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What doesn’t change in a hybrid IT environment

A lot of what we’ve explored so far in the move to a middle ground between fully automated cloud computing and traditional on premise IT have been the big, disruptive elements. The good news is that hybrid IT strategies can incorporate much of what’s worked for technology professionals in the past. Along with cloud computing, for example, most established companies have had to navigate through previous waves of technological change. This includes the shift to mobile computing via smartphones and tablets, the digitization of processes through the web and social media, and more recently the introduction of “smart homes” and offices through sensors that make up the Internet of Things. Hybrid IT differs from these sea changes in that it’s already here — you don’t necessarily “adopt” it so much as better orchestrate it for a particular set of business outcomes. Define ‘mission critical’ to build the right business case:…

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What winning with hybrid IT looks like

A mixture of cloud and on-premise technology will shape the future of business. Here’s how to begin optimizing for success: We’ve all seen that moment in a movie or TV show where a high-stakes gambler goes “all in” — shoving stacks of hard-won chips into the middle of the table and laying down their cards. No matter what happens next, you know that person is either very confident about winning, or courageous enough to risk it all. When those working in IT go “all-in,” on the other hand, the only safe bet is getting fired — which explains why hybrid IT is quickly become the standard operating model. As revolutionary as cloud computing has become for provisioning workloads and managing resources, for example, few organizations are prepared to go all-in on the cloud. Security and compliance remains a concern for many companies, as does the cost of investment, migration issues…

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Have gender stereotypes become even worse?

At the recent “Women in Tech” roundtable, hosted by Cogeco Peer 1 and chaired by Ellie Burns, Editor of CBR, the discussion touched on the subject of whether gender stereotypes have become worse. This sparked some thought-provoking insights and a wealth of potential solutions for overcoming these stereotypes across all stages of education and career. From my perspective, at the senior hire level, it seems clear that a gender imbalance still exists, despite the sincere efforts of all involved. Great gains have been made, but we are simply not as far along the road as we would like to be. Why not? One reason is that when an organisation is looking for a talented and experienced hire, quite often they look for a safe solution at pace and will tap the existing talent pool, the known universe so to speak, which is still generally male-dominated, especially in the technology sphere….

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Top security concerns for companies in 2017

By: Enrique Velazquez – Product Manager, Security & Compliance at Cogeco Peer 1 Security is on everyone’s mind in 2017, not only at a global level, but a personal level with more identity and personal theft of information on the rise. Companies are also facing several security concerns in this new year. Below are just a few security concerns and some solutions that any size company can benefit from. 1. In 2016, we saw large data breaches and Disturbed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks targeted toward large well-known companies, but these data breaches can affect companies regardless of their size. The key take-away from these attacks has been the need for each company to have a risk management process in place. Solution: An IT department with a full end-to-end risk management process, from a DDoS Mitigation solution to forensic threat and log management tools. Many companies have a silo security…

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Snoopers’ Charter conflicts with EU data protection laws

Ross Woodham, Director, Legal Affairs & Privacy, Cogeco Peer 1 Amid the noise and fury of Brexit, the Snoopers’ Charter snuck in under the radar with very little coverage in the mainstream press. Formally known as the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA), the legislation was given royal assent in November last year, so it is now law. This new surveillance law requires web and phone companies to store everyone’s web browsing histories for 12 months, and give the police, security services and a whole range of other agencies unprecedented access to the data. Whistle blower Edward Snowden tweeted: “The UK has just legalised the most extreme surveillance in the history of Western democracy.” There’s just one rather glaring problem. It’s incompatible with existing European data protection laws. And to emphasise this point the European Court of Justice recently declared the IPA’s predecessor, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2015,…

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UK National Apprenticeship Week – Q&A with Charlotte Bridge

Charlotte Bridge With National Apprenticeship Week in its 10th year in the UK, we celebrate by asking one of our apprentices, Charlotte Bridge, what it means for her. Charlotte is spending a year as a Lead Development Representative in our sales team, as well as studying for a Business Admin Level 3 Diploma. Q. What does a day in the life of a Cogeco Peer 1 apprentice look like? As Lead Development Representative, my job is essentially to deal with potential customers, and guide them to a position where they become our new customers. Using a chat system and the telephone, I talk to perspective and current customers about their requirements and how we can help. I also work closely with the marketing team and help on their campaigns. First thing, when I arrive in the office, I tend to log in to the system, catch up with my admin,…

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