NPI Technology Management Blog

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 […]

There is no doubt that business executives dealing with Information Technology have more than a few frustrations. That’s why we’ve identified five of the more frustrating aspects of Technology Management along with some suggestions for dealing with them. Successful use of technology will generate great benefits for a business. Frustration 1: IT is complicated. This […]

Many thanks to Nick Hinge, Director of Client Technology, for this thoughtful piece. My life has changed dramatically over these last two years. In the spring of 2016, we welcomed a baby girl into the world and this spring, we welcomed our new baby boy. Then we decided to move down the road into a […]

Smart business owners know that improving their computer systems keeps them competitive. These changes are often undertaken to improve efficiency, reduce costs and increase revenue.  While it’s unlikely that management will perform the actual processes, it is helpful for them to understand their choices. Three terms that are used to describe these changes are Upgrade, […]

Competitive businesses can get ahead of the curve using technology to save on costs, improve employee and customer communication and prevent expensive errors.  Getting and keeping the staff up to date on all of the changes is incredibly difficult, but failing to do so can hurt employee productivity and customer satisfaction—two areas that need a […]

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the phenomenon of connecting devices to the internet in order to send and receive data. While the IoT promises a future of convenience and control at home, it also presents office challenges that outpace the current body of employment law. For example, security badges can track your location […]