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As we look forward to 2018, it is a time to reflect on the changes that have emerged in the past couple of years.

Take the 2016 study by Securitas Security Services for example. According to this report, there were two newly emerging trends in business continuity that year — active shooter threats and mobile security in cyber communications. Those trends have only escalated in 2017, and are expected to remain consistent in 2018. Along with these two current trends, look at advancements in technology and supply chain processing in regard to business continuity concerns.

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https://www.onsolve.com/blog/new-year-new-plan-whats-store-2018-business-continuity/

Monday, 18 December 2017 15:38

What’s Our Plan For That?

That question usually comes from an executive after some other organization has a business crisis that makes global or national headlines. The question causes anxiety in many Business Continuity Planners.

I remember the first time I got that question. A local business had suffered a lightning strike, cutting power and frying much of their electrical and technology gear.  I can still recall the sudden panic when our CFO asked me that question: “What’s our Plan for that?”

We had no such Plan.  Had we, we should also have had Plans for tornados, hail, parking lot sinkholes, contaminated drinking water and trucks crashing through our lobby doors:  things that had happened to local businesses during the previous year.

Stashing infrequently-accessed or backup data in the public cloud has emerged into a viable strategy for enterprises seeking to trim their storage costs. Indeed, 59 percent of the 140 IT experts surveyed by data protection specialist Druva cited cost savings as the top reason they moved their data to the cloud.

That is one of many insights in the Druva 2017 AWS Cloud Data Protection Survey, published today. As the title indicates, the study focused on organizations that use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for enterprise data protection, archiving and secondary storage. As the world's leading cloud provider, AWS is very influential in shaping the IT industry's attitudes toward the public cloud.

Although lower storage costs are a major draw, all IT pros are convinced that the cost-savings benefits of migrating data to the cloud may never materialize. In fact, nearly half (49 percent) of respondents who are considering a move said cost was the biggest barrier to cloud storage adoption.

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http://www.enterprisestorageforum.com/storage-management/cost-savings-data-protection-driving-enterprises-to-cloud-based-data-storage.html

Friday, 15 December 2017 15:29

5 TIPS FOR IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY THIS WINTER

Winter Isn’t Always Pretty

We like to think of the winter scenes we may see on a holiday card – peaceful, joyful, beautiful, and full of cheer. While this may be so, it’s more likely to be chaotic with a few Grinches sprinkled in for good measure. And when it comes to work productivity during the winter months, it can be an even less promising scene.

Winter storms have a history of wreaking havoc on the economy. After a 2015 New England winter storm, economists calculated the hit to the economic output was a staggering $1.25 billion. Much of the productivity loss is attributed to workers simply not being able to get to work due to poor road conditions. Of course, they’ll eventually make up the work over time, but the disruption to normal business operations can’t be understated.

Companies can’t fix the weather, but they can put into place a winter weather communications plan to ensure employees from across their company, remote or onsite, know what to do when bad weather hits. Depending on how your organization is structured, you may have a skeleton crew who has one set of instructions to follow during the office shutdown, executives with a different checklist, and local employees with completely different expectations.

If you want to keep your office running as smoothly as possible, no matter the weather, follow these tips. Your employees will thank you and your administrators, managers, and business leaders will appreciate the forethought.

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https://www.alertmedia.com/5-tips-for-improved-productivity-this-winter

A GDPR-Readiness Program With a Unified Governance Foundation Can Increase Productivity While Reducing Costs and Risk

The May 2018 deadline for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) should have organizations scrambling to roll out GDPR-readiness programs. After all, the regulation applies to most organizations doing business in the EU, non-compliance can result in severe fines, and getting ready for compliance will likely take significant time and effort.

According to a recent global CGOC survey of compliance officers only 6 percent of respondents felt their organizations were ready to comply with the regulation. The survey also reveals that these organizations face many other data protection and management challenges. This article discusses the findings of the survey.

One possible explanation for the lack of progress – as suggested in the survey data – is that many executives are too focused on day-to-day operations to worry about preventing a potential compliance problem down the road. But whether the lack of progress is caused by a mandate to increase earnings, a focus on improving the customer experience, or some other time-sensitive initiative, executives must understand that GDPR compliance isn’t just about risk reductionand cost avoidance. The very same capabilities, strategies and technologies that enable GDPR compliance will help companies meet all their other business goals, including becoming a more efficient, more competitive organization.

And it all starts with a Unified Governance program that provides a single, centralized view of all information across the enterprise and that automates critical information management processes.

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http://www.corporatecomplianceinsights.com/stop-dragging-your-feet-gdpr-compliance-can-make-you-more-competitive/

Across America, people are winding down for the Christmas season. Some of them will already be looking beyond the holiday’s excesses to 2018, and thinking about what it will bring. AFCOM turned to industry experts to find out what emerging trends they expect to impact the data center environment in the coming 12 months. Their responses covered a broad set of topics from the organizational to the technical. Here are some of the most insightful predictions from those that study data center operations, and those that work at its sharp end.

Good People Will be Harder to Find

One of the biggest challenges facing data center managers in 2018 will be finding the right people fro the job. Rhonda Ascierto, research director for the data center technologies and eco-efficient IT channel at 451 Research, warns that talent management and staff shortages will both present risks in the coming year.

She believes that staff shortages will put a particular squeeze on facilities operations. “A lot of data center facilities staff are aging, frankly, and have been with the job for decades,” she warns. 

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/afcom/data-center-managers-expect-lots-changes-2018