Takeaways from the Microsoft Inspire Conference (2017)

Monday 08.07.17

Two of Mainstay’s team members attended Microsoft’s annual international conference – the Microsoft Inspire Conference – in Washington DC last month. The event is a showcase for Microsoft’s vision for the future and a chance for them to announce new products and initiatives.  Below are some highlights, told by Rick Dupuis: The Microsoft conference is … Continue reading

Solar power and green IT

Tuesday 06.06.17

We are celebrating the successful install of a 308 panel array on the roof of Mainstay’s main office in Belmont, NH! Thanks to the great folks at Revision Energy for a fantastic, smooth project. We now produce enough solar power that it offsets all electrical consumption of the 20,000 sq. ft. building (Mainstay is not … Continue reading

What do I do if a client contract includes cybersecurity restrictions?

Tuesday 05.02.17

You’re reviewing the updated contract from your largest client, when you notice a “Security Addendum.” You read through and quickly realize – you have no idea if your IT partner is doing half of this, and you’re pretty sure you’re out of compliance on the other half. What to do? This scenario is happening with increasing frequency across many industries, from … Continue reading

On Awards, and being named as the “Best of Business” IT services firm in NH

Monday 02.27.17

We’ve all seen the Hollywood awards shows where everyone gets together, dresses to the nines, and engages in a hearty round of self-congratulations. At last year’s Golden Globe Awards, however, Jim Carrey hilariously cut through the pomp and circumstance and gave the other actors at the awards show a little tongue-in-cheek perspective.   “Thank you, … Continue reading

Microsoft Partner – Gold Competency

Thursday 02.02.17

Mainstay is honored to have been a Microsoft Partner for over a decade, and we are pleased to announce that Mainstay now has two Gold competencies, along with our Silver competencies.  This is the highest level of partnership in the Microsoft Partner Network which provides us additional resources that we leverage on behalf of our clients. … Continue reading

Technology’s Exponential Growth Rate, 2016 Edition

Monday 11.07.16

I first wrote this blog in early 2013. It received positive coverage and was viewed thousands of times. In the nearly 3 years since, we have seen the increasing importance of cybersecurity, cloud has become more accessible to small businesses, and Virtual (and augmented) Reality is finally here.  The exponential explosion of technology continues today, as it did in 1965, … Continue reading

Azure – things to know

Friday 09.23.16

Microsoft has set its sights on Amazon and Google and is making no secret of its business plan to dominate the business cloud market.  Have a Windows server? A desktop or laptop running Windows? Microsoft wants your data, your operations, your business on its cloud. That cloud is called Azure.  It was launched in 2010.  … Continue reading

IT Security, cybersecurity

Takeaways from NHBR Cybersecurity Event

Monday 06.20.16

I had the privilege of being on the cybersecurity panel at a recent NHBR event, alongside some wonderful industry experts.  As always, cybersecurity is a terrifying and fascinating topic. One of the key topics discussed is that security is never black and white – it’s not “you have it or you don’t.” It is always … Continue reading

Best of Business NH - Managed IT Services

Thanks to our clients for BoB award!

Thursday 03.03.16

Last week, we were incredibly honored to learn we have won a “Best of Business” (BoB) award from New Hampshire Business Review, for the Managed IT Services category.