Four Must-Haves for Your CPQ Software Upgrade April 17, 2017 - 2:43 PM Exactly what is CPQ software, and why do you have to upgrade it? Also known as configure price quote, it's a software solution for sales teams that quickly analyzes data to offer the best, most accurate numbers in seconds or minutes (depending on the amount of numbers to crunch). It's taken the place of sales teams going in the back to "talk to the manager" in an age when customers want and expect information in real-time. It also removes human error, encourages customer loyalty, and makes closing the deal a lot easier on your sales team.
Five IT Trends Sure to Impact Small Business in 2017 April 13, 2017 - 9:09 AM Now that we've finally escaped the shadows of last year and have progressed into 2017, we can look at some of the trends that are taking place and use them to more accurately predict what will happen this year. With that being said, here are a few of the IT trends that are sure to have an impact on small businesses in the coming months.
Why Businesses Must Co-opt Shadow IT April 13, 2017 - 9:02 AM Denial has proven futile. Once just a worrisome trend, shadow IT has grown into a monster. The aptly named phenomenon, a known risk of data breaches and financial liabilities, pits information technology professionals against end users in an endless battle for control of the digital workplace environment.
Closing the Paperless Billing Gap April 12, 2017 - 5:03 PM In today's real-time, always-on culture, users want to receive important documents faster than ever. Whether bank statements, healthcare records, or even legal documents, consumers want information at their fingertips. As a result, electronic, or paperless, billing has emerged as a viable solution to the need for speed in information delivery.
Online Activism: DDoS and Cyberattacks as Peaceful Protests April 11, 2017 - 1:35 PM While distributed denial of service attacks generally get nothing but negative attention due to the damage they can do to websites and businesses, activist or hacktivist groups around the world are taking these attacks in a wildly different direction: the peaceful protest.
Document Digitization in the Middle East: On the Road to Digital Transformation April 10, 2017 - 8:53 AM For many companies in the Middle East, the biggest challenge when establishing a digital transformation strategy is to determine when and how to digitize paper documents. The decision-making process needs to factor in the requirement to scan legacy files, as well as put processes in place to capture all newly created or acquired information quickly and efficiently.
3 Tips for SMBs in the VDI Market April 7, 2017 - 11:05 AM In today's modern workforce, employees are just as comfortable meeting in coffee shops as they are in conference rooms. Small- and medium-business leaders see the need to support employees who work outside the confines of the physical desktop or office, offering the flexibility to work from any location. IT must be just as flexible to meet the changing needs of growing numbers of workers.
Taking Manufacturing into the Future April 5, 2017 - 11:34 AM According to a report released by consulting firm McKinsey and Company, the next ten years should see the rise of digitalization as the fourth era of industrial revolution begins. What is the fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0? How will it affect the manufacturing sector?
Five Lessons Learned While Preparing for Our SOC 2 Audit April 3, 2017 - 10:15 AM OutSystems recently went through a successful SOC 2 (Service Organization Control) audit of security controls to demonstrate compliance and our ability to protect sensitive customer data. As that is something organizations are increasingly asking of vendors, knowing five key tips will help ensure a smooth audit.
Why is Smart and Secure Remote Access Underestimated? March 29, 2017 - 8:28 AM For too many IT departments, the power of remote connectivity is underestimated much like these remaining players in the most exciting basketball tournament in the world. In his most recent blog, Mike discusses the three key attributes that IT managers should demand of a remote access solution. Before you choose your communications solution, make sure that the provider's connectivity into your enterprise is smart, secure and gives you full control.
Three Reasons Your IT Team Needs VoIP March 28, 2017 - 1:38 PM VoIP or Voice over IP is especially useful when businesses want to gain and use communication to different areas all over the world. In most cases, voice communication is expensive. Making phone calls to people on the other side of the world, for example, can be very costly for businesses. However, VoIP has been shown to offer many advantages to businesses related to cutting the costs of calls. The feature also provides many other benefits to companies.
