Economy in the clouds: an introduction

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In this global village, there are two essential attributes: distance and accessibility. The distance, by the process of globalization, open borders and diversity of transportation, attributed it would make the world smaller. Accessibility, in turn, is a bridge to the Virtual World.

This is another and opposite direction of the relative perception of space. The Virtual World is like the cosmos after the Big Bang. It stretches endlessly and the borders of its explosion are imperceptible. New services and social networks play areas, commerce, e-learning (e-learning), e-widening the space of all our fun and our work.

This new reality is being augmented with user activity. In turn, providing content storage devices require increasingly more optimization and data memory. The Virtual World expels a lot of information, of varying utility. As some say, we are creating a virtual cosmic dump, with which justify the development of new information technologies. However, this is, apparently, an unavoidable side effect of the development of civilization of information.

 

Predominant influence of new technologies

Dozen years ago, new technologies dominated especially in scientific laboratories and institutes and corporations in the pages of science fiction books. Today, new technologies become more accessible. There is not a day, an hour, a minute without comment, information that relates to new technologies. New technology dominated our thinking, are a part of our daily lives, we facilitate it, but sometimes can be an obstacle. Nevertheless, is the engine of development in todays economy? IT probably pervaded all spheres of our space fun, work and education. Bewildered, is the thesis that information technology is that possible? To some extent yes. Technology is the know-how, knowledge about the way of innovation or creation of new and more efficient method of performing a given task. Are we, today, able to imagine life without TI, without computers, smart phones without GPS navigation? It would be like suddenly we switched off the light, we cut electricity. What is imperceptible perceptible when we noticed their lack.

Civilization Information

The changes that are being made now are unnoticed, especially for a regular user of new IT technologies. It is a silent revolution that changed our world from 2.0 to 3.0. What is the reason for these numbers? It is an analog to the denomination numbering of the stages of development of the Internet. The Web 1.0 means HTML, Web 2.0 social networks and tools means. You may also be interpreted in the context of the progress of ICT market: I. Period of mainframe computers (mainframes) and terminal II. Era of personal computers, III. Period of cloud computing and mobile applications. According to futurist Alvin Toffler illustrious, we still at the stage of the third wave was postindustrial, was information and services. Welcome to the World 3.0!

For this publication, I opted for the next division of the development of world civilization information:

  • World 1.0 Digital Era
  • World 2.0 was Tech integration
  • World 3.0 Reconstruction Era (re-eventing)

The name of each of the stages is in any case agreed and serves only as an introduction to the presentation of knowledge and information covered by this publication. As in the case of Toffler waves, here too it is possible to indicate a demarcation line between the stages of development of civilization information. Phases overlap each other. Worldwide 3.0 shows characteristics of the Digital World, while in the World Tecnotrónico the World Reconstruction.

World 1.0 Digital Era

The characteristic features of the digital world include: information transfer based on oral tradition, books, newspapers, radio and television, while the predominant attributes of the media listed are: the printing press and radio. World 1.0 covers almost all of our history. Then came the industrial revolution accelerated technological development, increased production capacity, reorganization of work and life style. The same thing took place in the beginning of the Industrial Age, is happening now, but in another reality, scale and formal as then, many technologies completely reorganize branches, create new, they erased the lines between the classes old or make some of them disappear. The education system can not keep up with the changes taking place in the labor market; companies need specialists in new branches. This area collects harvest reorganization in the form of rising unemployment. This phenomenon occurs especially entrenched economically and commercially in the previous period. The analogies are more than obvious. Every great wave of technology brings the need for change, while those introduced inappropriately and not fast enough, leading to the crisis

World 2.0

The dominating faster new technologies is the individual user. It is our private area of ​​activity and usefulness of new solutions, which makes the entire construction of our world need modifications. However, the more organized structure, the more difficult changes. Not the first time that the business follows a path previously opened by the consumer market. Cloud was further used by the individual user by the user company.

