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How To Tell If You Need To Build Your Own Data Lake

How To Tell If You Need To Build Your Own Data Lake

In the current digital economy, data is the new oil, so an organisation can’t have too much of it. Today’s company executives are turning to data when making crucial business decisions in sales/marketing, operations, human resources and just about every aspect of the enterprise.

More data is becoming available in large volumes and from various sources, but turning plain data into actual usable information—i.e. facts, trends and statistical numbers, can be a complicated and tedious process. So, businesses have a choice. They could continue to acquire whatever data they can, then simply leave out what they can’t store, or they could invest in data warehouse technologies to process data faster and get the right information more quickly.

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How AI is Reshaping VoIP and Unified Communications

How AI is reshaping VoIP

Artificial intelligence is slowly but steadily improving many of the technologies we use every day. It’s not always all that obvious that artificial intelligence is involved, and to be fair, the definition of AI is fairly broad. However intelligent computing tools are clearly here to stay – and business communications is all the better for it.

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Why You Should Consider Adopting a Multi-Cloud Strategy

Why You Should Consider Adopting a Multi-Cloud Strategy

Cloud solutions have revolutionised the IT industry, because they offer a lot of advantages over locally-hosted computing infrastructures. Therefore, it is no surprise that businesses have evolved their systems to allow them to migrate to a cloud environment.

A cloud-based strategy is far from perfect, however. All cloud computing vendors have, at some point failed, experienced major downtime and/or been subject to massive DDoS attacks. Dealing with any of these scenarios would have a significant negative impact on any organisation. That’s why it’s time to consider a multi-cloud strategy.

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Serverless Computing - A Primer for Decision Makers

Serverless Computing - A Primer for Decision Makers

It seems like only yesterday that cloud computing was deemed the next big thing in the business and IT landscape. Service providers scrambled to offer the best cloud services available, while organisations carefully planned how they could best make a smooth transition into the cloud environment.

Now fast forward about a decade. Cloud computing remains a game-changing technology which initiated a paradigm shift in many companies, not only in how they set up their network infrastructure, but also in how they run their operations. Over time though, provisioning resources in the cloud may become a tedious and complex task for IT administrators, especially if the primary aim of a business is faster time to market their product.

This is where serverless computing comes in.

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Disaster Recovery Myths - and How to Manage Them

Disaster recovery myths

Disaster recovery is one of those topics that isn't particularly complicated, yet is easily misunderstood. It is, nonetheless, a crucial aspect of technology management. The cost of a disaster can be tremendous, and with no fast route to recovery, an adverse event can have game-changing consequences for a business.

Getting backup and disaster recovery right is not that hard, yet 50% of UK businesses are leaving their data at risk, according to a 2018 survey. Though businesses generally make some effort to guard against disaster, plenty of disaster recovery myths persist. In this article, we tackle those myths and propose steps to ensure a reliable disaster recovery scenario.

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Benefits of SaaS vs. Traditional Licences

Benefits of SaaS vs. Traditional Licences

For many businesses, the adoption of cloud-hosted services is no longer a question, cloud provisioning is an accepted fact. As a result, Software as a Service (SaaS) has grown enormously and is now adopted widely, even at enterprise level. That said, some businesses are still operating via the traditional licencing model.

The reason for the shift to the cloud and Software as a Service is simple: the benefits of the SaaS model greatly outweigh the disadvantages. We’ve written this article to remind readers that adopting SaaS was the right choice, and to encourage businesses operating a traditional model to finally make the switch.

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Top Tips to Combat VoIP Eavesdropping

Top Tips to Combat VoIP Eavesdropping

VoIP eavesdropping is not a new cybersecurity risk. The protocol that drives most of today’s VoIP applications, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), has been in common use since the 2000s. However, according to IBM SecurityIntelligence, attacks that exploit the SIP protocols are on the rise. Thankfully, businesses have plenty of ways to reduce the opportunities for VoIP eavesdropping. Let’s take a look.

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5 Big IT Trends to Watch Out For in 2019

5 Big IT Trends to Watch Out For in 2019

The year 2018 saw advancements in technology that had never been witnessed. We’re talking about the explosion of voice technology such as Amazon Echo and the Google Assistant; low-code and no-code app development that has paved the way for fast, easy development of custom corporate apps; learning dexterity in robotics; successes in AI and natural language processing (NLP) that allow a machine to complete sentences, as well as other advances. And these breakthroughs are just the tip of the iceberg.

2019 is shaping up to be a year in which technology for business and tech in general continues to advance, perhaps not as dramatically as before, but it will build on the groundwork already set. Here are the 5 big IT trends that could be hogging the headlines in the next few months.

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Three Steps to Avoiding Data Loss in Office

Three steps to avoiding data loss in Office 365

The concerns businesses have about handing data over to cloud providers have, to a large extent, been assuaged. The ongoing growth of Microsoft’s Office 365 and the general trend towards cloud computing are evidence of this. Yet, as much as cloud providers are now seen as secure, businesses still need to take steps to prevent the loss of data stored in the cloud.

In an interesting finding, Gartner suggests that through 2022, 95% of cloud security failures will be the fault of customers, not cloud service providers. As much as Office 365 is easy to adopt administrators carry a strong responsibility to maintain security. Here are three steps that can help your business secure its Office 365 data.

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8 Steps to Help Remote Workers Collaborate Better

8 Steps to Help Remote Workers Collaborate  Better

Working remotely is an increasing trend, with many enterprises tapping into the cost-saving benefits of remote working while employees enjoy the freedom that remote working brings. That said, remote working is still evolving, and in most companies there is room for improvement.

According to an HR News survey, 53% of UK employees do not think that their employers are doing enough to accommodate the needs of remote workers. The solution lies partly in the managerial approach, and in part in the deployment of technology. In this article, we will cover eight tech-led approaches that can boost the collaborative experience for remote workers.

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