Not every company has a Big Data problem. In fact, many companies are operating in “relatively sparse data environments,” says David Meer, a partner with Strategy&’s consumer and retail practice.
This isn’t your usual rant about how companies need to fix small data problems before embracing Big Data. No, Meer’s Strategy+Business article is much more original. He’s proposing that companies revisit existing data, and then seek out ways to add to or fill out that data for strategic advantage.
Why would they do this? It turns out the market doesn’t care if you don’t have large datasets and can’t afford to buy them. You still need to compete against data-driven companies.
Cyber security and data protection have been ranked a surprising third in a list of boardroom priorities, according to a survey released by KPMG.
The annual Business Instincts Survey, a poll of 498 C-level executives from businesses across the UK, found that under-investment has left many businesses acknowledging the need to increase spending on secure technology. Yet despite acceptance that cyber security, specifically, is critical to long-term business operations, one in three executives questioned (36 percent) said that investing in people skills had become their number one concern, with 19 percent also more focused on plant or machinery purchases.
Most organizational decisions to try to slow or ban Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the workplace seem to circle around the security issues. Which, of course, are valid and concerning to IT groups who must balance conflicting security and productivity or convenience needs for users. CIO.com, for instance, describes a large electrical contractor, Rosendin Electric, that has a no-BYOD policy. Employees keep asking about it, but CIO Sam Lamonica worries about security breaches and says, “We have a user base that might not, in a lot of cases, make the right choices.” The article also cites a CompTIA survey of 400 IT and business execs in which just over half said they are not “doing” BYOD, period.
But CIOs and IT managers are also now dealing with less quantifiable problems that may grow along with BYOD and the mobile worker’s lifestyle. These problems range from angst and worry over job loss, to fear of being expected to work unlimited hours, to uncertainty about which responsibilities could increase with BYOD’s freedom.
Some experts think too many organizations are approaching master data management (MDM) as a “must-do” without really understanding or achieving its potential. In fact, Forrester MDM and data expert Michele Goetz says MDM isn’t something every company should pursue.
If you’re interested in drilling down on the potential of MDM, check out this recent Infosys BPO blog post. Granted, as a technology consultancy, it’s good business for the company to promote MDM (did you see that their CEO is now India’s highest paid executive?) and it may have elements of their model in it. But mostly, it seems pretty straightforward, with solid information.
The blog post provides some telling statistics, although it doesn’t source the surveys or provide specifics, so it’s impossible to judge their legitimacy. For instance, the piece cites a 2013 survey that found only 21 percent of organizations rated their data quality as high or better, with most rating it “fair.” I will say that information falls in line with past research that I’ve read.
NEW YORK – New Yorkers know about severe weather. After Hurricane Sandy, 2013 brought 15 significant weather events to New York, including winter snow and ice storms, a tornado, extreme heat, brush fires, heavy rains and flooding. Two of those events resulted in major disaster declarations for the state.
Next week, March 2-8, is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, a nationwide campaign to remind everyone that severe weather can affect anyone. The effort is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Across the U.S. last year, there were seven severe weather events that crossed the $1 billion mark in economic and property damage. These disasters, including floods, tornadoes and wildfires, caused the deaths of 109 people.
NOAA and FEMA urge all New Yorkers to understand the risks where you live and how severe weather could affect you and your family. Check weather forecasts, get a NOAA Weather Radio and sign up for local weather alerts from emergency management officials. Check NOAA’s National Weather Service website for more information: www.weather.gov.
Next, make sure you and your family are prepared for severe weather. Develop a family communication and disaster preparedness plan, keep important papers, medications and other essential items in a safe place and visit www.Ready.gov/severe-weather to learn more.
Being prepared for severe weather need not be complicated or costly. Keeping a few simple items handy in a disaster kit, for example, could end up being a lifesaver. Go to www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit to find out more about what to include in a basic kit and how to develop one for those with unique needs. The same information is available in Spanish at www.listo.gov.
Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, set an example by sharing your story with family and friends on any social media site. Be a "force of nature" and inspire others in your community to take action too. Pledge to prepare by signing up for America’s PrepareAthon on April 30 at www.fema.gov/americas-prepareathon.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its National Watch Center in Washington and its regional office in Atlanta, and in coordination with the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center, is monitoring the conditions of Tropical Storm Arthur off the east coast of Florida. FEMA remains in close contact with state emergency management partners in potentially affected states.
According to the National Weather Service, a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the east coast of Florida from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 24 hours. Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to move northwest today and then north on Wednesday. Arthur is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday near the coast of the Carolinas. Visit Hurricanes.gov and Weather.gov for the latest storm track and local forecasts.
FEMA urges residents and visitors in potentially affected areas to closely monitor the storm and take steps now to be prepared in advance of severe weather and most importantly, follow the direction of state, tribal and local officials.
FEMA has deployed liaisons to the emergency operations centers in North Carolina and South Carolina along with an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) to North Carolina to coordinate with local officials, should support be requested, or needed. FEMA’s regional office in Atlanta is in contact with its emergency management partners in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. FEMA’s National Watch Center is at an Enhanced Watch.
As the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Arthur serves as a reminder for residents in areas prone to tropical storms and hurricanes to refresh their emergency kits and review family plans. If you do not have an emergency kit or family plan, or to learn about steps you can take now to prepare your family for severe weather, visit ready.gov.
At all times, FEMA maintains commodities, including millions of liters of water, millions of meals and hundreds of thousands of blankets, strategically located at distribution centers throughout the United States, that are available to state and local partners if needed and requested.
