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NCI Core Value - Responsible Innovation

Posted by Sean Todd on Jun 26, 2015 2:30:00 PM
dreamstime_xl_45967026Merriam-Webster defines innovation as “the introduction of something new; a new idea, method, or device”. As a company we innovate every day whether it’s developing a new application, a new bundle of product offerings, or simply a new way we interact both internally between employees and externally with customers.
Innovation is what keeps us relevant. Without it we would have been out of business a long time ago. We have the gift of employees who constantly push the boundaries. Employees who don’t stop looking for that next great product even though we have a list of similar products that seem to be doing just fine. We aren’t afraid to ask why. We don’t accept “because it’s how we’ve always done it” responses. We’re constantly looking to improve, and improvement equals innovation.

Add the word ‘Responsible’ and we have created one of our core values. Responsible Innovation. Innovating in a way that impacts our customers, our community, and our company in a positive way with an eye to the future. Responsible Innovation can be measured many ways, but here are a few:

• Ethics – Does this innovation align with our core values?
• Sustainability – How does this innovation impact our future? Is it a short win, or a long term win? What resources will it take to get off the ground and maintain throughout its lifecycle? Is there or will there be enough demand?
• Stewardship – Ensuring constant communication with each other and customers to prevent large project overruns, everything we do affects the bottom line.

Who is responsible for innovating? Everyone. Regardless of the department, Responsible Innovation falls on everyone. We aren't afraid to ask why. Asking why often opens the door to innovation. Innovating is what keeps us relevant today, and tomorrow, and ensures that our company will be around for many years to come.

To learn more about Network Center, Inc. core values, please visit our Core Values page on our website.

Topics: Innovative Technology, innovation, responsible innovation, core values

2015 Technology Trends Recap

Posted by Ric Todd on Apr 10, 2015 5:15:00 PM

business-intelligence-03TL;DR? Take the time to watch these YouTube clips to get an idea of how we think about you. Every. Single. Customer. 

Here's a link to our business intelligence video.

Here's a link to our cloud video.

If you are into verbose bloviation…carry on.

You are a decision maker. You are driving in your car on the way to a meeting relating to one of a thousand things on your plate. Your inbox is filled with requests, issues, and a million other things you can’t possibly get to but must. Quite literally, the world does revolve around you, at least in your business. 

Now you get a phone call that your production database is down. Or maybe that call doesn’t even get to you until a day later when you find out you’ve lost hours of productivity. Now it's a question of mitigating loss. 

The thought occurs to you, "why is technology such a burden when its original intent was to improve?" You know you don’t have the budget to hire superstars and if you did, they’d move on after a short while anyway. 

cloud-solutions-1024x747You need to focus on the things “in your wheelhouse.” How in the heck do you get your IT out of the way? Why does it cost so much to upgrade this stuff? Is there another way? Did I leave the TV on? 

Let’s reframe your question, because that's what we do. How in the heck do you get IT to move you forward instead of constantly dragging you down?

That’s the very question we are constantly asking ourselves. 

Our conversations rarely ever start with specs. We want to understand the driving reason behind the discussion. Maybe there is an opportunity to pivot. Maybe there is another need within the business that can be solved at the same time. 

More importantly, as we have our dialog, we are taking the CIO level view. How can we help you improve efficiency, drive down cost, and get more from that technology?

During our nVision 2014 event (that seems so long ago….) we talked about a lot of trends for 2015. Brett Anderson and I presented on a couple of topics we see having a tremendous impact today for customers we have already implemented solutions for and ran through the case studies. Take a gander on our YouTube channel to get an idea of how we think about you. 

Also…No, you did not leave the TV on. 

Topics: Cloud Solutions, Innovative Technology, Business Intelligence

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