Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Associations' Issue: Elements Magazine - Issue 005

Spring—The time of year that represents rebirth, that presents opportunities to grow and to build something new. These sentiments fill the air at Nitro, everyone has so many new and wonderful things to share with their clients.

First, this year itʼs our 25th anniversary. I may sound cliché, but it truly does seem as though it was just yesterday that we were opening our doors for business. Over the past 25 years, the business world has seen many ups and downs, but at Nitro we have always weathered the storms—regardless of whatʼs been thrown at us, weʼve come out on top. Thanks to you, we have been highly successful.

I attribute part of our success to our flexibility, our adaptability; we always strive to deliver unrivaled products and services, concentrating on what will help our clients achieve their goals and objectives. This is what weʼve striven to achieve over the past 25 years; this is what has made us into one of Ottawaʼs most successful companies.

And, of course, thereʼs our recent acquisition. As you may have heard, we have been acquired by TUC Brands, an investment firm headquartered in Ottawa thatʼs focused on the managed IT services and cloud computing industry.

Although acquired, we will remain as our own entity while operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of TUC Brands. The acquisition will mean substantial growth for Nitro, including a drastic expansion of our professional services team—a tremendous advantage for our clients.

The combination of our two companies will provide clients with a greatly enhanced Help Desk, improved efficiencies, and upgraded support—weʼll have additional highly trained support personnel and a multitude of new tools to assist our clients.

Thus, as you can see, spring is certainly here at Nitro. With new highly-trained personnel, and a focus on Managed Services, we are poised for decades of growth. We are all incredibly busy–– and are all immensely excited about the future of Nitro.

Now itʼs time to plan our 25th Anniversary Party—and to thank everyone who has helped to make Nitro the success it is today.

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Larry Poirier
Chief Executive Officer
Nitro IT Business Solutions

Friday, March 16, 2012

Healthcare IT Solution: Point-of-Care Mobility (POC) – Webinar from Nitro IT Business Solutions

Join the complimentary webinar “Healthcare IT Solution: Point-of-Care Mobility (POC)” from Nitro IT Business Solutions.

Friday, March 30, 2012 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT

Healthcare providers are looking to reduce information delays and accuracy problems that create obstacles to optimum clinical decision making. To achieve this, caregivers must access and input patient information in real time at the point of care.

Mobile device technology represents a significant opportunity to achieve these goals. As organizations begin to explore mobility options, the story becomes more complex.

In this webinar, learn about:

- Use cases and industry lessons learned to date
- The importance of the clinical workflow
- Systems integration challenges and proven approaches
- Device management and security
- Device OS vendor landscape

+ Register Now

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nitro IT Business Solutions Announces Acquisition by TUC™ Brands

March 1, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario – Nitro IT Business Solutions today announced that it has been acquired by TUC™ Brands, an investment firm focused on the managed IT services and cloud computing industry with headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Although acquired, Nitro IT Business Solutions will remain as its own entity, and will continue to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of TUC Brands. However, the acquisition will mean substantial growth for Nitro including a drastic expansion of its professional services team––a tremendous advantage for Nitro’s client base. 

The combination of the two companies will provide Nitro IT Business Solutions with a greatly enhanced Help Desk with improved efficiencies and better support capabilities. The acquisition by TUC Brands means the addition of more highly trained support personnel and a multitude of new and better tools to assist customers.

The acquisition will mean additional growth in other areas of the company as well. Aside from the addition of more service personnel, Nitro will also be expanding its Sales Division to accommodate the forecasted growth in its Managed Services Division––a market in which the company has seen exceptional growth. 

“The Managed Service Provider (MSP) space has evolved a lot over the past decade. Our senior management team assessed our options and decided we needed to join forces with an organization with national reach and a proven ‘next-generation’ remote managed services operating model to take Nitro to the next level,”  stated Larry Poirier, CEO of Nitro. “There’s no question that adding the skills and capabilities of Nitro has the potential to help expand TUC’s service offerings through its franchise network to the small- and mid-sized business market. Nitro’s clients will continue to have the same high level of service they have come to expect.”

Nitro’s acquisition provides TUC Brands with a large customer, revenue and employee base, along with a strong technical bench with key vendor relationships and certifications in areas such as networking, virtualization and security. Nitro’s key vertical markets include professional services, technology, government, non-profit and healthcare. Nitro is a long-standing member of Ingram’s VentureTech Network, a North American organization of independent professional IT firms.

“We are very excited with the acquisition of Nitro and adding their team of experienced professionals,” stated Mark Scott, CEO and founder of TUC Brands. “A year ago we set out to establish a larger footprint in Ottawa as our flagship market, which the acquisition of Nitro allows us to achieve. What’s interesting is how complementary the personnel and skill sets are between the two companies with little overlap.” 

The Nitro acquisition was funded by TUC’s capital division, MSPXchange, along with institutional investors. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

About Nitro IT Business Solutions
Nitro provides comprehensive IT business solutions, products and services. Nitro’s customized solutions institute best-practice processes and are architected with best-in-class products from Tier-One manufacturers. Nitro’s principal service offering is the award winning managed services solution, NitroSure, which delivers cost-effective IT Service Management (ITSM) to small- and medium-sized businesses and organizations. With NitroSure, clients have a partner who takes full responsibility for their IT infrastructure; gives them access to highly qualified technicians; guarantees service levels; and provides a host of proactive services that help prevent the catastrophic impact of downtime. For more information visit

About TUC™ Brands
TUC™ Brands develops businesses and ideas in the managed IT services and cloud computing industry. Our Franchise 2.0 opportunity provides entrepreneurs and investors with a complete framework to build, buy and accelerate a managed IT services business. Our MSPXchange program provides managed service providers (MSP) with the ability to monetize their business through either a structured merger or acquisition strategy, leveraging our proven MSP business and technology platform. Learn more about joining our team today at

For more information contact: 

Nitro IT Business Solutions
Larry Poirier

TUC Brands
Aaron Bradley
Director of Marketing