Ed. Note-Today, I continue my three-part posts on risk assessments. Today I take a look at some different ideas on how you might go about assessing your risks.
One of the questions that I hear most often is how does one actually perform a risk assessment? Mike Volkov has suggested a couple of different approaches in his article “Practical Suggestions for Conducting Risk Assessments.” In it Volkov differentiates between smaller companies which might use some basic tools such as “personal or telephone interviews of key employees; surveys and questionnaires of employees; and review of historical compliance information such as due diligence files for third parties and mergers and acquisitions, as well as internal audits of key offices” from larger companies. Such larger companies may use these basic techniques but may also include a deeper dive into high risk countries or high risk business areas. If your company’s sales model uses third party representatives, you may also wish to visit with those parties or persons to help evaluate their risks for bribery and corruption that might well be attributed to your company.
Another noted compliance practitioner, William Athanas, in an article entitled “Rethinking FCPA Compliance Strategies in a New Era of Enforcement”, took a different look at risk assessments when he posited that companies assume that FCPA violations follow a “bell-curve distribution, where the majority of employees are responsible for the majority of violations.” However Athanas believed that the distribution pattern more closely follows a “hockey-stick distribution, where a select few…commit virtually all violations.” Athanas suggests assessing those individuals with the opportunity to interact with foreign officials have the greatest chance to commit FCPA violations. Diving down from that group, certain individuals also possess the necessary inclination, whether a personal financial incentive linked to the transaction or the inability to recognize the significant risks attendant to bribery.
There’s bad news for SAP’s HANA: The majority of SAP’s American User Group is skeptical that the Big Data platform is worth the costs.
ASUG recently surveyed its member on SAP HANA adoption. It received more than 500 respondents, with 93 percent identifying themselves as ASUG members.
Three-fourths of SAP customers said they have not purchased any SAP HANA products because they can’t identify a business case that will justify its costs. Ranked well below this concern (at 40 percent) were concerns about skill set, a roadmap and upgrade issues.
ASUG membership can also include SAP partners, whose responses were separated out from customer survey results. Still, partner results share a similar concern. The top factor partners say could lead to more HANA purchases would be “better business case guidance.” (As one reader pointed out in the comments, the SAP Innovation Awards might help here, since the list provides nearly 30 use cases.)
WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its Regional Office in Oakland, California, is monitoring the situation following the U.S. Geological Survey report of a 6.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred this morning six miles south southwest of Napa, California. FEMA remains in close coordination with California officials, and its Regional Watch Center is at an enhanced watch to provide additional reporting and monitoring of the situation, including impacts of any additional aftershocks.
FEMA deployed liaison officers to the state emergency operations center in California and to the California coastal region emergency operations center to help coordinate any requests for federal assistance. FEMA also deployed a National Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT West) to California to support response activities and ensure there are no unmet needs.
“I urge residents and visitors to follow the direction of state, tribal and local officials,” FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said. “Aftershocks can be strong enough to cause additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks or even months after the quake.”
When disasters occur, the first responders are local emergency and public works personnel, volunteers, humanitarian organizations and numerous private interest groups who provide emergency assistance required to protect the public's health and safety and to meet immediate human needs.
Safety and Preparedness Tips
- Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks or even months after the quake.
- During an earthquake, drop, cover and hold on. Minimize movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place. If indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and exiting is safe.
- If it is safe to do so, check on neighbors who may require assistance.
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls. Cellular and land line phone systems may not be functioning properly. The use of text messages to contact family is the best option, when it is available.
- Check for gas leaks. If you know how to turn the gas off, do so and report the leak to your local fire department and gas company.
The enterprise must change if it is to take advantage of all the benefits that cloud and mobile technologies have to offer. This is nothing new, of course, as the enterprise has been changing to meet new challenges and opportunities since its inception.
But confronting challenges is always easier in hindsight, which leaves us non-time travelers in a quandary: What does the cloud future hold, and how can we best prepare for it?
