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Hybrid cloud: tackling the finger-pointing when something goes wrong

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 11, 2019 5:31:14 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in Fordway Managed Services, Disaster Recovery, IT Strategy, Cloud Monitoring

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If your organisation is using a mix of cloud services from different providers, how are you going to ensure delivery of the agreed service levels? Human nature being what it is, if a problem occurs, each supplier will typically claim that “it’s not my fault”, so you need a quick, effective way of finding out exactly where the problem lies. Ideally this should use information independent of that provided by the cloud supplier.

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Do you really want to change IT?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2019 10:14:35 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in Governance, cloud intermediation, IT Strategy, IT Transformation, New Technology

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We’ve all read those articles about digital transformation. The ones which extol the virtues of a continuous change programme underpinned by a technology roadmap to drive business improvement. It sounds marvellous. After all, we all acknowledge the benefits and value that data and automation can bring. But the tricky bit for many organisations is simply getting there.

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Corporate IT in 2019: decentralisation, serverless computing, blockchain and SDN

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2018 9:15:10 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in IT Strategy, trends, New Technology

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At this time of year I’m always asked to look into my crystal ball and predict the IT trends that will make the most impact in the next 12 months. Here are my four top tips.

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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 Insider, cloud, New Technology

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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 IT Strategy, technology

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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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