It is officially budget season, for most businesses anyway. In just about every industry you can name, organizations of all size are in the throes of defining goals and resource requirements for a new year. This includes many tech companies—but not nearly enough.
How good are MSPs when it comes to creating meaningful annual budgets and participating in effective strategic planning sessions to grow their businesses? The number will likely surprise you.
Working with Clarity Channel Advisors clients, I have gained a deep perspective on the MSP industry at large. While there are a minority of service providers who diligently work at strategic planning, a majority of MSPs don’t. Take establishing sales targets.
Mike Baker is the Founder and Principal at Mosaic451.
Magic is awesome at carnivals, and it most certainly got young wizard Harry Potter out of a few jams, but when magic is used with the hope that it will suddenly make your firm more secure – it simply does not work.
Magic is that intoxicating lure to a quick technological fix with blindside thinking that technology alone will keep the hackers at bay. Data centers are under constant pressure to safeguard assets, however, too many firms focus on security for the purpose of being in compliance. For example, the energy industry has secrets to protect, and there are huge regulatory burdens from the NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation), which maintains a set of cybersecurity standards for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP).
Two consequent power outages at one of TelecityGroup’s data centers in London Tuesday afternoon local time disrupted operations for many customers, including the London Internet Exchange and AWS Direct Connect, the service that connects companies to Amazon’s cloud through private network links.
The provider’s Sovereign House data center in the London Docklands lost utility power and appears to have failed to switch to backup generators around 2pm. Power was restored but went down again, according to an incident report by EX Networks, one of the customers in the data center.
London-based Telecity has not yet said what the root cause of the data center outage was.
The facility is one of the data centers housing infrastructure of the London Internet Exchange, or LINX. Telecity told EXN it would have to shut down power to two suites that house LINX to fix the electrical infrastructure.
With the adoption of more state laws to legalize marijuana, employers will face challenges to protect their employees from injury and to comply with federal requirements to maintain a drug-free workplace.
Employers also face potentially costly litigation as case law surrounding legal marijuana develops, according to the Quest Diagnostics whitepaper “What Will ‘Legal’ Marijuana Cost Employers?”
The popular conception at the moment is that in order to take advantage of Big Data, an organization has to recruit data scientists, who are hard to retain. But Salesforce, with the launch of updates to the Salesforce Marketing Cloud at a Salesforce World Tour event, is making the case for embedding machine learning algorithms inside a cloud application in a way that promises to eliminate the need for many marketing organizations to hire their own dedicated data scientist.
Meghann York, director of product marketing for Salesforce Marketing Cloud, says that Salesforce Marketing Cloud Predictive Journeys, with Predictive Scores and Predictive Audiences, now makes it possible to essentially predict how customers will respond to, for example, an email marketing campaign. In addition, York says organizations can leverage Predictive Audiences to segment customers based on the predictive scores created by Salesforce Marketing Cloud.
Looking to address what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella describes as the most pressing issue of our time, Microsoft this week launched a flurry of security offerings intended to turn security into a set of continuously delivered services.
Speaking at a Microsoft Government Cloud Forum, Nadella says that in much the same way that Microsoft now manages Windows 10 as a service, everything from behavioral analytics of attacks to remediation will soon become a set of common services spanning the desktop, server and Microsoft cloud offerings.
To that end, Microsoft announced the formation of a Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group made up of security professionals that will work with a new Cyber Defense Operations Center that Microsoft is setting up to detect threats in real time using what Nadella describes as an intelligent fabric that Microsoft will continue to expand and invest in over time.
Our engineering team loves a good story about data disasters, especially when we can recover our customers’ information for them in extreme circumstances.
For the last 13 years, we have collected and published a list of the toughest physical and logical data losses from our offices around the globe.
We are proud to say that no matter how dire the situation appears to be, whether a device has been crushed, set on fire, plunged into water, thrown at a wall or simply dropped on the floor, there is always hope that the data you think is missing can still be retrieved.
Read on for the 2015 Top Ten List of Data Disasters compiled by Kroll Ontrack.
As we are coming towards the end of 2015 we have seen a considerable amount of change in big data and its perception. We believe that 2016 is going to throw even more up for the industry, so we are taking a look at what we think are going to be the top trends in the next 12 months.
Quantum Computing To Grow
The concept of quantum computing has been around for a long time, but has always been seen as something that we are going to see become a real possibility in some undefined future. However, 2016 may be when its use becomes more commonplace.
After recent work by Australian researchers at the University of NSW it has become possible to code the machines in a more cohesive and understandable way. They have managed to entangle a pair of qubits for the first time, allowing for more complex coding to be created and therefore the use of quantum computers to potentially become more widespread.
One of the most frequent misuses of backup tape is as an archive. Data center managers don’t typically design tape as their archive, however, it inadvertently becomes one when old backup tapes are sent to offsite storage after cycling out of their disaster recovery usefulness.
Using legacy tape as a file and email archive is causing pain and unnecessary expense for many organizations. Here’s the top 10 reasons tape isn’t a good archive:
Focus on Value
In my last blog post, I described how business resilience is most compelling when it links performance improvement with risk management. Focus on the upside contribution to achieving future strategic objectives and the challenge becomes, 'why wouldn't you do business resilience?'
In this blog post I will start to explain how to make business resilience deliver on this promise, focusing first on how to unlock the power of Purpose & Values.