL certification in its search results. Sites without an SSL certificate are ranked lower than sites with the certificate in place.

Website backup is another service we highly recommend. Don’t put a lot of time, effort, and money into a new site you are not planning to back up and keep safe. Website backup is affordable, automated, and provides a lot of peace of mind.

5. Purchase Email and Online Storage

Don’t forget to add email and online storage to your domain purchase. These services will allow you to send emails from your website domain (john@nowitconnects.com, for example) and add and remove email users with ease. Online storage is a good option for backing up files to the cloud and making it easy for your team to collaborate. Call Now IT Connects to learn more about your Microsoft 365 email and online storage options.

6. Get Online!

You’ve purchased your domain, hosting, SSL, backup, email, and storage. It’s time to get online! The next step is to design a beautiful, optimized website. There are several good DIY options, but we recommend calling in the pros to maximize your investment in your new website. For a recommendation or for help registering your domain, contact our team!


Despite Uncertainty, You Should Still Plan Now for 2021

2020 has been a challenging year, and the one thing we can all rely on is that life is unpredictable. But uncertainty is no reason to forgo 2021 planning. Your business will still need to maintain or update its hardware and software and be protected against cyber threats. Now is the perfect time to start thinking through your IT plan for the year.

Plan for Hardware and Software Updates

Your business’s hardware and software requires regular maintenance and updating. The Now IT Connects team can perform most of this maintenance remotely. But if it has been a few years since you’ve replaced your hardware or reviewed your software to see if it still serves your business, 2021 is the perfect time to assess your IT needs.

If your servers are older or if you still rely on old removal devices to protect your data, consider upgrading your hardware and moving your backup process to the cloud. New systems are faster, more reliable, and can process more data, while cloud backup can save you space in your server room and time switching removal devices, as well as improved peace of mind knowing your data is securely backed up in real time.

You likely also depend on a variety of software or web-based applications to run your business, including project management tools, accounting software, and inventory management applications. Unless you perform regular audits of your IT inventory, you may be missing out on new tools that could improve your team’s productivity and efficiency. In 2021, take a look at all of the systems you have in place at your business. If your list includes several programs that no longer serve you, or if none of your tools are integrated, give Now IT Connects a call.

Protect Your Business against Cyber Threats

This year, we’ve featured several blog posts from our partner Secure Net Pros. If cyber security is not a priority at your business, plan to make it one in 2021. Cyber attacks from bad actors will continue to threaten companies, with small businesses being especially vulnerable to cybercrime. If you do not have a cyber security plan in place for your business, we recommend connecting with the experts at Secure Net Pros.

Find a Trusted IT Partner

Finally, if you are managing the IT at your business all on your own, make 2021 the year you partner with a managed IT provider. Not only will you save hours of time, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your systems and data are maintained and protected. Contact the Now IT Connects team today to discover the possibilities.


Keeping Your Employee Email Safe

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Email is one of the most powerful tools you have to stay connected to your team and customers. But because it is so essential to doing business, email is a very popular target for hackers and other bad actors. Here are a few email security tips from the Now IT Connects experts. Which ones will you implement today?

Email Security Tip 1: Encourage Strong Email Passwords

A strong password is an email account’s first line of defense. Encourage employees to set strong passwords and require them to change them every so often. Strong passwords use a combination of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters. They do not include personal information that could be looked up on social media.

To create very strong passwords, ask your employees to think of a memorable phrase (for example, “I Love Now IT Connects”). Then, shorten it to the first letter in each word (ILNIC). Next, add numbers in between each letter (I1L2N3I4C). Put an exclamation point at the end (I1L2N3I4C!), and you have a password that will be very difficult for hackers to guess.

Email Security Tip 2: Require a Secure Internet Connection

A strong password won’t protect an email account that is accessed on public WiFi or other unsecure internet connection. Unsecure networks are easily accessible by bad actors, leaving you and your employees exposed to all sorts of cybercrimes, including identity theft, malware, and ransomware attacks.

Work with your managed IT and network security team to secure your network with a combination of hardware, software, and employee education. Once you have the appropriate hardware and software in place, train your team on why it’s important to only access their email and work applications over a secure network. If they are working remotely at home or at a coffee shop, require them to use a Virtual Private Network, or VPN, that will make it nearly impossible for bad actors to find and gain access to your network.

Email Security Tip 3: Teach Email Smarts

Attacks on email are constantly evolving, which is why it’s important to provide regular employee training on new email threats and how to spot and prevent them. Phishing scams, for example, are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Phishing emails may look completely legitimate to an untrained eye or an employee in a rush. But clicking on a link, opening an attachment, or taking another action from a phishing email can create an IT disaster for your company. Train your employees on the types of cyber threats they may encounter. You can even hire Now IT Connects to test your employees with a fake phishing email.

