Thanks to its myriad benefits, cloud computing is becoming a significant topic of conversation among government agencies. For the government, cloud features such as security, standardization, and interoperability are especially important — and agencies that acquire cloud services directly from a provider can see great advantages.
Regrettably, the federal government is moving toward adopting a cloud broker model, as evidenced by the recent announcement that the General Services Administration is launching a cloud broker pilot to manage the performance of federal cloud services contracts.
Times have certainly changed. In the past, a business would need to invest heavily in purchasing computers, servers and software. That old business model is becoming obsolete. More and more, business owners are turning to cloud-based services, where the equipment and software are purchased and operated by the service provider.
What level of assurance do you have from your Internet provider that your service will work when you need it? If your connection is important to your business – or if you use cloud services-make sure your provider stands behind the service they deliver with a service level agreement, or SLA on availability.
As adoption becomes more widespread, Bring Your Own Device or BYOD is making the move from trend to business way of life: Workers enjoy the anytime, anywhere access that BYOD provides and companies benefit from the efficiency that this accessibility creates.
And BYOD isn’t just having an affect on the organizations that allow the use personal devices for business — it’s influencing the devices themselves. In fact, a recent Forbes.com article, “How BYOD Is Pushing BlackBerry Out,” got us thinking about why BYOD is partly responsible for the decline of some products, notably RIM’s BlackBerry, which was once the darling of the enterprise business world.
Disasters happen. And though business and IT leaders like you can’t prevent them, you can curtail the losses and costs that disasters cause — by ensuring that Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) plans are in place at your organization.
Hurricane season, flooding, tornadoes and other severe weather threats remind us once again just how important it is to be prepared
“Just slightly ahead of our time.”
That was the tagline for a 1987 commercial for a Panasonic VCR that, when viewed through a 2013 perspective, is both humorous and telling.
There’s no doubt that when it comes to technology, the past couple of decades have seen rapid advancement. And they will continue to evolve further and faster as we have discussed in our Business Technology 2020 ebook.
Every once in a while we are reminded in a very dramatic way how unforeseen events can wreak havoc on businesses. With the heavy dependency businesses have on their IT and networks, any interruption to these services is difficult to cope with – there are simply no longer any manual back-up systems in place. The 2012 Sandy storm, which disrupted thousands of businesses for many weeks, is a solid example of how large weather systems, natural disasters, travel disruptions and power outages can severely impact businesses or even force them to close.