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Visual Data Analytics Helps To Illustrate The Big Picture

Visual Data Analytics Helps To Illustrate The Big Picture

Visual Data Analytics

We’re consistently hearing how valuable data is today, how important it is to the success of every organization, along with the stats of the exponentially-increasing amounts and sources of data now available. But what most find when actually trying to put this data to active use is a case of easier said than done. SAP BusinessObjects Lumira, however, makes it possible to pull data from a variety of sources, examine it all in one user-friendly environment, and output reports quickly in engaging and visual ways – and perhaps most notably, without a degree in data science. With direct connectivity to SAP BusinessObjects or SAP Crystal Server software semantic layers as well as various personal data sources, SAP BusinessObjects Lumira combines disparate data into a single view for maximum efficacy; and once connected to the SAP HANA platform, pulling answers from near-limitless data becomes virtually instantaneous.

Accessible & User-Friendly

Visual Data Analytics

Ensuring users across the business have speedy access to insights, SAP BusinessObjects Lumira lowers the reliance on IT departments. With self-service delivery of insights, IT teams aren’t required to help with each and every question, and the data discovery functions available connect directly to the enterprise so that IT departments can focus on the delivery of information timeously while upholding good governance procedures.

Of particular note is SAP BusinessObjects Lumira’s straightforward platform that combines point-and-click manipulation with practical visualization tools. Data can be prepared and enhanced with geographic and time hierarchies, formatting and cleaning data is uncomplicated, and sophisticated formulas can be added without the need for any coding; and perhaps most remarkable, all transformations created are automatically applied to refreshed and new data. Once the data preparation is complete, SAP BusinessObjects Lumira makes sure valuable insights aren’t overlooked due to engaging visualizations built effortlessly through the drag-and-drop interface. Beautiful graphics and visualizations ensure data analytics express perceptions and trends through a range of available charts and graphs and provide the opportunity to see the big picture at a glance or drill down to details.

The Value of Visualization

Dan Roam, international bestselling author and visual-thinking leader, makes a strong case for business and data presentations relying on simple visuals; putting this tactic to good use ensures clarity, comprehension, and conversion. For centuries, language has relied on pictorial communication and though what we experience today is a far more complex form than ever before, charts, maps, schematics and graphics often provide the best way to understand complex data. Considering further that insights from Cisco’s 2015 Visual Networking Index state that 90% of all data transmitted today is visual, combining business data management with visualization (As seen with the example visual below) should be the obvious next step.

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But making use of visualization isn’t just about consistency; though we don’t yet know the precise figures, it’s estimated that half to two-thirds of brain activity is dedicated to vision with the majority of brain power dedicated to visual processing and the combination of visual inputs with the inputs of other senses. And so, visualization isn’t just an easier way to communicate, it’s a stronger form of interaction better able to convey information.

For organizations working with data and data exchange, visualizations offer improved comprehension through story-telling modes and further ensure that the greatest part of brain functioning is focused on the pertinent data. SAP BusinessObjects Lumira doesn’t just make this possible; it actively promotes superior data management and performance for rapid insights and improved agility.

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By Jennifer Klostermann

Cloud Access Security Broker and the Cloud-based Business Role

Cloud Access Security Broker and the Cloud-based Business Role

Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)

Cloud is the new address for businesses nowadays. The number of applications, hosted on the cloud, is rapidly increasing and that contributes in the streamlining of various business operations. Accounting applications, PBX, ERP, and CRM, etc. are some of the business applications that bring in more convenience and efficiency with the touch of the Cloud.

Cloud hosted applications can modernize the way businesses connect –be it employee connectivity or customer retention strategies. With the ability of cross-integrating different applications, cloud provides a more able and productive platform to deliver enhanced business solutions. On the other side, this ability arrives with some valuable business data, concerning to customers, employees, and several other parties. So, any lack of security on these nodes can make way for some dreadful consequences.