The wave of changes initiated by hundreds of millions of individual users can not remain without impact on trade. What today causes more problems for large companies is perhaps applying the concept of Web 2.0 to its current activities. What is the main element in the activity of the individual user, the fact show itself and known to have one, openness and transparency are an obstacle of matter by the companies, which prefer to be closed, opaque and hierarchical. The fewer formalized structures, have more say employees. However, that is what, in most cases, companies try to avoid.

Companies are sort of based experimentation, which is carrying out a specific test for use of new variants, new methods of management and organization that is beneficial to the requirements of novo technology world. Not all goes well and not everyone will like them. Some companies and firms very resistant to change. However, like the old technologies have their place in the modern world, the old style of the organization, in some cases, remain. In this is evolution. The revolution, reorganizes many branches without pity, without considering the consequences, while in the background, the evolution continues. Adaptation to market requirements and client goes. As in nature organisms mutate to adapt to climate change and the strongest are those who win, here, similar processes are taking place. Win these trade bodies, which better and faster adapt to changes.

The biggest challenge for business incomparably larger than the Web 2.0 is the introduction of the solutions in the cloud. It is an unprecedented challenge, as even the computerization of the companies had a slower start. The acceleration is relentless. The Cloud is a challenge and at the same time, a risk. Cloud Computing (CC) changes the way in which business users make use of sources of computing power. The cloud represents a fundamental change to the traditional way of dynamic and flexible process. The Cloud is the modularity, scalability, speed of changes and adaptation to market needs. As business users of cloud computing, we obtain, among other things:

  • Big Data3
  • Virtualization
  • Defragmentation of devices
  • The Third Platform (Cloud Computing 1.0)
  • Mobile computing
  • Internet of Things
  • Internet of Services
  • Social Network Sites (social networks)
  • The Web 3.0

Reconstruction is the era of reorganization procedures and organizational structures: companies, state governments, schools, hospitals, banks. Paradoxically, all these institutions, most opposed to these changes, are the most in need and could take advantage of them. An area where there is a large amount of data, many users, a centralized organization structure and at the same time, geographically dispersed recreation is most required.

Platform9 or how to build your own cloud

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A group of ex-engineers have founded Platform9 VMware, a company that describes itself as the Salesforce.com for managing private clouds.

The service has been created by former employees of VMware, who founded his own company Platform9 , and which is expected to facilitate the work of professionals who want the best of a public cloud with a private access and security that have unique data center for the company and fully managed.

Platform9 thus acts as a SaaS built on an OpenStack-based and works with KVM , but will in the near future also with Docker or vSphere. Its main advantage is that it allows, as a cloud service, be no need to install, configure or update anything. In 5 minutes an administrator can have the system working perfectly.

For now Platform9 is in beta and although its main competitors seem like ServiceMesh services, or Mirantis MetaCloud, its creators are Amazon Web Services somo its main competition. The service has already secured $ 4.5 million in funding from Redpoint Ventures , and VMware experience of its founders will surely help you succeed Platform9.

Dropbox power system in its search app for Android

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From now also possible to preview files on Dropbox for Android without leaving the application.

If you are using Dropbox and you usually connect to your account from a mobile device operating system Android , the experience should now be much more rewarding.

And is that those responsible for this content storage service in the cloud, which also provides synchronization between different computers and encourages collaboration between workgroups have decided to update their Android application.

Although several developments under the arm brings the new Dropbox for Android, two stand out above the rest.

First, they have perfected the system file search . Since Dropbox qualify it with the terms smarter , faster and easier as it has been gifted with capacities of proven utility as handwriting recognition.

Thus, each time a search is initiated, the system will be able to make suggestions or even going highlighting the material stored in a particular Dropbox account to be coinciding with the query, as characters are introduced.

Other improvements concern the ability to search considering the entire Dropbox account, or focusing on a single folder , and the inclusion of reminders with latest searches have been applied.

Moreover, now it is possible to read preview files without leaving the application . Therefore, the shift up and down and making zoom the content from files of different types, such as Word, PowerPoint or PDF themselves are also contemplated.

Those interested in taking the Dropbox app for Android can be downloaded from this link to their section on the official Google Play Store.

