Tag: best practices

Six Ways Security Can Cost Your Business: How to Overcome a Weak Link in your Security Policy

Data breaches are growing in number and their financial cost is growing too. In fact, the average cost of a data breach has nearly doubled in the past five years, from $6.46 million in 2010 to $12.9 million today. However, … Read more…

Six Ways Disaster Recovery Can Cost You:  How to Prepare for the Inevitable

You know that saying, “You’re only as strong as your weakest link?” It can apply to many situations, none more so than your IT infrastructure, where architectural weaknesses can put your entire environment at great risk.  

3 Things You Should Know Before Upgrading Your Network

With increasing mobility, thanks in part to BYOD; the rise of Big Data; and more and varied uses for the cloud, networks are getting a workout like never before. To keep up with changing needs, organizations need to increase bandwidth to optimize their networks’ performance. If your organization is taking steps to improve bandwidth, it isn’t alone. According to the Killer Apps 2013 survey by Ipanema Technologies and Easynet Global Services, businesses are prioritizing investments in their networks, with budgets increasing for 52 percent of organizations. This comes after modest investment in corporate networks during 2012. Read more…

Green Data Centers: Good for the Environment and Business

We celebrated Earth Day this week, but for many organizations, supporting the environment isn’t just a one-day affair. That’s because companies have learned that by taking steps to go green, particularly when it comes to the data center, they are helping protect the environment — and in the process, their business.

Why is the data center an important place to look to when greening an organization? For one, an estimated 2 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions come from IT sources, studies have shown. Additionally, replacing an old server with a more energy efficient design could save up to 1 ton of carbon emissions, according to Intel. Read more…

Government and Technology: Rise of the Apps

There’s no question that government agencies are making big strides when it comes to technology. And now we’re seeing an even greater concentration on mobile app development to better serve mobile constituents, similar to the way businesses are using them to stay in front of customers.

According to a recent study by analyst ForeSee, one in three citizens who accessed a federal government website did so on a smartphone or tablet, and nearly half said that they might or plan to access a government website from their mobile device in the future.

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PaaS Rising: Is Your Business Following?

When you think of cloud computing and what it means for your business, what comes to mind? For some businesses, it means a complete outsourcing of hardware needs through Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). For others, it’s only using applications, like email, that are accessed over the Web, which is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

But businesses increasingly are turning to the middle of the cloud computing spectrum, applying solutions for developing and deploying applications over the Internet, such as virtualized servers and operating systems.
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Government Gets Social Part 2: Four Social Media Tips

Government institutions are using social media more than ever to communicate with constituents. We recently talked about why it’s so important: Because having direct communication with constituents can advance government effectiveness.

Since some organizations might just be getting started in taking advantage of social media technology and applications, we wanted to provide tips, as there is such a thing as “doing it wrong.”

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Government and Social Media: Not Just a Passing Trend

Social media isn’t just about being social anymore. Businesses aren’t the only one taking advantage of social media to communicate directly with their target audience to boost business. Government institutions of all sizes are getting in on the act, using social media tools to communicate important information to constituents and improve delivery of services.
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