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New analytics applications apply sophisticated data science and machine learning to help organisations more efficiently and effectively manage their people

 

LONDON & SANTA MONICA, Calif. — May 10, 2016Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ:CSOD), the global leader in cloud-based talent management software solutions, today announced the launch of its suite of people analytics products, all of which are available today. This includes the introduction of Cornerstone View, an interactive data visualisation application that gives business leaders deeper intelligence about their people, as well as Cornerstone Planning, an intuitive workforce planning application that helps organisations easily create, manage and execute accurate hiring plans over multiple time horizons. The company also added two new dashboards to Cornerstone Insights, its predictive and prescriptive analytics solution that equips business leaders with the intelligence to better recruit, train, manage and develop their people.

 

Cornerstone’s portfolio of analytics offerings applies sophisticated data science and the most refined machine learning system for talent management to help organisations harness the power of real-time people data. The Cornerstone Analytics suite is built on top of the world’s largest network of shared talent data, representing more than 16 years of workforce management activity across 25 million users globally, nearly 2,700 organisations across all industries and seven talent management dimensions –recruiting, onboarding, training and development, performance management, compensation management, succession planning and workplace collaboration.

 

By unlocking four types of data analytics – descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive – Cornerstone enables organisations to make smarter, data-driven talent decisions and maximise business objectives through their people, removing the reliance on guesswork and intuition. The Cornerstone Analytics suite also includes Cornerstone Reporting, a set of self-service reporting tools and visually rich dashboards, allowing for complete control of, and visibility into, Cornerstone system data.

 

New Ways to Unlock the Value of Workforce Data

The new additions to Cornerstone’s analytics suite give organisations even more options for viewing, understanding and acting on talent data across the entire employee lifecycle.

  • Cornerstone View. Cornerstone View provides the fastest and simplest way for organisations to gain more meaningful insight into their employees and solve complex workforce issues. Interactive data visualisation tools allow managers to easily search, filter and compare people by centralising information from across the Cornerstone unified talent management suite. For example, users can find the right candidate to fill a position, select high potential employees for succession, and quickly compare succession metrics and performance reviews across select employees to reveal meaningful insights about talent pools. Filters also allow for a snapshot of employees across multiple categories such as location, division, performance and tenure.
  • Cornerstone Planning. With Cornerstone Planning, organisations can improve the effectiveness of their workforce planning, from filling positions quickly and effectively, to hiring employees with the right skills to succeed. Users can easily create, manage and execute accurate headcount plans through a simple and intuitive design. Cornerstone Planning also helps users align finance budgets with HR’s workforce plan to generate forecasts, visualise cost impact and identify future talent gaps for meeting business goals. In addition, users can prepare and plan for company challenges, resource availability and goal achievement.
  • Cornerstone Insights. Cornerstone Insights offers a variety of dashboards that help organisations discover actions for optimising talent processes, simulate scenarios to view the impact of these actions and make prescriptive recommendations to address specific business challenges. The new Career Mobility Insight dashboard helps managers gain a better understanding of both traditional and non-traditional career path movement and the factors that contribute to optimal career mobility. The new Learning Optimisation Insight dashboard identifies factors and simulates actions that drive course registrations and completions.

Comments on the News

“With our refined machine learning technology and massive data set, Cornerstone leads the field in people analytics,” said Adam Miller, founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. “We’re bringing the powerful data science models to the world of HR that mega industries such as retail, finance and energy rely on to make the smartest decisions possible. Our clients now have access to four distinct analytics applications that will help them to make smarter, more strategic and more informed talent decisions.”

 

“The volume and variety of talent data are growing exponentially, and the velocity at which this is happening is tremendous,” said Jason Corsello, vice president of strategy and corporate development for Cornerstone OnDemand. “With our workforce analytics offerings, we remove the barriers for organisations who want to answer important talent management questions but aren’t quite sure where to start. We are helping them to take the power of big data from insights to action.”

 

“Enterprises stand to benefit greatly by employing powerful analytics solutions backed by data science and machine learning for managing and fostering talent, helping them make more objective decisions, and saving precious time,” said Holger Mueller, principal analyst and vice president at Constellation Research. “Business leaders require the tools to make data-based decisions on whom to hire, simulate headcount plans and get recommendations to address challenges. Vendors who focus on workforce analytics are making a difference in the day-to-day lives of HR decision makers.”