Cloud computing, data analytics and a bit of psychology to promote talent

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In addition to the founding idea, the characteristic of the template that takes shape during the growth of a company is key to ensuring their survival in the market. It is what will make you stand out from the competition and be in compliance goals.

It is therefore advisable to use techniques that enhance the human base and professional quality of workers. And consequently, namely to identify the best employees, encourage their participation within the corporate structure, increase their commitment, advocating collaboration, prepare for and react to unforeseen combat brain drain .

That talent is not burned would be precisely the ultimate goal of the Talent and Change consulting practice IBM initiative, which is included within the overall framework of Smarter Workforce and Big Blue has been expanded with new material.

It is basically a compendium of technical consultancy pulling cloud computing and data analytics, as well as psychology, to better understand the workforce.

For example, with IBM Predictive Hiring Kenexa , companies should be able to see dynamic profiles [to] help ensure that the right candidates are hired, explain its leaders.

Two other tools included are IBM Kenexa Workforce Readiness and I BM Kenexa Predictive Retention. With the first one you can test employees who are already part of the template and see if they are ready for new challenges, while the second one is able to determine what people could end up leaving their job if they are not inserted changes and act accordingly.

What essential modules must include an ERP?

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Today we find ERP programs with just half a dozen modules and other exceeding 30 Modules, market Is better because it has more ERP modules? Not necessarily, lets see what are the most important to include.

As explained in a previous article, one of the main advantages of ERP is that there is a single program, but a software package that includes several tools connected together in order to manage an integrated all resources a company. Each of these tools is called a module and performs various functions.

But then how many modules have an ERP ? It is a difficult question to answer, because the number of modules varies by manufacturer or type of business that the software addresses. For example, a system ERP for SMEs whch has six core modules; while a program for midsize companies like SAP Business One includes 13 modules; and the ERP for large companies such as offering Oracle and other vendors the figure can skyrocket up to 30 modules or more!

However, enterprise resource planner that has more program modules is not necessarily better: we must keep in mind that each additional module increases the cost of implementing an ERP and not all businesses need the same modules. In this sense, it offers good review manufacturers ERP  to ensure that does not require us to implement modules of ERP we do not require or will not use for now.

Then we will give a brief overview of the essential modules that include (or should include) the majority of ERP and then see the modules that are optional to end up with a few tips.

Essential system modules ERP

The modules are generally present in most software ERP are:

Production / Inventory : is the area in which focused first ERP and consists of tools to plan production, purchase of raw materials, manage the store, always know where each part or finished product, etc. However, it is a module that is losing weight as the ERP no longer unique to manufacturing companies to be extended to service companies.

Finance: now is the linchpin around which revolve almost all ERP , since most companies tend to implement this type of program to improve financial management. The financial module in an integrated handles everything related to the economic activity of the company such as budgeting, accounting, cost control, bank accounts, paying bills and receipts, taxes, etc.

Human Resources: This module covers all aspects of the personnel of the company, from salaries and wages to the employee information, performance evaluations, and attendance, etc. The ERP may include other more advanced functions such as career planning, job descriptions, incentives, etc.

CRM : Customer Relationship Management (or management of customer relationships) is an element that is used to administer separately using software CRM specific. But increasingly it also chooses to integrate the ERP , because of the close links it has with other modules such as production, inventory or sales.

Sales: It is another aspect of the business that tends to progressively integrated into the ERP and covers all the business of the company, from the generation of offers and budgets shipping products, track orders, etc. Sometimes modules Sales and CRM bind, especially in the ERP for SMEs.

SCM: Managing the Supply Chain ( SCM ) is an activity that has been freeing module production / inventory due to its importance for companies. Includes purchases from procurement and distribution of the final product or service, through intermediate flows with suppliers and customers.

Optional modules of an ERP

The amount of additional modules that can be incorporated into software enterprise resource management is almost endless. Some of the extra common modules are:

  • Marketing to manage promotional activities (sometimes integrated with Sales).
  • Business Analysis: get a strategic overview on the company.
  • Project management: planning, budgeting and implementation of non-repetitive tasks.
  • Management Product Lifecycle ( PLM ) is the entire process relating to a product, from its design and launch to the end of its life on the market.

