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Ironclad SaaS Security for Cloud-Forward Enterprises

Ironclad SaaS Security for Cloud-Forward Enterprises

The 2015 Anthem data breach was the result of a single user at an Anthem subsidiary clicking on a phishing email. Yet, the breach exposed the sensitive information of approximately 78.8 million members and cost the company more than...





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CLOUD COMPUTING

Which Cloud Computing Skills Will Be in Demand in 2019?

December 11, 2018 No Comments

Gaining experience and becoming qualified takes time. Therefore, it is essential that you make sure any training or career development you go through will serve you well in the future along with remembering that professional training and development in this field is never ending. To make sure your CV is never put to the bottom of the pile, it is important to look at what careers the current technology we are working with today will open up for tomorrow. Such as the case with system automation skills after the amount of data processed through cloud hosts is unmanageable to most enterprises with conventional manual methods.

UDM – Taming The Unstructured Data Beast

November 27, 2018 No Comments

The Beast is Big and Getting Bigger Never has this famed quote been more appropo. Organizations have been losing the battle with the growth and rampant sprawl of unstructured data. To help put this into perspective, according the IDC’s DataAge 2025 report they predict that global storage datasphere will grow from 16ZB in 2016 to 163ZB by 2025 and over 90% of that data will be unstructured vs structured. Taming the unstructured data beast is the opportunity in the chaos for the channel. The Unstructured Data Test Do you want to find a new opportunity with your clients or prospective clients? If so, here is a simple set of test questions you can ask. 1. How much data capacity is online today in your org, both on-premises and in the cloud? 2. Where is this data located, and is that where it should be? 3. Who owns this data and can you identify them for governance compliance? 4. What data sets belong to which applications? 5. Is that data protected and secured to your required SLAs? I can guarantee that 4 out of 5 times you will get more “I don’t know…”s, “that is hard to say…”s, or non-committal monosyllabic grunts, sighs and shrugs than anyone is comfortable with. Why? Because the answers to very simple questions are often the most difficult to provide. These five questions should be enough to to find a new business opportunity, show your value to your clients, and increase your standing as a trusted advisor. To back up this test, we gave it to over 200 IT leaders and application owners and the results are available at (Link). Unstructured Data Management Report In the Unstructured Data Management (UDM) report, over 200 IT leaders and application owners shared their current perspectives, challenges and predictions about unstructured data. In this report, we sought to understand three core trends facing IT leader and applications owners. 1. What is the scale of unstructured data under management? 2. How is that data being is being generated differently today and into the future? 3. What are the new ways that data is being applied in the business? From a scale perspective, 40% indicated that the “age of machine file creation” is upon us and machine created data will far exceed human generated data going forward. This is driven by analytics, IoT, medical imaging, EDA, media, financials and dozens of other automated functions. With IDC predicting that global storage datasphere will grow by 10X (16ZB in 2016 to 163ZB by 2025) and over 90% of that new data will be unstructured, it is easy to see that we are just beginning to see the scale and scope of the unstructured data beast. The second major data trend is the cataloging and management of metadata and tagging files into data sets that feed specific workflows and real-time analytics. Organizations are beginning to think of data in groups and datasets with shared metadata categories. This better enables them to support the needs of specific workflows, applications and analytics As the metadata is more visible it helps enhance the value, usability and mobility of data to support a greater range of use cases. They are clear that data must always be searchable, shareable and deliverable for any need. Next was the transition in unstructured data’s importance. It went from being important for business continuity to being strategic for generating revenue and improving operating models. This is best demonstrated in the the use of real-time analytics and the training of machine learning models. Analytics and machine learning are improving everything from marketing (via churn prediction, recommender systems, and targeted ad placement) to cancer diagnosis (via image recognition). The ability to operationalize data is a competitive weapon, and when combined with auditable integrity, it’s a game-changer. Competitively, data must and will be used for driving revenue, improving product designs, creating better customer interactions, finding ways to lower cost, and optimizing supply chains (both physical and digital). The Unstructured Opportunity for the Channel All of this leads us to the opportunity for the channel. The problems have changed and the solutions need to evolve with them. We think that when you ask your clients to take the “unstructured data test” you will find an consulting and business opportunity right in front of you. There are now new tools that can help you scan these vast sources of data and create a single catalog. Use these tools to help clients understand the scope and scale of the challenge in front of them. Help them to think of data as a dynamic resource instead of a static one stuck in silos. We see an evolution happening. Legacy unstructured data, new machine-generated data, IoT, real time analytics and AI/ML can be leveraged using a modern UDM approach that provides: ● Data visibility: The ability to see, search and find all of your data ● Data classification and organization: : The ability to organize, understand and govern your data ● Data protection: The ability to backup, archive and recover data ● Data mobility : The ability to programmatically move your datasets to the right places throughout their lifecycle We have seen this opportunity manifest in the real world, with companies like Paige.AI improving cancer diagnostics by accelerating machine learning workflows, moving the data to the right place at the right time and then providing the ability to track and recreate data sets for specific ML models. This closed loop UDM capability is required to meet the challenges of the future. Best of all, this is not just a future vision, but something we are deploying today with channel partners like FusionStorm, Red8, SnowCap, and P1 Technologies.

