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LONDON – Anomaly42, the Smart Data platform, today announces that it has won the “Tech Innovation of the Year” Award at the 2014 UK Tech Awards. The Tech Innovation of the Year category is intended to recognise companies that have achieved outstanding success in commercialising new technologies.

 

Anomaly42 is a data-as-a-service platform that automates the collection and connection of every piece of data connected to an organisation, in whatever format and language, from however many sources and siloes. It is distributed by FusionExperience as a Premier Partner, and is an integral part of NovumIP, FusionExperience’s intellectual property (IP) lifecycle application. NovumIP is the first full end-to–end IP lifecycle management application in the cloud.

 

The UK Tech Awards celebrate success, reward achievement and raises the profile of the UK technology industry. Anomaly42 won the Tech Innovation of the Year award against competition from CSR plc, Intelligent Energy Holdings Ltd, Intercede Group plc, Nanoco Group plc and Seeing Machines Ltd.

 

Jass Sarai, UK technology leader at PwC and member of the UK Tech Awards 2014 panel, said: "In a very hard fought category the panel felt that Anomaly42's innovative technology and service, which allows stories to be told from the enormous data we produce, could transform businesses."

 

Joan Mill, Head of Sales at FusionExperience, said:

“When developing the very best application to deal with the biggest challenges facing the IP world, it was essential we picked the right technology to work with and incorporate into NovumIP. This award gives us further assurance we definitely made the right decision by choosing to partner with Anomaly42.”

 

Steve Edkins, CEO at FusionExperience, said: “We are delighted that the technology behind our latest IP lifecycle management system, the “smart data” platform, Anomaly42, has been recognised by this prestigious award. As an Anomaly42 Premier Partner we can ensure that the industry makes best use of this innovative new technology.”

Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00

NIMS / ICS Forms – Automation

If you use ICS (Incident Command System) forms – and you’re like most users – you hate them.  While simple in design, the forms can be cumbersome to manage.  Your organization (federal, state, municipal government, gas & oil exploration and transport, public utility, etc.) may be mandated to use ICS to respond to accidents, disasters and even disruptions of normal business operations.  And like many others, you may struggle to manage use of the common ICS forms.

ICS, ICS X, eBRP, ICS Forms, BCM, NIMS

The forms themselves are easy to complete.  The stumbling block is collaboration.  To share an ‘in progress’ ICS form you need to print it, or sharing it visually (on a projection or computer screen).  Both can be difficult when your Operational personnel are not all in the same room.  You may resort to updating ‘in progress’ ICS form manually (from multiple copies of a printed form) – and then have someone compile them MS Word later.  While Word forms are helpful, they lack true automation. That makes collaborative management of ICS forms cumbersome, inefficient – and can lead to errors and omissions of vital information.

If you created your own ICS form ‘wish list’ it would probably include improvements in both efficiency and collaboration:

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http://www.ebrp.net/nims-ics-forms-automation/

There’s no doubt that managing databases and associated middleware has become more complicated over the years. Given the fact that the number of people with the skills needed to manage that class of IT infrastructure has not risen appreciably, there’s naturally going to be a requirement for increased reliance on automation.

With the unveiling of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4, Dan Koloski, senior director of product management and business development at Oracle, says that the company has added a raft of new data governance capabilities designed to make it easier to manage large “data estates.”

The new capabilities include the ability to detect differences across databases to eliminate configuration drift, the capacity to patch fleets of databases at the same time, and tools that optimize the placement of databases based on current workloads and other IT infrastructure constraints and requirements.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/it-unmasked/oracle-upgrades-enterprise-manager-to-ease-data-governance.html

Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00

How To Move Shadow IT Into The Light

Whether you realize it or not, many companies contain workstations with software that is not approved by the information technology (IT) department; instead, it has been adopted and installed by individuals or even, in some cases, entire departments. We call this use of unapproved applications or third party cloud services ‘Shadow IT’ due to its clandestine or covert status.

More often than not, these activities are not malicious in nature: they are merely a means of maintaining productivity when IT response times to support requests are sadly lacking. One key – and often overlooked – aspect of shadow IT is found in development environments where some users/developers are using public clouds to do development work, or running their own open source software in a virtual machine (VM) on someone else’s cloud.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/sungardas/2015/01/26/how-to-move-shadow-it-into-the-light/

Businesses face new challenges from a rise of disruptive scenarios in an increasingly interconnected corporate environment, according to the fourth Allianz Risk Barometer 2015. In addition, traditional industrial risks such as business interruption and supply chain risk (46 percent of responses), natural catastrophes (30 percent), and fire and explosion (27 percent) continue to concern risk experts, heading this year’s rankings. Cyber (17 percent) and political risks (11 percent) are the most significant movers. The survey was conducted among more than 500 risk managers and corporate insurance experts from both Allianz and global businesses in 47 countries.

