The ultimate moment in any sport is the championship, and bringing home the trophy is the pinnacle of success! The World Series has begun and this year we have a matchup between two Wild Card teams. Baseball is a slightly unfamiliar sport to me. From what I understand, these two teams shouldn’t have made it this far. With that said, this matchup should provide us a suspenseful postseason and perhaps some magical moments. Continue reading
One of the greatest challenges facing companies today is how to continually derive business value out of the tremendous data they’re amassing.
One clear way, it appears, is to shift your company’s focus to one that is data-driven, which means adopting a business-led IT strategy. As I’ve mentioned, research shows that companies that are data-driven are more productive and perform better than those that aren’t.
If you compare data-driven companies to non-data-driven companies, you’ll also find that their IT organizations look very different. At data-driven companies, IT has become an integral part of the business team. They are actively involved in business planning and execution. They are seen as business-enablers not infrastructure managers. And their value is calculated in dollars generated, not just dollars saved. As such, they not only have a seat at the boardroom table but typically a voice as loud, if not louder, than some of their business counterparts. Continue reading
Does your organization keep old, stale and useless data? Most do. In our practice we find that about two-thirds of data on file shares has not been accessed in at least six months. While the lack of access does not necessarily identify data that has no business value, it’s a pretty good indicator. Continue reading
I feel like I was born with a computer in my hand; I embrace them both from a business and personal perspective.
But I am a Gen-Xer, so certain realities are true. I was not born with a computer in my hand, but rather a typewriter, record player, and an Atari game console. According to the folks who define the characteristics of each generation, I have different priorities, perspectives, and drivers than Millennials (a.k.a. Gen-Yers). But how different? Continue reading
It’s been 13 years since the world changed.
While there have been no shortage of tragedies since 9/11, including other acts of terrorism home and abroad, war, hurricanes, tsunamis, and massive tornados, no single event has matched the impact of that day thirteen years ago. The transformation of the world after that event has touched all our lives in ways big and small, the technology industry included.
No, people really don’t care more about data protection now than they did then. Nor did the event set disk-based backup or VPLEX in motion. But 9/11 did help redefine the role and expectation of data protection. That day began the journey to converge data protection and security. Continue reading
In a previous blog post, I discussed how Denver (DEN) and Atlanta (ATL) airports’ transportation systems provided a powerful commentary on airport design and disaster recovery. While airport architecture is clearly different from IT architecture, the blog highlighted some critical overlapping concepts. Continue reading
When talking about data protection or the lack of data protection in the corporate environment, I’ve come to the realization; it truly affects everyone across all organizations. Once organizations started realizing they could not function well – if at all without access to critical data, requirements for data protection began to change. Shifts in companies and IT organizations began and new methods for protecting electronically stored information were approached. A colleague recently blogged about The Rise of the “D” in the C-Suite, it talks about the role of Chief Data Officer. This is a great example of how companies are thinking about data differently. Continue reading
I am new to EMC, having joined the company just over three months ago. It has been a great experience and as you can imagine, a bit overwhelming. I spent the first few months learning about EMC’s products, solutions, vision – and even won an award at sales training. My brain is overloaded with a ton of great content and ideas. One avenue that is particularly exciting is EMC’s Data Protection User Groups. As a newbie on this topic, I thought that it might be helpful to summarize the Data Protection User Groups and the key values that I think they bring for attendees. Continue reading