Cloud Access Security Broker

Businesses are willing to move to the cloud to enjoy smoother operations, but that should not come at the cost of security vulnerabilities. This need of security leads to the rise in demand for Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) products.

CASB – Definition & Basic Importance

In simpler interpretation, CASB can be defined as dedicated security points deployed between cloud server and the user device. They together enable a highly secure and protected line of access for exchange of information for cloud applications by enforcing better authorization, encryption, loss-protection, vulnerability-detection, etc. CASB introduces innovative access, control, and monitoring solution for the enterprises to meet the rising business necessities, such as – BYOD, real-time collaboration, permission-restricted user access, etc.

Think of it as a third-party security broker hired to safeguard the application data during the transmission from premise to the cloud. Businesses strive to maintain data security at the user-end while cloud providers are burning candles at all ends to mitigate the security flaws. The gap between them remains susceptible. Implementing CASB will secure the gap between them and eventually, the overall cloud system will become secured.

The importance of CASB can be judged with the prediction of Gartner that states close to 85% of the large enterprises will have CASB product in action, by 2020. Currently, less than 5% of enterprises have these services in action. So, the coming years are all set to see a tremendous rise in the number of CASB implementation. This improved level of security will also allow the developers to deliver more productive applications on the cloud.

What CASB Can Do For Business Applications

Cloud security has grown by leaps and jumps in the recent years. But it may still have certain weaknesses and anyone with the proper knowledge and malicious intent can hack their way into the system and wreak havoc. A cloud-based business service, such as – Hosted PBX, can carry crucial details of your business like call logs, client contact details, call recording, etc. Such information cannot be compromised upon by the business. So, there is demand for more reliable security measure – CASB. CASB ceases the flaws that exist between the local device and the cloud server. Mitigating those errors, cloud can be even more reliable solutions for business, as well as the end-user.

Here is what CASB has to offer:

1. Application Governance

Applications governance refers to understanding and the controlling of permissions associated with the Cloud hosted applications. To help this cause, CASB enforces an enhanced credential mapping, encryption, device profiling, and policy classification. These actions help better application detailing and boosting the security points accordingly. It is very much like a personalized security setup for the application. Regardless if its a soft-phone, tax software, or any other Cloud hosted application, CASB will offer special security governance as per the need of application.

2. Access Monitoring

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Better access monitoring ensures that every attempt made to access the application is detected and duly logged. By defining the access permissions on the basis of recent and usual log in activities of the users in an intense manner for different users (support agent, customer, manager, etc.), they are restricted to access only the permitted data and hence, shielding the key data from the different users. CASB utilizes various methods, such as- single sign-on, authentication, authorization, logging, etc. to monitor the accessed application.

3. Controlled Safekeeping

Different CASB products have various boosted security measures that help them detect and prevent any malware intrusions. To keep such attempts at bay, they are even able to offer them non-sensitive (worthless) data to steal away using the ‘tokenization technique’. So, attempts for the data intrusion can be mitigated without much damage.

Wrapping It Up

Cloud computing is considered one of the finest examples of technical advancements as it offers on-the-go solutions without any restrictions of the device platforms. Cloud dependent services, such as – application hosting, VoIP, etc. have eased the data control element for businesses and enhanced the productivity measures. The technology has advanced to offer high-on-quality and low-on-expense solutions. However, the challenges associated with data security has often restricted the Cloud from being a supremely accepted option for businesses. Implementation of CASB products promises a near-perfect security for the cloud setup. But the fingers are kept crossed for now as the service is yet to face the real usage testing.

By Kirti Khanna

Sports Data Analytics and the National Hockey League (NHL)

Sports Data Analytics and the National Hockey League (NHL)

Sport Data Analytics

Sports teams are always looking to get ahead of the competition. Winning doesn’t come easy and many different decisions go into making sure you are successful. Decisions like what players to draft, who to trade, and style of coaching all can help a team win.