 

Additional Detail

  • To learn more about Cornerstone’s people analytics applications, visit

About Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD) is the global leader in cloud-based learning and talent management software. The company’s solutions help organisations realise the potential of the modern workforce. From recruitment, onboarding, training and collaboration, to performance management, compensation, succession planning and analytics, Cornerstone is designed to enable a lifetime of learning and development that is fundamental to the growth of employees and organisations.

Based in Santa Monica, California, the company’s solutions are used by nearly 2,700 clients worldwide, spanning 25 million users across 191 countries and 42 languages. To learn more about Cornerstone, visit us on Twitter, Facebook and our blog. For more information, visit www.cornerstoneondemand.co.uk.

 

Cornerstone® and Cornerstone OnDemand® are registered trademarks of Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc.

Deadline® Reduces Cost and IT Burden, While Protecting Intellectual Property

         

Maidenhead, U.K. – May 10, 2016Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today they are collaborating with Microsoft Azure to enable Thinkbox Software to add on-demand, usage-based licensing 24/7 in the Cloud for Deadline version 8. This relationship will allow Thinkbox to give customers pay-per-use access to Thinkbox products including Deadline, Krakatoa and Sequoia as well as select third-party applications via the Thinkbox’s e-commerce portal, with minutes consumed only while the Slave application is rendering. The collaboration also reinforces the value which Licensing-as-a-Service (LaaS) affords independent software vendors doing business with Microsoft Azure.

 

Thinkbox’s Deadline is the foundation on which an organisation’s hardware and software tools work together. Compatible across Windows, Linux and Mac OSX render farms, the latest version of Deadline adds usage-based licensing on top of its perpetual license model for cloud-based and on-premise resources – resulting in dramatically new and more flexible ways to work, enabling more simulations and faster iteration. By working with Flexera Software and Microsoft, Deadline render farms can be built entirely or expanded in Azure, permitting Thinkbox customers to add extra machines when demand increases -- lowering overhead and saving money.

 

“Usage-based licensing is a game changer,” said Chris Bond, CEO and Founder at Thinkbox Software. “The freedom to spin up cloud-based instances has been hugely beneficial for our customers and providing per-minute access to integral workflow tools takes that flexibility a step further, providing a streamlined avenue for scaling up on-premise or cloud-based render farms during peak activity periods.”

 

Today, many enterprises require flexible, hosted offerings but are concerned that deploying their applications to the Cloud will violate their software agreements or result in software audit true-up penalties due to unanticipated overuse. The Azure and FlexNet Licensing-as-a-Service collaboration enables Thinkbox customers to deploy their applications to Azure and be assured they will remain in compliance with software agreements, while at the same time giving them flexibility and scalability in how they monetise and protect their applications.

 

Microsoft Azure Marketplace is an online applications and services marketplace that allows application producers to offer their solutions to Azure customers around the world. Through collaboration with Microsoft, Flexera Software’s Software Monetisation solution, including FlexNet Licensing and FlexNet Operations, empowers application producers with a swift on-ramp to Azure to maximise revenue with Cloud-centric licensing models and seamless bursting.

 

Flexera Software’s presence in Azure Marketplace makes it easy for application producers or in-house application developers to rapidly and cost-effectively transition their software solutions to Azure, while ensuring their intellectual property is being protected. Moreover, application producers can use Flexera Software’s usage management capabilities to gain insights into how their products are being used and optimise subscription-based revenue-generation.

 

“We are delighted that Thinkbox chose to work with Flexera Software and implement our Software Monetisation solution to automate and manage licenses across all its commercial products,” said Mathieu Baissac, Vice President of Product Management at Flexera Software. “We are also excited to have been chosen as the back-office infrastructure for their Thinkbox Store, and are gratified to drive the flexible licensing and business models Thinkbox wants to deliver to their customers.”

 

“Microsoft is pleased to collaborate with Flexera Software and Thinkbox to ensure Thinkbox’s customers have the resources they need to get the most out of Deadline,” said Nicole Herskowitz, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Corp. “We look forward to making complex environments easy for our mutual customers, and are eager to showcase our collaboration.”

