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Historically, vendor solutions for disaster recovery have been created for on-site use for individual enterprises. The client company concerned was the sole owner of the user data involved, and disaster recovery could be implemented without having to worry about anybody else. The cloud computing model changes that situation. It’s possible to use cloud services to have your own dedicated servers and instances of applications, or to share physical space but still have your own application (as in multi-instance setups). However, multi-tenancy (perhaps the defining feature of cloud architectures) makes the application of disaster recovery solutions rather more delicate.

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http://www.opscentre.com.au/blog/disaster-recovery-services-and-multi-tenancy-in-the-cloud/

We talk about Big Data and, now, Small Data as if it’s always clear with which you’re dealing. Big Data means volume, variety or velocity (or all three) and small data is structured and everything else.

Of course, the reality isn’t always so binary, according to a panel of medical and pharmaceutical experts at the recent MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium.

SearchCIO.com covered the event, and, in a recent article, shared a few lessons from the panel’s trial-and-error approach to dealing with data variety. Mark Schreiber’s experience is a perfect example.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/how-big-data-can-solve-small-data-problems.html

Codenomicon's discovery of OpenSSL's "Heartbleed" flaw this past spring highlighted the increasing importance of source code assurance and quality control as software grows in prominence in daily life. The Heartbleed memory leak opened the door for infiltrators to obtain passwords and security keys to decode encrypted data — a vulnerability that allegedly still threatens enterprise systems months after its discovery, according to a recent report

 
But Kevin Greene (pictured at left), a project manager in the cybersecurity division of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, claims that he has the answer to these kinds of problems. He manages a program called the Software Assurance Marketplace, aka SWAMP, an online platform that allows software developers to submit their code for vulnerability analysis free of charge.
 
According to Greene, SWAMP could have detected the Heartbleed flaw early in its development phase where other vulnerability tools apparently failed.
 
"None of the tools were able to detect the weakness that led to Heartbleed, so to me, using SWAMP, a software researcher can identify the type of anomalies that are in these tools and start working on the techniques that exist in the state of the art tools," Greene said.
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(MCT) — Karen Windon still gets chills when she thinks back on Hurricane Charley.

"We were right in the cross-hairs for a long time as Charley barreled up the Gulf of Mexico," Windon recalled Tuesday.

Windon, now a deputy administrator for Manatee County, Fla., was the county's public safety director in 2004.

"For me, it was a mixture of tense moments, and swelling pride, knowing we had such a committed team at the emergency operations center at that time," Windon said.

Although Manatee County escaped much of Charley's fury, with a historic right turn that directed it northeast through Punta Gorda and Arcadia on Aug. 13, 2004, it proved to be a game changer.

It changed the local public perception of hurricanes from something to ride out to knowing there could be a dangerous killer on the loose. And Charley put emergency managers on notice that they needed to step up their games.

Manatee County officials got serious about building a stand-alone, hardened emergency operations center that could withstand such natural disaster as a hurricane. Officials moved ahead with plans for a new Public Safety Center that might otherwise have languished on a wish list for years.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Hurricane-Charley-Improvements-Emergency-Response.html

LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Power management company Eaton today announced that its Cooper Notification business has expanded its Wheelock Exceder LED Series to include ceiling models for horns, horn strobes, strobes, speakers and speaker strobes. The Wheelock Exceder Series is the industry’s first line of notification appliances to utilize high-efficiency light emitting diodes (LEDs) as the strobe light source to help reduce overall costs in fire alarm and emergency communication systems.

“The addition of new ceiling appliances completes our low candela line of Wheelock Exceder LED products,” said Huyenchau Villas, product manager, Eaton’s Cooper Notification business. “Our break-through optical design and energy-efficient LED technology leads the industry in low current draw, which equates to lower installation costs, reduction in materials and overall system savings for customers.”

Exceder LED ceiling appliances offer one of the industry’s smallest footprints in a sleek, modern design. For faster and easier installation, the series includes dual voltage (25/70 Voltage Root Mean Square), five field-selectable tap settings (1/8 to 2 watts) for speaker models and multiple audible settings for horn models, field-selectable candela (cd) settings (15, 30, 75, 95 cd), and convenient mounting options for both new and retrofit construction.

