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How cloud is evolving to support AI

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 15, 2018 11:07:34 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in New Technology, cloud, Insider

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Today’s move on cloud is the next logical step in the waves of centralisation and decentralisation that characterise IT. One moment we think the best place for intelligence in the network is at the edge, then technology changes and it moves to the centre. When client-server came along, terminals became PCs and the mainframe morphed into the database server.

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Could you cope with a ransomware attack?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 6, 2018 1:22:00 PM / by Richard Blanford

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Ransomware attacks are on the rise and are rapidly becoming the leading cyber risk for business ahead of data theft. Recent reported attacks in the UK include the Arran Brewery, S J Andrew and Sons, a steel stockholding and industrial supplies specialist, and Bristol Airport.

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Solving the problem of technical debt

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 2, 2018 12:32:48 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in technology, IT Strategy

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Is your IT team battling technical debt? I don’t just mean that you’re not using the latest operating system, but whether you’re gradually building up technical problems that are going to come back and bite you in the future.

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Why our personal data isn't any more secure under GDPR

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 5, 2018 3:06:32 PM / by Richard Blanford

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Tips for Cloud Migration

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2018 5:26:23 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in Cloud migration

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Moving to cloud is not a shortcut. Effective use of any type of cloud requires that all the ‘traditional’ IT disciplines as defined by ITIL  and other best practice frameworks are in place and ideally automated. The good news is that most organisations will already have most of the required elements, which may just need to be re-architected or enhanced for cloud.

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Why a patch in time could save your reputation – or even your business

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 6, 2018 11:41:12 AM / by Richard Blanford

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We all know patching is a vital part of IT security, but how often do you review your patching regime? And is it part of your organisation’s overall risk strategy? It should be!

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Evaluating new tech: the case for challenger brands

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2018 2:17:39 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in New Technology

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One question I’m often asked is what new technologies organisations should be considering. This is an important part of my job and one that I really enjoy, as I’m a techie at heart! We’re always looking for innovative technology and considering how it might meet the changing needs of our customers.

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Making sure cloud doesn’t become the new outsourcing

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 19, 2018 5:04:12 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in managed cloud, cloud, cloud intermediation

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Remember the rush into outsourcing – rather cynically (but often justifiably) referred to as ‘your mess for less'?

One of the key reasons outsourcing failed to deliver what it promised was that, in most cases, the outsourcing company simply took on an organisation’s existing infrastructure, without first making sure that it was fit for purpose.
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What technology will be hot in 2018?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2018 10:37:35 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in technology, trends

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As usually happens at this time of year, my team persuaded me to look into my crystal ball and predict the technology trends I think will make the most impact in IT this year. Here are my top six tips.

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Tips on GDPR compliance for mobile data

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 27, 2017 10:44:32 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in GDPR, Cloud Security, Data Protection

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With GDPR only seven months away now, one aspect of compliance we all need to consider is how to secure personally identifiable information (PII) on laptops and other mobile devices. This data is harder to control and at a greater risk of being compromised because it’s not behind the company firewall.

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