Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

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.

How important is IT in defining a business strategy?

It was a simple enough question…: “What is an IT strategy and what does it achieve?,” asked Kevin Howe-Patterson. “How do you know you’ve got a good IT strategy?”

Simple it may be, but it prompted a fierce debate. “One that completely supports the strategic goals of the business, bearing in mind also that the strategic goals could in themselves change in light of the possibilities that IT brings to the table”, said Mike Briercliffe. “A proactive approach to how the business is able to get the best use of its technology,” added Oli Rhys.

Is global warming such a hot topic for IT?

It used to be the case that companies in certain sectors went beyond the call of duty to prove they were ‘environmentally-friendly’.

They tended to be in those sectors perceived to be the worst offenders such as oil and petro-chemicals. A whole industry grew up as they clamoured to obtain the ISO 14001 environmental management certificates.

The thinking was simple. In those late 20th century days, such accreditation took the attention of the newly active green lobby away from their front door.

Then the message spread and customers – led by the public sector – started to insist suppliers took their environmental responsibilities seriously.

Monitoring and managing home-based staff

It’s all very well having a virtual office, or staff working remotely. In fact many say productivity actually increases as a result. But how do you know?

That was the question posed by Rodolfo Torrallardona from Ericsson in Argentina, a question that sparked a torrent of comment. Clearly it’s a subject that is hot across the forum right now.