The Exceder LED speaker and speaker strobe models feature the widest frequency response range in the industry spanning 300 to 8,000 Hertz. Ideal for mass notification applications, the wider frequency response range allows the speaker to reproduce frequencies closer to the original sound, improving the clarity and comprehension of the intended message for intelligible communications. 

Eaton’s Cooper Notification business offers the Exceder LED ceiling speaker data files for the EASE Evac software design tool from AFMG technologies to help system designers meet intelligibility code requirements,. To import the files, visit www.coopernotification.com.   

To learn more about this solution or others from Eaton’s Cooper Notification business, visitwww.coopernotification.com.

Eaton’s Cooper Notification business is a leader in developing integrated, advanced technology and code-compliant solutions for life safety and mass notification, providing critical, emergency communications for higher education, industrial, commercial, government and military markets.

Eaton’s Electrical Sector is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

Partnership Enables Smaller Companies to Leverage Advanced BI Solutions Without Necessitating the Involvement of IT

NEW YORKInformation Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity and integration solutions, today announced its partnership with Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a global provider of business computing solutions. The company will distribute Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Express offering, a solution designed to deliver the advanced BI benefits enjoyed by large enterprises to smaller organisations.

Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Express offering helps business users transform data into knowledge without the need for IT. By putting the power in the hands of a broader user group, WebFOCUS Express allows smaller organisations – or specific departments within larger organisations – to obtain the far-reaching BI functionality traditionally limited to large enterprises or advanced analyst roles. The solution equips Arrow customers with the ability to integrate all information sources, improve business insight, facilitate faster responses, and enhance productivity.

“Robust BI and analytics solutions are tools that organisations of all types and sizes must actively use to achieve success in today’s business environment,” said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. “All companies, regardless of size, should have access to the BI tools they need to understand and make positive use of the information generated by their organisations. Information Builders is thrilled to be partnering with Arrow to extend the power of BI to a greater pool of potential users and ensure that more companies have the tools needed to make informed decisions, improve business processes, and boost revenue.”

“The addition of Information Builders’ WebFOCUS to the Arrow portfolio is key to building out our Analytics Solution Practice,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of enterprise servers, systems, and software, Arrow ECS. “This product set will complement our current offerings with its proven performance, ease of use, and self-service abilities of WebFOCUS Express to organisations across the globe.”

Arrow will distribute two versions of WebFOCUS Express via its solution provider network, a software-only version for IBM Power Systems running Linux and an Intel version running both Linux and Windows. As part of the partnership, Arrow will also manufacture and distribute an IBM Power Systems Linux Appliance version of WebFOCUS Express in both North America and EMEA.

About Information Builders

Information Builders helps organisations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That’s why tens of thousands of leading organisations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.co.uk, follow us on Twitter at @infobldrsINTL, like us on Facebook, and visit our LinkedIn page.

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics (www.arrow.com) is a global provider of products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 58 countries.

Combination of leaders in cloud-based project collaboration and enterprise PPM fulfils “No Matter How You Work” vision and redefines portfolio and resource management

READING – Planview® has acquired project collaboration company Projectplace to significantly expand its offerings in the portfolio and resource management market. Based in Stockholm, Projectplace is a pioneer in cloud-based project collaboration, serving almost one million users during its 15 years in the market. The new Planview, combining for the first time industry leading project and portfolio management (PPM) and project collaboration solutions, will enable the company to uniquely help its customers – spanning large enterprises to small teams – move their businesses forward by making better use of their limited resources through portfolio, resource, and work management.

“With this acquisition we continue to transform Planview to fulfill a broader vision of portfolio and resource management,” said Greg Gilmore, CEO of Planview. “Our transition to SaaS was only the first step. The addition of Projectplace pays off our ‘No Matter How You Work’ vision – one portfolio that spans the dominant work types and stays true to our resource management roots. These products are purpose built to support the unique needs of PPM and project collaboration users, and together they can provide a comprehensive view of resources across the enterprise.”

By uniquely addressing the variety of ways customers work – from traditional PPM to collaborative projects and tasks to Agile development via partnerships with the leading Agile ALM solution providers – Planview will now enable organisations to manage a truly integrated work and resource portfolio. This strategy is informed by the perspectives of both the Gartner “PPM Product Usage Reference Model”[1] and the Forrester “Above-the-Line: Strategic Planning and Below-the-Line: Work Execution”[2] research.

