Hurricane Joaquin may make landfall on the East Coast. With memories of Hurricane Sandy and last year’s hard, long winter fresh in our minds — it is important to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that your company’s disaster recovery plan will work when it matters the most.
The evolution of data analysis in the enterprise continues to produce an abundance of new terms. These terms are necessary because they usually describe a new idea, but it can be a little challenging to keep up. This blog is the first in a series that is aimed at giving you a better understanding of a “data lake.” The data lake concept has quickly gained traction in the world of big data.
Networks have traditionally been viewed as low-level infrastructure, but in today’s world, they are the fundamental enabler of new ways to stay connected to customers and the foundation of new, disruptive business models.
Traditionally, many products have been sold through distributors and retailers to customers in one-time transactions that were often anonymous, at least to the manufacturer. Today, however, smart, digital products and services connected over a variety of networks can be used to maintain a relationship with the customer from the time of sale, onwards, and beyond the point of sale to just about anywhere.
No one debates the critical nature of effective IT disaster recovery. One need only assess the damage created by such natural disasters as Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy to understand the devastation of data loss and service interruption to businesses. The business world is driven by data –everything from customer information and market research to R&D and financial analysis. Without access to this vital information a business can be paralyzed. Now more than ever, effective disaster recovery strategies are at the top of every business leaders’“to-do” list.
As we head to the SAP Best Practices for Oil & Gas conference in Houston, we should recall Peter Sondergaard’s remarks from 2011. The Gartner SVP said, “Information is the oil of the 21st century and analytics is the combustion engine.” He was speaking metaphorically, but the Oil & Gas industry knows very well how important information is to their success. When Sondergaard made that statement, West Texas Intermediate Crude (WTI) was trading at $90 a barrel. Today, it’s now hovering around $40. That sort of price volatility defines the industry. Yet, data, analytics and reporting can mitigate the risks of the economic environment.
Welcome back to the “Walk me to the car” blog series, a power-packed set of questions & answers that quickly addresses what busy business execs need to know on pressing technology issues. Today’s topic: What do business leaders need to know about Disaster Recovery (DR)? Here goes…
As the nation marks the 10th anniversary of the tragedy and destruction of Hurricane Katrina, it’s a good time to think about how a disaster of this magnitude might affect your business. Even today, many US businesses are still feeling the impact of that storm. In an age when businesses simply cannot operate without data and compute capabilities, DR is all the more relevant.
There’s been a lot of talk about mobile banking this year, with customers now expecting always-on, always-available solutions to assist them with all of their banking needs. Whether they are making online payments or simply viewing their account balance, online banking continues to be an attractive option for the on-the-go consumer. Banks know that they need the right infrastructure in place to ensure secure, fast and reliable mobile transactions.
You may not know it, but it’s out there. Lurking in the dark, proliferating across the network and throughout data centers. We’re talking about Shadow IT – informal and sometimes unsanctioned applications and devices used in the workplace, such as personal iPads or cloud applications. This trend has widely been criticized for taking power out of the IT team’s hands, sapping bandwidth, creating security holes, and increasing the potential for a data breach. And while much of this is true, Shadow IT isn’t going away anytime soon – as it’s widely being ingrained in everyday employee workloads. It’s time for the IT team to fully understand this trend and design a strategy to effectively leverage it for competitive advantage.