NPI Technology Management Blog

A board presentation about technology can strike fear in the hearts of many a C-level executive. Fortunately there are steps that can be taken to not only meet the board’s needs and expectations but win their lasting support and respect. Given the importance of technology to overall business strategy, as both enabler and growth driver, […]

To: The boss From: Your staff Re: The state of our IT Despite us mentioning it numerous times, our technology is currently at an all-time low. We had to tell you in this memo since you constantly lack the time to think about technology. In fact, the only time we hear you mention our technology […]

- October 2, 2017

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month so WCAX-TV invited me to share information on how to stay secure.        

I love fall.  The air becomes clearer and the humidity drops.  Here in New England the trees take on lovely hues of red, yellow orange and, sometimes, purple.  My birthday is in September which always leads me to contemplation. The reason autumn begins is science:  earth’s orbit changes and fall marks the beginning of 6 […]

Why serve on a non-profit board?

- September 21, 2017

As the owner of NPI Technology Management, a small business in Vermont, I have my hands full running the company but I also have carved out time to serve on non-profit boards.  Currently I am President of the Board of Local Motion, a Vermont statewide nonprofit advocate for walkable and bikeable communities.  I believe walking […]

Perhaps a few years ago your business migrated data and applications to a private cloud…but now you’ve discovered the need to move yet again.  Sometimes the first Cloud situation doesn’t meet expectations in terms of cost and performance. Maybe there have been total outages causing too much disruption for staff and customers. Over time some […]

In the previous post on this topic, we discussed the reasons for upgrading technology. Today we will provide an outline of some of steps to accomplish this goal. Managing technology–both hardware and software–has a direct impact on the bottom line. The costs for technology improvements will rise and fall over time. The cost of a […]

Today’s successful businesses depend on their technology to execute plans for manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and sales. Maintaining these systems properly should include preventative maintenance that addresses potential hardware and software challenges before they impact workflow. Without these regularly scheduled checkups, a company can’t keep pace with customer demand which could result in lost revenues in […]

More businesses are moving their storage to the Cloud as the economic and technical benefits grow.  Companies can usually migrate all of their data from local disks to the Cloud in a matter of days or weeks so the good news is that the initial loading process is relatively simple and straightforward. However, Cloud backup […]

Many CFOs have noticed an important shift in their recent business financial reports–how technology costs are allocated. Traditionally, IT work was completed using internal staff and a long-term strategy for investment in hardware and software. Project implementers and infrastructure specialists managed everything from servers and workstations to Line of Business software systems. The cost of […]