However, when Billy Beane of the Oakland A’s came along, things were about to change. In the mid-1990’s, Beane used sabermetrics to determine the value, making him the first to prioritize advanced statistical data in predicting player performance. The method worked and saved the team money as they had one of the smallest budgets in the league, but were one of the best teams. He is not the first to ever use analytics in sports, but he is the one who brought it to the mainstream.

Due to the success of Beane and the Oakland A’s, other teams in various different leagues took notice. As a result, almost every professional sports team has a department or individual in charge of analytics.

Hockey is one of the newest sports to get into the sports data analytics bandwagon. While bloggers and amateur statisticians have been using data analysis in hockey for a while, it is finally coming to the forefront. Teams are finally adopting these methods and even the NHL officially partnered with SAP SE in order to create and enhanced and more diverse stat package for their website.

Sports Data AnalyticsThere are different advanced stats that each league uses and the NHL focuses on three in particular. They are Corsi, Fenwick and PDO. Corsi looks at the sum of shots on goal (including misses and blocked shots). This is used to approximate a players puck possession. Fenwick is similar, but it doesn’t look at blocked shots and is viewed to have a stronger correlation to scoring chances. PDO is the sum of a team’s shooting percentage and its save percentage. This is basically a way to see how “lucky” a team is as most teams will regress to a sum of 100.

But despite the proven success of these stats and their widespread use in many sports, many players aren’t a fan of them. For instance, Drew Doughty (one of the best Corsi scores in the NHL) said that the method is “a bunch of crap”. Many players share his testaments as they are use to goals and assists measuring their success, not their shot percentage and even-strength shot differential.

But whether they like it or not, using advanced metrics and stats to judge players is likely here to stay. In fact, Florida Panthers let go of their head coach Gerard Gallant who often spoke openly against analytics usage (something which the Panthers want to use heavily going forward).

 “The Panthers’ ownership and other team officials want the club to rely heavily on advanced statistics, and Gallant and Kelly were not the biggest fans of the analytics craze. They spoke openly about how their views differed from the perspective of Florida’s management on the analytics issue in August 2015, at a fundraising event hosted by the University of Prince Edward Island…”

Many different NHL teams have made personnel hiring decisions recently that show they are adapting to the changes in the sport. The Toronto Maple Leafs hired Kyle Dubas as their assistant GM, and numerous other teams have brought on bloggers and advanced stats pioneers like Sunny Mehta and Tyler Dellow. However, not everything is peaches and cream for these guys as the Canadiens let go of their analytics man (Matt Pfeffer) after he advised them to not trade P.K Subban to the Predators.

If you are interested in learning more about these advanced stats for players and teams, there are a number of different sites that you can visit. These sites will give you a deeper understanding about the value of a player or an inside look at how the teams are doing.

Some recommended sites are: stats.hockeyanalysis, behindthenet.capuckalytics.com and sportlogiq.com are just a few of them.

By Kale Havervold

Common Cloud Mistakes – And How To Avoid Them

Common Cloud Mistakes – And How To Avoid Them

Common Cloud Mistakes

One of the first lessons in order to avoid common cloud mistakes with anyone entering the tech field learns is that nothing is as simple as it appears to be at first glance. That lesson goes double for companies implementing a hybrid-cloud strategy. Yes, it is possible to achieve the “best of both worlds” ideal of public-cloud efficiency combined with private-cloud security and control. Just don’t expect to get it perfectly right on your first try. Take some tips from those who have been there, done that, and then done it again the right way.

The first mistake made by many cloud-computing neophytes is choosing the wrong cloud. No, the cloud isn’t this monolithic entity that you simply plug into like a power outlet. In a November 2016 article on TechTarget, Marc Staimer identifies six different kinds of public-cloud storage:

  • Block storage is local embedded disk or SAN storage best suited for high-performance applications.
  • File and NAS storage work best for apps requiring NFS or SMB protocols.
  • Three different types of object storage are available for active archiving, cool archiving, and cold archiving.
  • Tape storage, usually in the form of a linear tape file system, is also used for cold archiving.

