How can you Protect Corporate Data on Employee Mobile Devices?

While some businesses provide smart phones to their employees for work purposes, in most cases, these are personal devices.  This could become an increasingly significant security concern.

For example, say an employee has a smart phone that receives all their work email. If that phone were ever lost or stolen, all the corporate data would suddenly be vulnerable (unless the necessary security measures are in place).  Here are some basic tips employees should be doing to ensure security:

  • Password-protect phones
  • Enable remote locking
  • Deploy anti-malware software

So, with so many employees accessing corporate data from personal devices, do you think these tips are enough?  Is this something IT departments need to be properly managing (Ripe) or are security concerns related to employee mobile devices just Hype?

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What do You Need for IaaS, PaaS, SaaS?

PaaS, IaaS and SaaS: all these approaches involve outsourcing the work and personnel expense of managing and maintaining server hardware, network hardware, infrastructure software, and/or application software.  Basically, they each attempt to solve the same business problem for IT leaders – to provide function, scale, service, and business value with little or no capital expenditure.

For CIOs and IT leaders using cloud computing, or any variety of IaaS, PaaS or SaaS, according to a ZDNet article, here are some tips to ensure your success:

  • It’s important to start with a business case. Calculate the net financial impact that an investment or change is going to have to your business.
  • Consider your network bandwidth requirements, and understand how much data you will need to move across the network, as well as the network response requirements for the particular service.
  • You need to know your security requirements and how your internal capabilities compare to those of your cloud provider.
  • Look closely at the cloud service provider you are going with.  Consider the organization, and its business sustainability.

What do you think about these tips for IaaS, PaaS or SaaS?  Are these tips relevant for your organization, or is this just Hype?  Cast your vote and share your opinions in the comments below.

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Is There a Secret for Managed Services Success?

Ensuring a managed services contract provides value from the get-go can be tricky.  Here are some tips from various IT leaders about how to ensure the success of your managed services contract.

  • Educate the internal IT staff on the management tools provided by your MSP. Keep open communication with the internal staff and your MSP to ensure any issues are resolved quickly.
  • Ensure that both internal and MSP staff follow ITSM standards.
  • The SLA is the key. Make sure it is written to protect your business.

What do you think about these tips – do you agree with these ideas on successful managed services, or is this just Hype?  Share your thoughts in the comments below, too.

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Risk Management in Cloud Computing

Is there such a thing as too good to be true?  Cloud computing does come with risks that CIOs and CTOs need to recognize before making the jump to the cloud.

Many IT leaders are already utilizing cloud options, but what do you think of these risk management tips:

  1. It’s crucial for an IT leader considering the cloud to have a strategy for mitigating risk. To prevent risk, the strategy must come first.
  2. Ask and understand the data management and hiring practices of the cloud provider you choose.
  3. It’s important to know how your provider plans to recover your data in a disaster scenario and how long it will take.

What do you think, is this good (Ripe) advice or is it Hype?

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The VDI Bandwagon

It seems like everyone is on the VDI bandwagon lately.  However, here are a few reasons why some businesses may be hesitating.

  1. The nature of desktops has changed, and some IT leaders are at a stand-still, deciding what to do.
  2. VDI requires the desktop, storage, network, virtualization and data center guys to work together.
  3. VDI is costly, complicated and not effective.
  4. IT leaders haven’t been convinced of VDI’s success.

What do you think – are these good reasons (Ripe) to hesitate on implementing VDI or are they just Hype?

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Data Center Hardware You Should Keep

As businesses make the move to cloud computing models in their data centers, it becomes difficult to determine what to keep and what to let go, especially in terms of physical infrastructure.

Plenty of CIOs and IT leaders are making the decision to take out some on-site solutions and go with an as-a-service solution, either hosted or managed services.  It seems a lot of executives have found the cost of maintaining and managing old infrastructure (plus the human resources that go along with it) is actually more expensive in the long run.

So, is it Hype or Ripe? Is it more cost effective to get rid of your data center hardware – just pull it all out and move to a more cost-effective deployment model?

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