I'm Donald Terry

I am the father of four great kids. I am an electronics geek, audio buff, detective story addict, and extensive reader. My "day job" is IT manager of a large medical firm based in Hot Springs and servicing approximately one third of the state. We recently built a new facility and I was responsible for the planning, development and implementation of both the physically build and moving the network including servers switches and routers. We physically moved 9 servers, 3 switches and converted 9 remote locations to access the new facility all in a 4-hour window on a Saturday.

I have been an Information Technology professional since 1991, working first in technology firms in both sales and service, then in manufacturing for a few years, and in 2001 moved to the health care industry. My clients find my experience beneficial in developing reasonable and affordable solutions to their technical problems.

I am an active member in the Arkansas chapter of InfraGard and the Arkansas Cisco Users Group. I have also given presentations on the obstacles of moving a network to a new facility and the lessons learned.

I take on a limited number of projects per year to help me stay exposed to the constantly changing varieties of technology available to small businesses. I find these projects benefit my trouble shooting skills and the general knowledge base I need for my "day job", which my employer finds beneficial. These projects also help to keep my kids in summer camps and karate lessons.

With all projects I take, I ask the same questions that I ask for my day jop:
- What is the problem we are trying to solve?
- How much is that problem costing?
- What are the risks and limitations of possible solutions vs. benefits
- How long can a solution be expected to reasonably last?
- How much do the possible solutions cost in both money and time?
- What will the solution cost over 2 years and 5 years?