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NickWood | 12 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

In my previous blog I outlined the topic of IT service assurance and the five key things to consider if you are looking to transform your IT department or simply operate it more efficiently with existing assets.

In this blog I will focus on the topic of IT continuity.

With hurricane Sandy recently tearing through the North East of the United States, businesses have been reaching once again for their business continuity plans (BCP). The broad topic of business continuity management (BCM) covers all facets of how to minimise risks and ensure continual delivery of business services, IT being one of the key elements.

Given the devastation a hurricane and other natural disaster can cause shouldn’t all businesses build BCM plans to accommodate these situations? Well yes, in the ideal world businesses would minimise or remove all risks - if money was no object. However, in reality budgets are limited and there’s often a reticence to sure up defences for...

NickWood | 28 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

As I meet with customers and partners and keep abreast of IT related news in the media, I see a number of commonly repeated business and IT related challenges - cost containment (reduce CAPEX or move it to OPEX), improved IT agility and better alignment with the business, enhanced information security and governance requirements, and how to meet increased resilience objectives.

Many of these are fairly well known challenges and no single solution appears to exist that address them all. The cloud conversation tends to come up pretty quickly as one of the “ways forward”. In this short l blog I will share with you my thoughts on other ways I see businesses reviewing and implementing strategies to transform their IT delivery platform.

Commoditisation: as components and services become less easy to distinguish between they become commoditised. To an extent we’ve seen with ERP/CRM systems, where previously huge expense in hardware and...

Guido Sanchidrian | 04 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

The role of the board of directors in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is changing significantly and becomes increasingly challenging due to major trends like cloud migration or big data, as well as initiative in mobile computing such as Bring-Your-Own-Devices (BYOD).

The board of directors and senior management have to re-think periodically their ERM approaches, concepts, techniques and tools to meet new business objectives and to achieve processes enhancements.

Adopting a structured approach to ERM by using industry best practices such as COBIT, COSO, ISO 31000, ITSM/ITIL, etc. provides a vital instrument to develop a common language that builds a "community of purpose" between operations and strategic business, and facilitates the discussion across the organisation.

Cloud computing in particular impacts the full bandwidth of financial risks, infrastructure risks, market risks as well as reputational risks. In the latest paper published by the...

Rob-F | 19 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec is going to be a main sponsor in the biggest VMware Forum events across EMEA.  The first event comes shortly after our recent announcement at the RSA conference that five new security integrations with the VMware cloud infrastructure suite have taken place (check out the press release  here).  These integrations are designed to deliver extensive protection for virtual and cloud environments along with operational cost savings.

We will be at all the events listed here, where you can learn more about how joint Symantec and VMware customers are being enabled to protect their virtual infrastructure and business-critical applications as a result of this recent announcement.  You can register here

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Robert Mol | 13 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

 

And then there was Cloud, Virtualization, and the most disruptive of them all, Mobile! How does the IT Manager prioritize in this age of constant consolidation and drive for efficiency? Is it the internal drivers for a more agile data center that can fire up a virtual server the minute a Business Unit Manager comes up with a new big revenue generating idea? Or is the adoption of tools that will help make life easier, more fun and above all more efficient for sales and other revenue focused teams, the priority?

The latter is obviously eluding to the rapid adoption of Mobile technologies with Tablets, in particular those from Apple, leading the way to a new and faster form of communication and information exchange. A form of BYOD?

Personally, I think BYOD has gone mainstream already by the simple fact that smart phones have already outsold PC's in 2011 and Apple even out shipped the PC in Q4 2011 with just the iPad! So why bring your own instead of...

Guido Sanchidrian | 18 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

In the past few weeks I was quite often involved into discussions about cloud security frameworks, proper attestation of security controls, and what criteria should apply for selecting cloud service provider.

The lack of a widely agreed cloud risk or cloud security standard (and an acknowledged certification process of it) makes it difficult for organisations to evaluate and select cloud service providers from risk perspective in addition to the business and cost benefit angle that the cloud service would provide.

Therefore many organisations fall back to already established in-house expertise in vendor selection, which is likely not fully adoptable for the selction of cloud service providers, or just mirror what other organisations do, even if those organisations likely have a different risk and maturity profile.

Hence the title of this blog article - One Size Fits None. That is usually my first answer to a lot of questions I have been asked around this topic...