INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONTRACTOR
IT CONTRACTOR SUCCESS STORIES ARTICLE

IT CONTRACTOR SUCCESS STORIES
HOW TO BECOME AN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONTRACTOR

Sometimes it’s the little victories in a non-business related function that make a true success story.  This one is about a Connecticut contractor whose firm Offsite Now handles database storage and management as a third party provider.  His warehouse is packed with servers, generators, cooling equipment and enough redundancy to make him the keeper of the data for some large Connecticut health care providers and other major businesses.

This particular entrepreneur was chief technologist for a utility company prior to opening his own firm, so he had a thorough understanding of electrical distribution systems.  He is working with “EnerNOC” to become part of the EnerNOC "negawatt" grid. The negawatt grid acts as a go-between for utilities and major power customers, enabling those customers to make small adjustments to their power consumption.

In return for those 1- to 3-degree temperature adjustments, EnerNOC customers get paid. "It does not pay for us to be up and running if our customers are down," he says, noting that programs such as EnerNOC allows his business not only to be a good environmental citizen but also to contribute to electrical and data center uptime for their customers.

This is an example of an IT contractor who is thinking beyond the database.  When he chose to become an information technology entrepreneur, he brought along his social values and his understanding of finite resources as well.  It’s an admirable trait, one that would serve the entire IT world well.  Imagine if Windows was only, say, 50 times the size of MS DOS?  You could run your computer on flash memory.

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