According to the rising cadre of startups looking to capitalize on burgeoning cloud infrastructure, the biggest thing holding the enterprise back is their legacy infrastructure and the continued reliance on the old guard vendors who created it. SolidFire’s Jeremiah Dooley, for example, claims leading platform providers are trying to delay the inevitable switch to the cloud as much as possible in order to prevent others from encroaching upon their territory. This may benefit their revenue streams, but it keeps the enterprise in the slow lane when it comes to provisioning services and driving operational efficiency. The message here is simple: The cloud is not the problem; static legacy infrastructure is.
Social media is now a standard communications tool for businesses, with many companies regularly using Facebook, Twitter and other social networks to engage with the public. More and more businesses are hiring social media specialists whose sole responsibility is to be the company’s “voice” on these platforms. But this activity comes with risk for both the organization and the individual. The potential for any posting to be retweeted, shared or even go viral underscores the need to be aware of the rising legal risks associated with your business’s social media accounts.
Potential Defamation Lawsuits
The first tip for anyone engaged in social media on behalf of their business or employer is obvious, but not always followed—think before you post. Even if the tweet or post contains an unintended error and is deleted immediately, postings can still be pulled and reposted or retweeted by others. Once something is out there on social media, however, you’ll need to deal with the consequences. Although the laws surrounding social media are still developing, it is possible for a business to be hit with an expensive defamation suit based on a single posting or comment.
Version 4.7 Adds Increased Ingest and Capacity to ExaGrid’s Scale-Out GRID Backup Storage, New Functionality for Data Centre Cross-Replication, an Improved Recovery Point for Disaster Recovery and an ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover Integration through an Expanded Veeam Partnership
LONDON – ExaGrid Systems, the backup appliance storage provider just named an industry Visionary in Gartner’s recent “Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances” report, is launching version 4.7 of its software for the ExaGrid family of backup storage appliances.
The new software continues to deliver on ExaGrid’s promise of stress-free backup, allowing for 14 appliances in a single GRID and increasing ingest and capacity by more than 40 percent. In addition, version 4.7 increases the number of data centres for cross-site disaster recovery, improves the recovery point for offsite disaster recovery and supports an ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover integrated into each appliance.
“ExaGrid has been a valued partner of Veeam for several years,” said Doug Hazelman, VP of Product Strategy at Veeam. “This latest integration further enables our joint customers to leverage the benefits of Availability for the Modern Data Centre™. By enabling Veeam’s data mover to be installed directly onto the ExaGrid appliance, customers will appreciate increased performance and less complexity of their availability infrastructures.”
ExaGrid is a leading disk-based backup provider with a unique landing zone for fast backups and the industry’s fastest restores, instant VM recoveries and tape copies. ExaGrid adds full server appliances into a scale-out GRID architecture, maintaining a short backup window as data grows while eliminating the need for expensive forklift upgrades.
"Most IT departments are experiencing data growth of more than 30 percent per year. As data grows, backup storage systems need to scale in order to maintain a fixed-length backup window. ExaGrid is the only solution that provides full appliances in a scale-out GRID architecture in order to maintain the fixed-length backup window,” said Bill Andrews, CEO and president at ExaGrid.
The new software will allow for:
- More capacity. 14 appliances in single GRID system, increasing ingest to 60.48TB per hour and capacity to a 294TB full backup in a single GRID; a 40 percent increase over previous versions of the software.
- Expanded cross data centre replication for disaster recovery. 16 systems in a data centre cross-protection topology, with 15 spokes to a hub, replicating data to a major data centre for disaster recovery and cross-replicating the major data centre to a second data centre for disaster recovery.
- Adaptive deduplication. Enable deduplication and replication to occur in parallel during nightly backups in order to greatly improve the recovery point at the disaster recovery site, without impeding backup performance.