 

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About Flexera Software

Flexera Software helps application producers and enterprises increase application usage and the value they derive from their software. Our next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions are essential to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimised software investments and to future-proof businesses against the risks and costs of constantly changing technology. Over 80,000 customers turn to Flexera Software as a trusted and neutral source for the knowledge and expertise we have gained as the marketplace leader for over 25 years and for the automation and intelligence designed into our products. For more information, please go to: www.flexerasoftware.com.

 

About Thinkbox Software

Thinkbox Software provides creative tools and pipeline technology for small and large scale projects, including the world’s largest feature films. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Thor, Green Lantern, Harry Potter, Avatar, Tron, GI-Joe the Rise of Cobra and hundreds of other films have utilized our software in front of, and behind, the screen. Our tools have been at the core of award-winning projects, music videos, commercials and hundreds of hours of creative content spanning film, broadcast, commercial, marketing, games and Web content. In addition, our technology is being used in the CAD/CAM, engineering and non-clinical/medical visualisation industries around the world to create, visualise and modify datasets as large as city streets and as small as microscopic cells. Our mission is to provide our clients with intuitive solutions for creative and complex tasks in high-performance computing, while consistently providing remarkable support. For more information, please go to: www.thinkboxsoftware.com.

Managed Service Providers and Telecom Companies Can Now White-Label NYI for Their Business Operations

NEW YORKMay 10 2016 NYI, an enterprise grade data center and managed IT solutions provider enabling customers to build customized infrastructure, announces the launch of its new telecommunications program, POP-as-a-Service (POPaaS), aimed at helping managed service providers and global telecoms white-label NYI for their business operations and instantly establish a local presence in the New York metro market. POPaaS allows companies to not only directly connect into the multitudes of telecom and service providers located within the NYI technology ecosystem, but also establish a fully-functioning business operation from day one — and all within a market that is often considered the world’s most challenging to enter.    

This service will allow national and international service providers and businesses a way to seamlessly deploy their own products and services in the New York metro area without the logistical hurdles associated with establishing an office or network operations center in the region. Plus, the setup process is handled quickly and completely, with all details — including server installation and setup and engineering and procurement — covered in a uniquely comprehensive manner. By utilizing NYI’s expert staff as an extension of their team, customers are able to enter the market with the full capabilities of a company that has been at the forefront of the industry for 20 years

“POPaaS was created in direct response to a need we hear time and again from managed service companies and carriers who want a presence in the New York metro market but are overwhelmed by the many complexities involved in effectively establishing one,” says Phil Koblence, Chief Operating Officer for NYI. “Through POPaaS, our expert team takes care of all the logistics from data center space, hardware installation and bandwidth to engineering and procurement and even turnkey business infrastructure, such as office, meeting and event space. With this service, virtually any telecom company can have a true and complete NYC presence today.” 

POP-as-a-Service Benefits:

  • Instantly and seamlessly establish business operations in NYC
  • Streamlined infrastructure management, procurement and engineering
  • Connectivity: free internal cross connects to NYI’s diverse network ecosystem
  • Security: Data protected by stringent security standards including SSAE16/SOC1 Type 2, PCI, HIPAA/HITECH Compliant Data Centers
  • Technical know-how: access to key, veteran NYI staff and 24x7x365 Network Operations Center
  • Presence: access to brand new, innovative event and office space in the heart of downtown Manhattan
  • Reliability: Fully meshed, BGP4-based, fault tolerant network with no single point of failure resulting in100% uptime since 1996

For more information about NYI, visit www.nyi.net.

 

About NYI

NYI is an enterprise-grade data center and managed IT solutions provider enabling customers to build customized infrastructure. At NYI our approach is simple, personalized support coupled with a proven technology ecosystem that drives unlimited possibilities for our clients. We look beyond our world-class data centers and focus on supporting customers' growth and success, acting as a genuine extension of their team.

