What MiFID II Means for the IT Department in 2016


If you manage IT at an EU-based financial institution, you are likely staring down an onslaught of new rules from the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II).  MiFID II picks up where MiFID I left off in 2007, mandating a new level of compliance for companies that deal in financial instruments such as derivatives.  You may wonder what it will mean to you and your IT department.

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VoIP Delivers Tangible Business Benefits


Business today moves at a rapid pace, especially with regard to technology. Oddly this isn’t the case with voice communication technology. Many businesses are still relying on aging TDM (Time Division Multiplexing) PBX systems to deliver voice communication to employees versus newer, more agile VoIP (voice over internet protocol) technology. Relying on aging equipment for voice can cost your business, similar to how aging servers can cost your business; systems outages to lost calls affect employee productivity and your customer’s ability to contact you.

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Getting Ahead of the SDN Wave – Now


The IT space has changed dramatically in the past 10 years with the evolution of cloud computing and other IT offerings allowing businesses to add and modify services ‘on-demand’ as needed. And just as cloud and virtualization radically changed how we consume IT services in the past decade, software defined networking (SDN) is poised to do the same by offering new models and efficiencies for IT infrastructures across the globe.   

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Sapphire Sneak Peek: Get Data in Line with SAP HANA


The universe of business-critical information is massive…and it’s only getting bigger. In fact, data today is growing faster than ever before. Some estimate we’re quickly approaching a time when two megabytes of new information will be created every second – for every person on the planet. It’s not surprising that so much attention is being given to effectively analyzing these massive data sets.

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Sapphire Sneak Peek: Simplifying Management, Ensuring Resiliency, Driving Innovation


At the foundation of business success is data. Some reports indicate as much as 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is produced each and every day. It’s how companies leverage this information that determines success.

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Data Lakes and Master Data Management


Master Data Management (MDM) is the dental floss of the IT world. It’s the responsible, grown up thing that you know is good for you even if it hurts sometimes.  MDM refers to a combination of processes and technologies that work to ensure that your data is accurate and authoritative.  Though it’s a big, complicated subject, MDM can be summed up in a simple example: If your customer database has an entry for John Smith and John Smyth, each of which has the email jsmith21@gmail – an MDM solution will spot the duplication and enable the database to create a single, authoritative record (or “entity”) for Mr. Smith.

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A Closer Look: CenturyLink Acquires netAura


With research firm Ponemon Institute pegging the average cost of a single data breach at $3.79 million, we fully understand the value of a proactive IT security strategy. Our recent acquisition of IT Security firm netAura fully illustrates this point.

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Ready or Not: Here Comes SDN


Once considered as a long-term goal, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is now an essential component of modern-day IT infrastructures – dramatically accelerating organizational agility, flexibility, and innovation. While initially successful in the telecom and service provider industries, the approach is ready to break out across global infrastructures everywhere. SDN is coming to the enterprise – whether companies are ready or not.

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