- New Integrated ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover that improves performance for all Veeam backups and restores. The Veeam backup server communicates to the Veeam data mover on ExaGrid appliances with an enhanced protocol, versus simple CIFS. In addition, ExaGrid greatly improves the performance of creating a Synthetic Full Backup, as the entire process can be completed on the ExaGrid appliances, freeing up the Veeam backup server and network resources for other tasks.
“With all other disk-based backup solutions, the backup window grows as data grows until the front-end controller eventually, and inevitably, needs to be replaced, forcing forklift upgrades. Meanwhile, IT teams are under increased pressure to bring operations online quickly after any business continuity interruption,” said Andrews. “ExaGrid is the only provider that maintains the most recent backups in their full undeduplicated form for fast restores, instant VM boots (in seconds to minutes) and fast offsite tape copies. ExaGrid’s deduplication implementation improves backups, rather than hindering backup and restore performance.
A Growing, Strategic Partnership
Veeam and ExaGrid together enable faster, more efficient storage and recovery of virtual machines using ExaGrid’s backup storage appliances to serve as the backup target for virtual machine backups. The two backup leaders are pleased to announce a milestone in the two companies’ partnership with the integrated ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover.
“Veeam is an incredibly important partner for us, and this is a very exciting time to be working together so closely. The new ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover is just one of many steps we hope to take with Veeam, as we both work to meet the needs of our customers,” said Andrews.
The new software will be available in September and is available at no charge to all customers who have a valid maintenance and support agreement.
Organisations come to us because we are the only company that implemented deduplication in a way that fixed all the challenges of backup storage. ExaGrid’s unique landing zone and scale-out architecture provides the fastest backup — resulting in the shortest fixed backup window, the fastest local restores, fastest offsite tape copies and instant VM recoveries while permanently fixing the backup window length, all with reduced cost up front and over time. Learn how to take the stress out of backup at www.exagrid.com or connect with us on LinkedIn. Read how ExaGrid customers fixed their backup forever.
TELEHOUSE invests in expanding a further 20MW of high power density colocation space in Japan
NEW YORK – KDDI, the global telecommunications provider, announces today that it will invest $270 million (28 billion yen) investment in the building of two new Telehouse data centers, “TELEHOUSE OSAKA 2,” and “TELEHOUSE TOKYO Tama 3,” scheduled to open in August 2015 and February 2016 respectively. These additional facilities will take the total amount of global TELEHOUSE data center space to approximately 4.0 million square feet, provided by 46 sites across 13 countries/territories and 24 major cities.
Both Osaka and Tokyo facilities will offer high-density colocation services enabling the hosting of heavy load IT infrastructure. The data centers will meet the growing demand for housing private enterprise clouds, along with public cloud service providers, online and media content companies. The facilities are designed to Tier 3+ data center standards in redundancy and uptime, and will be insusceptible to earthquakes by a long-period absorption structure, reflecting the high quality Global TELEHOUSE specifications. In addition, KDDI can provide a combined solution by providing direct access to the KDDI global network along with the data center.
Telehouse Osaka 2, located in the center of Osaka city, will offer 700 racks of tenancy space with up to 30kVA (designed) per rack. The technical and operations room will be situated above second floor avoiding the risk of potential flooding. Osaka 2 can be used as a disaster recovery and back-up site for the Tokyo data centers.
Telehouse Tokyo Tama 3 will be located on the existing Tama data center campus, approximately 18 miles from the Tokyo city center in a highly guarded surrounding. The five story building will offer 1,300 racks of tenancy space with up to 42kVA (designed) power supply to racks, the highest*1 in Japan and 5 times*2 industry average, with a designed PUE 1.31 making it one of the most energy efficient data centers in Japan.