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NYI is SSAE 16, PCI and HIPAA-compliant. For more information, visit www.nyi.net; call (800) 288-7387; or follow the company on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Latest enhancements can be viewed and set directly through Swarm Portal

AUSTIN, Texas – Caringo today announced the addition of hierarchical data protection policies, historical metrics and usage metering to Caringo Swarm, providing enhanced flexibility and ease of operation for users of the market-leading software-defined object storage platform.

Offered as a complete software appliance, Swarm provides a storage platform for data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Users no longer need to migrate data into disparate solutions for content delivery, ongoing analysis, and dynamic preservation. Users can consolidate all their files on Swarm, find the data they are looking for quickly, and reduce total cost of ownership by continuously evolving hardware and optimizing use of their resources.

New hierarchical data protection policies provide complete flexibility, allowing users to set policies through Swarm’s UI or via an API across clusters, domains, buckets or objects.  Features, such as erasure coding and replication factors, content lifecycle, and WORM enabling/disabling embellish Swarm’s already impressive continuous protection functionality.

Also viewable through Swarm’s cluster management UI or custom API integrations are historical metrics that provide trend analysis to better enable capacity planning and monitoring.  Users have access to disk usage and activity, hardware statistics and operational counters to provide deep insight into how the storage environment is performing while allowing responsive adjustments to ensure system optimization.

Swarm’s new metering provides Managed Service Providers and enterprises a better method of viewing usage data with flexible queries available to improve billing, show-back, and capacity planning.  Users can search customizable date ranges for bandwidth and storage usage, drilling down to the tenant/domain/bucket levels for a complete 360-degree view of the storage environment.  An embedded RESTful management API provides easy integration into existing billing applications with full access control for multi-tenant delegation.

“We are committed to providing a storage solution to customers that is simple, bulletproof and limitless, and to that end, we continuously make enhancements that support these goals,” said Tony Barbagallo, Caringo VP of Product. “The new functionality in this release provides users with complete flexibility for content delivery, ongoing analysis and dynamic preservation of their business-critical information.” Swarm 8.1 is available immediately for new Caringo customers and as an upgrade to existing users. For additional information or to schedule a demo, please visit www.caringo.com or email info@caringo.com.  

About Caringo
Caringo was founded in 2005 to change the economics of storage by designing software from the ground up to solve the issues associated with data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Caringo’s flagship product, Swarm, eliminates the need to migrate data into disparate solutions for long-term preservation, delivery and analysis—radically reducing total cost of ownership. 

Today, Caringo software is the foundation for simple, bulletproof, limitless storage solutions for the Department of Defense, the Brazilian Federal Court System, City of Austin, Telefónica, British Telecom, Ask.com, Johns Hopkins University and hundreds more worldwide. Visit www.caringo.com to learn more.
Flagship Offering: Analytics Plus Targets ITSM Teams with Out-of-the-Box Data Analytics

ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today announced its entry into the self-service IT analytics market with the launch of Analytics Plus [https://www.manageengine.com/analytics-plus/].Designed for mid- to large-size organisations that want to draw insights from their IT data, Analytics Plus integrates easily with various data sources and tools, analyses vast data volumes and presents findings with rich visualisations.

 

Too many organisations use too many IT tools to run their businesses. Those tools may also support IT users, infrastructure and business applications. However, they do not support fast, accurate decisions – for IT or for business. The problem is all the data (and all the data formats) created by the tools is stored in silos that thwart actionable insights and visibility into organisational performance. Solutions exist to analyse all that data but they typically are too complicated, require too much customisation by experts, or are too time-consuming and expensive.

 

“Most companies want the IT analytics payoff; but few want to pay the steep, IT analytics price,” said Sridhar Iyengar, vice president, ManageEngine. “We're uniquely positioned to drive the widespread adoption of this powerful technology. We know IT management and how to make it both powerful and simple. We know IT admins, managers, CIOs, and CEOs and what they expect in analytics-driven insights. And we know business intelligence and analytics thanks to the 10 years our sister division, Zoho.com, has spent refining those technologies, which we're leveraging in Analytics Plus.”