“The essential activity of collaboration among people and the projects and processes in companies is driving demand for applications that are engaging and interactive,” said Mark Smith, CEO and chief research officer of Ventana Research. “Planview’s acquisition of Projectplace brings value beyond traditional approaches that are just schedules and projects in the cloud. The combination creates new potential for managing projects and portfolios of assets by establishing a new standard for business and IT to gain the best productivity and value from their workforce.”

The current Projectplace CEO Johan Zetterström will become the general manager of the new Projectplace business unit reporting to Planview CEO Greg Gilmore.

“Projectplace and Planview will together create an exciting opportunity for all of our customers as we leverage each other’s complementary strengths in product offerings, geographic presence, cloud experience, and go-to-market models,” said Johan Zetterström. “We have been searching for the perfect match in the North American market and I’m really glad that our two companies have found each other. Planview is an established market leader with a great team that shares our commitment to innovation.”

Projectplace will be added as a business unit within Planview, further cementing SaaS as the company’s primary delivery and business model. The combined entity creates a $125 million company with two product lines: Planview Enterprise and Projectplace. Planview will invest in continuing Projectplace product development, and will also integrate the product with Planview Enterprise. Used together, the products advance the promise of – and increasing demand for – portfolio and resource management to align all of an organisation’s people, resources, and projects with business goals no matter how they work.

For more information about the acquisition visit Planview.com/TheNewPlanview or visit www.projectplace.com to learn more about Projectplace.

About Planview

Planview is a global leader in portfolio management and project collaboration. From small teams to large enterprises, leaders in every industry rely on the company’s cloud solutions to empower organisations to reach their goals and drive results by optimising the capacity of their people and financial resources. Planview’s singular focus fuels a deep commitment to innovation and customer success. For more information, visit http://www.planview.com and www.projectplace.com

Canadian Gold Mining Company Increases Performance Across Its Global Business and Improves Disaster Recovery Plan with Innovative Branch Converged Infrastructure
 
 
SAN FRANCISCO – Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced that Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX: AGI), a Canadian-based gold producer, is using Riverbed® SteelFusion™ to eliminate the headaches of its branch office IT infrastructure, resulting in a more cost-effective and performance-driven IT architecture that supports its global business. Alamos Gold turned to SteelFusion to converge disparate server, storage, and network infrastructure into a single branch appliance that also centralizes all of the company’s remote branch data in its Toronto data center. This significantly decreased infrastructure costs, while still providing local performance at remote locations, improving data protection, and enabling nearly instant recovery from any branch disasters. These efforts have given the company a technological advantage in an industry historically constrained by distance and location.
 
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Founded in 1994, Alamos Gold is an established Canadian-based gold producer that owns and operates gold mines in Mexico, and has exploration and development activities in both Mexico and Turkey. Alamos Gold’s global operations generate huge volumes of data that need to be accessed locally as well as transferred to the company’s headquarters in Toronto. Geologists, for example, create a terabyte of mapping data each year. Dealing with low bandwidth and high latency wide area networks (WANs) in far-off regions required Alamos to leave local infrastructure at each site to keep applications and data accessible. These infrastructure challenges led to Alamos employees sending data files on DVD through the postal service, a process that often took three to four days, preventing real-time collaboration between the mines and headquarters, risking data loss or corruption, and limiting the effectiveness of the company’s disaster recovery (DR) strategy.
 
“We considered centralizing all of the servers in Toronto, but in view of needing to keep applications and data local, WAN optimization alone was not the best solution,” said Rohit Tellis, director of Information Technology at Alamos. Yet maintaining dedicated infrastructure at each site also prohibited Alamos from supporting distant locations due to a lack of local IT expertise, difficulty in transporting servers to the sites, and the need for data generated at the mines to be backed up and stored. After presenting these challenges to multiple vendors, Alamos found that only Riverbed was able to provide a viable solution to meet its needs.
 
By implementing the Riverbed SteelFusion solution, Alamos was able to avoid the costs of deploying actual servers, storage and backup infrastructure at each mining site. “With SteelFusion, we are able to serve up the data at the local site, have it cached in the event of an outage, and still streamed back to the data center in near real-time,” Tellis noted.
 