Protecting your employees’ email keeps your entire network and company safe. Protect your data with robust email security. Contact Now IT Connects for expert email support.


Cloud-Based Spam Filtering with Now IT Connects

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Malware and ransomware attacks are big business for bad actors. Dozens of high-profile ransomware attacks have already occurred this year. It’s more important than ever to understand this cyber threat and protect your network with cloud-based spam filtering.

Understanding Email Spam Threats

The most common and troublesome email spam threat in 2020 has been ransomware, a subset of malware. Malware is a program a bad actor puts on a computer, often by tricking an email recipient into downloading an attachment or installing fake antivirus software. Once downloaded, malware can wreak havoc on a computer or entire network.

The most devastating malware attack in recent years has been the ransomware attack. In these types of attacks, malware encrypts all the data on a network, holding it ransom until the network owner pays the hackers. Ransomware attacks are a big deal. Experts predict a business falls victim to a ransomware attack every 11 seconds. Collectively, ransomware attacks are estimated to cost $20 billion by 2021.

Step 1: Encrypt Your Email Data

Protecting your business from ransomware and other cyber attacks starts with a robust, cloud-based spam filtering tool. There are many choices on the market, and Now IT Connects can help you choose the right application for your business. The best cloud-based spam filtering tools encrypt your email data to protect it from the prying eyes of hackers and other bad actors. This makes it harder for cyber criminals to target your network and get their emails through to your employees’ inboxes.

Step 2: Detect and Neutralize Email Attacks

While encrypting your email data can prevent many malware attacks, hackers are constantly evolving their tactics, and some spam will make it through. Your cloud-based spam filter should quickly detect and neutralize these threats so your employees are never tricked into downloading malware onto your network.

Step 3: Continually Update Cloud-Based Spam Filtering

The best cloud-based spam filtering tools are continually learning and updating their protocols to constantly protect your email. This is where cloud-based spam filters outperform anti-malware software you may purchase and download. Since they are based in the cloud, they can be continually updated in real time with no action required on your part. If your spam filter is not cloud-based, you’ll have to remember to update it yourself.

Protecting your email and your employees from malware and ransomware attacks is an essential part of your cyber security plan. Now IT Connects can help you find the cloud-based spam filter that’s right for you and your team. Contact us today.


Disaster Planning for Your Business’s Network

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Time management guru Alan Lakein once said, “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

While the Now IT Connects team hopes that you never experience a network disaster at your business, chances are that you’ll have to respond to something unexpected at some point. Putting together a network disaster recovery plan can help you reduce the damage done to your business and help you get up and running faster.

Network Disaster Causes

While some disasters are results of fires or floods, most network disasters occur due to hardware failure, network attacks, or human error. It’s possible for even the best hardware to fail. When those failures occur in a vital piece of equipment, such as a router or modem, it can cascade that failure throughout your network. Other times, bad actors can gain access to your network through an unaddressed vulnerability and wreak havoc on your network. And human error can always cause a bad day at the office.

Identify Your Disaster Recovery Team

The first step in planning your network disaster recovery should be to identify the team that will be responsible for managing recovery tasks. This team should include staff from all departments so the plan accounts for every piece of technology and potential disruption a disaster would cause. Your disaster recover plan should assign specific tasks to each team member so everyone knows how to leap into action if a network disaster occurs.

Plan How You’ll Recover

In addition to identifying your disaster recovery team, your plan should include concrete steps that will get your business up and running as quickly as possible. Prioritize the steps you’ll take so you minimize disruptions and delays. Identify the essential operations you’ll need to get back up as soon as possible as well as the non-essential tasks that can wait a few hours or a few days to get back to normal.

A thorough disaster recovery plan articulates every detail about what is to be done in the event of a network disaster. Step-by-step plans allows your team to act swiftly without wasting precious time figuring out what to do next. The time spent planning your recovery will save you countless hours and frustration later.

Put a Prevention Plan into Place

As Lakein said, planning lets you take action now on future events. By investing in the time and effort to put together a disaster recovery plan, you should identify gaps in your current network infrastructure that you can fix now to possibly prevent a future disaster.

Your disaster recovery plan should include an inventory of all the hardware, software, and equipment at your business. This gives you an idea of the assets you have, what’s required to maintain and protect them, and any equipment that you should replace or upgrade to ensure you maintain a high level of security.

Another way to prevent loss in the event of a disaster is to implement a backup system. While some businesses still fiddle with backup tapes, most have moved their backup data to the cloud. Implement your backup solution, then make a plan to review this data quarterly.

Once you have your plan put together, it’s time to test it out. Add a disaster day to your company calendar and put your team through a simulated disaster. Give everyone a chance to practice their roles. A little practice now will help an actual recovery scenario go much more smoothly.

The Now IT Connects team helps businesses develop disaster recovery plans and backup their data to ensure it’s safe no matter what happens. For help with your own network disaster recovery plan, contact our team today.


