Why You Must Have a 2017 Cybersecurity Action Plan

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Cybersecurity has become such an important topic that it was a key platform issue in the recent U.S. election. During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump characterized the scope of the nation’s security problem as enormous. While it is likely to be several months before we know specifics about the Trump administration’s position on cybersecurity, President-elect Trump has called for a thorough national security review with the goal of making all government systems as secure as technology will allow. 

Mr. Trump is not the only presidential figure to view cybersecurity as an important federal priority. In February of 2016, President Obama launched a Cybersecurity National Action Plan. Several initiatives were laid out in the plan, such as investments in national security infrastructure, expansion of the national cybersecurity workforce, and increased levels of general IT security across the country. 

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Topics: Cloud

5 Traits of a Highly Successful Cloud Strategy

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Cloud adoption rates continue to rise as barriers to its acceptance fall. For instance, as we detailed in a previous blog, companies no longer consider security to be a top concern for cloud adoption. Gartner predicts the global public cloud market will grow 16.5% this year to reach $204 billion. Compare the Cloud cites studies that show 90% of enterprises plan to increase yearly spending on the cloud. 

The growing popularity of the cloud is no reason to put caution to the wind. Before migrating data and services to the cloud, companies need to develop a sound strategy. As Donna Scott of Gartner points out, “A cloud strategy clearly defines the business outcomes you seek, and how you are going to get there.” 

In developing a cloud strategy, companies should consider a list of traits that will help them meet their business goals. 

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Topics: Security, IT Investment, Cloud

How Cloud Options Keep Your Data Secure

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

In the past, concerns about security used to be a barrier to cloud adoption for many companies. They worried about surrendering control of their sensitive and mission-critical data once it moved outside of their firewall. Putting sensitive information in a multi-tenanted cloud environment raised concerns that an attack on another company might threaten their company’s data. 

But that attitude has been changing. According to the Cloud Security Alliance, 64.9% of IT leaders find the cloud either equally or even more secure than in-house solutions. The RightScale 2016 State of the Cloud Survey found that less than 30% of companies list security as a major cloud challenge. As the cloud market matures, organizations find that the right cloud provider offers strong, multi-faceted security measures. 

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Topics: Security, Cloud

3 Critical Factors to Consider for Your 2017 IT Budget

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 09:38 AM

 

If your business is anything like most SMBs, then you have to accomplish several important objectives with a tight technology budget for 2017. Maybe you cannot have everything you want next year, but with careful planning, you might just get what you need. This article will show you how to plan a cost-effective and goal-oriented budget for next year. 

Prioritize Your Goals and Technology Needs 

There are 3 main buckets that your IT budget falls into: security, cloud, and storage. How much of your IT budget belongs in each bucket depends on your business goals, your technology requirements, and your security needs. 

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Topics: Security, Cloud, Storage, Budget

Why more SMBs are Migrating to the Cloud

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 09:30 AM


More small and medium-sized businesses are migrating from local networks to cloud-based voice and data solutions. According to one Intuit survey, 78% of small businesses are anticipated to be fully transitioned to the cloud by the year 2020.

Staffing Service Company Moves Their Voice and Data to the Cloud

There are many good reasons to move voice and data services to the cloud, including reduced operational expenses, increased collaboration, and better security.

Bonney Staffing Services, a light industrial, office, and call-center staffing provider, had been thinking about moving their data services to the cloud. Their server room started experiencing heating issues. Their servers were already in need of replacement when this happened. Additionally, the company was preparing to move to a new office location. These factors influenced the company’s decision to migrate to the cloud.

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Topics: Cloud

5 Reasons Your IBM i Needs the Cloud

Posted by Rob Williams on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 11:12 AM

More and more workloads are moving to the cloud. A recent survey of 400 IT executives from IDG Research and VMware state that 16% of current IT budgets are allocated to public cloud spending. That number is expected to more than double over the next couple of years.

Today, a lot of the workloads moving to the cloud are running on commodity, x86 hardware. This makes sense because there is a lot of commodity options and applications that are not hardware specific. Those applications can be built to move seamlessly between private and public cloud environments.

But what about that large IBM i server that you have in your data center?

If you are like many organizations, you have a server like this running one or more mission-critical applications. The server runs well, it hardly ever has to go offline, and it is capable of handling a massive amount of transactions.

That application is stable, which is why you are probably reluctant to embark on a risky, time-consuming migration to commodity-based hardware. The challenge is managing that system in a modern IT environment.

You may have thought that the cloud was not an option. The truth is, even your IBM i applications can be moved to the cloud. And there are plenty of advantages to making the move.

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Topics: Cloud

Considering VDI? Think Cloud

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Sep 06, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

If you are responsible for implementing or managing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), you should consider hosting it in the cloud. Cloud-based VDI, also known as Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), has many benefits over the implementation and management of a VDI solution in your data center. These include better security, scalability, and flexibility. Let’s look at a few of the reasons why DaaS is a better solution than a VDI hosted in your LAN or WAN.

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Topics: Cloud

Technology Trends Series: 5 Technologies Empowering the Legal Profession

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

This blog series explores the innovative, unique ways that technology is being used to transform industries of all types. Find all of these articles in our eBook available here.

Rick Georges, author of the Future Lawyer blog, says that lawyers tend to be “behind the curve” with technology because they usually work based on previously established rules. This cautionary attitude is starting to change as lawyers realize how technology improves their communication with clients and streamlines the processes of research and due diligence.

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Topics: Cloud

Technology Trends Series: 3 Innovative Ways Technology Is Empowering Education

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Think businesses and end users are the only ones reaping the rewards from new technology innovations? Think again.

This blog series explores the innovative, unique ways that technology is being used to transform industries of all types. All of the posts in this series will be rolled up into an eBook available here.

Today, we lay out the top 3 ways that technology advancements are transforming the world of education institutions:

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Topics: Cloud, Technology Trends

Technology Trends Series: 5 Innovative Ways Technology Is Being Used in Manufacturing

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Companies in every industry are undergoing major changes, and manufacturing is no different. Manufacturers are looking to drive out inefficiencies, reduce costs, improve customer experience, and increase competitiveness. They are adopting additive and nearshore manufacturing practices.

There are several key technologies that are converging to revolutionize how products make it to market. They not only allow existing manufacturing organizations to supercharge their businesses, but they can also open the door to potentially unknown competitors. 

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Topics: Big Data, Cloud