The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-26-14

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Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for turkey and gravy, some long-overdue rest, and a time to celebrate all that you’re thankful for. As for most of us, I’m incredibly thankful for my friends and family, but I’m also thankful to attend my university (and for the break from my studies)! What are you thankful for? In this day of economic uncertainty, most people would say that they’re very thankful for their jobs. And for all you hard workers in IT, the last thing you want is to be dismissed from your company. For this reason, be sure to read Roger Grimes’s piece on the ten security mistakes that WILL get you fired. He covers some critical errors you’ll want to avoid, like cutting off the CEO’s access t … Read more

A Guide To Safeguard Your Business’ Crown Jewel (SAP Enterprise) Application

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Is your business one of the 253,500 organizations that runs on SAP ? If so, you understand full well why this industry-leading, all-encompassing client/server platform is considered a “crown jewel” application: First, you’ve made a significant investment to deploy, maintain and extend your SAP application platform. And, second, you can’t live without it. While that may sound a bit extreme, many businesses literally could not function if their SAP ERP system went down. In the event of a disaster or outage affecting an SAP platform, everything that goes into running the business could come screeching to a halt. How could any business—including yours—possibly prepare itself for such a scenario? … Read more

The Simple Way To Explain Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery To A 7-Year-Old

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I was chatting with my boss the other day, and he said, “My daughter asked me last night, ‘What do you do, Daddy?’ You know, it stumped me for a minute. After all, if you’re an architect or a librarian or a teacher or a writer, it’s easy to explain it to a kid. But how do you explain that you work for a BC/DR firm specializing in organizational resiliency? Children don’t know what business continuity or disaster recovery are, or why a company would need either one.” Having a few peers and relatives who do not understand what BC/DR is, I was curious. “What did you tell her?” I asked. “I gave her a very simple analogy,” he replied. “I told her I’m like a doctor. But instead of treating pe … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-12-14

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When it comes to college, there’s a lot of uncertainty. “Will my child make friends? Will they like their school and their studies?” These are some of the questions we ask ourselves. But one we don’t often think about is this: “Will someone steal my son or daughter’s information?” It’s more common than you think. Don’t let a breach on college campuses take advantage of your child’s information – make sure you and your child are aware of the issues at hand. For that reason, Sue Poremba is detailing five cyber threats that YOU should know before your child goes off to college. These include awareness of malware, password problems, and BYOD, among others. And while we’re on the topic of warni … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-7-14

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Our kids are everything to us, but sometimes it can be difficult to give your son or daughter “the talk.” Your child can become confused easily if words are not easy to understand. Of course, we’re referring to the dreaded business continuity disaster recovery talk. How do you explain to a child what a BC/DR firm does? Divya Rathi took a few pointers from her boss, and it sums up to one important analogy: BC/DR specialists are like doctors for companies. They perform check ups to make sure companies are functioning and healthy, they provide wellness plans tailored to companies to avoid disease and illness, and when an emergency arises, they help companies survive and get back on track! One e … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 10-08-14

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As the fall season descends upon us, I like to witness the drastic changes that take place within the first weeks of October: boots and sweaters, pumpkin-flavored everything, even new yard decorations in preparation for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Everything suddenly transforms from pinks and greens and summer fun to warm colors and the comforts of cooler weather. It would be nice if the IT world operated like the seasons, where all these changes were expected and prepared for. But alas, sometimes disaster strikes without warning! Let’s kick off our roundup with some examples. Latest Victim: JPMorgan Another week, another breach. This time JPMorgan Chase is admitting it took a HUGE hit t … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 10-02-14

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As we’ve all experienced, life doesn’t go according to plan. It happens both in business and our personal lives all the time, and there’s no stopping it! This week, we’re taking a look at some technology news that definitely did not go along to plan. Let’s kick things off with Apple. Apple on the Fritz Hey iPhone 6 users: you may want to give your phone a little flex action. Since the recent release of iPhone 6, complaints have been pouring in over the phones being able to bend. While the iPhones are still operational, the bend is likely due to its large size and aluminum frame. In response, Apple will replace the new gadget following an inspection of the faulty phone at a local Genius Bar. … Read more

Wild Cowboy Stories From The IT Frontier

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For many years, I wore cowboy boots to work. It seemed appropriate … after all, as a senior architect, I often have to “herd” clients to help them develop solutions around availability of their most critical business systems and processes. In the process, I often tell a few tales around the IT campfire from the frontier of days past. The stories demonstrate to my clients that this is, in fact, not my first rodeo. Note: places, names, and timelines have been changed to protect the innocent (and the guilty). “As a cowboy, you are only as good as your last round up.” Early in my career, I had a client with the on-site system administrator who was responsible for fileserver backups for the cor … Read more