Leave Competitors Behind by Using IT Solutions to Analyze YouTube Videos March 28, 2017 - 10:15 AM Today, people tend to upload their video reviews of different products and services to such websites as ExpoTV and YouTube. The latter is the best example of websites that often get too little attention from marketers and researchers given difficulties associated with the analysis of video content.
What Color is Your Network? Best Practices for Automation and Orchestration March 21, 2017 - 8:12 AM Digital transformation waits for no organization. According to recent research, organizations have one or two years at best to make significant inroads in this area before they suffer financially and competitively. Creating widespread change usually involves overcoming thorny challenges, and among them is "technical debt." This phrase, borrowed from programming, conjures up the idea of technology that makes change harder. It shows up in three main ways.
Digital Signage Design Ideas for WordPress Sites March 17, 2017 - 11:49 AM For those with a strong foothold in digital signage, WordPress provides the perfect dynamic platform. Compared to other digital sign products, WordPress provides a cost effective, open source alternative.
Pennsylvania Sues IBM Over IT Project March 16, 2017 - 12:20 PM Pennsylvania is suing IBM for what the commonwealth says is incomplete work on an IT project that promised to upgrade its unemployment compensation system. But what's truly interesting about this case is what it illustrates about such large engagements - that only 2 percent of development projects that exceed $100 million in labor costs are on time and within budget.
Email Viruses Infect Millions: What Happens If You Get One? March 15, 2017 - 10:14 AM Since the dawn of the Internet, there have always been security risks and measures in place to prevent damaging attacks. But what happens if your software misses it, a user makes an error and clicks on the wrong link, or downloads a virus disguised as an attachment? Are you protected? What can you do to mitigate the risks and prevent viruses from wreaking havoc on your systems?
How Remote IT Workers Can Thrive and Survive March 14, 2017 - 2:12 PM While IT professionals were once confined to working on the job site, the transition to virtual servers and cloud technologies now means many businesses are hiring remotely. This is great from a convenience perspective, but can be troublesome for those who have no experience working remotely in the past.
Seven Key Elements to Include in Your Start-up's Business Plan March 14, 2017 - 10:50 AM Whether you're looking to attract angel investors or gain the attention of venture capital firms, you'll need a well-crafted summary of your business and how you desire to run it. Sadly, around 50 percent of start-ups fail within their first four years. Many of these failures could have been avoided if more energy was poured into creating a strong business plan. The plan is the blueprint for your start-up and its crafting should be treated with the utmost care. But in order to write a quality business plan, you'll need to know what key elements comprise it.
March Madness for Vulnerabilities March 14, 2017 - 10:26 AM March Madness, the annual college basketball championship, is here! Whether that means gearing up for the basketball tournament or getting ready to face spring and summer seasons, this is the beginning of a very busy time for a lot of people and organizations. The problem is, it's a busy time for hackers as well.
The Row-Level Security Secrets All DBA Experts Should Know March 10, 2017 - 9:24 AM We love the SQL Server 2016, and for more than one reason. The 2016 version came with a number of added features and upgrades to its existing features that enhance the SQL Server security aspects like never seen before. One of the newest features of the 2016 version is Row-Level Security.
What is SSD? The Beginner's Guide March 9, 2017 - 12:31 PM How ancient do the ideas of floppy disks and CD-ROMs seem? Incredibly, people still use them in some parts of the world, despite the fact that one 16GB USB memory stick offers storage equivalent to 11,000 floppy disks. Those same memory sticks themselves pale in comparison to some flash drives, offering up to several terabytes of space.
How to Make Your Web Design Campaign Successful March 9, 2017 - 11:21 AM A successful Web design campaign does not happen easily. Lots of effort, a high intelligence level and creative thinking need to be integrated to reach the target.
Is Your Business Ready for the Internet of Things? March 8, 2017 - 9:58 AM The explosion of connected devices, and the increasing number of businesses embracing them for mainstream operations, has meant that analysts are now estimating that over 20 billion "things" could be circulating by 2020. But, how will it transform business as we know it?
Three Reasons Why Silicon Valley Will Outsource to Belarus March 2, 2017 - 2:31 PM When it comes to IT outsourcing, the facts talk even louder than numbers. Silicon Valley, desperately trying to fill the gaps in the IT talent pool, has already been caught among the leaders of H-1B Visa claimers. IBM, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are all among the top 20 companies inviting IT professionals from overseas.
