Most employees want to be productive. As cloud service consumers, they have become accustomed to finding a tool or app that will help fill a need and simply buy it without obtaining approval from the organization first. This practice of employees bypassing IT management to procure tools and services without proper vetting has infiltrated the workplace and is known as Shadow IT.
Over the past four decades, organizations of all sizes have seen a significant change to how they do business, due to evolving technologies. And now, as we approach the end of the 2010's decade, the term “Digital Transformation” is abound and you might ask, "Haven’t we already done enough transforming?"
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?
At our recent SE Lunch & Learn, Microsoft Office 365 (O365) subject matter experts, Jean Haskell, Senior Analyst, and Mark Benton, Director of Product Management, reviewed many of the features and benefits of O365. In this article, we highlight a couple of the key features they spoke about.
Trends in Information Technology are continuously changing and, as a result, businesses are having to adapt to those changes. Let's take a look at the most prominent IT trends that are showing up today.
The world of hyperconvergence is relatively new, bringing forth a new approach to technology that should not be ignored. As Information Technology (IT) is ever-changing and continuously becoming more streamlined and sophisticated, it's important for businesses to stay "in the know" on the latest and greatest and to understand if it's the right 'next step' to take. To fully meet the needs of the ever-evolving and more tech-savvy clients businesses serve, it's a 'must' to have what IT takes to keep them satisfied. So, what is hyperconvergence and what does IT do?
If you take a quick look at your network, you might notice the following: workstations, server(s), applications, and a nifty cloud backup. The cloud backup was probably simple to set up and it seems to be capturing information and data successfully, all with a price tag that is less than your parking spot in the city. However, it is likely that you are unsure of the exact data it’s capturing and you would love to check on it nightly, but don’t have the time.
Technology is ever-thriving and progressing, never more so than with mobile smartphones and tablets. If organizations are not providing devices to their employees, most will bring their own (BYOD) and connect them via Exchange ActiveSync or Lotus Notes Traveler. They may even install unmanaged cloud services products that you’re not even aware of. So, how do organizations keep up with it all while at the same time protecting access to the network?
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.
MDM or mobile device management is a trending topic for many organizations; however, few have determined a clear need and strategy for deployment. For many, the existing MDM functionality in Exchange Active Sync may be sufficient while others need to meet specific regulatory requirements for securing information stored on mobile devices.