 

Key Benefits of Using Analytics Plus

Analytics is becoming as essential to organisations today as IT did years back. Analytics Plus meets the growing requirement to put IT analytics within every organisation’s reach and provide the insights and visibility needed to make better decisions, faster. Harnessing ManageEngine's deep experience across the IT management spectrum, Analytics Plus brings together and correlates islands of data to instantly provide insights in the form of rich visualisation and interactive dashboards. Highlights include:

 

Fast to set up and easy to use: In minutes, Analytics Plus can be installed and configured, and visualisations can be created. Unlike other analytics tools, Analytics Plus is simple to use and offers an intuitive drag-and-drop visual studio to create dashboards easily.

 

Powerful data blending, analytics and statistics: Analytics Plus lets users do cross-data analytics and offers a “look up” model to merge different data sets using common fields. It provides pre-built analytical functions and an excel-like formula engine with an extensive library of mathematical and statistical functions.

 

Rich visual presentation and analysis: Users can create reports and dashboards that include charts, widgets, KPI metrics, pivot tables, and tabular view components. The dashboards let users visually slice and dice data, drill down into details, and change the appearance using different chart types and pre-defined templates.

 

One tool to unify insights from various data sources: The Analytics Plus architecture lets users analyse data from a variety of data sources such as spreadsheets, files and feeds, relational and non-relational databases, applications and web API, providing a unified view of their entire IT.

 

Sharing and collaborative working: With Analytics Plus, users can securely share reports and dashboards with others to reach consensus and make group decisions quickly. Dashboards can be embedded in websites, intranets and other web apps for wider access with fine-grained control.

 

Work seamlessly across web and mobile devices: Analytics Plus is also available as a mobile app for Android and iOS tablets, so users can access and interact with the reports and dashboards already created, on the move.

 

Lower Total cost of Ownership (TCO): Analytics Plus saves organisations up to 50 percent in total costs compared to leading IT analytics tools offering similar functionality.

 

Flagship: Analytics Plus for ITSM

Analytics Plus for ITSM (http://bit.ly/1rC1SkU) is the flagship of the company’s self-service IT analytics offerings. In the last few years, IT service management (ITSM) and the IT service desk have become the cornerstone of IT strategy, enabling organisations to deliver high-quality IT services efficiently. Now, organisations are seeking new ways to improve IT service delivery and efficiency via better ITSM processes. The only way to understand and identify process inefficiencies is to analyse data from service desk tools, and advanced analytics is the preferred way to perform that work.

 

“We recently researched this space in our report, ‘Advanced IT Analytics: A Look at Real Adoptions in the Real World,’” said Dennis Drogseth, vice president, Enterprise Management Associates. “We found that ITSM and service desk were the second most-likely factors driving adoption of advanced IT analytics strategies. That’s only three percent down from the first driving factor, which was the IT executive suite. Additionally, 82 percent of the respondents indicated strong ITSM integrations.”

 

Iyengar said, “Our own ITSM customer surveys concur with EMA’s findings. We believe Analytics Plus for ITSM marks a turning point in analytics — for ITSM and for IT as a whole.”

 

Pricing and Availability

Currently in beta, Analytics Plus is licensed based on number of users accessing it and is available in two editions. The Personal edition is free to use whereas the Professional edition starts at an annual subscription cost of $1,995 per year, which includes 2 users and comes with a 30-day free trial.

Additional users are priced under $200 per user per year. Perpetual buy out license and OEM white-labeling options are also available.

 

For more information about Analytics Plus, please visit [https://www.manageengine.com/analytics-plus/]. For more information about ManageEngine, please visit http://www.manageengine.com/; follow the company blog at http://blogs.manageengine.com/, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ManageEngine and on Twitter @ManageEngine.

 

About Analytics Plus

Analytics Plus is an IT analytics solution from ManageEngine. With a simple user interface and yet a powerful analytical and statistical engine it offers actionable insights via rich visualisation and interactive dashboards for users to analyse large data volumes of IT data in minutes. For more information on Analytics Plus please visit https://www.manageengine.com/analytics-plus/.

 

About ManageEngine

ManageEngine delivers the real-time IT management tools that empower IT teams to meet organisational needs for real-time services and support. Worldwide, established and emerging enterprises — including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500 — rely on ManageEngine products to ensure the optimal performance of their critical IT infrastructure, including networks, servers, applications, desktops and more. ManageEngine is a division of Zoho Corporation with offices worldwide, including the United States, India, Singapore, Japan and China. For more information about ManageEngine, please visit http://www.manageengine.com/; follow the company blog at http://blogs.manageengine.com/, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ManageEngine and on Twitter @ManageEngine.

