How Frederick’s Of Hollywood Used Migration To The Cloud To Spice “IT” Up

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When Frederick Mellinger founded Frederick's of Hollywood in 1946, he believed that incredible lingerie could make a woman feel beautiful from the inside out. Little did he know that a legend was born. Founded in Hollywood and based there today, Frederick’s of Hollywood is a multi-channel brand with 96 stores across the U.S., as well as a digital flagship, fredericks.com. In 2011, Frederick’s of Hollywood decided to migrate to the cloud to enhance the scalability, resiliency, and flexibility of its IT infrastructure while elevating the ability to address company-wide business objectives. The company was facing a myriad of challenges: a shifting retail landscape a change in their bus … Read more

Hungry For Efficiencies, Mitsui Foods Turned To Sungard AS For Oracle Application Management

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If you enjoy drinking a hot cup of gourmet Arabica coffee or sipping a refreshing glass of fruit juice, chances are you’ve consumed a beverage touched by Mitsui Foods. Mitsui Foods is an importer and distributor of a diverse line of food and beverage products including coffees, juices, and packaged and frozen foods. Global companies from food services to national restaurants and retail groceries rely on Mitsui Foods for its international network and domestic distribution centers. Its innovation in products, quality assurance, distribution logistics, and customer support have helped modernize and reform their approach to how food is grown, sourced, processed, packaged, shipped, warehoused, d … Read more

The Internet Of Things Has A Growing Number Of Cyber Security Risks

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Is there anything that can’t be connected to the Internet? For example, where I once wore a $10 pedometer clipped to the waistband of yoga pants, I now wear a $130 fitness tracker on my wrist. In the past, I just took a look at the numbers on the pedometer to see how many steps I’d taken; now I need to log onto an app on my smartphone to see how far I’ve walked and how many calories I’ve burned and even how well I’ve slept. Or, if I wanted to, I could turn on any light in the house from the comfort of my couch rather than get up and do so manually. And that’s just a small scratch on the surface of the phenomena that is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). However, if we know that virtua … 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

Does Your Information Security Program Depend On Gut Reactions?

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“Go with your gut!” is a phrase spoken in business every day. Many executives responsible for information security programs have learned to trust their intuition and lean on it for both minor and major decisions. After all, not everything can be quantified neatly. The human factor and personal experience can never be (and should never be) completely removed from any business equation. Here’s the problem: when it comes to information security (IS) programs, businesses are too often only going with their gut. Do that, and you’re likely accepting an uncomfortable amount of risk for your organization. Here’s why. Assumptions are deadly Gut feelings are based largely on assumptions. Some … 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

9 Cyber Security Buzzwords And Jargon Definitions We Can All Understand

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Hybrid cloud. BYOD. Big Data. Internet of Things. These are terms that have become part of the daily lexicon, not only within the information technology (IT) and cyber security world but also in the main stream. Jargon is integral to IT. They make complicated terms more accessible to the non-technical person, even if they aren’t easier to understand. Buzzwords are commonplace in IT security, as well, but are they truly understood? As Frank Ohlhorst writes in Tech Republic, “it seems that IT security managers are giving too much power to terms and buzzwords, letting them dictate security best practices.” Ohlhorst goes on to point out that while BYOD is just an acronym that means, simply, Brin … Read more

The Healthcare Industry Is Fighting Infectious Disease With Innovative Technology

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If you ever watched The Jetsons as a kid, you probably were enthralled by – but also a little skeptical of – the robotic contraptions, holograms, and other crazy-seeming inventions that propelled their lives every day. You can go ahead and suspend that disbelief now, because the next time you visit the hospital, you’ll find that the world of the Jetsons is already here. Take, for instance, Gigi, the germ zapping robot that sweeps patient rooms for lingering infectious disease germs. Gigi, much like Judy from the Jetsons, is operated remotely, blasting a disinfecting ultraviolet light that offers zero chance for any transference of infectious disease. Another futuristic innovation is the Amer … Read more