• when cyber security is your disaster recovery dr strategy

    When Security is Your DR Strategy

    Both Disaster Recovery (DR) and Security/Compliance are critical aspects of your business, but many fail to see how these strategies relate to each other. For example, many security/compliance standards have requirements that speak to the state of the backups you’re running – i.e. Are they encrypted? How long are they kept? Beyond this simple example, […]

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    A Layered Approach to Ransomware Protection

    The latest string of ransomware attacks, plaguing more than 100 countries worldwide, has many researchers scratching their heads as to exactly how it happened and how it spread so quickly. While the researchers are doing their digging, there’s one thing we do know for sure: there are steps you can be taking right now to limit […]

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    Business IT Alignment Checklist

    Following is a checklist to ensure that you hit the mark as you work through the process of aligning IT with your overall business objectives. 1. Identify business drivers  Assess which business objectives require IT enablement (e.g., new product, acquisition of another company, etc.) 2. Create IT vision  Document the general guidelines or […]

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    Define Your IT Objectives in a New Way

    The previous blog entitled Business Alignment Criteria presents six considerations you should collaborate on with your business colleagues before you begin the process of defining your IT objectives. Once the business alignment criteria portion is complete, you are ready to define your IT-specific objectives. Follow the steps and tips below below for guidance. 1. Understand […]

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    Business Alignment Criteria – 6 Key Areas

    The alignment of business and IT objectives is a rising priority for many forward-thinking CIOs and technology departments. Executives are more interested in conversations about how- IT delivers value to the business and end user than just a technology discussion. Following is a deep dive analysis of six key areas where IT and the business […]

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    Moving From a System Focus to a Business Service Focus

    To ensure alignment of business and IT objectives, it’s important that organizations take the essential step of moving from a system focus to a business service focus. To make alignment possible, IT must tie activities and capabilities to something meaningful to the organization and its customers. Having your IT department focused on Agile, ITIL, COBIT […]

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    Are Your IT Tools Hindering Your Productivity?

    IT tools are intended to make life easier, more efficient and productive. But often these tools contribute to a lack of focus and challenge an IT department’s ability to inform and empower the business groups they serve. Following are four ways that an organization’s tools may be hindering productivity. Too Complex – Sometimes IT tools […]

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    Business IT Alignment: Signs You’re Not Aligned

    High on the list of priorities for forward thinking CIOs and technology departments is business IT alignment specifically as they pertain to strategic objectives. C-level executives are more interested in conversations about how IT delivers value to the business and end user than just a technology discussion. However, IT departments often feel out of the […]

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    HOSTING Acquires Stelligent – AWS DevOps Automation and Continuous Delivery Experts

    HOSTING is pleased to announce that we have agreed to acquire Stelligent Systems, the Virginia-based leader in application planning, migration and automation within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud. We anticipate that the acquisition will close before the end of the month. This acquisition combines two of the industry’s top innovators offering services and […]

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    Designing for Resilience…It’s Not About the Platform

    Forget about not being able to access critical business applications like SalesForce, Office365, GoToMeeting, ADP or GitHub, can you imagine a world (or even 30-minutes) without access to your favorite social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat…some should consider a break but that’s a subject for another day. The recent outage of a portion […]

  • cloud computing compliance, cloud compliance, managed service provider, service level agreement

    10 Cloud Compliance Questions to Ask

    Cloud compliance is an issue at the forefront of IT departments in industries as diverse as financial services, government, healthcare and retail. Regulations and standards including PCI-DSS, HIPAA and SOX require ever-more stringent controls and reporting, leading many enterprises migrating to the cloud or evaluating their current cloud services to seriously question their compliance statures and […]