Rich Hillard

Rich Hillard

Business Technology Consultant

Richard J. Hillard, Jr. is an effective information technology executive whose strongest skill is the ability to provide practical, focused advice to business managers. He clearly communicates technical problems, challenges, and solutions while building consensus among teams to ensure a high-level of success with IT projects. With more than 15 years of information technology management experience, he works from offices in Londonderry, New Hampshire and Boston, Massachusetts.

Rich is a cloud computing expert and advocate who has successfully migrated multiple businesses to the cloud using Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, thin-client computers, and hosted VoIP. When analyzed over a three to five-year period these businesses have realized a 40-60% reduction in their overall IT and telecom costs.

Data Encryption on the Cloud

At Strafford Technology, we take data security seriously. We leverage Amazon Web Services (AWS) to create a secure cloud hosting environment optimized for our clients’ Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) applications and storage of their sensitive financial data....

Passwords aren’t enough for the Cloud

Passwords just aren’t enough, especially when people do crazy things like this. Yes, this is real. Someone actually wrote the password to their Remote Desktop Session on their keyboard. I’ve seen the password on a sticky-note under the keyboard, in an...

Why Microsoft should give away Windows Thin PC

Microsoft Windows Thin PC enables businesses to repurpose existing PCs as thin clients by providing a smaller footprint, locked down version of Windows 7. This provides organizations with significant benefits, including: Reduced End Point costs: Windows Thin PC...

A Practical Guide for Moving to the Cloud

Is your business on the Cloud? Do you know what the cloud is, or what it can do for your business? Given all the attention on the Cloud, have you found yourself wondering how it could potentially benefit your business? Until recently, businesses have had to own and...

Lessons learned from GoDaddy DNS outage

By now most people have either experienced some pain with or have heard about the apparent Denial of Service attack that took GoDaddy’s Domain Name Servers (DNS) offline for several hours on 9/10/2012. If not, here are a few links to the story at Wired, CNN, and...

Dell announces intent to acquire Wyse

The leader of the PC revolution is buying the leader in thin-client computing. Dell announced it’s intentions to acquire Wyse Technology, a manufacturer of thin-client computing devices and software that allows end users to connect to IT services in the cloud....