Network Monitoring Keeps Your Business Safe: A Guest Post by Secure Net Pros

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Cyber criminals never take a break, and neither should your network security. Keeping your business’s technology infrastructure safe is a ‘round the clock job. Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone. Here’s how network monitoring keeps your business and your data safe.

It’s Tough to Monitor Your Network Yourself

Unresolved security threats can cause downtime, appropriation of intellectual property (IP), theft of confidential information, hardware loss, reputation damage, or worse. Keeping a network safe from cyber-attacks requires a sophisticated set of tools and a great deal of know how. Since cybercrime is always evolving, protecting your network also requires you to constantly stay abreast of new threats and cyber security innovations.

Most small businesses do not have a full-time IT professional on-staff, so it’s no wonder that more than 40 percent of cybercrime victims are small businesses. Protecting your network is a full-time job, which is why it makes sense to partner with a trusted network monitoring company to ensure your technology infrastructure and your company and client data are protected.

Conventional Cyber Security Solutions Aren’t Enough

If you think having a firewall and anti-malware software are enough, think again. Conventional security infrastructure is not adequate to protect your network from today’s cybercriminal. Traditional safeguards do well against external threats, but they do little or nothing to prevent 70 percent of all data breaches and threats, which come from inside your network.

That’s right—employees cause most data breaches and cyber threats. Just 12 percent of these insider threats can be attributed to disgruntled workers, however. It’s more than twice as likely that a reliable employee inadvertently misuses data in a way that allows a cyber security breach to occur. When these well-intentioned employees make an error within your network, they leave your network vulnerable to attack or data loss.

How Secure Net Pros Keeps Your Network Safe

Maintaining a secure network requires constant monitoring and agile technologies. The Secure Net Pros team uses a 360˚ managed security solution to constantly monitor your network, detect threats, and use this information to secure your network. It all starts with a consultation to assess your risk and create your remediation plan. To get started, contact Secure Net Pros.


3 IT Books for Your Summer Reading List

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Need some summer reading while you’re out on the boat or up at the cabin? The Now IT Connects team is here for you! Crack open one of these tech books this summer.

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee is a fascinating, inspiring book about the future of artificial intelligence and other advanced digital technologies. The book looks at how these innovations will affect industries of all kinds, from logistics to professional services. If you want a sneak peek at how technologies will revolutionize how we work without getting bummed out, we recommend The Second Machine Age. Buy it here.

Mobilized: An Insider’s Guide to the Business and Future of Connected Technology

Mobilized: An Insider’s Guide to the Business and Future of Connected Technology by SC Moatti is a close look at the intersection of mobile technologies and human nature. The book discusses how basic human needs and desires fuel innovations in mobile technology, and then helps entrepreneurs use this knowledge to dream up the next Facebook, Uber, or WhatsApp. Buy it here.

Digitize or Die: Transform Your Organization. Embrace the Digital Evolution. Rise above the Competition

Digitize or Die: Transform Your Organization. Embrace the Digital Evolution. Rise above the Competition by Nicolas Windpassinger examines the Internet of Things, or IoT, that surrounds us and makes the case to businesses on why they need to embrace this game-changing technology. The book covers how the IoT is already disrupting many industries, and how businesses can survive and thrive in the coming IoT revolution. All proceeds from the book benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and Fondation de France! Buy it here.

We hope you enjoy your time off with these tech titles! If you’re inspired to update and upgrade your business’s IT, we’d love to hear from you.


The Now IT Connects Office Gets a Make-Over

This spring, the Now IT Connects office got a fresh, new look! A few upgrades transformed our office and gave the Now It Connects team a place to collaborate while updating the design and improving sustainability.

New Flooring and Paint Provide a Fresh Foundation

It’s amazing what a difference a fresh coat of paint and updated flooring can have on an office space! At the Now IT Connects office, we freshened the walls with a new color in both the public spaces and the back-office work areas.

Then, we ripped out the carpet to replace it with durable, hard-wearing vinyl planking. The new floors offer the warm look of wood without the maintenance or up-front investment. We think they look sharp, especially with the fresh paint!

Our Work Areas Get Upgrades

Once we had our fresh foundation of paint and new flooring, we upgraded and renovated the tech cubicles where our network managers and network engineers work their magic. These new cubicles allow them the space they need to work without being crowded by equipment or each other.

Our Office Lighting Gets an Environmentally Friendly Upgrade

The last upgrade we made in our renovation was to our office lighting. Our lobby, conference room, and back-office work areas all got new fixtures with LED lighting. Not only does this provide our staff with superior light to work under, the LED lightbulbs are energy-efficient and cost effective. We won’t need to replace a bulb for about 15 years!

After several years in our Clearwater, Minnesota, location, it was time to show our office some love. We hope you stop by to check out our new digs! We’d love to see you.