The world runs on data. Everyone has their own data that keeps their world spinning. Personal data and content data (music, photos, files and videos) keep our achievements and our memories alive. And data keeps our business world spinning too, from customer data to online content.
So, what happens when all this data is lost, destroyed or otherwise unrecoverable? As Myspace and their users have discovered, it’s not good. When that lost data is integral to your business, it goes from data debacle to data disaster.
Here, Howard Williams from UK-based software house Parker Software investigates the world of data storage. What should we be doing to keep our data-fuelled business worlds spinning?
All data initiatives, whether machine learning, visualisation or reporting, rely on clean data. Which means that data preparation is essential to any data-driven organisation. Increasingly, businesses are adopting new solutions to increase the accessibility of data preparation (and reduce the time involved) in a governed, secure manner—no longer is this process considered a job for only IT or highly-skilled technical teams, but rather one that spans a variety of different users, in particular the data analysts who know the data best.
By Megan Kierstead, Principal UX Researcher at Trifacta.
We live in fast times. So fast in fact that a recent Google study showed that over half of users will abandon a website if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load. Any online business knows if the website goes down, users will simply check out the competition and get the product/service they want elsewhere.
By Eran Brown, CTO, EMEA, InfiniDat.
Unfortunate tech glitches can come at a high price for businesses. According to analyst group, Gartner, the average cost of IT downtime is approximately £4,400 per minute. But it’s not just the cost of the downtime that businesses need to worry about. There’s also the reputation of the business and the angry customers threatening to take their business elsewhere if the situation is not quickly resolved.
By James Smith, Hosting Solutions Director, M247.
As with the proverbial chicken and egg, innovation and customer demand for an innovation present an interesting quandary into which came first. Whether the shift to servitisation – where manufacturers shift from strict product sales to selling the outcome a product delivers – is down to innovation in the industry or customer demand is one for debate.
By Gill Devine, VP EMEA, Syncron.
Government and public sector organisations continue to seek ways to improve services and mitigate the risk of migrating mission-critical applications to the cloud. Already, many organisations, focused on improving the citizen experience, have set their sights on the cloud. Flexible, agile and affordable, managed cloud can accelerate the agency mission. Still, CIOs are cautious about which applications to prioritise and what steps they must take to ensure the reality fulfils the promise.
By Roberto Mircoli, CTO EMEA, Virtustream.
Despite the fact that mainframes are helping 96 of the world’s top 100 banks and 70 per cent of today’s Fortune 500 Companies run, I’m still amazed at how many business conversations I have with people who balk at the mere mention of mainframes, viewing them as outdated, ‘dinosaur’ tech. This includes CIOs whose own organisations rely on them.
By Guy Tweedale, regional VP, Rocket Software.
IT security professionals continuously have to tackle high levels of security alerts in the global cybersecurity space. The volume of alerts is increasing at an alarming rate making it difficult for IT to manage and maintain.
By Eldad Chai, SVP Product Management, Imperva.
The role of a chief data officer (CDO) has changed significantly over the past decade. Ten years ago, the job title was, more typically, data processing manager or head of data processing, and the job itself tended not to be recognised as a driver of added value.
By Ken Mortensen, Data Protection Officer, Global Trust & Privacy, InterSystems.
The trend of BYOD, or ‘bring you own device’ to work is ever-growing. In fact, 31% of organisations rely completely on these policies, according to research by Samsung and Oxford Economics. Allowing employees to bring their own devices into the workplace can bring a plethora of benefits, including improved productivity and a better work-life balance. In addition, people are using mobile phones and the internet more than ever before, so employees are seeking the same convenience and flexibility they have in their personal lives in their place of work. Yet, for an enterprise a BYOD policy has the potential to open up a myriad of security issues.
By Zia Hayat, CEO Callsign.
The Big data and analytics question is at the forefront of many business leaders thinking but it’s worth taking a step back and looking at some of the wider macro-economic trends. Since the post war era, UK productivity has risen steadily when averaged over the decades but dropped significantly following the 2008 financial crisis and is now only slowly reaching post crisis levels. In fact, the Office for National Statistics has stated that in the last quarter of 2017, productivity of British workers increased at the fastest rate in more than six years.
By Pinakin Patel, Senior Director Solutions Engineering at MapR.
Disaster recovery and back up in the cloud have changed almost beyond recognition since iland started offering services 11 years ago. The business landscape is more complex, cloud adoption has gone mainstream and the regulatory environment bears little resemblance to what it looked like a decade ago.
By Sam Woodcock, EMEA Director of Solutions Architecture, iland.
There are a number of considerations and questions you should ask yourself as a business before making any decisions on storage solutions. Your individual business and specific data requirements will drive what choice you make.
By Paul Timms, MD at MCSA.
Data is arguably a business’ most valuable asset, as such organisations must do all in their power to protect it. While at times we may be powerless to prevent disasters, due to instances of human error or Mother Nature, for example, it is possible to prepare for the subsequent recovery - no matter what the cause of downtime.
By Mike Puglia Chief Strategy Officer at Kaseya.
Ross Everard, Managing Director at Infinite Edge Technologies, plans to grow the company through the provision of digital solutions focusing on current customer challenges, such as IoT, the hybrid workplace, collaboration and digital business performance. Helping end users with speed to market, service effectiveness and new business model creation are just some of the benefits promised by this next generation IT approach.
Jason Beal, Senior Vice President, Global Channel and Partner Ecosystems, AvePoint, talks through the results of the company’s first MSP Global Preference Survey, with security, governance and cloud migration ranking as top priorities. MSPs are also wanting to both consolidate the number of vendors with which they deal while also bringing on board new solutions. Jason also offers some valuable advice to MSPs in terms of some key business development objectives.
Rob Mather, Sales Director at Power Control Ltd (PCL), offers some thoughts on the role that UPS systems have to play in helping the data centre industry reduce its carbon footprint, as well as on wider sustainability issues such as renewables, waste heat re-use, micro grids and the supply chain.
David Ellis, Vice President, Security and Mobility Solutions, Tech Data EMEA, talks through the challenges and opportunities for the Channel as digital transformation and, in particular, the rapid hybrid workplace evolution, place ever greater emphasis on the need for cybersecurity to be front and centre in almost any technology solution.
Rackspace Technology has agreed to acquire Just Analytics, a leading provider of cloud-based data, analytics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) services based in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region. Additionally, this acquisition brings strong regional ties into the Microsoft Azure ecosystem with Just Analytics recently being awarded four regional Microsoft partner of the year awards.