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Digital times are different times

The market as we know it is changing, with digital developments succeeding each other at breakneck speed. Traditional companies are being overtaken left, right and centre by the digital native start-ups, who are not impacted by legacy, and now superfluous, real estate. However, even if you as a company have gone through a successful digital transformation, it’s quickly becoming apparent that new risks are waiting in the wings. By Gijsbert Janssen van Doorn, Zerto.

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Myspace, migration, and why it pays to pay attention to ‘dull’ data policies

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?

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Redefining Your Data Team’s Roles & Responsibilities for Data Prep Success

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.

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The gathering momentum of hybrid cloud in enabling enterprises to manage IT needs

New tools and technologies will ensure hybrid cloud meets the high expectations of enterprise IT. By Nutanix.

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Disaster recovery is dead

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.

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Disaster recovery, what’s stopping you?

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.

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Maximised product uptime is the future, and the future is now

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.

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Simplifying IT Complexity in the Public Sector

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.

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Myth-busting the mainframe

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.

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Security alert overload: the real cost of alert fatigue

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.

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How can a CDO tackle conflicting data demands?

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.

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What are the dangers of BYOD for the enterprise?

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.

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Big data and analytics?

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.

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Overcoming the challenges of back up and recovery to the cloud

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.

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Choosing the best enterprise storage solution

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.

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Videos

Neil Cornish, Ecosystem Development Manager at Tech Data UK, discusses the collaboration between the UK Fashion & Textile Association, IBM, the Future Fashion Factory and Tech Data UK, to develop a new technology platform designed to help drive both sustainability and profitability within the fashion supply chain.
Conference Chair Ian Luckett outlines the content of the second virtual SDC Channel Summit event, taking place 10-11 May. A mixture of keynote presentations, roundtables and panel discussions promise to produce plenty of valuable insights for Channel companies dealing with the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.
Michael James and Terence Chabe, Capital Market Specialists at Colt Technology Services, discuss the implications for data centre infrastructure as some of Europe’s largest financial exchanges address the fallout from Brexit, with geography, latency, security, cloud services, software defined networks and the edge all in the spotlight.
Or Lenchner, CEO, Bright Data, discusses the growing importance of ESG data, outlining the challenges of accessing, collecting, collating and analysing the many available data sources, and suggesting that improved government guidance and regulation is the way forward, along with the right analytics solution.

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New research from Opengear has found that, while 90% of CIOs say they are involved in decision-making for their organisations’ digital transformation efforts, only 17% of those CIOs report that network managers are similarly involved, and only 13% indicate that network engineers play a role. That research – a survey of CIOs and network engineers in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Australia – highlights the need for greater collaboration to deliver digital transformation and for CIOs to increase the involvement of network engineers.
New research reveals majority of large businesses can’t replace unsupported hardware, leaving potential vulnerabilities exposed.
Arcserve has published the first in a series of findings of its annual independent global research study on current experiences and attitudes of IT decision-makers (ITDMs) around data protection and recovery. Key findings from the research show that ransomware attacks continue to impact organisations worldwide with high costs, but they are still largely unprepared. With 50% of respondents targeted with ransomware attacks, the research indicates the critical need for companies to take a new approach to data resilience that fortifies disaster recovery strategies, backup systems, and immutable storage solutions to prevent the loss of mission-critical data.
With the publication of its fourth annual ESG Report, Digital Realty reveals progress towards environmental goals – hitting the milestone of securing one gigawatt of IT capacity in accordance with sustainable building standards.