It's Up to IT to Usher in the Smart Office March 2, 2017 - 11:30 AM We've all heard of the smart home. In fact, most people already have one or two smart technologies installed in their home. Some have fully invested in advanced gadgets and tools to further automate simple processes. But are you familiar with the smart office? It's the next frontier for smart technologies and it's up to IT departments everywhere to make it a bigger priority.
What Makes Computer Software Secure? February 23, 2017 - 2:48 PM During the planning stages of software development, it's important to think about all possbile security flaws and how you can come up with ways to protect your software. If you concentrate on the following points, then your software will be as secure as possible.
5 Ways to Attract Angel Investors for Your Tech Startup February 22, 2017 - 10:04 AM Angel investors typically cannot put up as much money as venture capital firms, but offer an incredible amount of intangible benefits to tech startups, such as one-on-one mentoring. Angel investors typically invest in people rather than ideas, and wish to build lifelong working relationships with serious professionals.
Teramind's New Feature Detects Insider Threats February 21, 2017 - 8:58 AM Teramind has announced a new patent pending intelligent session mining feature to help organizations identify insider threats and to expand its partner program by helping value added resellers (VAR) and managed service providers (MSPs) increase their bottom line.
You Can Now 3D Print Electrical Circuits February 14, 2017 - 2:03 PM A company called Nano Dimension recently announced that it has successfully printed 3D electrical circuits. The team was even able to embed electrical components inside the circuits, during the printing process. So, the circuits are totally usable.
A Love Letter to the Excel Spreadsheet February 14, 2017 - 7:00 AM Just in time for Valentine's Day, here's a little tribute to the business application we've all been devoted to for so long.
Market Consolidation: Who Are the Winners and Losers? February 13, 2017 - 9:41 AM It is common to see smaller companies in the IT market accept VC funding or get acquired by bigger players, and for many, it's the end goal. In the IT automation space alone, market consolidation has played out time after time - with behemoths such as CISCO, IBM, BMC and CA Technologies acquiring smaller, niche players. The latest of these announcements came in January 2017 when CA Technologies finalized its acquisition of Automic.
Here's Why Data Backup and Recovery Needs to be a Focal Point February 13, 2017 - 9:23 AM You may assume it'll never happen to you, but all it takes is one attack, natural disaster, or honest error and all your company's data could vanish. That's why you absolutely must have a backup and recovery plan in place.
3D Printing New Crimes: What Police Need to Know February 13, 2017 - 8:56 AM 3D printing has the potential to transform the world by simplifying manufacturing, shortening supply chains, democratizing production, creating jobs, and customizing products to our needs. But 3D printing also has a dark side. Guns have already been 3D printed and criminals are using 3D printers to create new forms of crime.
Empowering Higher Education to Empower Students February 9, 2017 - 9:01 AM Most higher education institutions seek to prepare their graduates to be "work ready", so it's no surprise that many of them have incorporated Linux-related content into their curricular programs. As the popularity of Linux in modern IT has grown, so has the demand for Linux and related skills in the job market. But building these courses so they match the expectations of enterprises, keeping them up-to-date as technology rapidly evolves, and properly supporting them with hands-on labs and exercises can be a complex, difficult, and costly undertaking. This is why we created the Red Hat Academy.
Password Integrity Shouldn't Be Taken Lightly February 7, 2017 - 9:52 AM For all the discussion about malware, phishing, ransomware, and other common threats, it seems like most IT departments around the country are failing to account for one of the more prevalent issues: password-based attacks.
Ransomware: How to Prepare for and Recover from Attacks February 2, 2017 - 11:58 AM Ransomware - a malicious program that infects and locks up files on devices until a ransom is paid - is a growing problem across all industries. Experts say the total cost of ransomware attacks could reach $1 billion in 2016, and the danger is expected to increase sharply in the years ahead. A recent Osterman Research survey of more than 500 IT professionals at businesses in North America and Europe found that almost half had been the target of a ransomware attack.
