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How is your organization backing up large volumes of data?

How is your organization backing up its large volumes of data? Michael Vizard explains the challenges of backing up large volumes of data. Deluge of Data Threatens Many Backup Systems CIO Insight By Michael Vizard When it comes to backup and recovery, IT organizations are clearly struggling with the amount of data that needs to be managed. [...]

What CIOs Need to Know About Business Alignment

By Dennis McCafferty Excerpt taken from CIO Insight By now, CIOs are highly aware of the C-suite’s growing interest in aligning IT planning, investment and deployment with strategic business goals. Despite the fact that much of this activity is driven by the increasingly unpredictable and rapid pace of market shifts, many organizations are still moving [...]

3 Pitfalls of your Current ERP System

  Written by: Grantley Smith, Solution Advisor for TGO Consulting Inc. Link: www.tgo.ca/blog/erp Technology continues to advance dramatically. From the Internet to smartphones, everything is at your fingertips instantly. However, ERP has been left behind… To move ERP into the 21st century, I believe three areas need to be addressed: accessibility, interactivity, and intelligence. Accessibility [...]

Making a move to the cloud: Is your organization “cloud ready”?

Organizations today are looking toward the cloud as a means to better manage, secure, and support their IT infrastructure. But a move to the cloud is not as simple as eliminating your organization’s physical network infrastructure and software and moving everything to a hosting company. Not every aspect of the organization can be easily and [...]

Integrating Business and Technology: 4 steps towards a common alignment

A common theme we hear in our discussions with business leaders is that of ensuring the IT department is supporting the business strategy. No matter the size of the company and its respective industry, IT is integral to the efficient operation of the company. Survival in today’s complex business climate demands effective and decisive action. [...]

Don’t Replace, Enhance! When it makes sense to optimize your organization’s existing ERP system

Unless your organization has completely outgrown its ERP system, optimizing the existing software may be a very feasible option. In fact, our experience with many of our clients is that their operational pains lie not in the system itself but in fragmented business processes and misapplication of the system. To determine whether or not fixing [...]

Protect your organization: Why a Disaster Recovery Plan matters

A number of studies have been conducted over the years regarding Disaster Recovery (DR) planning and it’s importance to business.  These studies increased ten fold in the wake of 9/11 and the results were consistent- “it’s not will you need a disaster recovery plan, it’s when.”              The results of the studies were [...]

Best IT Management Practice: The role of the IT Steering Committee

Nearly 80% of all IT organizations have steering committees and 69% of those organizations make full use of their committees, meaning the committees meet regularly to align IT’s goals, objectives, and priorities with the needs of the business, according to the Computer Economics IT Management Best Practices 2011/2012 study. The use of IT steering committees [...]

How secure are your systems?

Recent news of the Chinese military involvement in electronic espionage raises the question of how to secure an organization’s systems in an era of advanced persistent threat (APT). According to Wikipedia, APT refers to “a group, such as a foreign government, with both the capability and the intent to persistently and effectively target a specific [...]

Ensuring the smooth integration of disparate IT systems

Research shows that on average, organizations will spend approximately 30 percent of their IT budgets dealing with the integration of disparate systems. Why? Because after a merger or acquisition, organizations begin to feel pressure to solve immediate issues and deal with problems. As a result, organizations start acquiring new technologies; an action that complicates the [...]

4 Tips on optimizing your ERP system

If you have implemented ERP and you are not realizing the return that you anticipated, you should consider optimizing your ERP system. When optimizing your ERP system, the focus must be aligning the application with your business processes and business rules.           Here are 4 tips on optimizing your ERP system: 1.  Explore and understand [...]

SharePoint: Not your average collaboration tool

1. Improve team productivity with interactive collaborative tools Connect people with the information and resources they need. Users can create team workspaces, coordinate calendars, organize documents, and receive important notifications and updates through communication features including announcements and alerts, as well as the new templates for creating blogs and wikis. While mobile, users can take [...]

Reaping the benefits of Agile project management

Successful organizations constantly strive to use IT as a business enabler. With software development at the heart of business differentiation, companies have long searched for software methodologies that combine aggressive time to market and top quality with lowest cost. Agile has proved to be successful in meeting enterprise goals. Agile adoption rate has accelerated over [...]

Rescuing troubled projects

The first step in dealing with a troubled project is to be sure you actually have a project that is in trouble. In some circumstances, there is the perception of a problem when in actuality there really is none at all. In other situations, a project may be in trouble, but the project manager might [...]

Don’t let your organization get hacked!

Drake International the latest victim of hacking, extortion scheme against companies Christine Dobby | Jan 9, 2013 11:56 AM ET |(source: Financial Post, written by Christine Dobby (excerpt taken), http://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/09/drake-international-confirms-database-with-user-information-hacked/ Drake International, the Canadian-based job placement firm, confirmed Wednesday that it has been the victim of a hacking scheme by a group seeking to extort payment in exchange for [...]

