A Few of Our Favorite Local Vendors

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week, we’d like to take a moment to thank a few of the businesses that help our business run more smoothly. If you’re looking for an accountant, a new favorite restaurant, or for a great deal on batteries, we’ve got some recommendations for you!

Here are a few of our favorite local vendors and why we’re grateful for them this year.

Keeping Us Open: Terning & Company, Inc.

Terning & Company, Inc. is a CPA firm with offices in Big Lake, St. Cloud, and Hutchinson. Terning handles all of the accounting and payroll services for Now IT Connects. They help with everything from bookkeeping and tax preparation to writing the payroll checks for our great team. We don’t know what we’d do without Terning & Company, Inc.’s professional and prompt service.

Keeping Us Fed: Nelson Bros. Restaurant & the Clearwater Legion

If you’re a Clearwater local or travel on I-94 to and from St. Cloud, you’re likely familiar with the Clearwater Travel Plaza and its donuts as big as your head. But you may not have taken the time to sit down in the Nelson Bros. Restaurant. If not, we highly recommend doing so! The food’s delicious, and you just may see one of the Now IT Connects team there picking up food for one of our lunch meetings.

If we’re not paying patronage to Nelson Bros., look for us at the Clearwater American Legion Post #323. Meeting at the legion gives us the chance to support veterans and enjoy some phenomenal American fare. Proceeds from our lunch bill go toward programs that provide financial, medical, and emotional support to vets.

Keeping Us Running: Batteries Plus Bulbs Saint Cloud

As an IT company, we spend our days working with technologies that require batteries. When we recommend a battery to a customer, we need to be sure it will work. That’s why we trust Batteries Plus Bulbs with all of our customer battery needs. Not only do they carry a huge stock of batteries from the top brands, they also offer recycling and free delivery.

Thanks again to these amazing local businesses. Without you, the Now IT Connects team would have a much harder time serving our customers. If you’d like to work with a local IT company, contact the Now IT Connects team.


Meet a Few of Our Favorite Vendors

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The security and performance of your technologies depend on the integrity of the companies providing your IT solutions. We’d like to introduce you to a few of our favorite IT vendors. These are companies we trust to provide consistently high-quality performance and security for our customers. Don’t be surprised if one or all of these companies is part of your IT plan!

1. WatchGuard

WatchGuard is a Seattle-based company that has provided cyber security technologies to small and mid-sized businesses for more than 20 years. From multi-factor authentication and secure WiFi to a full line of Firebox firewall network security hardware, WatchGuard solutions protect the data and networks of many Now IT Connects customers.

We appreciate that WatchGuard does not sacrifice speed and performance when designing its security products. This means your firewalls, antispam, multi-factor authentication, and other security features keep your system safe without slowing performance so you and your team can get your work done without unnecessary lag time.

2. Barracuda

Barracuda is a cloud-based security company that protects email, apps, and any of your data stored on the cloud. We use Barracuda’s Intronis MSP platform to manage your day-to-day IT needs. Barracuda’s technologies empower us to be proactive in monitoring your network and quickly resolve any alerts and issues that may arise. We can even use the software to automate routine maintenance that keeps your network secure.

3. Datto Workplace

Datto Workplace—formerly Autotask—is a File Sync & Share (FSS) technology that enables your team to collaborate quickly and securely on the cloud. The Datto Workplace was built specifically for businesses, so it’s highly secure, compliant with HIPAA and SOC 2, and provides 99.9 percent uptime.

When your team uses Datto Workplace, they can access, change, and share files across all their devices, from their office computers to their mobile phones. However, you have control over who has access to the system. You can require permission to view and share files and restrict parts of your cloud to certain users, as needed. The system also records how files are being shared and used, making managing sensitive files a breeze.

These are just a few of the companies we trust to provide top-notch security and performance for our customers. Whether you are already a valued customer or you’re kicking our IT tires, for more information on WatchGuard, Barracuda, Datto Workplace, or any of our other trusted partners, contact Now IT Connects today.