The availability of real-time data improved the ability of geologists to collaborate with their colleagues in the field. “Some applications were previously unusable by our employees, but once we implemented the Riverbed solution, they had local access to the application and its data,” Tellis said.
 
Sending data via the postal service also resulted in a lag time of several days between data in the field and the versions stored in the Toronto data center, limiting the effectiveness of the company’s DR strategy. Now with the SteelFusion deployment, backing up and storing current mine data in Toronto improves data protection and ensures a solid DR plan. Information now arrives in Toronto within minutes instead of days. This process decreased Alamos’ recovery point objective (RPO) form three days down to just a few minutes. “With SteelFusion, we have realized a concrete disaster recovery plan for our distant sites,” Tellis added.
 
With the Riverbed deployment, Alamos saw ROI within six months, as Tellis was able to eliminate branch IT infrastructure and operations costs. “Factoring in savings, such as the cost to buy and support server, storage, and data protection infrastructure at each site, this approach has yielded significant benefits. Riverbed SteelFusion gives us a more cost-effective and scalable solution to deploy IT infrastructure in any location we explore without sacrificing the productivity, security or IT management needs of a successful mining project. The Riverbed solution gives Alamos a competitive edge in the mining industry and an IT template for continued success,” concluded Tellis. 
 
Riverbed SteelFusion and Riverbed Application Performance Platform
Riverbed SteelFusion is a branch converged infrastructure solution that centralizes data in the data center and delivers local performance with instant recovery at the branch. SteelFusion consolidates branch servers, storage, networking, and virtualization infrastructure into a single solution. SteelFusion expedites branch office provisioning, backup, and recovery and ensures continuous operations when disasters occur from any cause – weather, fire, or accident. With SteelFusion, businesses can restore branch operations in a matter of minutes vs. days, centrally protect and secure data in the data center, and significantly lower the TCO of branch and remote offices.
 
Riverbed SteelFusion is part of the Riverbed Application Performance Platform™, the most complete platform to enable organizations to embrace location-independent computing, so that business objectives – not technical constraints – drive how applications and data are delivered.
 
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About Riverbed

Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for Location-Independent Computing. Location-Independent Computing turns location and distance into a competitive advantage by allowing IT to have the flexibility to host applications and data in the most optimal locations while ensuring applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues are detected and fixed before end users notice. Riverbed’s 25,000+ customers include 97% of both the Fortune 100 and the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at www.riverbed.com.

Ultimate responsibility for ERM starts at the top. However, everyone who matters within an organization should participate in the ERM process.

While several executives have significant responsibilities for ERM, including the Chief Risk Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Audit Executive, the ERM process works best when all key managers of the organization contribute. The COSO ERM framework states that managers of the organization “support the entity’s risk management philosophy, promote compliance with its risk appetite and manage risks within their [respective] spheres of responsibility consistent with risk tolerances.” Therefore, identifying leaders throughout the organization and gaining their support is critical to successful implementation of ERM.

A goal of ERM is to incorporate risk considerations into the organization’s agenda and decision-making processes. This means that ultimately, every manager is responsible, which can only happen when performance goals, including the related risk tolerances, are clearly articulated, and the appropriate individuals are held accountable for results.

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http://www.corporatecomplianceinsights.com/the-role-of-executive-management-in-erm

One question often posed to me is how to think through some of the relationships a company has with its various third parties in order to reasonably risk rank them. Initially I would break this down into sales and supply chain to begin any such analysis. Anecdotally, it is said that over 95% of all Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions involve third parties so this is one area where companies need to put some thoughtful consideration. However, the key is that if you employ a “check-the-box” approach it may not only be inefficient but more importantly, ineffective. The reason for this is because each compliance program should be tailored to an organization’s specific needs, risks and challenges. The information provided below should not be considered a substitute for a company’s own assessment of the corporate compliance program most appropriate for that particular business organization. In the end, if designed carefully, implemented earnestly, and enforced fairly, a company’s compliance program—no matter how large or small the organization—will allow the company, generally, to prevent violations, detect those that do occur, and remediate them promptly and appropriately.

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https://tfoxlaw.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/thinking-through-risk-rankings-of-third-parties/