Data Breaches Are Costing Victims Big February 2, 2017 - 11:49 AM We all know some of the ancillary costs of data breaches. The loss of face in the community, the loss of faithful customers who no longer believe a company safe to work with, the loss of time spent repairing a system and augmenting it to face future breaches are all a part of the package.
Email Archiving Laws Are Changing - Are You Complying? February 1, 2017 - 11:54 AM Many industries are effected by laws regarding the archiving of digital documentation. Some industries only need to archive for a year, while others may need to archive everything for an entire lifetime. If you would like to learn how archiving laws effect your industry, take a look at this Guide to Email Retention Policy.
Data Management Platforms: Nailing the Implementation January 31, 2017 - 8:10 AM So now that you've acquired a data management platform (DMP), it's now time for you to set it up. A DMP implementation is a very iterative process, so you'll need to prepare in advance. Some components of the implementation may be complete before others, and that is perfectly normal. A successful implementation will be revisited and tweaked to ensure long-term relevance of the tool.
New Tool Uses AI to Improve Wedding Planning January 24, 2017 - 1:55 PM Wedding Nook automates the $58B wedding industry with an AI platform / formula that utilizes constantly collected data to best match users with a local vendor that meets their needs.
CoPilot Blames Malevolent Insider for 2015 Data Breach January 24, 2017 - 1:39 PM The company asserts that the data breach caused no personal or financial harm to any of the victims. The incident, however, is yet another reminder about the threat that malevolent insiders pose for cybersecurity.
Three Ways Companies Can Improve Sustainability January 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM All of the evidence points to the fact that pursuing sustainability is a savvy business decision; yet, despite there being a plethora of green business strategies out there, many companies either don't have a clear sustainability plan or lack any sort of policy altogether. Here are three easy ways companies can improve sustainability.
Top Five Incident Response Tools January 19, 2017 - 12:06 PM Until few years ago, incident response tools were much like police investigations - complex, time consuming, and requiring high expertise. While tools facilitated investigation and response activities, processes remained to a large degree manual. However, in recent years, a new generation of tools has emerged that significantly simplifies the life of security incident response teams.
E-Signature Adoption Takes Big Step Forward With New California Law January 18, 2017 - 10:11 AM Electronic signatures (e-signatures) have been around for a couple of decades, but significant barriers are just now being torn down in many industries and regions of the country. Most recently, a monumental barrier in the state of California was overtaken, thanks in large part to a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown.
Data Corruption: The Silent Data Thief January 17, 2017 - 3:55 PM IT professionals are focused on the outside threats that might steal, encrypt or destroy their organization's data. But what about those serious threats that are not from external adversaries or rogue employees, which happen without you even knowing?
Making Mindfulness a Part of the Organization January 17, 2017 - 1:24 PM Mindfulness provides us with a framework for the betterment of both the individual and the organization. Simply aggregating a group of mindful individuals will not result in a mindful organization. It has to be accompanied by a systematic adoption of tools, techniques and processes, both physical and virtual.
SSL Inspection: Uncovering Cyber Threats in SSL Traffic January 17, 2017 - 9:01 AM Encrypted traffic accounts for a large and growing percentage of all network traffic. While the adoption of SSL, and its successor, Transport Layer Security (TLS), should be cause for celebration - as encryption improves confidentiality and message integrity - it also puts organizations at risk. This is because hackers can leverage encryption to conceal their exploits from security devices that do not inspect SSL traffic. How serious is the threat?
Combating Cybercrime in 2017 by Building an Information Security Program January 17, 2017 - 8:33 AM As far as we've come with information security, the landscape still feels like the Wild West. Swiftly reacting to intrusive foes may grant you the right to fight another day, but getting ahead of security risks warrants a proactive, strategic plan with structured management oversight.
Tips for Fighting Against Ransomware January 9, 2017 - 11:14 AM Hackers are now able to make money by blocking access to secured data from the organization's personnel using ransomware attacks. The hackers demand money from the organization for access to their own secured information from the server. In this type of attack, the hacker is safe and will likely not get caught for the illegal act.
