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Business continuity is both helped and challenged by today’s top tech megatrends – social, mobile, virtualisation and cloud

In IT, failure is not an option. Not surprisingly, organisations have made it a high priority to develop and implement reliable business continuity plans to ensure that IT services are always available to internal users and outside customers, says Bob Violino on CSO Online.

But recent technology developments and trends, most notably server and desktop virtualisation, cloud computing, the emergence of mobile devices in the workforce and social networks, are having an impact on how enterprises handle IT business continuity planning and testing. Much of the impact is for the better, experts say, but these trends can also create new challenges for IT, information security and risk management executives.

Flexibility and agility are key to tech-driven business success

A new Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report into the ways technology will change organisations between now and 2020 reveals that businesses will have nowhere to hide from the disrupting yet energising effects of technology change.

Those with flexible processes, agile structures, and the right tools for their people and customers, will be able to adjust quickly and will find technology-led change invigorating and laden with opportunity.

The need for change, as a result of technology, is largely attributed to an increase of low cost computing power, storage and bandwidth available via the cloud. It is also recognised that organisations will continue to accumulate increasing volumes of data, from a growing variety of sources at accelerating speeds; big data.

HMRC slashes IT budget in half in two years making an enviable target for every business

Bt Martin Banks

The recent Guardian Government Computing conference featured an eye-opening presentation from Phil Pavitt, the CIO and Director in Charge of HMRC, the UK Government’s primary source of revenue. A report from the conference sets out how Pavitt and his team has cut the department’s IT budget in half in just two years. And this does mean big numbers, down from £1.4bn to £700m.

Given HMRC’s exceedingly well-reported track record with over-budget, under-performing IT projects over the years, this does seem to be a startling achievement. What is more it begs the question that if HMRC can achieve such a dramatic result in an area that, by definition, is mission critical to Government finance, what does it presage for the future of mission critical applications in the private sector?

Europe won’t let US dominate cloud

Bloomberg: European governments, determined not to lose another technology battle to the US, are giving domestic companies a leg-up in the cloud.

France set up a venture in November with companies including France Telecom SA and Thales SA to offer on-demand rental of hardware, software and applications that are “made in France.” The German government is working on stricter data-protection rules that would include as a criterion the location of servers that host often confidential and sensitive user data.

Outbursts of immaturity

By Martin Banks

If there one thing I thought the words `mission critical’ might conjure up it is a sense of maturity, if only on the basis that `this stuff is serious business, best be serious about it for the sake of the business’. Yet it has to be said that the history of the IT business is splattered with examples of spats and infighting between the vendors.

I had hoped to see that such juvenile delinquency was a thing of the past with the emergence of the cloud. But it appears I am going to be proved wrong and the habits of a lifetime will still come to the fore.