Most employees want to be productive. As cloud service consumers, we have become accustomed to finding a tool or app that will help us fill a need and simply buy it without obtaining approval from our 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.
Trends in Information Technology are continuously changing and, as a result, organizations are having to adapt to those changes. Let's look at the most prominent IT trends that are showing up today.
Five years ago, I wrote a blog post that summarized the risks of unmanaged data within IT environments. As a specialist working with Systems Engineering's FileProtect (cloud backup service), I’ve only seen this problem compound. The problem lies in the fact that the majority of businesses haven’t taken on the challenge of cleaning out their proverbial digital junk drawers.
As data moves to the cloud and becomes accessible from anywhere, it’s more important than ever to ensure that both corporate and personal devices being used to access data and services are secure. There are many options for addressing these security concerns, but choosing the right tools and configurations can quickly become complex. Considering what to do about devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones while in the office, at home, and while traveling can become overwhelming or cumbersome. Some organizations may find a secure one-size-fits-all solution, but many will want, or need, a little more flexibility.
What would it be like for your organization if there was a facilities' disaster like a flood, fire, or prolonged power outage? If all your data was lost, how long would it take for you to get it back and to be functional again? Minutes, hours, days, or even worse, weeks? How would this affect your customers and your employees?
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?"
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.
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.
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.