How the Education Sector Must Prepare for the Digital Era January 9, 2017 - 10:39 AM The new generation approaching Higher Education is millennials, who have grown up with technology. Meanwhile, the children entering primary and secondary schools see technology as second nature. Now, more than ever, is the optimal time for the education sector as a whole to think about the infrastructure that supports the digital learning experience.
End-to-End Encryption a Recipe for Serenity January 5, 2017 - 3:13 PM Divatia, an application and performance optimization industry veteran, said Baffle is able to minimize performance impact, ensure encryption throughout the entire data lifecycle and automate the storage, rotation, retirement and use of keys. Too many firms view security as "a necessary evil…just a box to check," and in taking this nonchalant approach are providing opportunity for increased vulnerability.
The Value of Data Integration in Big Business December 28, 2016 - 3:32 PM For decades now, data analysts have closely studied the past in the hopes of understanding the present more clearly. With the power of data integration, they can stop hoping and start knowing. Data integration doesn't guess, data integration delivers answers.
Real-Time Big Data for Social Good December 28, 2016 - 12:02 PM There is no denying that Facebook, Google and even our phone companies collect a lot of information about each of us. The question is: can we leverage big data for the benefit of society and to improve the human condition?
Wrap-Up on 2017 Digital Trends December 27, 2016 - 3:25 PM In the run up to 2017, predictions on trends are overwhelming regardless of the field, channel or geo. Brands express concerns, producers put stakes, startups reap up the results, investors search for the top runners, while experts analyze and make foresights. In this context, the opinion of the latter is the least biased, hence, most valued.
IP Monitoring: How Deep Should You Go in Protecting Your Digital Assets? December 20, 2016 - 9:33 AM Digital piracy is continually rising, and bootlegged TV shows, songs and movies are only scratching the surface. For businesses, the bigger threat is the risk of their confidential data and assets falling into the wrong hands. Think Sony. Think State Department. Think Ashley Madison (and a whole lot of others).
IT Project Managers Use Big Data to Meet Deadlines December 14, 2016 - 2:20 PM Today's successful businesses are fully informed. They are aware of their target market and how customers interact with their products and services. As data analytics has become more readily available, brands have discovered the power of information. Armed with the right data, brands can create strategies that are guaranteed to get results.
SEO of Websites Developed Using Joomla Templates December 14, 2016 - 8:19 AM Joomla is a widely used CMS by business owners and marketers to custom develop their promotional and e-commerce websites. For whatever purpose you maintain a website, it is very important to ensure its search engine performance in order to make your site visible to the public.
SecBI CTO Talks Security, Telecom Predictions 2017 December 13, 2016 - 3:17 PM Emerging technologies based on machine learning and analytics are already having a huge impact on the industry. While this began to really sprout in 2016, there is still more to come.
Sonian CTO Talks ITEXPO December 12, 2016 - 9:53 AM Sometimes managing information can be difficult - even with everything now being digital. Big data can cause big problems if not handled correctly. Sonian, a pure public cloud information archiving and analytics company, realized this problem in 2007 and has been working to solve it ever since.
10 with A10: 10 Security Predictions for 2017 December 12, 2016 - 8:34 AM The cyber landscape changes dramatically year after year. If you blink, you may miss something; whether that's a noteworthy hack, a new attack vector or new solutions to protect your business. Sound cybersecurity means trying to stay one step ahead of threat actors.
Beyond the Holidays: How to Prioritize IT Projects for 2017 December 8, 2016 - 10:28 AM Prioritization of projects is an essential part of PMO value contribution. Unless your PMO has more resources than it knows what to do with, you likely have a higher demand than resources to complete them all.
DDoS Defense: Are Corporate Networks in the Middle East Protected? December 7, 2016 - 9:24 AM Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are growing in both size and sophistication. Recently in September, a pair of high-profile DDoS attacks reached more than 600 Gbps and 1 Tbps, respectively, ranking among the largest DDoS attacks on record. And their ferocity is only expected to trend upward.
Bigger Walls Won't Keep Data Safe, Vectra Will December 6, 2016 - 7:46 AM For years, the security community placed a focus on perimeter defenses but ensuring all is well is much more than simply building a bigger wall. It's what these nefarious actors do once in the network that is the truly frightening part of the equation.
