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The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Hybrid IT Strategy

by John Lane - Jul 11, 2018

A hybrid IT environment, as its name suggests, is a combination of resources that are on-premises and in the cloud. The best hybrid IT strategy, as a result, focuses on the services that orchestrate the way these two platforms work together and allows them to act in a much more powerful way than either one could be on its own.

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TAGS: it strategy, it security, MSP, hybrid cloud, hybrid IT, managed service provider, digital workplaces, modern workplace, in-house, outsourced

The Major Role That an MSP Can Play in Digital Transformation

by John Lane - Jul 3, 2018

If you had to make a list of some of the most important challenges facing businesses in nearly every industry today, digital transformation would undoubtedly be right at the top. According to one recent study, at the end of 2017, more than two thirds of all Global 2000 CEOs had made digital transformation the centerpiece of their corporate strategy.

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TAGS: it strategy, IT systems, digital transformation, MSP, managed service provider

Private, Public, and Hybrid Cloud Technology: The Differences You Need to Know

by John Lane - Jun 29, 2018

In an era where cloud spending on a global basis is projected to increase to $162 billion per year by as soon as 2020 according to Forbes, it's clear that organisations around the world have begun to embrace the unique opportunity that this technology represents. You've likely even already considered a digital transformation for your business, hoping to use it as an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage into your own industry that will carry you forward into the next decade.

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TAGS: it strategy, cloud, infrastructure, hybrid cloud, hybrid IT, private cloud, public cloud

Australia’s Data Breach Notification Laws Part 4: What's Next?

by John Lane - Jun 21, 2018

Now that we’ve reached the end of this four-part series on Australia's new data breach notification laws, the only thing left to do is to tie it all together: which means getting started on building a better, stronger business that is better able to counter cybersecurity risks as much as possible.

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TAGS: it strategy, it security, cyber security, disaster recovery planning, leadership, IT systems, legislation, business continuity planning, risk, notifiable data breaches scheme

Australia’s Data Breach Notification Laws Part 3: Developing a Data Breach Response Plan

by John Lane - Jun 18, 2018

Now that you're aware of what the data breach laws mean and how to protect your business, it's time to focus on arguably the most important cybersecurity task: developing a data breach response plan for when that terrible day finally arrives.

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TAGS: it strategy, it security, cyber security, disaster recovery planning, leadership, IT systems, legislation, business continuity planning, risk, notifiable data breaches scheme

Australia’s Data Breach Notification Laws Part 2: How to Protect Your Business

by John Lane - Jun 18, 2018

We've discussed what the notifiable data breach laws entail, why they exist, and why they'll be so important to both businesses and private citizens across the country moving forward. But to put it simply, no single mitigation strategy is guaranteed to A) apply to every type of business, or B) prevent every type of cybersecurity incident that you may encounter. 

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TAGS: it strategy, it security, cyber security, disaster recovery planning, leadership, IT systems, legislation, business continuity planning, risk, notifiable data breaches scheme

Australia’s Data Breach Notification Laws Part 1: What It Means and Why It Matters

by John Lane - Jun 14, 2018

It's official: the February 22, 2018 deadline has come and gone and Australia's new data breach notification laws are now in full effect. If you still feel unsure about what these new laws entail, or if you were only scarcely aware that they existed in the first place, don't worry — it’s not too late to be informed.

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TAGS: it strategy, it security, cyber security, disaster recovery planning, leadership, IT systems, legislation, business continuity planning, risk, notifiable data breaches scheme

How to Deal with Employee Resistance to Technological Change

by John Lane - Jun 13, 2018

Human beings, by and large, are resistant to change. In a lot of ways, we can't help it —  science has revealed that it's literally a part of our evolution. Generally speaking, the brain doesn't like uncertainty because anything uncertain is instinctively perceived as a potential threat. This is certainly true in our personal lives, where even something as seemingly simple as buying a new car can become an overly long and involved process. But it is especially true in our professional lives when you're talking about the technological foundation that is at the heart of any modern day business.

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TAGS: it strategy, Change management, employee engagement, IT systems, culture, employee satisfaction, employees

The Major Benefits of Replacing Old Hardware: What You Need to Know

by John Lane - Jun 7, 2018

As the financial year draws to a close once again, many companies have significant portions of their budget left over and, as a result, are looking for the best possible ways in which to spend it. Despite this, far too many business leaders continue to overlook one of the most obvious — and effective — ways to do precisely that.

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TAGS: IT systems, infrastructure, risk, hardware, workstations

Is the Time Right to Move Your Business to the Cloud?

by John Lane - May 22, 2018

The concept of hybrid IT is one that has grown incredibly popular over the last few years, particularly with small and medium-sized businesses all over the world. In a hybrid IT environment, an organisation will typically leverage some IT resources on premise but use cloud-based services for everything else. The benefits of this include not only a centralised approach to important factors like IT governance, but also opening up the ability to experiment with the best that cloud computing has to offer.

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TAGS: it strategy, IT systems, cloud, digital transformation