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How Data Architects Can Improve Your Business’ Cybersecurity

Brands engage the services of information security professionals to ensure the security of both their information and system. However, doing this without the input of data architects may turn out to be an exercise in futility. It has always been the focus of governments, businesses, and individuals to protect their information even before the coming of the age of computers. Highly sensitive information was marked as  “TOP SECRET,” “SECRET,” and “CONFIDENTIAL,” while some organizations go to the length of adding a stamped seal on paper.  All these were measures used to indicate and also maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) of the information for the intended recipient. Technological advancements have caused us to jettison some of these practices but that does not in any way mean that the security of information is no longer of immense importance. In this era of big data where corporations scramble for information and cybercriminals are upping their tech-savviness all in an effort to lay their hands on your data for obvious reasons, contemplating such an idea would even have been suicidal. The quantity of data and information you handle on a day-to-day basis has tremendously increased also and apart from information security professionals,…

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How Proxies Can Up Your Competitive Advantage

As the world has become a global village and we now operate a borderless market, both your online and offline businesses are in for the stiff competition and the only way to up your competitive advantage is to seek out innovative ways to stay relevant. With proxies as a third-party server, however, you can effectively ward off a lot of the challenges that can run down your business. A proxy server also referred to as proxy or application-level gateway is a computer that works by intercepting connections between sender and receiver. With a proxy in place, all your organization’s data will be fed in through one port and are forwarded to the rest of the network via another port. With the advancement in technology affording businesses the necessary tech-savviness to upgrade their performances, products, services, and quality, you must not be caught on the sidelines. So, what roles can proxies play in upping your competitive advantage?  1. Insurance against attacks One thing that will readily bring your business crumpling is a cyberattack. The effects can be so devastating that you must go all the way to ensure that you are protected. To show how dreadful cyberattacks can be, a Gallup…

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Using The Mobile App to Maximize Your Business Productivity

The intent and purpose of going into a business are primarily to make good returns on investments and this borders around the productivity of your employees. For your business to really thrive in this highly competitive global market it’s absolutely necessary that your employees are freed from bottlenecks and distractions, which you can enhance and maximize by using the relevant mobile app The fact that in 2019, the number of mobile phone users is forecast to reach 4.68 billion globally is a pointer that you need to catch in on the trend. App usage and smartphone penetration are still growing at a phenomenal rate and there are no signs that this will slow down in the foreseeable future. You should also take into consideration that there are 1.23 billion tablet users worldwide, to really appreciate the impact mobile apps can have on your business. Studies also revealed that the average American checks the phone every 12 minutes and 90% of the mobile time are spent on apps. This is an avenue you can utilize to maximize your business productivity since you will only be capitalizing on the interest of your employees to boost productivity. You can also factor in the…

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Why You Need a Tiered Approach For Successful DR

Being the era of big data and with the large volumes of data organizations seek for, you can no longer depend on tried-and-true methods. You definitely need to implement a tiered approach just like is seen in cybersecurity for successful data recovery (DR) in order to cut lull and downtime, with the mindset of protecting your high-priority data. Any attempt at Data protection and DR that is not scientific can never be a realistic approach. Therefore, to succeed in the face of the increasing frequency of attacks, use of automation, and better social engineering to elevate the likelihood of a successful attack you must up your protection and recovery plans.  A tiered approach to data protection and DR will not be a new thing since it’s been practiced with cybersecurity. All your data are important but nothing stops you from giving priority to the very vital ones. Making a case for the prioritization of data, Ed Featherston, vice president and principal cloud architect at Cloud Technology Partners says “I do think DR plans can benefit from the tiered approach, and some organizations are taking that step. Conceptually, application data in most organizations have already been tiered by definition through recovery…

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Why Your Brand Must Insist on Data Quality

Making a case for data quality of your brand is now more important than ever before. In this era of big data where every organization is hell-bent on laying its hands on as much data as it can, it becomes exceedingly important that you must be assured of the data quality you access. If the report by Forbes that the amount of data produced every day is 2.5 quintillion bytes should be taken into cognizance, then data is surely the next “crude oil” and data quality can’t be overemphasized. According to WhatIs.com, data quality is a perception or an assessment of data’s fitness to serve its purpose in a given context. On a daily basis, organizations depend more and more on data for their operations, data quality has, therefore, become a front-burner issue. SiriusDecisions reports that nearly 60 percent of marketers consider the overall health of their data unreliable.  Once your data quality is poor, expect an avalanche of problems. These problems range from inaccurate reporting to ill-conceived strategies.  Economic damages you have to shoulder due to poor data quality problems border on miscellaneous expenses such as demurrages and transportation fares when packages are wrongly shipped to other destinations right…

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10 Reasons Why Your Brand Must Not Ignore ERP

Take an in-depth analysis, the result you get is mind-boggling, competition from the small, medium, and large scale enterprises can’t be further ignored. The global market has become your “next door neighbor” but fortunately, ERP has come to your rescue. An ERP (enterprise resource planning) system can be seen as the binding force that glues together the different computer systems for your brand. ERP applications ensure that the different departments in your brand are able to communicate and share data quite easily.  With ERP securely in place, you gather information about the activity and state of different divisions and make this information available to other component parts of the brand, where it can be used productively. ERP applications can help a brand become one workable unit by linking information about the production, finance, distribution, and human resources together.  ERP system is able to harmonize accounts payable, stock-control systems, order-monitoring systems, and customer databases into one system. A comprehensive look at the following 15 reasons brings to the fore why you can no longer ignore ERP. 1. Competitive edge You may be put off by the fact that ERP software requires a major investment, but the other side of the coin…

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