Block storage provides the lowest latency and the highest IOPS and throughput, but it is also the most expensive form of cloud storage, priced as much as 30 times more than active or cool archival storage. At the other extreme, cold archive storage costs as little as one cent per gigabyte, but it can take hours for users to access the data, and some providers charge up to 12 times the storage cost to read more than a small amount of the archived data.

On the other side of the hybrid-cloud connection, it can be just as difficult to select the optimal form of on-premises storage:

  • A primary NAS or SAN storage system replicates snapshots or tiers of data to public-cloud storage based on the policy you determine.
  • A gateway or cloud integrated storage (CIS) works like NAS or SAN storage by caching data locally and moving the bulk to cloud storage based on policy; it leaves a stub that makes public-cloud data appear to be stored locally.
  • An on-premises object storage system offers the same de facto interface as public-cloud storage, or alternatively, it extends to the public interface, replicating data based on policy, similar to the way it is done in a NAS or SAN system.
  • The existing NAS or SAN storage setup can be augmented with archive or backup software that copies data to the public cloud based on the policy you set.

CIS systems are generally the most cost-effective option, but only if the correct amount of data is cached locally to avoid frequent calls to the cloud. Object storage can be much simpler to integrate with cloud services, so long as your apps don’t require a high level of performance. Object storage can also conflict with some subsets of Amazon Web Services Simple Storage Service (S3) interface. Likewise, recovering and restoring data from the cloud requires a physical or virtual media server in the public cloud itself, which is far from a given.

Expert consensus: Focus on goals, not cloud tech, and keep it simple

Cloud technologies change faster than the weather, which means it can be a mistake to become overly committed to a single platform or toolset. The first bit of advice offered by Forbes’ Dan Woods is to identify the cloud features that will improve your business and then become proficient in them rather than trying to become an expert on cloud technologies generally. No organization needs all the capabilities offered by AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and other vendors. Find the handful of specific cloud services that promise to deliver the biggest return for your business needs and focus on them initially.

common cloud mistakes

“Cloud platforms such as OpenStack can be difficult to deploy and manage, but 90 percent of the reasons cited for project failures are related to people and processes rather than to technology…” Source: Gartner, via the RackSpace blog

C-level executives are likely to rank cost savings at or near the top of the list of reasons why they’re interested in cloud computing. That is the second big common cloud mistake that companies make when formulating their cloud strategies, according to Woods: neglecting to value the cloud’s ability to help the organization achieve its goals. The role of IT is being transformed as IT functions become integrated with business departments, and IT itself becomes just as business-focused as the rest of the company.

This leads directly to the third common cloud mistake: “forklifting” your internal infrastructure onto a cloud platform with little or no effort to optimize your apps and other systems for the cloud’s best features: extensibility, efficiency, resiliency, and scalability. Initially, your big concern is getting your operations up and running on the cloud infrastructure, not doing so in a way that maximizes the cloud’s capabilities. Eventually, the only way the cloud will prove to be cost-effective is if you make the adjustments required to match your apps, databases, and other resources to the best features cloud services have to offer.

See cloud services as partners rather than vendors

IT is far from the only department affected by cloud computing. The nature of the relationship between the company and the service provider is changing fundamentally as well. According to TheCsuite’s Andrew Peddie, one of the top mistakes companies make when choosing a cloud service is treating it as a buyer/seller relationship. Any cloud project has a better chance of success if you see it as a partnership and collaboration with the cloud provider.

common cloud mistakes

“Cloud computing has had the greatest impact on the role of chief information officers, but all areas of the organization have been affected by cloud-driven changes…” Source: SpencerStuart

Peddie warns against underestimating the length of time required to complete cloud projects. To avoid unnecessary delays, evaluate only a handful of potential cloud partners rather than casting a wide net. Conduct interviews in person rather than over the phone. Have your decision-making process in place before you need it, and make sure your agreement includes long-term protection against future price increases.