The Telehouse data center expansion reflects the growing demand for data center space in Japan’s metros, and the ability of KDDI to accommodate leading multinationals expanding their portfolios in Japan. By securing its domestic market share in Japan, KDDI continues to be the leader in premium data center facilities.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, EPiServer continues to build momentum with digital leaders in the UK
LONDON – EPiServer, a global software provider of innovative ecommerce and digital marketing solutions, today released a series of figures showcasing the organisation’s continued expansion over the last 12 months. With multiple new hires, fresh partnerships and strong brand customers, EPiServer attributes its recent growth to an increase in demand for combined content and commerce solutions amongst UK businesses. In addition, the recent launch of EPiServer Find, an innovative search solution that helps businesses bridge the data gap from acquisition, retention to conversions for digital marketing and ecommerce sites, has contributed to further growth.
Over the last eight years, EPiServer has seen a 29% compound annual growth rate, with the UK market proving to be a key contributor to this expansion. Throughout the first half of 2014, EPiServer saw a 105% increase in UK licence sales compared to the previous year. This in turn helped to generate a 72% rise in total revenue.
This increase was largely driven by the company’s rapidly growing customer base, which this year expanded to include such names as The Royal Society of Chemistry, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), Experian and Morrisons. The ecommerce and digital solution provider also extended its relationship with WPP agency POSSIBLE and tightened its technology partnerships with Silverpop (an IBM company) and Microsoft. These relationships are part of EPiServer’s long term strategy to bring together the entire digital ecosystem across WCM, e-commerce, marketing automation, CRM and ERP to enable brands to create truly connected customer experience for their customers.
In addition to this external growth, EPiServer has also expanded its internal team, recently hiring Trevor Salmon as Sales Director to spearhead the continued growth. With a longstanding background in digital marketing and sales, Salmon boasts previous experience from Day Software and Adobe Digital Marketing.
Commenting on the company’s recent growth, EPiServer’s UK Managing Director Johan Jardevall said: “Over the last 20 years EPiServer has gone from strength to strength as a business and as a product and services provider. Since becoming the first .NET based platform to integrate content and commerce in 2010, we’ve seen great success as a result of the strong – and growing – demand for intuitive, integrated digital marketing and ecommerce solutions. The UK has proven to be an increasingly vital market for us, showing a strong appreciation of the combined solution’s ability to improve customer experience and multi-channel marketing.”
EPiServer has made giant leaps forward in the past few years, securing over 70 dedicated partnerships with fully integrated global agencies and specialist system integrators. The company now works with partners that are specialists in e-commerce and digital marketing to ensure clients receive maximum impact as a result of its solutions. EPiServer’s platform is now at the centre of over 20,000 websites including high-profile clients such as House of Parliament, Pizza Hut Restaurants, Moonpig, Kenwood, and Gatwick Airport.
EPiServer connects ecommerce and digital marketing to help business create unique customer experiences, which generates business results. EPiServer’s platform combines content, e-commerce and multi-channel marketing capabilities to work full-circle for businesses online, from intelligent optimization, lead-generation through to conversion and repeat business.
Sitting at the center of the digital marketing ecosystem, EPiServer empowers online and IT professionals to create superior customer experience for more than 20,000 websites worldwide. Built on .NET, and supported by a pioneering partner network of over 750 partners in over 30 countries, EPiServer’s platform gives customers the ability to deliver the right content to the right person in the right format at a time that suits them. This approach means customers can maximize their investment in digital marketing and increase ROI. The company was founded in 1994 and has offices in the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Spain, UAE and the United Kingdom. EPiServer is controlled by the IK2007 Fund. IK Investment Partners is a European private equity firm with Nordic roots, managing €5.7 billion in fund commitments.
Brocade Leasing to be underwritten by BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, allowing organisations to align network capacity with fluctuating business demands
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) today announced a partnership with BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions to deliver Brocade Leasing throughout Europe (specifically the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Belgium and Spain) and India. Under the terms of the agreement, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions will partner with Brocade to enhance their leasing capabilities, allowing businesses the flexibility to adopt networking infrastructure on flexible and financially attractive terms.
Today's IT managers are expected to identify network solutions that can quickly accommodate ever-changing needs, yet they are restricted by financial limitations. With Brocade Leasing, part of the wider Brocade Capital Solutions portfolio which includes Brocade Network Subscription, organisations can refresh their network infrastructure and simply add or subtract capacity without the need for significant capital expenditure, allowing them to focus on scaling their business instead of their network infrastructure.