“The growing interdependency of many industries and processes means businesses are now exposed to an increasing number of disruptive scenarios. Negative effects can quickly multiply. One risk can lead to several others. Natural catastrophes or cyber attacks can cause business interruption not only for one company, but to whole sectors or critical infrastructure,” says Chris Fischer Hirs, CEO of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS), the dedicated insurer for corporate and special risks of Allianz SE. “Risk management must reflect this new reality. Identifying the impact of any interconnectivity early can mitigate or help prevent losses occurring. It is also essential to foster cross-functional collaboration within companies to tackle modern risks.”

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/news07505.html

Vision Solutions Inc., has published its Seventh Annual State of Resilience Report. Entitled ‘The Future of IT: Migrations, Protection & Recovery Insights,’ the report looks at trends, opportunities and challenges.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Nearly 75 percent of respondents have not calculated the hourly cost of downtime for their business;
  • For those who experienced a storage failure, nearly 50 percent lost data in the process due to insufficient disaster recovery methods or practices;
  • Nearly two thirds of those surveyed said they delayed an important data migration for fear of downtime or lack of resources;
  • Hosted private cloud is still the most prevalent cloud environment at 57 percent usage; hybrid cloud adoption lags at 32 percent with room to grow;
  • Despite the growing popularity of cloud, nearly two thirds state they do not have high availability or disaster recovery protection in place for their data once it is in the cloud.

The report combines findings from five industry-wide surveys of more than 3,000 IT professionals.

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HOB has published the results of a new survey which set out to quantify employee knowledge and understanding of their organization’s emergency procedures in the event of a natural disaster or an epidemic.

‘An Inside Look at Disaster Recovery Planning’ surveyed 916 employed people in five cities across the United States: Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco.

When asked if their place of employment has emergency procedures in place to ensure the security of company information and data, 40 percent of respondents stated their company either does not have systems in place to protect data in an emergency, or they are not aware of the existence of these procedures.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/news07508.html

Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00

Make resilience your 2015 resolution

As one of the goals for the New Year, companies should take stock of how resilient they are, and take steps to improve their ability to prevent disasters, and to recover should one occur.

“As part of their business continuity management, companies assess the risks they face, prioritise them and then put mitigation plans in place. That’s prudent and best practice, and something every board should insist is being done on an ongoing basis,” says Michael Davies, CEO of ContinuitySA. “In addition, I think that we all understand that the risk climate is becoming increasingly more complex, and the chances of a totally unexpected ‘Black Swan’ event are becoming more likely, that we think companies also need to see business continuity as a way to build a business that’s resilient by nature, intrinsically prepared to bounce back from anything. Companies should also become more proactive in avoiding disruptions associated with disasters rather than reacting to them when they occur.”
In fact, Davies argues, this type of approach can help executives and their boards enhance their oversight of the company, and discharge their obligation to ensure the company’s long-term sustainability.

The formal business continuity plan and management processes should provide the starting point for setting about building a more resilient organization, says Davies.

“Once you have done your best to pinpoint all the risks and put mitigation plans in place, then it’s time to put measures in place to help ensure you are prepared for the unexpected,” he notes. “Based on ContinuitySA’s own assessment of the risk environment and our experience with clients, we think the following seven initiatives will enhance organizational resilience.”

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/feature1270.html

ISO 22318 is a guidance document developed by ISO to address Supply Chain Continuity Management (SCCM).  It has been created to complement ISO 22301 the specification for Business Continuity Management Systems and its associated guidance ISO 22313. 

Before Standards are finalised there is a process of review and comment that helps ensure the quality and consistency of the content they contain.

ISO 22318 despite being called a techincal specification is a guidance document that aims to help those managing BCMS programmes better address the challenge of Supply Chain Continuity.

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http://www.continuityforum.org/content/news/181704/urgent-call-comments-supply-chain-continuity-iso-22318

GENEVA — The number of people falling victim to the Ebola virus in West Africa has dropped to the lowest level in months, the World Health Organization said on Friday, but dwindling funds and a looming rainy season threaten to hamper efforts to control the disease.

More than 8,668 people have died in the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which first surfaced in Guinea more than a year ago. But the three worst-affected countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — have now recorded falling numbers of new cases for four successive weeks, Dr. Bruce Aylward, the health organization’s assistant director general, told reporters in Geneva.

Liberia, which was struggling with more than 300 new cases a week in August and September, recorded only eight new cases in the week to Jan. 18, the organization reported. In Sierra Leone, where the infection rate is now highest, there were 118 new cases reported in that week, compared with 184 in the previous week and 248 in the week before that.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/24/world/africa/ebola-infections-dropping-in-west-africa-world-health-organization-says.html