What is Data Masking? Data Masking Explained

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With the average cost of a data breach exceeding $3.5 million, it’s no wonder that safeguarding confidential business and customer information has become more important than ever. Furthermore, with stricter laws and governance requirements, data security is now everyone’s responsibility across the entire enterprise. That being said, an … [Read more...]

What is Software Defined Networking? SDN Explained

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Software Defined Networking (SDN) refers to the network architecture model that allows programmatic management, control and optimization of network resources. SDN decouples network configuration and traffic engineering from the underlying hardware infrastructure to ensure holistic and consistent control of the network using open APIs. The … [Read more...]

IT Spending Trends for 2018

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In its latest forecasts on IT spending trends, Gartner refers to 2018 as the year of digital storm – and it goes on to ask business organizations: Will you Sink or Surf? Gartner’s predictions hold two key findings: you could either reach unprecedented new heights by taking advantage of the digital storm or succumb to the overwhelming nature of … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Better IT Strategic Plan

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Introduction If you are reading this article, I'm willing to bet that you have just read your organizations previous strategic plan and are looking for some tips. Many of us have been through strategic planning processes that felt good in the beginning but became just another document that sits on the shelf. I'm a firm believer that in order for … [Read more...]

Top 14 Podcasts for Tech/IT Professionals in 2018

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Last updated: 6/11/2018 As an IT professional, it is vital to stay on top of trends that keep your skills fresh and relevant. In recent blog posts we’ve covered the best books on digital transformation and top IT conferences to attend. Beyond books and conferences, podcasts are a great way to learn because they offer the opportunity to stay … [Read more...]

What is IT Cost Transparency? IT Cost Transparency Explained

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As budgets for IT seem to be on the rise and the importance of a solid technology team only increases, more and more organizations are realizing the necessity of being honest about costs, both to stakeholders and staff as well as to consumers. For a majority of companies, expenses are the most common factor that influences IT budget decisions … [Read more...]

IT Management: The Beginners Guide

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Introduction Congratulations, you have been hired into your first IT Managers role! Now what? Most people in IT management roles have come up through the ranks in one of the technical teams. Oftentimes, individuals with exceptionally strong technical skills eventually end up in an IT management role. However, the transition from technical staff to … [Read more...]

Data Governance vs Data Management: What’s the Difference?

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If there’s anything that’s defining successful businesses today, it’s the successful understanding, use, and strategy of a company’s data. Understanding your data and determining how to implement it brings up a whole range of questions, from both users and stakeholders: how is the data stored? How do we know it’s timely and accurate? Can we … [Read more...]

The Basics of IT Virtualization

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IT virtualization is the creation of a virtual—rather than a physical—version of an IT device or resource. Many people think of virtualization only in terms of virtual machines (VMs), where one physical machine hosts many VMs running different operating system implementations. It’s not uncommon for example, for a single Intel or IBM POWER system to … [Read more...]