The Best IT Blogs: 7-30-14 Weekly Roundup

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This week we’re talking all about serious business matters. From procurement to B2B marketing, what do you need to know to get ahead in a new era of emerging workforce and up-and-coming digital technology? Failing to keep up with the times will quickly send your business into a downward spiral. As The Godfather films famously coined “It’s not personal, it’s just business.” So, it’s time to leave your doubts, fears, and cannoli…and take hold of the future in stride. What You Need To Know About… Managed Services Your business is paying another company to handle all the management and administrative tasks of your applications. So you’re covered, right? Unfortunately, no, not when it comes to … Read more

Failing Your Compliance Audits? Learn Why

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Audit. The very word brings on a state of nervous tension. Financial audits. Tax audits. Records audits. And in the business IT space, compliance audits. There’s good reason for that shiver of cold fear. In my conversations with clients, I have discovered that too many companies are failing their compliance audits, and they don’t know why. They’ll say, “But we prepared! We tested! Everything worked fine!” Most of the time, it takes me just a few targeted questions before I can tell them, “This is why you are failing your compliance audits!” For instance, “Have you only performed tests on single aspects of your disaster recovery plan … without ever ‘putting it all together’?” “Have you c … Read more

The Best IT Blogs: 7-23-14 Weekly Roundup

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Today’s business is increasingly complicated. Challenges seem to come from every direction, from beating competitors to fending off cybercriminals. Don’t forget outside factors too – like economic recessions and natural disasters. These environmental conditions can also take a toll on business. It’s analogous to the Hunger Games, where contestants had to battle each other AND stay alive in the unrelenting wild, filled with poisonous berries, toxic fog, and hornets equipped with fatal stingers. As I looked through this past week’s IT articles, I noticed some big moves on the part of some businesses, while other businesses still stick their heads in the sand about issues related to informati … Read more

The Best IT Blogs: 7-16-14 Weekly Roundup

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We can now wipe the paint from our faces and turn off the TV; it’s the end of the FIFA World Cup. The tournament where we witnessed shocking plays, like Tim Howard’s superhuman saves and that infamous bite from Luis Suarez, is officially over. The tournament finally came to a close Sunday, where a tense game left the Argentines hanging their heads. It turns out that Messi and company was no match for the black, red and yellow. Germany’s men were so talented that the winning goal was executed by a substitute, 22-year old Mario Gotze. The Huffington Post gives us an excellent play by play of the heated match. With the tournament’s conclusion, Brazil can breathe a sigh of relief. While Brazil’ … Read more

The Best IT Blogs: 7-9-14 Weekly Roundup

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We love the beginning of July for one obvious reason: Independence Day! Filled with fireworks, American flags, and some much needed R&R, the Fourth of July is a holiday worth celebrating. Businesses, however, had one more hurdle to jump before they could celebrate: Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL). CASL went into effect on July 1st in an effort to protect Canadians from spammers, hackers, and other cyber criminals. This law forbids all businesses from sending electronic commercial messages to any resident of Canada without their consent. Business2community.com covers the basics of CASL and what businesses need to do to adapt quickly. But is CASL punishing the wrong people? Sungard A … Read more

Why Hybrid IT Makes A Hot Mess Out of IT Disaster Recovery

If recovering your hybrid IT environment gets messy, try turning to an IT expert. They can be the key to your success!

The world doesn’t run on Intel alone. At first glance, it may seem like that, but experience has shown us that things are never as simple as they seem. As an IT availability company managing and hosting services for more than 7,000 customers, we have unique insight into the realities of an IT environment. To prove our point, we recently looked at the requirements of more than 1,800 of our recovery-as-a-service customers to discover just how complex the business IT world is. The results were a “hot mess,” to say the least. While it’s true that nearly 9 out of 10 customers (87 percent) depend on the Intel x86 platform for critical business functions, only about a third of them (35 percent) run … Read more

The Best IT Blogs: 7-2-14 Weekly Roundup

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From cloud and security practices to new waves of digital innovation, this week we’re taking a look at making mistakes, learning lessons, and, above all, embracing change for positive outcomes. At times, the cloud can be a bit confusing. But one thing CIOs shouldn’t be confused about is the cloud’s efficient disaster recovery. In an article from Information Week, IT teams are encouraged to look past their ominous beliefs and trust cloud disaster recovery. Why? Because haphazard disaster recovery testing and the threat of damage to regional datacenters is a reality. “The savings and agility gains from public cloud disaster recovery are quite real, and we can't pass them up based on fear and r … Read more

Can The Cloud Save A Child?

By moving the Children's Bureau family assessment tool to the cloud, the Bureau has improved access to information that directly helps to better serve families and children.

In one of the most highly populated regions of the U.S., the Children’s Bureau of Southern California is hard at working preventing child abuse and neglect. Its staff serves more than 28,000 children and parents annually as it strives to create a world where every child grows up with endless possibilities and potential. It has been doing so for more than 100 years, and while a lot has changed since 1904 – the need to protect, nurture and treat vulnerable children has never been greater. Fortunately, the bureau’s efforts are paying off, so much so that this non-profit agency is passing on its knowledge to the next generation. In a unique development, the Children’s Bureau of Southern Calif … Read more