Getting Started with Amazon Redshift – Best Practices

November 13, 2018 No Comments

Businesses are generating staggering amounts of data—and extracting the most value from this information is paramount. Amazon Redshift provides organizations what they’re looking for: Affordability and flexibility combined with a powerful feature set. Download our solution overview covering some of the best practices on loading data and making the most of Amazon Redshift.

How to Enhance Your Data and Analytics Process

November 13, 2018 No Comments

It isn’t always easy to keep pace with today’s high volume of data, especially when it’s coming at you from a diverse number of sources. Tracking these analytics can place a strain on IT, who must provide the requested information to C-suite and analysts. Unless this process can happen quickly, the insights grow stale.

Expert Tips For Maximizing The Power of Amazon Redshift Spectrum

November 13, 2018 No Comments

Amazon Redshift Spectrum is revolutionizing the way data is stored and queried, allowing for more complex analyses and better decision-making. This fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud allows organizations to run complex queries on data stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Help increase performance and potentially reduce the cost of your queries with Amazon Redshift. Download your complimentary ebook and get ten valuable tips on using Matillion ETL for Amazon Redshift.

Moving On Up From Desktop To Dedicated Server

October 29, 2018 No Comments

Over the years, companies that didn’t embrace new technologies have been finding it hard to keep afloat in the ever-changing world of technology. Accordingly, most businesses find it hard to get started with new technology that would probably improve their business. American taxpayers lose over 1.5 trillion dollars due to outdated technology. As a business, you need to be at the forefront of embracing new technologies if you wish to remain relevant.

Do You Need a Multi-Cloud Structure?

October 24, 2018 No Comments

There are so many different cloud softwares available on the market but some of them still fall short. In this scenario, which is better? To struggle with what you have or to branch out and see what else is on offer. We think the latter, so we have put together this guide to help you learn about multi-cloud structures. No matter what your business involves, you may be able to find a use for a multi-cloud structure in your online operations.

Compliant IT Operations for Hybrid Cloud, DevOps, and Containers

October 16, 2018 No Comments

Download this white paper by paper Enterprise Management Association and learn about the four key requirements for risk free and compliant DevOps. See how you can restore governance of numerous dynamic DevOps environments.

Think Differently About Your Workloads and Cloud Performance with Oracle

October 9, 2018 No Comments

Searching for a cloud platform that’s fit for today’s needs, but will also rise up to tomorrow’s challenges?

