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Jul 24, 2013

Is your IT team ready for the big data challenge?

Ansley Kilgore

Is your IT team ready for the big data challenge?Big data is increasingly important across all industries, and C-level executives are placing more demands on their IT departments to provide the necessary data and analytics. Collecting vast amounts of information and drawing meaningful conclusions creates opportunities for improved business agility, visibility and most importantly, profits. Having such valuable information allows business leaders to make more informed, real-time decisions and gain competitive advantage.

While big data may be part of an overall corporate strategy, businesses also need a technology strategy to meet the demands of this new challenge. Hint: it requires more than purchasing additional data storage.

In this webinar, guest speaker Brian Hopkins, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research, Inc. will present his latest research aimed at helping you get past the non-sense, understand what big data is all about and leverage the concepts to lower cost, increase agility and deliver more data and analytics to your business.

Attend this webinar to learn:

  • What is big data, really?
  • How does big data relate to an overall data management strategy?
  • What are the architectural components of solutions that exploit big data concepts?
  • What is a real-world example of addressing a big data challenge?
  • What should you do with this information right now?

Watch the webinar recording to learn more about preparing your business for the new challenges of big data.

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Mar 27, 2013

The business impact of downtime

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business impact of downtimeWhen hearing the phrases “disaster recovery” or “disaster preparedness,” many people immediately think of how they can prevent or mitigate the downtime caused by an extreme weather event – such as a hurricane, earthquake, flood or tornado.

But the reality is that these phenomena are rare, and the much more common causes of downtime are events like power outages, IT failures, and human error. Gartner projects that “through 2015, 80% of outages impacting mission-critical services will be caused by people and process issues.”

Even major global brands are not immune to man-made disruptions, as seen recently in these well-publicized outages: Facebook went down for 2 hours last May and saw its stock price drop nearly 6% the next day; the entire GoDaddy hosting network failed last September, causing millions of sites and emails to stop working; and, of course, the infamous Netflix outage last Christmas Eve which set off a firestorm of angry tweets from subscribers.

While a disruption to your business may not receive quite the same media coverage as the above, the impact can still be significant and, in some cases, disastrous.

For example, ask yourself the following:

  • If your website or payment processing system went down, how much revenue would you lose?
  • How much revenue would be lost if your employees couldn’t work at their full capacity because a critical system was unavailable?
  • What would be the impact if your company was unable to comply with a regulatory audit because of system unavailability or data loss?
  • What if a system outage meant you couldn’t meet service-level agreements (SLAs) to your customers or partners?
  • How would your company’s reputation be affected if your critical IT systems were unavailable for more than a few hours?

Once you start quantifying the potential financial impact of downtime, it should be pretty clear why having a disaster recovery plan is so important.

For a deeper dive on the impact of downtime and guidance on disaster recovery delivery models, attend our April 25th Disaster Recovery webcast featuring guest presenter Rachel Dines, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research, Inc.

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