Tropical Storm Safety Tips:
- Residents and visitors in potentially affected areas should be familiar with evacuation routes, have a communications plan, keep a battery-powered radio handy and have a plan for their pets. Individuals should visit ready.gov or listo.gov to learn these and other preparedness tips for tropical storms.
- Know your evacuation zone and be sure to follow the direction of state and local officials if an evacuation is ordered for your area.
- Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. It poses a significant threat for drowning and can occur before, during, or after the center of a storm passes through an area. Storm surge can sometimes cut off evacuation routes, so do not delay leaving if an evacuation is ordered for your area.
- Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous and almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low lying areas, at bridges and at highway dips. As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
- If you encounter flood waters, remember – turn around, don’t drown.
- Tropical Storms have the potential for tornado formation. If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately in the center of a small interior room (closet, interior hallway) on the lowest level of a sturdy building. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
- Get to know the terms that are used to identify severe weather and discuss with your family what to do if a watch or warning is issued.
For a tropical storm:
- A Tropical Storm Watch is issued when tropical cyclone containing winds of at least 39 MPH or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours.
- A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when sustained winds of 39 MPH or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less.
For coastal flooding:
- A Coastal Flood Watch is issued when moderate to major coastal flooding is possible.
- A Coastal Flood Warning is issued when moderate to major coastal flooding is occurring or imminent.
- A Coastal Flood Advisory is issued when minor or nuisance coastal flooding is occurring or imminent.
More safety tips on hurricanes and tropical storms can be found at ready.gov/hurricanes.
Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams have mobilized in preparation for Hurricane Arthur, which is expected to make landfall July 4 on the East Coast. The teams are prepared to provide food, beverages and spiritual support to survivors and first responders. Additional teams will be on the ground in the morning, if needed, to assist with relief efforts. People living in or visiting the forecasted areas are encouraged to visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org for up-to-date information about storm preparedness and where to receive assistance.
The National Hurricane Center reported Thursday morning that Arthur has been elevated into a Category 1 hurricane. Salvation Army EDS teams are prepared to respond should the storm continue to grow in severity.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster survivors, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.
BCM Programs are highly complex with many moving components that must be synchronized like a watch in order to ensure they will work seamlessly when needed.
With so many components to address along with limited resources and time, what essential components should be addressed?
This presentation will use the concept of essentialism - The disciplined art of pursing less to identify what is the minimum we need in place to have an effective BCM program that will recover the critical business activities of our organization.
So, bring an open mind and participate in a presentation designed to bring a state o mindfulness and focus on less is more in our BCM programs.
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As companies focus on business continuity planning for impending hurricane season, premier technology and IT services provider offers comprehensive business continuity solutions that include dedicated work seats in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York
SHELTON, Conn. – Cervalis, a premier and trusted provider of technology and IT services, today announced the availability of 600 dedicated work seats at its newest, and Connecticut’s largest, data center. The work area recovery space is for use as a backup location in the event a weather-related or other disaster hits the region. Dedicated work seats are also available at Cervalis’ other high- availability data centers in Stamford, Conn., Totowa, New Jersey, and Wappingers Falls, New York.
With hurricane season here until November, businesses are busy reviewing their disaster recovery and business continuity plans and taking steps to prevent downtime. “Many companies don’t anticipate the negative impact power outages, natural disasters and other such incidents can have on their business and reputation,” said Michael Boccardi, president and CEO of Cervalis.
Work area recovery is an integral part of intelligent business continuity planning. It allows employees to conduct business as usual under adverse conditions in a comfortable and secure environment that is supported by a reliable data center. These dedicated seats enable companies to remain online, maintain critical operations, preserve employee morale, and keep customers satisfied during unplanned disruptive events.
“Many businesses in the New York Metro area have faced significant interruptions as a result of inclement weather and natural disasters in recent years,” Boccardi said. “Having work area recovery seats at a data center is, essentially, an insurance policy against downtime.
During Superstorm Sandy, Cervalis maintained 100 percent uptime and supported thousands of clients through its data centers. The premier technology and IT services provider even hosted a global trading firm, through which billions of dollars in transactions flow, during and after the storm. (Case Study Here)
As a company built by IT veterans for IT teams, Cervalis understands the importance of security, accessibility, scalability and reliability in helping businesses achieve their goals. For more than a decade, the company has provided work area recovery to businesses in the tri-state region. Currently, more than 200 companies trust Cervalis to boost their business resiliency.
All of Cervalis’ data centers are SSAE 16 Type 2 and PCI compliant, as well as U.S.-EU Safe Harbor certified. Security is a top priority at each facility, meeting HIPPA standards and comprising a comprehensive, multi-layered program designed to protect customer environments. Clients include Fortune 500s to SMBs in the legal, healthcare, insurance, telecommunications, media and high tech industries.
Cervalis offers a comprehensive suite of IT infrastructure solutions including managed hosting and storage, business continuity and disaster recovery, colocation and cloud computing services in an enterprise class environment. The company’s skilled professionals, world-class facilities and outstanding customer support provide clients with a secure IT environment that ensures business resilience. Cervalis’ state-of-the-art and fault-tolerant operations and recovery centers total more than 500,000-square-feet of space. The company offers world-class customer support with the technology needed to scale complex environments reliably and cost effectively. Cervalis is compliant with SSAE 16 Type 2 and PCI, as well as U.S.-EU SafeHarbor certified. To learn more about the Cervalis advantage and the company’s data centers, visit www.cervalis.com or call 1-866-602-2020 to schedule a tour.