When it comes to developing, managing, and protecting your company’s vital digital assets, there has never been a better time to embrace the changes presented by the cloud and its related technologies. The effort required for your organization to realize the benefits of cloud computing doesn’t have to be daunting, particularly if you learn from the lessons of those who have tangled with the cloud, and lived to tell the tale.

By Brian Wheeler

Optimized Online Research For Black Friday Searches

Optimized Online Research For Black Friday Searches

Black Friday Searches

Online search and research can be a highly effective way of sorting through the masses of data available through both cyber channels such as social media and websites as well as the more traditional print sources which are quickly making their way onto the net. But effectively taking advantage of search engines and sifting through the promoted content is a significant hurdle. Sadly, search engines often produce less than satisfactory results, many from questionable sources, and sifting the wheat from the chaff can be a time-consuming nuisance. However, with the right strategy and a few crafty tips and tricks we’ll have you zooming through the noise and pinning down the most applicable results in no time.

Tips for More Effective Online Searching

Starting with the popular search engines, it’s important to understand some of the ‘hidden’ features to make the most basic search request more effective.

  • Exact phrases: To ensure exact phrases are included, surround them with quotation marks (“3D printing”).
  • Optional keywords: Perhaps you haven’t got your keywords as defined as you’d like; try separating these keywords with ‘OR’ for narrowed results (cloud computing OR technology OR tools).
  • Narrow the results: Sometimes it’s difficult to provide keywords specific enough to provide relevant data. In this case, use the ‘-‘ to exclude keywords (AWS –cloud).
  • Site-specific searches: If you’d like so search a particular site for something using the power of a search engine, just add ‘site: specific_domain’ to your query (“big data” site:example.com). And hey, you can even add the ‘OR’ function to add a second site to your search.
  • Related site searches: Should you wish to find other sites similar to the one you’re already using, try ‘related: specific_domain’ (related:example.com).
  • File specific searches: It’s even possible to narrow results down to specific file types. Just add ‘filetype: specific_filetype’ to the end of your string (AI filetype:pdf).

There are just a few of the most common tools search engines provide us with to help navigate the ever-increasing content available online, but don’t forget to give the ‘advanced’ search options a go too; most search engines provide this function further helping you define your query with focus on anything from language to region to date of publication. (Infographic below discovered via Adweek reveals Google data about Black Friday Shoppers)

Black Friday Searches

Awesome Research Apps & Sites

So you’ve heard about Google. Sure, and probably Yahoo and Bing too. But how about some of the lesser-known search engines with tapered concentrations?

Find information related specifically to artists or art movements.

Freely accessible scientific research publishing over 290 peer-reviewed journals in Biology, Clinical Medicine, and Health.

An interactive site for those looking into US history.

A targeted search engine for editor-reviewed content; ideal for students, teachers, and administrators.

For content on different cultures, check out this site that’s run by the United States Library of Congress and UNESCO.

Research Tools & Apps

Finally, we’ll take a look at a few applications available that help smooth the overall research process:

Your personal research assistant, Zotero is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux and makes it easy to grab web content from your browser and add it to a personal library. With a range of file types available, you’ve got everything stored in one place.

A smarter way to research,” EndNote takes care of your research organization and administration. From formatting bibliographies to searching for references, this application adds team collaboration tools too.

A free reference manager and academic social network, Mendeley manages research, provides collaboration options with global researchers, and offers a platform to showcase your work.

Whether trawling for the latest Black Friday deals, gathering information for a project, or delving into the realms of academic research, the web offers an excess of information. Filtering out quality content needn’t be a laborious or grueling process. Be sure to let us know of your own tips or tricks not mentioned above.

By Jennifer Klostermann

When The Cloud Comes To The Black Friday Table

When The Cloud Comes To The Black Friday Table

Black Friday

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Black Friday, as most people know, is the busiest shopping day of the year, occurring immediately after U.S. Thanksgiving, and ushering in the “official” beginning of the Christmas/Holiday shopping season. Its name has come to represent the time of the year at which most retailers start to turn a profit (operating in the black), as opposed to running at a loss (in the red) as they have been doing since January 1. Although this dire financial situation does not apply to all retailers everywhere, it is no surprise that the onslaught of aggressive, deal-hungry shoppers delivers a fresh wave of commerce and cash, much like a coastal ocean swell replenishing a tide pool.

