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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.

Contract Management Tech Tools You Can Use to Save Time Today

November 27, 2018 No Comments

Contracts particularly need to be managed well, so you don’t end up with any legal or other issues down the track. Thankfully, though, you no longer need to spend hour upon hour handling contract management. Due to the advancement of technology, there are many excellent low-cost software programs and apps on the market to make this business task quicker and simpler. Read on for some tools you should know about, plus tips to help guide you to selecting the right option for your needs.

How the GDPR is Changing the Way the Internet Handles Personal Data

November 26, 2018 No Comments

In the first quarter of 2018, Facebook was placed under intense scrutiny following the compromisation of millions of its users’ personal data. Cambridge Analytica, through a third-party app, harvested sensitive information from millions of Facebook profiles. This collected data was then used illegally for political purposes; allegedly it was to hold sway over the 2016 US elections.

3 Things to Think About When Choosing the Right Hosted VoIP communications Provider

November 20, 2018 No Comments

Finding the right provider is key since deployment and research can take months. To avoid any IT disasters and start a contract with the wrong provider, be sure to think about these 3 hot button issues before picking your new provider.

12 Ways to Showcase Company Culture in Everything You Do

November 20, 2018 No Comments

Your company’s culture is one of the most crucial elements of your organization and is a key component to retaining and attracting workers. That’s why it’s critical to keep culture front and center in everything you do.

Governments of the Future: IT in Service of Governmental Institutions

November 19, 2018 No Comments

Digital transformation trends are continuing to change various industries in the world and it’s safe to say that the latest achievements in technology are literally revolutionizing government institutions. Federal, state and local governments are relying on modern technology to provide their citizens with better living conditions. In fact, these entities realized that things like the internet of things and automation can improve not only the lives of their citizens but almost every other aspect of life such as workplace efficiency.

7 Reasons to Invest in Custom Mobile App Development

November 16, 2018 No Comments

It is becoming increasingly common for today’s businesses to make many of their services available online. From providing customers access to FAQs to offering a way to make purchases online, even the smallest shop understands the importance of doing business online. However, most small businesses also understand just how beneficial mobile apps are and if you have any doubts whatsoever, here are seven reasons to invest in mobile app development for your company.

How to Develop a Paperless Office Strategy That Works for You

November 15, 2018 No Comments

The benefits of going paperless are as varied as they are incredible. More efficient operations, increased competitiveness, better security, reduced costs, less environmental impact — the list goes on (and on, and on).

The Benefits of Using an Industrial Computer

November 13, 2018 No Comments

In many different industries such as medical, food and pharmaceutical, industrial computers are vital to help with everyday tasks that your standard computer just would not be able to do. Below, we are taking you through the many great benefits of using an industrial computer and why your business needs one.

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.

Give Your Employees the Tech They Want — and Need

November 13, 2018 No Comments

In this eBook, “Give Your Employees the Tech They Want — And Need,” HR analyst and author Meghan M. Biro and Paychex show you how choosing and using the right HR tech can meet the needs of employers and employees — closing the gap between mere employment and long-term, productive engagement.

Report: 2018 Pulse of HR Paper: Tech Adoption Continues to Build HR’s Strategic Skills

November 13, 2018 No Comments

HR professionals are gaining power within small to midsize businesses (SMBs). Find out how the industry is changing, where it’s going, and how to keep up.

2018 Enterprise Digitization Progress Report

November 9, 2018 No Comments

The new State of Intelligent Process Automation Study identifies how company decision makers and line of business employees view their enterprise digital transformation progress, successes, and adoption challenges.

Top 5 IT processes that are the culprits of busy work

November 8, 2018 No Comments

Find out how automation can help you work efficiently, improve morale, and protect against risk.

HIPAA Compliance Checklist for the Digital Transformation

November 7, 2018 No Comments

Since Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996, healthcare organizations have been required to ensure the privacy and security of all medical records. However, the world has changed greatly since HIPAA’s inception, namely through the digital transformation. To keep operations more organized and agile, the healthcare industry has traded paper for electronic processes.

Best Practices for Blended Workforce Management

November 7, 2018 No Comments

As the U.S. freelance economy continues to grow, businesses are forced to find efficient ways to manage a blended workforce comprised of different types of talent, including freelancers, full-time employees and vendors. As work is being completed by a variety of different parties, it’s integral to identify solutions that streamline the entire blended workforce management process. Ultimately, by simplifying the process of managing a blended workforce, companies will be able to focus on what really matters – revenue and growth.

What Is a Data Catalog and Why Is It Important?

November 6, 2018 No Comments

A lot of organizations want to say they’re centered on data, but without a data catalog that’s not necessarily true. So what exactly is a data catalog, for organizations new to the concept? “This invaluable tool enables different types of datasets and sources to be cataloged in place, and the metadata gathered and organized into a single repository,” according to Mahesh Gandhe of Unifi.

The Rise of the Digital Factory

November 5, 2018 No Comments

Learn how innovative companies are adapting to this shift by creating digital factories.

SD-WAN vs MPLS: Which Delivers the Most Business Value?

November 5, 2018 No Comments

In short, SD-WAN and in particular premium cloud-based SD-WAN (a.k.a. SD-WAN 3.0 or SDWaaS / SD-WAN as a Service) offers a set of compelling benefits to most enterprises when compared to SD-WAN. While this piece will stop short of saying MPLS is going the way of the horse and buggy, it will explore the real business benefits that enterprises that adopt SD-WAN can expect to enjoy.

Data Breach Prevention for Healthcare: A Best Practices Guide

November 5, 2018 No Comments

earn to build and implement a sound cybersecurity strategy. Download Data Breach Prevention for Healthcare: A Best Practices Guide now.

Forrester PSA TechNow Report

November 5, 2018 No Comments

Read the report to get an overview of 17 PSA providers, along with recommendations to help you find a vendor that fits your firm’s needs.

2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites

November 1, 2018 No Comments

Download your complimentary copy of Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Why Donating Equity Can Lead to Greater Innovation in the Open Source World

October 31, 2018 No Comments

In this interview, we talk to Ozgun Erdogan with Citus Data, about the importance giving back can play in driving improvement, and what the outcomes might be for the open source community.

Death to Dashboards

October 31, 2018 No Comments

In many ways we are living in the future we once dreamed of as kids. While we are all still waiting for our flying cars from the Jetsons, the truth is my childhood dreams are nearly satisfied with the truly futuristic technology of today’s self-driving cars. Of all the revolutionary changes that will come with the technology of self-driving cars, the good old-fashioned dashboard, is one of many things that will quickly become irrelevant.

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.

IT Incident Management Do’s and Don’ts

October 23, 2018 No Comments

Putting incident management processes into place can be a tricky task. In this blog, we’re covering the do’s and don’ts that you need to know about.

Continuous Delivery of Business Value with Fortify

October 19, 2018 No Comments

In this report, we detail how development organizations at leading companies are using software security solutions from Fortify to scan more applications faster, focus and streamline remediation efforts with better triaging, and integrate security assurance methods throughout the software development environment.

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