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In my last post, I noted some recent research about the shortage of skilled IT talent and the challenges this poses to any organization trying to keep its information technology capabilities competitive.

Topping the list of skills companies struggle to acquire these days are those related to ‘big data’ — such as data scientist, data specialist and data architect — as well as information security and Java-related skills.
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Closing your IT skills gap in a gig economy

IT-Information Technology Staffing Solutions from Quest

Is your business one of the 43% with understaffed IT operations?

Recruiting IT talent has become a significant issue for most businesses; in many organizations, more than 33% of HR spending is allocated to IT staffing solutions, i.e., hiring and retaining IT talent.

Keeping IT talent has become a struggle, too; an annual turnover of 25% of a company’s IT staff is common — and surprisingly so, given that, on average, IT staffers report being approached by recruiters six times a month.

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The IT Security Arms Race: How Well Are You Keeping Up?

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Today’s digitization of just about everything – especially a whole lot of business data – means the technologies your organization depends on may be changing more quickly than you think.

Of course, this has been true for some time. But for a while it wasn’t the case – software patches and antivirus updates were less frequent, and the sense of urgency was by similar degree, less as well.

Alas, that was then. Now if you let your IT environment – especially your security stance – fall behind, you could be left exposed to some pretty insidious threats.
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The Recovery Gap – Part 2: A Short List of 5 Best Recovery Practices

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In my last post, I shared some sobering numbers from a recent study by the DRP Council on how well  and not well  organizations recover from disruptions. Many of the problems revealed in the study can, I believe, be attributed to four causes:

  • Inadequate recovery plans that don’t anticipate the types of events that actually occur
  • Insufficient plan documentation and lack of compliance reporting
  • Not nearly enough recovery plan testing
  • Failing the recovery tests that do occur

All of this is eminently understandable  it’s hard to focus budget and time on what we prefer to regard as unlikely possibilities.

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Are you buying a service — or an illusion?

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Imagine discovering that for the last 12 months none of your company data had been backed up at your designated co-lo.

Worse, you only found this out because your corporate site has suffered a catastrophic failure. All your data has been lost — and you have no way to retrieve it.

You’re outraged, of course, and you want answers. How could your co-lo provider fail to back up your data? What about your provider’s vaunted disaster recovery service? Who is responsible for allowing this to happen?  Continue reading

DaaS vs. VDI — Is This the Right Question?

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Which is the better solution — DaaS or VDI?

Each camp promotes its approach and dismisses the other while analysts argue about which one will “prevail.” Yet these technology debates do little more than distract you from finding the best solution for your organization.

So pull your eyes from those tech specs and focus on these six questions:
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Pay Attention to the Chain of Control

These days, you can buy Cloud services from just about anyone.

Some of these providers do it all themselves, from initial needs assessment through design, integration, customization, and implementation all the way to post-deployment support. Even if they provide capabilities via reselling products and services from others, they have deep technical knowledge of what they’ve provided and can stand by it.

So as a customer, your chain of control is unbroken — when you want help or information about your service, you’ll get what you need.

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Mobility and the Cloud: Untethered at Last

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Sleek new devices like the mini iPad and Windows Surface promise to add even more momentum to the already headlong rush into business mobility and BYOD that will, according to market researcher IDC, have more U.S. Internet users accessing the Internet through mobile devices by 2015 than through PCs or other wireline devices.

And it’s all made possible by Cloud computing infrastructure, without which business mobility would remain a hassled tangle of siloed applications, data, and communications services.

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Want to know what a disruptive technology in action looks like?

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A recent issue of InformationWeek pooled data from an assortment of that publication’s own surveys to offer some insight into the current state of Cloud use by IT shops. We also get a few hints about both the degree and direction of Cloud momentum and its power as a disruptive technology:

  • 11% of IT departments have a major Cloud implementation in place [Global CIO Survey, February 2012].
  • 20% have a formal company policy to evaluate Cloud options for any new services or systems; 27% prefer to use the Cloud [Cloud ROI Survey, November 2011].
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Cloud computing in 2012: Growing up fast

As 2012 begins to wind down, we at Quest are finding that interest in Cloud computing continues to wind up. Our experience is borne out by recent research, which indicates that the business drivers for Cloud computing haven’t shifted much. Here’s a chart from North Bridge Venture Partners’ 2012 report:

Graph showing Cloud drivers including: Cost saving, efficiency, etc.

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