Ironclad SaaS Security for Cloud-Forward Enterprises

October 5, 2018 No Comments

The 2015 Anthem data breach was the result of a single user at an Anthem subsidiary clicking on a phishing email. Yet, the breach exposed the sensitive information of approximately 78.8 million members and cost the company more than $100 million. A quick search for “security breach” won’t just deliver news about the biggest scandal from the past few years. Instead, you’ll likely find one from just yesterday or last week. Following the digital transformation, data breaches are happening more often.

Cyber Defender Strategies: What Your Vulnerability Assessment Practices Reveal

September 13, 2018 No Comments

What’s your vulnerability assessment style? Are you scanning weekly, monthly or quarterly? And, what does your scanning habit reveal about the maturity of your organization’s vulnerability assessment practices, a critical part of cyber hygiene? These are the key questions Tenable Research set out to answer in our Cyber Defender Strategies Report. We discovered four common vulnerability assessment strategies in use today. These strategies tell us how mature an organization’s vulnerability discovery process is – and help us identify ways to improve.

Cybersecurity Insiders 2018 Application Security Report

September 13, 2018 No Comments

What happens when you mix swelling application portfolios and eager attackers? According the 2018 Application Security Report from Cybersecurity Insiders, you find 62% of organizations less than fully confident in their application security posture. With over 20 charts and graphs, the 2018 Application Security Report gives you insight into the most critical appsec trends and challenges, and provides an overview of the tools cybersecurity professionals choose first when keeping applications safe and secure.

Unified Communications & Collaboration: Navigating The “All-Or-Nothing” Misconception

August 28, 2018 No Comments

UC&C is a common platform for communications, both internally and externally, within an enterprise organisation. The components included in any UC&C solution — voice, IM, video, etc. —will vary from organisation to organisation. At any rate, UC&C brings all those communication lines together into a seamless integration for the end users.

Journey to the Cloud Smartpaper: Decisions ahead: Navigating your journey to the cloud?

August 28, 2018 No Comments

View this Smartpaper and read about some key decisions that can lead you to the right private cloud approach for your business.

Seeing through the fog in the cloud: advanced micro-segmentation and your data center’s visibility problem

August 20, 2018 No Comments

As the benefits of on-demand scalability, usage-based pricing, and infrastructure cost savings of the cloud become increasingly compelling, organizations of all sizes are migrating their applications and workloads. Hybrid cloud adoption in particular is rapidly growing. According to one report, the hybrid cloud market is forecasted to grow 22.5% annually, jumping from $33.3 billion in 2016 to $91.7 billion by 2021. By combining the performance and security advantages of dedicated hosting with the above benefits of virtual servers hosted in the cloud, hybrid clouds provide a solid value proposition for businesses in many industries.

Top 4 Benefits Of Cloud Computing

August 16, 2018 No Comments

Cloud computing is a miracle of modern technology, and something that everyone, whether you run an online business, simply have a business website, or even blog for personal reasons, should be using. There are a vast number of benefits to cloud computing, and in many cases, you may already be using the cloud without realizing. After all, every time you update your status on social media or check your account balance on your smartphone, you are using the cloud. Here are some other great benefits of signing up for cloud computing today.

How Cloud Computing Can Improve Your Business Efficiency

August 14, 2018 No Comments

The main uses of cloud computing can be extremely beneficial to the speed and quality of your website. This articles go into detail on how you can use cloud computing to your advantage. Cloud computing is becoming more and more popular in the business community. This market is expected to reach $159 billion worldwide by 2020. While most companies only use the cloud to store data and share files, this technology has a wide range of applications.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: The Increasing Value of Cloud-based Process Improvement Solutions

July 26, 2018 No Comments

New Zealand’s Promapp Solutions – an industry-leading provider of cloud-based business process management (BPM) software for creating and managing business processes online – recently expanded its US presence. After establishing a strong US foothold by attracting a range of marquee clients from its office in San Francisco, Promapp has now opened a second US office in Austin, TX. The new office already has seven employees, with plans to add more in the near future. IT Briefcase spoke to Promapp’s CMO, Sarah Berkowski, about the company’s new Austin office and its importance to Promapp’s US growth in response to increased market interest in cloud-based process improvement solutions.