Looking forward to 2013: Why Outsourcing your IT may be the best bet

As technology grows more complicated, sophisticated and specialized, there will be an increasing need for IT consultants with the ‘right’ expertise for the foreseeable future. If your organization engages with one or more IT consulting firms, either on retention or as part of your backup operations, then you will have a greater advantage in the [...]

What keeps CIOs up at night?

Ever wondered what keeps CIOs tossing and turning at night? According to a Robert Half Technology report “The CIO Insomnia Project”  data security is the primary worry keeping them up at night. The research project examines the most pressing technology concerns and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 U.S. CIOs.     [...]

Why perform penetration testing?

Why perform penetration testing? Security breaches and service interruptions are costly: Security breaches and any related interruptions in the performance of services or applications, can result in direct financial losses, threaten organizations’ reputations, erode customer loyalties, attract negative press, and trigger significant fines and penalties. A penetration test provides an assessment of the security vulnerabilities. A well-conducted penetration [...]

Merger & Acquisition Transactions: Don’t neglect IT!

Mergers & Acquisitions continue to be an effective way for companies to grow their businesses rapidly.  Studies have shown that while many M&As have failed for different reasons, a major reason is that the CEO did not bring the IT department on board early enough, due to a lack of understanding of the critical role that IT [...]

Embracing the cloud: Why should your organization consider cloud computing?

What is your organization’s Cloud Computing strategy? Does one even exist? The number of cloud based services is increasing every day. With offerings from SalesForce.com, Google, Amazon, and even Oracle, this is not just a trend. For many this will be a strategic advantage. Organizations have been asking whether to develop in-house infrastructure, or use [...]

Secure the ‘health’ of your organization: Why an information security health check is vital

  Your corporate information and intellectual property are probably the most important and valuable assets to your business.             Do you know what the biggest areas of risk are? Do you have an overall view of how effectively your security plan is working? Are the right IT security controls in [...]

The Objective behind a Threat Risk Assessment & Penetration Testing

In today’s ever-changing digital communications world, new technologies enable enhanced performance and efficiency at every turn. Yet, with advancements in new network systems and functionality comes the increased risk of exposure to unexpected security threats external (and internal) to the organization. The ability to test for such vulnerabilities has long been a concern for companies [...]

Assessing the Value of IT in your Organization

The need for IT to run like a business is clear. Yet the perception remains that IT is more of a cost-center than a business partner. In fact, according to a recent survey by CFO magazine, 48 percent of CFOs reported poor alignment between IT and business needs. For most corporations, the cost of delivering [...]

An Effective IT Strategy can go a long way

  All successful organizations clearly articulate their vision, goals, and objectives as a function of their organizational mission.  IT Strategic Planning is a critical ingredient because it ensures that the technology infrastructure and services support the mission of the organization.         An effective IT Strategy can help your organization answer important questions [...]

Transformation of Procurement to Payment Processes

Every company is under pressure to lower costs and increase profitability. Each year, organizations devise new initiatives to cut costs and boost productivity. However, areas that are often overlooked include the procurement to payment processes. These processes support the purchase of direct goods (i.e. cost of goods sold) and indirect goods (i.e. office supplies, computers, etc.). [...]

The need for ERP Optimization

The successful implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP) is not the final step for an integrated decision support system. The long term success of the project lies in the execution of a continuous improvement program, otherwise known as ERP Optimization. ERP Optimization is designed to assist you in identifying, driving and delivering measurable [...]

IT Due Diligence in an M&A transaction

Acquisitions and investments require due diligence to determine valuation, uncover risks, and identify opportunities for post deal value creation. But investors often find it difficult to perform due diligence in one key area-information technology (IT). They often lack the technical knowledge to assess current systems, recognize what it will take to fix systems that are [...]

Information Security Health Check

With cybercrime and data breaches on the rise, organizations often struggle to find the right strategy between implementing effective information security controls and achieving business objectives of cost reduction and agility. With cybercrime and data breaches on the rise, organizations often struggle to find the right strategy between implementing effective information security controls and achieving [...]

How can your organization benefit from an IT assessment?

Are you content with your current technology investments and are they aligned with your business goals and strategic objectives? Does your current technology deliver the best benefits for your organization? Today’s organizations are faced with numerous concerns that can jeopardize the success of a project.             These issues can include: [...]

Structuring and Managing Project Portfolios to Better Organize Investment and Spending

The idea of IT project portfolio structuring and management has been discussed within business and academic circles for the last three decades, and for the most part, it didn’t started making its way into IT departments until more recently.As its name implies, project portfolio structuring and management groups projects so they can be managed as [...]