Skipping Stone Releases White Paper: Avoiding the Technology Trap

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Press Release

ATLANTA, GA – January 18, 2017 – Skipping Stone, a global energy markets consulting and technology services firm, announced today the release of a free whitepaper: Avoiding the Technology Trap. The paper examines the common technology traps companies fall into and offers practical strategies for avoiding these traps, as well as strategies and tactics on how to address the trap if a company is in one.

“We analyzed a significant number of software technology engagements across multiple energy clients we have worked with,” said author John Brown, Partner, Skipping Stone. “Too often we find clients are not happy with their software solutions because they aren’t delivering the value that was expected or required. What we found are some very common traps that companies fall into that are the primary causes of dissatisfaction. I wrote the paper to share the lessons we have learned and to hopefully provide some guidance based on our experience in helping clients either avoid or get out of these common technology traps.”

The white paper examines the experiences companies have when trapped; for example, relying on spreadsheets and “work arounds” instead of using the systems.  The paper also provides a step process involving people, processes, and technology that Skipping Stone has used successfully on numerous client engagements.

“Before Skipping Stone, I was the CEO of a large energy retailer,” said Skipping Stone Chairman and CEO Peter Weigand. “When I took that job, I was shocked at how ineffective our systems were and how many people the company had doing manual or spreadsheet work.   We did an overhaul using a step process similar  to the one described in the white paper.  The impact was dramatic in terms of ability to reduce cost, raise profitability and enable us to realign the business so that it could grow.”

Avoiding The Technology Trap white paper is free and may be downloaded at  Mr. Brown welcomes feedback along with discussion and can be reached at or call him at 770-557-0983.

Free Webinar:  At 1:00 p.m. EST, February 15th Mr. Brown will discuss the white paper as part of the Skipping Stone “Fifteen Minutes That Matter” webinar series. To register please email:

About Skipping Stone

Skipping Stone is an energy markets consulting firm that helps clients navigate market changes, capitalize on opportunities and manage business risks. Our services include market assessment, strategy development, strategy implementation, managed services, technology selection, technology implementation, project management and talent management. Our sector focus areas are natural gas and power markets, demand response, technology services, renewable energy, and distributed energy resources. Skipping Stone’s model of deploying energy industry veterans has delivered measurable bottom-line results for over 270 clients globally. Headquartered in Boston, the firm has regional offices in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. For more information, visit


Media Contact:

Rebecca Kelly

Director of Marketing

Skipping Stone, LLC

O +1 (770) 558-2757  M (770) 401-4044