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Ecommerce Website Success Factors

New research from Cogeco Peer 1 on the impact of website loading speeds for online shoppers has revealed that when it comes to an eCommerce website, time is of the essence. The speed it takes for a page to load makes all the difference when it comes to whether a customer will stay on a site or abandon a shopping cart and go elsewhere. Slow websites are expensive for retailers: Almost half of respondents said that they expect to abandon between one and three shopping carts in the peak period from December to the end of the January. The reason for all of this lost business? Poor eCommerce platform response times. Speed is not the only deterrent for online shoppers though. When we asked what else would prevent the completion of a purchase, 38.4% cited a lack of visible security and 25.7% said a complex checkout process. We also asked,…

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5 Must-Have Qualities of a Colocation Provider

At its most basic level, yes, colocation is simply a physical space to house your servers. And if it was only that, you could use just about any space, anywhere. But of course, there’s a lot more to colocation. Here are the top five things to consider when choosing a colocation provider: EXPERIENCE Does the provider have the requisite skills and expertise to ensure that the data center is functioning at optimal capacity? The Uptime Institute states that 70% of data center outages occur because of human error. Having an experienced team in place and on call is critical. VIGILANCE Is there 24/7/365 proactive monitoring, support and onsite security? Think of the colocation space as an extension of your organization’s space, with the same set of standards used to govern your onsite technology and data assets. POWER Does the provider have the infrastructure in place to maintain a continuous supply…

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The Anatomy of Cyber Attacks

Cyber attacks are a constant threat. Here’s what Lockheed Martin is doing to combat them. When it comes to security, there are two things to keep in mind. One: you never know when your data could be hacked. And two: you can never be too prepared. Cyber attacks are increasing in sophistication every day – a reality that is directly related to the increasing amount of data potentially available in the cloud (not to mention its increasing value). How are you defending your data territory in the cloud? Lockheed Martin’s Computer Incident Response Team has developed something they call the Cyber Kill Chain® — a way of describing each stage in a cyber attack. It’s a useful tool to map out a potential attack, identify the threats, and be able to take preventative action as a result. There are five progressive steps in the Cyber Kill Chain: Identify and Recon…

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Managed Hosting is Here to Stay… and Grow

Managed Hosting will continue to be a core IT strategy. Here’s why. At first glance, the decision to outsource hosting is really a matter of basic economics. For IT managers, outsourcing to a hosting provider has proven itself to be more cost-effective than having to plan, build, manage and maintain the physical space itself. Globally, the markets for managed hosting, as well as cloud computing, continue to grow rapidly. In fact, most IT organizations are now moving away from an on-premises infrastructure toward outsourcing, and, more and more, toward a hybrid cloud-oriented approach. But economics is not the sole motivator. IT managers take a much more holistic view. In a recent study, Cogeco Peer 1 customers said their major motivators include increasing efficiency, improving security, and better management of risk and compliance. Also important is the ability to improve access to data, and to create new products and services. The…

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Blockchain technology is here: what to expect, and why you should pay attention now

Conversations from the 2016 CIO Innovation Summit “If the blockchain has not shocked you yet, I guarantee it will shake you soon.” So begins William Mougayer’s recently published book, The Business Blockchain, which explores how this new technology can completely reshape the way commerce and business is transacted online. Because blockchain technology is so new, there’s some confusion about what it actually is. The simplest explanation – Blockchains cut out the middleman. It’s a peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange of data that is authenticated and recorded permanently on a distributed public ledger. Because it can only be sequentially updated, the provenance of every transaction is traceable and cannot be erased. The implications are enormous from financial transactions to data storage. Payments, securities, and other assets – all could be transacted through blockchains. And because it’s P2P, it can be all performed without an intermediary. It means growth in usage for decentralized databases,…

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Seeing IT in 3D: The IDC view of digital transformation

Conversations from the 2016 CIO Innovation Summit Digital Transformation (DX) is a reality that every enterprise is facing – or will face soon enough – to remain competitive and relevant in the digital economy. Driven by the accelerated demand for more mobile computing, cloud services, big data, and data analytics, DX is shifting the priorities of enterprise IT organizations. In addition to its traditional role of ensuring stability and efficiency of enterprise systems, IT must also embrace an exploratory, proactive role to respond with greater speed and agility. At its Data Center Infrastructure and Operations Summit in 2014, Gartner, Inc., introduced the idea of Bimodal IT – a model that splits enterprise IT into two organizations: one, traditional, and the other, innovative. “It’s a model that’s understandable,” says Bill Keyworth, Vice President of Research, IT Operational Excellence, IDC. “But, that has risks and limitations because it’s siloed.” He sees an…

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