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Is Your Company Prepared to Thrive or Merely Survive?

By Harish Venkat, Vice President, Global Business Development and Product Marketing at Oracle

 

When I speak with CIOs about what they’re concerned with, I hear a lot of talk about staying competitive by leveraging IT to drive business transformation. In a recent survey of about 100 business leaders, Gatepoint Research found that organizations are turning to vendor-integrated hardware and software solutions to drive business transformation, while simultaneously achieving cost-effective performance, adaptability, and security goals. When asked how IT could better address business needs, respondents indicated that IT has to be integral to the business:

 

Business continuity is both helped and challenged by today’s top tech megatrends

, 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.

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.

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.

New year, same old problems of data theft and online security

By Philip Smith

A computer worm has stolen 45,000 login credentials from Facebook, security experts have warned. The data is believed to have been taken largely from Facebook accounts in the UK and France, according to security firm Seculert, reports the BBC. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16426824).

According to PC Adviser, the email addresses of more than 200 UK military staff have been leaked online. Hacking group Anonymous is behind the leak, which in total consisted of thousands of email addresses belonging to UK residents, along with encrypted passwords. Many of these email addresses were for other intelligence and police officials, members of the Cabinet and also 242 members of staff for Nato. (http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/security/3328488/more-than-200-uk-miliatry-email-addresses-leaked-online/)