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Technology trends moving faster than ever

Technology trends moving faster than ever

Are technology cycles moving faster these days? It certainly feels like it — there's seemingly a new and better smartphone introduced on a monthly basis. But is that merely the effect of recency bias, or is there valid information to support that notion? According to data compiled by the New York Times and MIT's Technology Review, the impact seems to be real. Consider, also, the relative increases in electricity and telephone usage, as compared with newer devices. It took 30 years for the former and 25 for the latter to reach 10 percent adoption: ...
Survey suggests small businesses are unprepared for data loss

Survey suggests small businesses are unprepared for data loss

Last week, AVG Technologies, an Internet and mobile security company, released a survey that suggested that small businesses chronically undervalue their data. Despite the risk of information loss, small and medium businesses (SMBs) questioned didn't prioritize backing up their data. Many also were not particularly concerned with loss of mobile devices. In a lot of cases, the issue is one of implementation. While 75 percent do rely on automated backup systems, a number that indicates that they recognize their importance, nearly one quarter have no policy in place that ensures employees back up ...
Mississippi business recovers a year after being hit by a van

Mississippi business recovers a year after being hit by a van

While you can never truly know when a disaster is going to occur at your company, some are more predictable than others. This blog has discussed a number of different incidents where extreme weather ravaged an organization's physical structure. While no one knows what kind of damage storms the likes of Hurricane Sandy will cause, businesses at least know they are coming before they hit. Meteorologists can guess the size of a storm and when exactly it will touch down in an area. An incident that occurred in Tupelo, Mississippi, ...
Why a disaster recovery strategy requires more than just data backup

Why a disaster recovery strategy requires more than just data backup

One of the things businesses fear the most is a loss of important information. If the office building suffers structural damage during a storm or infrastructure is ruined because of a flood, those problems can be resolved. They are not pleasant and aren't necessarily easy to fix, but ultimately infrastructure, carpeting or office furniture can be replaced. Business data, on the other hand, may never be replaced. So, when companies consider disaster recovery plans pertaining to their data, the first thing they think about is backing it up. Storing information in ...
Keeping your data safe when working with a third-party service provider

Keeping your data safe when working with a third-party service provider

It doesn't take much for an organization's data to be breached if if isn't careful. Both internal and external forces could compromise the security of a company's information and businesses have to be cognizant of both, particularly when information is in the hands of a combination of the two. Working with outside service providers  can be an efficient and cost-effective way to do business. Not only can organizations receive the skilled assistance provided by those who are experts in their craft, they can also save on numerous overhead costs. However, these ...
The risks of company laptops: How technology insurance can help

The risks of company laptops: How technology insurance can help

Laptops can be convenient, but they can be equally as dangerous. Businesses that deploy laptops to employees must be able to capitalize on their benefits while alleviating their risks. They tend to have more processing power than a smartphone or a tablet so you can do more with them. This makes laptops a perfect machine to use both in an office setting and on the go. However, if an employee were to do his or her work in a coffee shop either before heading to the office or on the ...
Why businesses should always expect the unexpected

Why businesses should always expect the unexpected

Being caught off guard is one of the biggest worries we have as individuals, and that concern translates over to business. Many of history's biggest incidents—natural disasters especially—had the lasting impact they did because they were unexpected. At the very least, they were not expected to reach the magnitude they did, so people affected by them were unprepared. Hurricane Katrina is a prime example of an incident where people and businesses were not prepared for a storm of that magnitude, so they suffered even greater consequences. Last year, the ...
Why older technology systems could put organizations at greater risk

Why older technology systems could put organizations at greater risk

The idea of adopting the latest technology at your organization is always going to be tempting. Anyone who watched Apple unveil its latest iPad and Mac Pro last month knows how cool the latest gadgets look, which is why many organizations have at least thought about evaluating new tech vendors and adopting innovative products and services. However, in an uncertain economy, procuring Mac Pros and deploying iPad Airs to all employees  may seem like more of a pipe dream than reality. Ultimately, most companies take the approach of "It ...
How to ensure the success of your disaster recovery site

How to ensure the success of your disaster recovery site

Implementing a disaster recovery system may require the construction of a specific site used to manage recovery efforts across your organization. This could be a source of information when standard systems shut down or a source of power or any other resources required to keep a company running should an incident occur that puts operations in jeopardy. Of course, simply having a recovery site might not be enough, as an article in Forbes pointed out last week. According to the news source, there are at least five things companies should ...

 

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