The Envision Story
Envision was started in October of 1998 by Todd Knapp.
Working out of a basement on Hope Street in Providence (with an "office" that sat beside a hot water heater), Todd quickly discovered that there was a demand for technology consulting services. He also realized that to meet that demand, he needed some help. Enter Brent Ouellette - Envision’s first hire and an integral part of the success that Envision has enjoyed.
Together, Brent and Todd began offering technology services, including Y2K preparation (remember that?), to a variety businesses in and around Rhode Island.
Once the Y2K hysteria was behind them, Todd and Brent began to build on the technology services they offered and the company began to grow, adding new services and people along the way. In 2001, Envision's growth drove the company to trade their first office for a location on North Main Street in Providence with more room to house the expanding team.
Leaders in Virtualization
Envision Technology Advisors were early pioneers in virtualization. The company was Rhode Island's very first certified VMware partner and one of the first in all of New England. By 2007, the team at Envision had made virtualization core to their business. In fact, the company has not deployed a physical server since.
At a time when virtualization was still a new technology to many organizations, Envision became a recognized leader in virtualization services. As experts in this important technology, Todd and Envision began to get called in to consult and speak on virtualization. This showed the company the need for educated discussions on this topic and it eventually led to the creation of the company's VMworld by Proxy event.
Focused on Education
Envision held the first VMworld by Proxy in 2008. This event was a way to bring valuable information back from that aforementioned VMworld conference, as well as other technology events, to the company's clients and prospects and to present that content in a sales-free/educational format.
In just a few short years, VMworld by Proxy grew from a half-day presentation with only a handful of Envison clients to a full day conference attended by hundreds of the largest companies throughout New England. This success made Envision's event one of the most successful VMworld recaps offered anywhere and it cemented the company's standing as innovative thought leaders in technology services.
While the final event under the "VMworld by Proxy" name was held in 2012, Envision has continued to focus on education and outreach. Recent Envision events include the company's popular "Lights, Cameras, Solutions" series, which pairs in-demand technology topics with blockbuster movies. Envision's people are also featured speakers at a variety of events and conferences all over the country on topics ranging from cybersecurity, to the Internet of Things, to website design and digital marketing, and more.
Outside of live events, the people of Envision can also be found sharing their expertise and experience through printed and online publications like TechTarget, DotDash, the Rhode Island Small Business Journal, and more.
A Best Place to Work
As a consistently growing company, Envision's employee count has continued to climb over the years as new engineers, web developers, business development professionals, and our Ground Control division of managed services experts have joined the team. Through all this growth, Envision had maintained a commitment to excellence in both customer service and employee satisfaction. That commitment was recognized in 2009 when Envision was named a "Best Place to Work." The company has gone on to receive this award every year since.
By the middle of 2012, Envision's sustained growth would once again necessitate an office move. With the company now at 30 full-time employees, Envision relocated just outside Providence, to the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. This innovative space, which is built in a historic mill complex, more than tripled the size of the company's office - but there was still more growth on the horizon.
Just about 1 year after moving into that new Pawtucket office, Envision opened a second office, this time in the Greater Boston area. Envision's second office can be found in Waltham, Massachusetts in the Watermill Center.
Envison's most recent expansion plans have seen the company taking on nearly 1700 additional square feet of space in the Hope Artiste Village. This new space now houses the company's "Concierge Configuration Center", where customers will be able to have bulk purchases of laptops, workstations, thin clients, and other assets configured, tagged, imaged and more.
Digital Innovation & Design
Envision has offered website design and development services since 2001, but that solution area took a giant leap forward in September of 2016 when Envision aquired the team from Crown Web (formerly known as Embolden). This aquisition, and the 11 new team members it brought to Envision, greatly increased the company's existing web services offerings and led to the creation of their Digitial Innovation & Design division.
A Bright Future Ahead
As rich as Envision's history is, the company's future is even more exciting. Continued growth in their Managed Services division, as well as a strong focus on innovation topics like the Internet of Things and drone technologies, are areas to watch for from Envision Technology Advisors. Coupled with the network and infrastructure solutions that the company has long been known for, the future is, indeed, very bright for the people of Envision.