It seems we can’t go more than 24 hours without hearing about the latest and greatest data breach that affects millions. So we ask ourselves, “What can we do better?” After all, if the “bad guys” can hack into the federal government, Home Depot, and Target, what hope do small and medium-sized businesses have?
Are you aware of the amount of data you have? Do you know how to manage your data growth? Do you know how long it will take to recover your critical data and applications in the event of a disaster?
The New Year is a great time to revisit your technology strategy. IT Strategy is getting more and more important every year - whether you are a software company who makes a living with technology or someone running a law firm or other small business - technology should be making you better. Far too often, however, we lose sight of our strategy dealing with the day-to-day bustle of running our business while keeping older systems running. The New Year is a great time to step back and revisit the key components of your IT strategy. Here are five strategic IT investments every company should be making in 2018:
Today, Systems Engineering (SE) announced that the company has made changes and is deepening its senior leadership team to help the company accelerate its growth while still providing superior customer service to its more than 500 clients. The changes were prompted by the company's recent expansion into Manchester, New Hampshire.
I am sure you have heard the term "Digital Transformation." In short, it means elevating your processes, applications, and data to reduce the time and effort needed to meet business and customer needs while driving value for both. Uber and Facebook are common examples. Clearly, users value the ease and experience while the businesses can scale at very marginal costs.
In my blog article posted on July 14, 2017, I covered the Foundations of Quality and Continuous Improvement which discussed the importance of establishing business quality across the board. In this blog post, I will talk about Root Cause Analysis, a method used to discover the root or cause of an issue or problem when quality breaks down.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 65% of future jobs have not been invented yet. What does that say about the work we are doing today and how we are doing it? What does that mean for the future?
Quality is a broad term and can mean different things to different people. From an organizational perspective, quality is a desire for continuous, consistent, efficient, and value-added systems, services, and processes that deliver customer requirements. Quality means striving to improve the overall effectiveness while making all aspects of the organization more operationally fit.
When it comes to good security practices, compliance and documented policies require a top-to-bottom effort from management, operations, human resources, and the IT team so that the right security practices and solutions can be put into place. When a business can prove that solid policies and practices are in place, it provides peace of mind to its clients, partners, and auditors.
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Backing up your critical data has (hopefully) been a part of your data protection strategy for some time. If you have a nice, shiny, and new backup system, then that's even better. But always remember, your backup and restore strategy should go hand-in-hand with your data protection strategy. Choosing which files to keep and which to archive is wholly important in allowing your business to succeed and thrive for the long-term. For that reason, here are some useful ideas to help you develop a reliable backup and restore strategy.