The Business Continuity Institute - May 10, 2016 10:03 BST

With just weeks to go until the referendum on the UK's continued membership of the European Union, a survey of over a thousand senior decision makers across Europe’s three largest economies (Germany, France and the UK) has found that only one in four businesses has developed a clear plan for dealing with the impact of a 'leave vote'.

The survey commissioned by law firm Pinsent Masons also found that more than half of respondents (53%) said there had been no discussion at Board level about the potential impacts of Brexit, and 40% of British businesses admit they have yet to take the basic steps which would help protect their business from commercial challenges arising from Brexit. For instance, 92% are yet to review business-critical contracts which could be rendered legally ambiguous in the event of a 'leave vote'.

The figures reflect that, while many larger businesses have begun contingency planning for Brexit, a significant proportion have not yet contemplated the impact a vote to leave might have. The political, regulatory, economic and societal nature of the UK is now so very intertwined with that of the EU, that any change in its status could have a significant impact on the organizations within. Business continuity is about preparing organizations for any disruption, and that includes the disruption caused by changing political systems It is therefore important that those working in the industry start considering how Brexit could affect their organization, and then make plans to lessen that impact.

Guy Lougher, a Partner and Head of the Brexit Advisory Team at Pinsent Masons, says: "If the UK vote is in favour of leaving the EU, there will be profound implications for all businesses irrespective of whether they operate or trade in - or with - the UK. A number of economists believe a vote in favour of Brexit would create a profound economic shock. Whether one accepts such predictions or not it is hard to imagine that - at the very least - exchange rates will not be impacted. The uncertainties in a Brexit scenario are so great that there may be a temptation to do nothing until the referendum result emerges. However, our advice to businesses is to start taking steps now. While one cannot protect against all risks, it is possible to identify the risk areas and start thinking about how these could be mitigated."

There are a number of measures businesses can institute now in order to minimise the disruption of Brexit upon business, from assessing the number of workers likely to be impacted by freedom of movement rules to reviewing how and where customer data is held.

0% rely on disaster recovery technologies that cannot deliver on today’s exacting RTO requirements
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – May 10, 2016 – Infrascale, the leader in Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), today unveiled its findings in the 2016 DRaaS Attitudes & Adoption Report, developed by ActualTech Media. The report revealed some alarming results, most notably that 80% of small- to mid-sized companies surveyed still rely on tape or disk-based technology as part of their disaster recovery strategy, which is part of the reason they’re unable to quickly restore critical applications when servers crash.
 
Given the promise of cloud-based disaster recovery to deliver near-instant failover, Infrascale sponsored this research to better understand the needs of IT decision makers when it comes to DRaaS and the barriers to adoption.
 
This is the second straight year for the report, which includes responses from 274 technology professions from organizations with between 100 and 5,000 employees. The report highlighted an unsettling number of businesses are not investing in modern disaster recovery solutions and testing them on a regular basis for a variety of reasons including cost and complexity.
 
According to Infrascale Founder and CEO Ken Shaw Jr., “Given the importance of operational uptime and the growing threat of ransomware, companies know having a sound disaster recovery system in place is essential. The perception that reliable disaster recovery solutions are expensive and difficult to implement leaves organizations unnecessarily vulnerable.”
 
Key findings from the survey include:
  • More than a third of those surveyed (37%) couldn’t quantify the costs of downtime to their organization.
  • Over half of those surveyed (54%) do not have failover capabilities that give them the ability to restore key business applications within one hour of failure.
  • Approximately half of those surveyed (52%) said the main hurdles for their organizations not adopting failover systems were the perceived high costs and lack of IT resources. The top four considerations for evaluating on-demand failover solutions are cost, reliability, security and system compatibility.
  • One-fifth of the respondents either haven’t tested their disaster recovery plans or conducted a test in the past year.
 