Cloud technology has a major role to play in supporting the activities of the Black Friday weekend of course, first by managing the spike in commercial transactions that happens on the Friday and the weekend, and then secondly in coordinating the online sales that occur on the following “Cyber Monday,” a relatively more recent tradition in which shoppers turn to online retailers to complete the shopping they could not finish over the weekend. Retailers the world over now rely on the cloud to fulfill every element of the retail process from the pre-season wholesale ordering of goods through to post-sale delivery and customer service, and everything in between.

Though, Black Friday still seems to be a retail-oriented phenomenon, aimed squarely at consumers – the public – the B2C arena. Seasonal deals in the business-to-business (B2B) sphere are few and far between, and seem relegated to the primary levels of the industry, such as the occasional cloud hosting or web page-hosting provider offering up extra space for any new customers that sign up on this special weekend.

Cloud Black Friday

How long might it be before the world sees “Black Friday” sales on a higher-level? A cloud industry level? For a start, the increased awareness of the need for high-performance cloud technology in support of this busy retail season can easily translate into a plethora of conversations about robust cloud technology in areas such as analytics, security, application development and migration.

If one were to accept the notion that Black Friday was thus named for the arrival of profits, rather than losses in a storekeeper’s books, then today’s retail madness was actually born out of an accounting term. If the world can translate an event from “accounting” to “shopping”, then it might be just as easy to reconfigure the Black Friday concept from “retail” to “industry”.

Selling cloud technology is a big and very tangible business, as can be seen by the number of major trade shows and events that occur around the world, hosted in huge convention centers and attracting thousands of delegates. Although virtualization may be a central theme of cloud, there are still many solid parts to the machines behind it, and these need to be seen, touched and experienced by business buyers.

Although cloud has no season, techniques for selling cloud technology follow the same traditions as selling cars, phones and video games: newer equals better, cheaper, sexier, with more features and greater reliability. Cloud technology has made great strides in separating itself from old-school mainframe ideologies, through its current marketing approaches and its open-source attitude. Very soon, as in a couple of years soon, it is highly likely that the new generation of business-to-business will take a page from its retail sibling and start to sell its wares seasonally.

(Updated and edited: November 24th, 2016)

By Steve Prentice

Cloud Platform Evolution and the Increasing Tech Skills Gap

Cloud Platform Evolution and the Increasing Tech Skills Gap

Tech Skills Gap

Though moving to the cloud might result in a reduction in IT staffing requirements, there is still a range of tech skills that remain important to any business. Managing cloud environments requires a particular set of abilities and the operators involved should be able to ensure these networks are safe, secure and functioning optimally. In many cases, organizations will implement a host of different cloud environments, and ensuring they’re nicely blended can mean the difference between an infrastructure that works and an infrastructure that promotes excellence. And so it should come as no surprise that one of three major CIO concerns for 2017 is a technical skills shortage, specifically those around cloud, software development, analytics, and cybersecurity.

The Cloud Skill Demand

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Developers boasting cloud computing skills are currently in high demand, and NovelAspect set out to find the applications most in demand by examining job listings on Indeed from 50 of the highest-populated US cities. Assessing over 200 business software platforms, they came up with a list of tech skills most in demand, and for developers the cloud dominated. Unsurprisingly, Amazon eclipses all others on this list, taking the top eight places when highest average salaries are considered. Developers proficient with Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Amazon CloudFormation, and Amazon ElastiCache are in demand, along with Apache Kafka, OpenStack, and a whole crowd of other Amazon application skills.

In a separate study conducted by LinkedIn, skills in cloud and distributed computing made the top of a list of the ten top skills of 2016; it’s suggested that these are the most sought after skills in the US and globally and could be key to landing a rewarding job in 2017.

