For the last two weeks, I have been using our social media postings to support Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It became very clear to me last year, the tech world had a huge connection to the ugly reality of Domestic Violence, from the dark side of GPS usage to stalk victims, to the bright side of Safety Apps for quicker responses to a victim in crisis.
For this week's posts on Social Media, I have been focusing on Business Continuity, yet again. There are several reasons for this, the main being that Tuesday here in California was The Great California Shake Out-an observance developed by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to remind California residents of the importance of earthquake preparedness.
The ever-evolving world of technology presents a very unique challenge to those of us presented with the stewardship of navigating corporations through the sometimes choppy waters of Cloud Computing and Cyber Security. It is our job, primarily and most importantly, to put our corporate client's mind at ease.
If you, or one of your staff has a little computer knowledge, you may think to yourself, "Why do I need to outsource my I.T. services? I have that covered here..."
In this case, a little knowledge can be dangerous...
Truly, I compare this thought process to being brought up on criminal charges.
So...how many times have you used THAT phrase? I myself am guilty of using it once or twice...or several times. But, in the world of I.T. "doing it yourself", while seemingly sounding like a good idea financially, may be costing you money in the long run.
I am often surprised how the smallest of technological troubles often times create quite an issue with time management and of course, with stress management...I.E. non efficiency. None of us have time to waste...yet, I confess, I am one of those people who get caught up trying to figure out a minor problem and waste an inordinate amount of time doing so, or plug along executing a procedure, when there exists a more efficient way of accomplishment.
"Cloud Computing" is definitely the buzzword "De Jour"...but there are very few of us who really understand what this is and how it works. So here is a little "Cloud 101" to hopefully allow a little better understanding of this phenomenon.
"Cloud Computing" means that instead of all the computer hardware and software you're using sitting on your desktop, or somewhere inside your company's network, it's provided for you as a service by another company and accessed over the Internet, usually in a completely seamless way.
I can remember, less than 30 years ago, one of my first employments was at a department store. I started off on the sales floor, and graduated to director of Marketing and Display. I was, however, still on the sales floor when our company graduated to the world of computer technology, sometime in the early 1980's.
The main thing I will always recall was the HUMONGOUS contraption setup in what was known as.