Three Ways to Automate Work On the Go December 5, 2016 - 11:04 AM The great work your teams are putting out is what will help move your business forward. If you're part of a growing company, that acceleration can be exciting: new customers, new projects and a brighter future. The downside is that growth often brings complexity.
Napatech CEO Talks Telecom Trends December 2, 2016 - 6:04 PM Here's what Napatech's CEO Henrik Brill Jensen had to say about what's happen in communications today, and what's expected for the future. Napatech sells solutions that address the challenges of getting the right data, at the right time, to the right place within the network management and cybersecurity arenas.
NFL Athletes as Metaphor for How to Get Business Accomplished December 2, 2016 - 8:27 AM It's no secret that file sizes are increasing along with the amount of data being generated today. Even the average website has doubled in size in the past three years. Data and files are getting larger, yet still must get from point A to point B in an expedited fashion. It can no longer be the big, slow data it once was, but enterprises still fail to fully embrace the agility component.
SMBs Buying IT at Fever Pitch December 1, 2016 - 9:23 AM A new report from the International Data Corporation projects that IT buying in the SMB market will clear $668 billion by 2020.
Analyzing the Benefits of a HyperFlex Architecture November 29, 2016 - 1:21 PM With the rapid pace of change when it comes to communications and networking, it may be necessary to upgrade your IT infrastructure. But figuring out just how to do that can be daunting.
Software Solutions: Are They Really What They Say They Are? November 29, 2016 - 9:38 AM Software and information technology solutions protect against known and traditional styles of cyberattacks, but they often do not anticipate new styles of attacks or new software tools that hackers use to perpetrate cybercrimes.
How to Conquer IT Challenges and Reach Big Data Potentials This Cyber Monday November 28, 2016 - 6:01 PM 'Tis the season; the time of year retailers deck their stores with the latest electronics, clothing and gifts galore. As stores promise the best prices of the year, a projected 137 million consumers will shop between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday, according to the National Retail Federation.
Is a Secure Website Possible in 2017? November 28, 2016 - 9:52 AM If you spend much time studying cybersecurity trends, then you know how volatile things are out in cyberspace. But just how dangerous is it? And will it be possible to secure your website using information technology in 2017?
Ready for Cyber Monday? Stay Safe This Shopping Season November 23, 2016 - 12:05 PM We will soon be in the throes of the holiday gift-buying season. A whole set of must-have connected devices have hit the stores, from smart accessories and appliances to game consoles and online games to Web-enabled toys. And we will be buying many of them online, especially on Cyber Monday.
The Basics of WordPress Database Backup November 21, 2016 - 11:08 AM The information technology space is constantly coming up with new ways to make people's lives easier. Now, WP Database Backup, an integrated package of WordPress, enables users to create and restore backups the easier way.
Aria Systems: Monetization Solutions Address Today's Trends November 17, 2016 - 8:49 AM Monetization solutions from Aria Systems help the businesses that use them-including information technology departments- to offer their customers more choices in their products and services, and how and when to purchase and pay for them.
Preparing for a Software Audit - What Does it Really Entail? November 17, 2016 - 8:44 AM Set your information technology (IT) department up for success during your next software audit by asking yourself the right questions, implementing SAM and configuration management solutions that are right for your enterprise, and looking for ways to cuts costs from unnecessary spending.
SAP HANA to Get Some Great New Power with IBM Development November 10, 2016 - 2:00 PM Many companies put SAP HANA to work in driving some operations, but IBM is ready to put still more power into that platform by offering some new infrastructure choices to help drive it along. The new choices could mean big new options afoot, and may give IBM a further leg up in this market front.
Come Together: A Federated Approach to GRC and Risk Management November 9, 2016 - 11:40 AM Managing risk and maintaining compliance in the face of complexity and constant change is a major challenge for organizations, from the Board through to Management and even dedicated risk and IT professionals. Organizations, their business units and subsequent departments all have separate needs and diverse compliance standards that they need to meet, as well as exposure to differing third-party risks.