Google’s Plan to Address Skills Shortage

Not a company content to leave first place to another, Google has acquired hands-on learning platform Qwiklabs to help familiarize the market with cloud environment operations and the writing of applications which run on them. Though Qwiklabs has previously focused on teaching skills for Amazon’s AWS platform, Google has stated it will be using the Qwiklab’s platform as a means of “offering the most comprehensive, efficient, and fun way to train and onboard people across all our products on Google Cloud, including Google Cloud Platform and G Suite.

Microsoft’s Strategy

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And, of course, Microsoft isn’t all about submissively allowing competitors to steal the limelight either; instead, they’ve announced their own training collaboration with Simplilearn, a global professional training company that’s been provided with the task of training 100,000 IT professionals on Azure by 2020. Implementing Simplilearn’s agile online instructor-led training and e-learning, Microsoft will be driving the certification courses of Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure, Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions, and Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions.

Getting the Right Training

Right now, the cloud development market is wide open with the top platforms finding new ways to pull clients to their products – not least of all boasting a strong talent pool able to service the needs of businesses. But aside from the available certifications covering a range of platforms including EMC Cloud, CompTIA Cloud, and various Amazon Web Service applications, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, many companies are moving their training in-house, choosing to educate employees to meet their needs instead of looking externally for the required skills. Those hoping to train or brush up their cloud skills have a number of options available, both paid and free, and need only narrow the field to the cloud skills most suitable to themselves; for the time being, those with cloud competencies have their pick of the job market. Advancing cloud computing techniques, be it your own or that of your employees, is undoubtedly a worthwhile investment.

By Jennifer Klostermann

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Governance, Risk and Compliance Businesses are under pressure to deliver against a backdrop of evolving regulations and security threats. In the face of such challenges they strive to perform better, be leaner, cut costs and be more efficient. Effective governance, risk and compliance (GRC) can help preserve the business’ corporate integrity and protect the brand,…

Adopting A Cohesive GRC Mindset For Cloud Security

Adopting A Cohesive GRC Mindset For Cloud Security

Cloud Security Mindset Businesses are becoming wise to the compelling benefits of cloud computing. When adopting cloud, they need a high level of confidence in how it will be risk-managed and controlled, to preserve the security of their information and integrity of their operations. Cloud implementation is sometimes built up over time in a business,…

Do Not Rely On Passwords To Protect Your Online Information

Do Not Rely On Passwords To Protect Your Online Information

Password Challenges  Simple passwords are no longer safe to use online. John Barco, vice president of Global Product Marketing at ForgeRock, explains why it’s time the industry embraced more advanced identity-centric solutions that improve the customer experience while also providing stronger security. Since the beginning of logins, consumers have used a simple username and password to…

The Importance of Cloud Backups: Guarding Your Data Against Hackers

The Importance of Cloud Backups: Guarding Your Data Against Hackers

The Importance of Cloud Backups Cloud platforms have become a necessary part of modern business with the benefits far outweighing the risks. However, the risks are real and account for billions of dollars in losses across the globe per year. If you’ve been hacked, you’re not alone. Here are some other companies in the past…

How To Humanize Your Data (And Why You Need To)

How To Humanize Your Data (And Why You Need To)

How To Humanize Your Data The modern enterprise is digital. It relies on accurate and timely data to support the information and process needs of its workforce and its customers. However, data suffers from a likability crisis. It’s as essential to us as oxygen, but because we don’t see it, we take it for granted.…

What the Dyn DDoS Attacks Taught Us About Cloud-Only EFSS

What the Dyn DDoS Attacks Taught Us About Cloud-Only EFSS

DDoS Attacks October 21st, 2016 went into the annals of Internet history for the large scale Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that made popular Internet properties like Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify and Box inaccessible to many users in the US. The DDoS attack happened in three waves targeting DNS service provider Dyn, resulting in a total of about…