Which Vendor Type Do Professionals In The IT Industry Consider Most Undervalued?

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Disaster recovery (DR) has always been the red-headed stepchild of the IT industry. It’s the last to get funding and the first to lose it in the budgeting cycle. It is the most poorly staffed, yet it can have a huge impact on an organization. A recent survey of 276 IT professionals, commissioned by Sungard Availability Services*, captured this truth precisely: 42% of respondents stated that disaster recovery testing should be the last thing to receive budget cuts, yet when asked which type of vendor was most undervalued by their organizations, DR vendors were the #1 response. This, despite the fact that companies spend an average of $686,000 per hour when experiencing downtime. Why is there … Read more

4 Secrets For Picking The Best Business Continuity Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) Solution For Your Business

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Business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) solutions are many and varied. Which one is right for your company? Your Board of Directors is demanding a complete BC/DR program, your CEO wants it done yesterday, service providers are promoting their services and calling on you all hours of the day, your different lines of business only care about their IT needs, the media is full of news about the latest and greatest cloud recovery technologies ... and the list goes on. So how do you even begin to move forward when a hundred voices are clamoring for your attention, your money, and your resources? Let’s start by cutting out the noise. Forget the hype, the pressure, the latest and g … Read more

Leave Your Laptop In Your Car And 9 Other Bad Cyber Security Habits

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In a perfect world, employees would have excellent cybersecurity habits and never put the company’s network or data at risk. This isn’t a perfect world, however, and the reality is employees do a lot of things that mess with a CISO’s on-the-job sanity. According to a survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services, IT professionals see security as a serious threat to the organization, and this is largely due to employee behavior (or misbehavior). The worst security offense, according to the 276 IT professionals who responded to the survey, is carelessness surrounding mobile devices, followed closely by poor password management. Both issues can easily lead to the type of data breac … Read more

If The IT Industry Gave Out Academy Awards, What Would Be The Categories?

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Ah, yes, the Oscars. The drama, the exhilaration, the disappointment, the fashion statements! All of it wrapped up in a single adrenaline-filled evening. But what if the IT industry gave out Academy Awards? What would the categories be? Add some spice to your day by considering whom you would nominate for each of the following Oscars (we’ve included some “spoof” categories, as well) … and which awards you might be nominated for! Roll out the red carpet and let the excitement begin! Best CIO He or she is a tech savant and a leader extraordinaire. Forget “keeping the lights on” – the Best CIO pioneers new ways to make the business successful, keeping in touch with every department and every e … Read more

IT Professionals Think Information Security And Disaster Recovery Should Be Last To Get Budget Cuts

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This year, we can expect presidential campaign promotion to slowly kick into gear. Early next year, advertising will pick up, and by summer there will be so much media hype that we will be colossally sick of it long before the actual November 8 election. Then, in 2017, all will be silent. Why? Because, for obvious reasons, spending on presidential campaigns runs on a four-year cycle. Information security and disaster recovery budgets run on cycles too, but IT professional may be surprised at how budget cuts and other factors drive them. Whereas the monthly budget for presidential campaigns builds up exponentially until the event itself and then declines afterward, information security and … Read more

Not Ready For Six Sigma? Try These 3 Steps First For Successful Business Transformation

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Six Sigma may seem excessive, yet you know you need to determine a new business transformation process to meet the demands of a digital marketplace and better respond to the the rapidly changing needs of customers today Before you dive in, consider a simple analogy. Have you ever opened up the package of a seemingly “easy to assemble” new toy for your child, and think to yourself, “This seems pretty easy. I see the picture on the box and there aren’t too many pieces. I don’t need the instructions.” However, when you get halfway through it, you realize that while you’ve been putting things in the right places, you’ve done so out of sequence. You have to disassemble the toy and start over, … Read more

Why Information Technology (IT) Professionals Have Been Thinking About Their Jobs The Wrong Way

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Over the years, I’ve provided training to entry and mid-level information technology (IT) colleagues. In the process, I evaluate how they regard IT’s role in business. Within each person, I typically find a noble allegiance to their area of specialty, be it storage, network, server, software development, service management, backup, business continuity, etc. However, as I followed these IT professionals over time, I would see a change. As they gained experience outside their point of reference, they realized they had been thinking about their jobs the wrong way. Their understanding evolved to see the deep interdependency of all aspects of business. I describe this interdependency in terms of … Read more

Why There Are More Than 50 Shades Of Grey In Cloud Computing Services

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Thought you were going to read about erotica in the cloud? Sorry to disappoint! But there are indeed 50 shades of grey and more when it comes to selecting cloud computing services. So if you are thinking about migrating to the cloud or if you want to improve your ROI in the cloud, here are the shades of “grey” you’ll need to be defining: Shades of Grey in Business Objectives – Identifying Why You Are Moving Into The Cloud There are as many business objectives for the cloud as there are shades of grey, such as capex to opex budgeting, flexibility, agility, high availability, etc. Why do you want to move to the cloud? Saying that your o … Read more