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

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

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

Want To Botch A Situation? Take A Page Out Of The New England Patriots’ Disaster Recovery Playbook For Deflategate

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We are all sick of talking about it, but deflategate has the oft-accused New England Patriots on their heels once again. With six Super Bowl appearances, they are this century’s most successful franchise, but periodic accusations of malfeasance threaten to tarnish their legacy. What we didn’t expect was for the Pats to handle this latest round of accusations - namely “deflategate” - so “spectacularly.” We all have something to learn from their “innovative” and “ingenious” disaster recovery plan that enabled them to “successfully” navigate their latest crisis. So let’s take a page out of the New England Patriots playbook for disaster recovery and see how we, too, can royally screw up a sit … Read more

6 Key Information Technology Outsourcing Considerations for CIOs To Avoid “Gridlock”

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I’ve been on the buyer side of the information technology (IT) outsourcing equation, so I know how it works. The majority of the time, companies reduce selection criteria to a commoditized IT services grid. In such a grid, services are put along one axis and potential vendors along the other. Services are checked off, and the vendor with the most checks (and the best price) wins. The assumption, of course, is that packaged or pre-defined services are all that matter. Unfortunately, falling prey to “gridlock” often means that a company has missed out on discussing other important aspects of an IT solution … aspects that cannot be neatly docketed in a services grid. This omission often results … Read more

When It Comes To The Cloud And Technology, CIOs Should Understand What Got You Here, Will Get You There

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Marshall Goldsmith, an executive coach to the corporate elite, is the author of the very popular book called What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. And while the title may be true as it relates to your individual career path, I have news for C-suite executives everywhere: it is not true when it comes to adopting the cloud and technology. In fact, what got you here – to your current state of success – is precisely what will get you to the next level. The problem is, as CIOs and IT professionals, we sometimes allow ourselves to be pressured into acting contrary to what we know is the right thing to do. Here’s what happens. A CEO approaches a CIO and says (in a nutshell), “What’s our cloud stra … Read more

How To Understand Your Disaster Recovery Services Bill

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I got my electric bill today and read the line “Total Current Charges” (which, when I think about it, is a terrible pun!). Did you ever flip the bill over to read what goes into those “current charges?” For instance, there’s the generation charge, transmission charge, carbon offset fee, energy efficiency fee, working capital fee, governments taxes and fees. There are even more factors that contribute to the bill, but that’s enough to make my point: when I pay for electricity, I’m paying for a lot more than just the kilowatts of energy necessary to light and heat my home. The same is true when it comes to disaster recovery services, but companies sometimes forget that fact. They want a back … Read more

Stronger Disaster Recovery And Business Continuity Is Just What The Doctor Ordered For Healthcare

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Healthcare organizations are and always have been slow to adopt leading edge technology, but thanks to compulsory legislation and regulatory requirements (HIPAA and HITECH, for example,) awareness of disaster recovery strategies is growing. This is no real surprise when you consider the penalties possible for lack of compliance, ranging from fines of millions of dollars to loss of revenue if provider status were to be revoked for failures under the Affordable Care Act. At the heart of healthcare disaster recovery is the quantum shift the industry has experienced, where everything is online and digitally stored and paper-based storage is diminished. Electronic medical records and associated … Read more