“Disaster recovery may not be a favorite topic for IT professionals, but having failover plans and systems in place can be the difference between surviving the roller coaster of modern business and closing up shop when disaster strikes,” said Scott Lowe, co-founder of ActualTech Media. “These findings indicate that SMBs are still largely being underserved when it comes to emerging DR and DRaaS solutions.”
 
Shaw said, “What’s concerning is that organizations are leaving themselves vulnerable and at risk of losing sales, productivity, reputation and revenue based primarily on the fallacy that today’s disaster recovery options are costly and difficult to implement. What’s even scarier is that these same companies aren’t fully aware of the implications of this potential downtime.”
 
Shaw added that there’s a real disconnect between where the DRaaS industry is today and companies’ understandings of what disaster recovery should entail for businesses of all sizes, “No organization is immune to downtime, whether caused by human error or natural disaster, but these events no longer have to be crises when organizations have a DRaaS solution in place.”
 
Data were weighted to be representative of the business populations of interest. More details and a full copy of the 2016 DRaaS Attitudes & Adoption Report can be found here.
 
About Infrascale
Infrascale provides the most powerful disaster recovery solution in the world. Founded in 2006, the company aims to give every company the ability to recover from a disaster – quickly, easily and affordably. Combining intelligent software with the power of the cloud is how Infrascale cracks the disaster recovery cost barrier without complex, expensive hardware enabling any company to restore operations in minutes with a push of a button. Infrascale equips businesses with the confidence to handle the unexpected by providing less downtime, greater security, and always-on availability.
 
Visit www.infrascale.com or follow us on Twitter at @Infrascale for more information.

Data is finding its way into just about every type of modern product and service. As a result, some companies are necessarily rethinking their business models, product strategies, customer engagement strategies, and supply chain strategies. Meanwhile, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs are discovering entirely new solutions to age-old problems.

"Our traditional business model, the way we provide products and services, is being disrupted because people -- especially Millennials -- do not look at a big book of codes," said Nataniel Lin, analytics and strategy lead at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in an interview. "We're in the process of becoming a 120-year-old startup. Essentially, we're leveraging all the data that's available out there and aggregating data to create unique value and solutions that up until today were not possible."

In NFPA's case, data is flowing in from connected IoT systems in homes and commercial buildings, insurance companies, and other sources. Lin is working with 26 different property and casualty insurance companies with the goal of anonymizing and aggregating data in a way that benefits all of the companies without exposing them to privacy or security risks. That way, the companies can have a more objective view of revenue, profitability, and risks than would be possible using only their own data.

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http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/big-data-analytics/data-products-9-best-practices-to-minimize-risk-/d/d-id/1325420

To some, cloud computing and IT security do not intersect. The results are often disastrous. Considering the huge amount of press that cloud computing receives when breaches occur, it's easy to understand why they believe that. But if you look at IT security from a wider lens, you'll see that cloud computing technologies are actually helping to propel IT security at rates never seen before.

Indeed, some of the advancement of security mechanisms and architectures such as end-to-end encryption can be traced back to public and private cloud security breaches where sensitive data was stolen for profit or fun.

This brought the topic of encryption to the forefront of conversation in CIO circles around the globe. It also likely contributed to the recent skyrocketing adoption rates for encryption. According to a recent Ponemon Institute study that polled more than 5,000 IT and business managers from various parts of the world, 41% said that encryption has been adopted extensively in their organizations, an increase from 16% in 2005.

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http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/platform-as-a-service/7-ways-cloud-computing-propels-it-security/d/d-id/1325430

(TNS) - At Ipswich, locking the front doors to the school is only a screen tap away.

Superintendent Trent Osborne said he has an app on his phone that gives him the ability to quickly lock the school's main entrance. It's the only door at the school that's open during the day, he said, and that's because visitors walk straight into the school office.

Last week, the front door to Ipswich was locked. Osborne said it wasn't a lockdown incident, but the district was dealing with a family situation. No threats were made, he said, he just locked the door as a precaution.

Visitors to Aberdeen public and private schools will note intercom systems in place at the main entrances that allow entry into the schools. Aberdeen public school Superintendent Becky Guffin said installation of the systems started in 2013.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/School-lockdowns-are-more-than-just-secure-entrances.html