“As a leader in networking solutions that enable organisations to deliver tomorrow’s networks today, we are pushing the innovation envelope on both the technical and business front," said Marcus Jewell, Vice President EMEA at Brocade. “With financing from Brocade, customers can turn on vast amounts of networking capacity, but do so in a flexible manner, such as bundling hardware, software, support contracts and professional services into one low monthly payment, thereby easing fiscal pressure on the business. Our agreement with BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions furthers our commitment to customers in helping them drive business transformation, while managing budgets in a prudent manner.”
Consumption economic models require a change in the way IT supports business objectives, flexing with the demands of the business and possibly even the way services are paid for, if the organisation delivers those services on demand. This is why Brocade’s efforts to innovate also extend beyond technology models and look at the business models affecting your technology architectures. Brocade Capital’s portfolio of innovative financing solutions, including Brocade Network Subscription (BNS), offers network acquisition models that are as flexible as cloud-based business models. For example, BNS enables companies to acquire a state-of-the-art Brocade Network without making any initial capital investment. Instead, simply pay monthly as part of your operating expenditure. No down payment or capital required to install equipment, and no term limits, which delivers unprecedented deployment flexibility.
Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading organisations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. (www.brocade.com)
BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, far more than finance…
Within BNP Paribas, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions is specialised in leasing and rental solutions for professional equipment, offered either directly to businesses and professionals or through its partners – manufacturers, publishers and their distribution channels (dealers and resellers).
With more than €27.8 billion of outstandings under management and 3,600 employees operating worldwide, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions is one of the European leaders in equipment leasing and is today the only player with such a wide-ranging offer, extending from simple leasing arrangements to long term rental solutions and IT asset management contracts.
Thanks to its global and local dimension, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions is able to offer services and solutions that create value in 22 countries: directly in Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, India (Financial Company with SREI), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom ; through BNP Paribas Group entities in Algeria (El Djazaïr), Gabon (BICIG), Ivory Coast (BICICI), Luxembourg (BGL), Morocco (BMCI Leasing), Senegal (BICIS), Tunisia (UBCI Leasing) and USA (Bank of the West).
For more information, visit www.leasingsolutions.bnpparibas.com
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LONDON, UK – Steria, a leading provider of IT-enabled business services, has been named Tesco Supplier of the Year 2014 for IT Service and Support.
Steria won the award due to its outstanding performance in developing and supporting Tesco’s mission-critical IT systems over many years. Additionally, Steria employees have built strong working relations alongside Tesco staff, leading to a highly collaborative and productive working environment. The industry accolade was presented to Steria by Mike McNamara, Tesco’s Chief Information Officer, at the retailer’s annual Supplier Briefing Day.
Steria’s account team was presented with the award in front of an audience which included Tesco directors and supplier representatives. Announcing the winner, Mike McNamara declared that Steria was one of Tesco’s longest-standing and most trusted partners due to their continuing excellent contribution to Tesco Technology.
Steria continues to develop and support Tesco’s mission-critical distribution and replenishment systems, which deliver stock, including fresh produce, into shops and into the hands of customers every day. These are the systems that sit at the very heart of the UK’s market leading retailer’s operations.
Mike McNamara said, “Tesco relies on its partners to provide the same level of capability, flexibility and commitment that we deliver in-house. Steria has demonstrated those qualities time and again, over many years, and this award illustrates our recognition of their value to Tesco.”
Gavin Chapman, Chief Operating Officer, Steria UK, said, “Steria is proud of its long-standing partnership with Tesco. This award recognises that Steria has expertise and knowledge of IT systems and processes that help retailers deliver mission-critical services for their customers. Today’s announcement sends out a strong message to market that we can add real value to retailers operating in today’s fast changing, highly competitive retail environment.”