Oracle Perspective: The Rise of the Cloud Security Architect

June 25, 2018 No Comments

As organizations are adjusting their priorities around a cloud-centric strategy, one position has stood out as one of the most central and strategic in meeting security and compliance milestones—the Cloud Security Architect (CSA).

Keeping Pace at Scale: Results From Oracle and KPMG Cloud Threat Report 2018

June 25, 2018 No Comments

View this infographic to view the results from a recent Oracle and KPMG cloud threat report 2018.

Cloud Security for Dummies

June 25, 2018 No Comments

Security was once an inhibitor to cloud adoption, but today security has become a reason to move to the cloud.

Top Three Ways Veritas Access enables the Multi-Cloud

June 15, 2018 No Comments

ecent research found that 74% of enterprises currently use two or more different cloud infrastructures. Why? Because multiple clouds can offer better overall performance, eliminate vendor lock-in and improve your ability to address different business needs. The problem is that multiple clouds also add complexity that can make it more difficult to manage and protect your data in and across all these different environments. The brief, “3 ways Veritas Access enables multi-cloud adoption,” explores the data protection challenges created by multi-cloud adoption, what to look for in a solution, and the three ways Veritas Access can help you manage and protect your data in and across multiple clouds.

Preparing for Multi-Cloud Management Success

June 14, 2018 No Comments

To realize the full potential, these organizations are discovering that a forward-thinking approach to multi-cloud management (MCM) is imperative.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: The Value and Incresed Use of Facial Recognition Software

June 8, 2018 No Comments

In this interview, we talk to Brian Strock, Manager, Public Safety Group at Numerica Corporation, about facial recognition software, the increased use of this technology by law enforcement, and Numerica’s latest software solution, Lumen FR.

Reasons to Embrace Cloud Computing in Your Business

May 29, 2018 No Comments

There are trends that improve the business, then there are trends that are so innovative that they change the game altogether. One such recent brilliant update is Cloud computing in business models. The best thing about this technology is, it is very flexible and implementable to small, medium or large companies. What is cloud computing?

Is Cloud Gaming the Future?

May 21, 2018 No Comments

Cloud computing is perhaps the most important subject in all of computing today. Ever since cloud technologies have come along, there have been people looking for a way to make use of cloud technologies in the context of gaming. At the heart of cloud technologies is the notion that you don’t need to store your files locally in order to access them. Cloud computing allows users to access their files from wherever they are – and using a variety of devices.

How Can You Make Your Online Store More Secure?

May 17, 2018 No Comments

Adding an online store to any home business is an exciting milestone. With your own online store, the chances of making some serious cash increase precipitously. However, if you don’t take security seriously, it will come back to haunt you.

Clοud technοlogies – what is it and what is its use?

May 7, 2018 No Comments

The Internet has becοme an integral part of people’s lives, and new opportunities are emerging regularly to make it easier to accomplish different tasks. At the present time, the topic of cloud technologies has becοme popular, which is widely discussed on various sources and the Internet, Twitter, instagram direct message online and others. The novelty is clοud technologies that can be used in different areas: educatiοn, medicine so on.

Top ERP Systems – Definitive Pricing Guide 2018

May 7, 2018 No Comments

Get an in-depth comparison of the costs and implementation models for the top ERP systems. This practical guide helps buyers compare the cost factors and product limitations of the most popular ERP systems. The SelectHub platform contains expert software analysis across key criteria and vendor data. These built-in analyst ratings are combined with subjective user ratings to create SelectHub ratings reports—which allow us to provide you with highly accurate recommendations and pricing.

Why Data Security in Cloud Computing is a Good Investment

April 30, 2018 No Comments

These days, more and more business owners are starting to inquire about data security in cloud computing. To some of you, this may come as a surprise. After all, isn’t the cloud supposed to be safer than your traditional in-house IT infrastructure? To be fair, this is true — but only to an extent.

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