NPI Technology Management Blog

Timing is Everything

Timing is Everything

- August 18, 2016

Timing is everything: this holds true for choosing a new Technology Management partner. Perhaps you have wondered for some time whether or not your business would be better served by an alternative support model or an alternative support vendor. It can feel overwhelming to consider such a change but it is not that difficult for […]

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So many business managers and owners I meet say that their in-house IT person has all their tech needs “covered”.  When I probe a bit further I usually discover that their definition of “covered” is far from complete.  In some cases they’ve found a talented professional who is equally comfortable with everything from servers to […]

The DNC, Russia blog

Almost every bit of the press coverage around the recent hack of the DNC computer network revolves around politics and Russia.  The story usually focuses on who might have done the hacking and what information they might have retrieved. But for me, as a long-time small business technology consultant, the bigger story is about why […]

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I came to Vermont back in 1967 because I just plain fell in love with the Green Mountains.  Once I started hiking the lush rolling hills and experiencing the breathtaking vistas I was hooked for life.  This 50-year love affair with Vermont has endured and my strong attraction to this special place keeps growing.  Even […]

Mr. Robot Blog

Today’s C-level executives would be wise to watch a few episodes of the USA network hit series Mr. Robot.  The technology details in the show are provided by a security expert, former hacker Kor Adana.  He recently provided 10 insightful ways to avoid being attacked. Mr. Robot is one of the most accurate cybersecurity shows […]

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Technology investments act like a stock portfolio, so a systematic approach to executing technology initiatives will result in excellent returns resulting in a strong linkage between financial goals and technology performance.  L = (A O)K – R Applications*Operational Excellence)Knowledge – Risk Technology Leverage is the result of Applications aligned to business goals then multiplied by […]

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Business leaders spend little time thinking about Operating Systems (OS) because they usually fall within the domain of the IT department.  However, this July happens to be one of the few times when C-level executives might also want to pay attention to this investment. Why?  Because most Microsoft computers running an older version of Windows […]

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Today’s employees virtually live on their mobile devices — not just during the work day but well beyond — from virtually anywhere on the planet. I’ve noticed that about half of Vermont’s employees use their personal devices for business email and many use it for other company business as well. Because mobile devices have become […]

Summit Tech Blog

The Vermont Chamber Business & Industry EXPO is the region’s largest business-to-business trade show and is organized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. This year’s annual event hosted nearly 200 exhibitors, showcasing the latest in cutting edge products and services for the 3,000 business people who visit the two-day show. Summit Technologies, a Vermont-based provider of advanced […]


A backup/disaster recovery plan (BDR) includes the safe storage and retrieval of data to protect against disruptive events. The typical BDR plan includes a strategy to ensure the recovery of data when events such as power surges, natural disasters and sudden equipment failure occur without warning.  However, I have found that most BDR plans don’t […]