IT Solutions Blog
- October 29, 2015
- author: clegner
Planning an ambitious new IT project? As an SME, you’re in a great position to innovate. While larger firms struggle to upgrade out-of-date systems and embedded working practices across a huge and complex network, you can be nimble, agile and flexible, racing ahead and reaping the rewards.
- October 27, 2015
- author: clegner
SMEs often see data security as a compliance issue they could do without. It’s a hassle – a box-ticking exercise that involves paying as little as possible to do the bare minimum needed to get by.
But the truth is that 60% of SMEs suffer a hack attack every year. And, worse, they’re far more vulnerable to getting wiped out than their larger counterparts when things go wrong.
Luckily, there are tried-and-tested ways to tackle the major data security risks. Here are five essential steps that every SME should take:
Isn’t a cloud those white fuzzy looking things in the sky? Yes, those are clouds, but this is SaaS – a different type of cloud. SaaS (Software as a service) run on distant computers “in the cloud” that are owned and operated by others and that connect users’ computers via the Internet, and usually, a web browser,” according to IBM. On-premise deployment of data is when software is hosted within the company itself, and data is stored in-house.
Are you aiming to make your environment 100% secure?
Well — there’s a danger you’re chasing an impossible goal.risk-based security and self-protection
In today’s digital business world, the goalposts switch with every trend, development and hacker innovation – the chances of making your security totally and reliably watertight are constantly in flux.
The concept of web-scale IT has been listed on both Gartner and Forbes lists of Top Ten Tech Trends for 2015. We’re going to do our best to define this term and give some examples. We will also discuss how web-scale IT is going to impact the way we use the internet in the future.
Remember the food replicator from Star Trek: The Next Generation? We’re getting close to that being a reality and so much more with 3D printing. Plastic, metal, and clay are among the top materials used currently to produce 3D prototypes, data visualization, and even print parts in space.
3D printing technology is revolutionizing the way we think and undertake manufacturing, healthcare, farming and food production – the ripple effects of 3D printing will go far and wide. We want to discuss the state of where 3D printing is now and where things will go next – after that, we’ll leave it to you to imagine a world where you can 3D print a cheesecake whenever you want.
Continuing our series on 2015 top technology trends, we’ll discuss software-defined applications and infrastructure. Much like all of our personal data, the IT industry also seems to be undergoing a period of evaporation – what we mean to say is, everything is going into the cloud. Your photos, your music, your spreadsheets and documents, and now entire networks are operating virtually with cloud-based abstraction layers separating the physical, infrastructure layer from the application layer.
Context is defined as an amalgamation of data and analytics used to orient your technology while making a decision on how to perform a task.
We do this as humans every day. In the morning you must decide how to get to work and you start compiling data and synthesizing all the variables. Let’s say your choices are to walk, bike, or take a taxi, now you have to start asking yourself questions: how’s the weather now and what’s it going to be like when I leave the office? Do I have any early meetings today? Did I feel safe using the route I took last time I walked or biked? To make the best decision you’re weighing data that is current, historical, and you need to make estimates and assumptions about the future.
Soon, devices will start to make decisions with context as well. And this could affect IT trends in more ways than one.
Gartner’s top 10 technology trends for 2015 was bound to include Cloud Computing. After all, the cloud has been disrupting the way IT services are delivered for almost ten years now. What is different is that trend has finally really hit its stride. Gone are the questions of whether cloud computing will really take off. Now, IT professionals are more concerned about what the cloud will bring and how to handle security concerns.
What is a smart machine? According to TechTarget, a smart machine is an intelligent device that uses machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, such as robots, self-driving cars and other cognitive computing systems that are able to make decisions and solve problems without human intervention.