Other newer modules that progressively tends to add to the ERP include, for example, the e-commerce to sell online, or the  document management for scanning documents and move towards the paperless office. Finally, we must take into account the specialized modules that can incorporate the ERP vertical : from the management of transport companies floating on the aftermarket and customer support manufacturers.

In any case, we must never lose sight of the real needs of the company at the time of implementing the ERP , to avoid adding modules that are not needed. We must also take into account the flexibility offered by the  ERP to incorporate new modules as you need them in the future, since the supply is increasing.

What is ERP and what are the advantages to the companies that implemented?

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Most of the companies have an ERP, according to the study 2013, a figure that rises to 62.8% for large companies. But what exactly is ERP? And what are the benefits that justify its implementation, not always easy? We will learn more about these programs.

What is ERP? This “famous” acronym we hear so often are in Enterprise Resource Planning and usually translated into Castilian as System Enterprise Resource Planning or Enterprise Resource Planning. As its name suggests, it is software packages that allow business management plan and control resources and business processes of a company.

The ERP emerged in the United States during World War II. Taking advantage of the first computers, the American authorities created rudimentary management programs to plan and control the production war effort. After this kind of software passed the business sector and was developed into what we now know as an ERP.

 

The keys of an ERP

Unlike planning programs primarily focused on production, ERP solutions that are modern cover all areas of a business organization: finance, accounting, billing, sales, marketing, logistics, production, inventory, payroll, etc. To that end, the programs ERP are formed by different modules or tools corresponding to each of these areas. Thus, the company can decide which modules will be implemented at all times depending on the activities you need to manage your business. Therefore, the implementation of an ERP is always in some part a measure as well as chooses which modules are implemented; a process is required to fit the specific operation and the idiosyncrasies of individual companies.

In addition, unlike a pack of applications that operate separately (as might be the popular office suite MicrosoftOffice) in an ERP  all data is  integrated and connected . Thus, the company ensures that information flows seamlessly from one module to another and can gain valuable centralized overview of the status of your business, which can not be achieved with any other business program.

It is also necessary that the ERP is upgradeable as time can vary both the needs of the company (eg launch of new products and services, opening offices, creation of departments, etc.) and the environment in which it operates (eg changes in procedures to overcome an audit and be certified ISO , or changes in the legal framework and regulations SEPA ). In this sense, there are providers that offer upgrade plans to update the ERP without discarding all the investment made so far.

The advantages of an ERP

In a summary, the advantages of implementing enterprise software ERP are:

  • Increase productivity
    The ERP allows the entire company to work with the same applications and automate many business processes, which helps employees to work harder and better.
  • Increases control
    With ERP, you can know when everything is happening in the company. For example: Who has made ​​a sale? How much inventory is left? Are unpaid bills?
  • Improves safety
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    he information ERP is standardized and is traceable. So the risks are avoided dispersed information, loss of data, unauthorized access, etc.
  • Optimizes Service
    Just access the ERP , it is possible to know the exact status of a client, when your order will be served, if you have unpaid bills, claims or complaints, etc.
  • Generates savings
    The ERP reduces operating costs by automating business processes, increasing employee productivity and reducing the risk of error.
  • Supports decisions
    Many entrepreneurs say they have all your business in the head. But when the company grows, it is no longer possible: the support of a required ERP to make informed decisions.
  • Create corporate culture
    Implement an ERP requires all departments to document, systematize and coordinate their work processes. This is a professionalization of the activity.
  • Drives growth
    When a company acquires a certain size or complexity, ERP is the tool to manage the business professionally, instead of going putting out fires.

All these advantages translate into tangible and measurable results for the company. According to a study by consultancyPriceWaterhouseCoopers , implementing an ERP improves the quality of information by 65% of enterprises; reduces the need for staff in 35% of cases; and lowers costs Information Technology in approximately 20% of the implementations. However, these benefits are not immediate, because implementing an ERP is a process that requires time, effort and investment but then just worthwhile!

Does your company have an ERP? Do you think you need it?

Underlying Tensions of Small Business vs. Corporations

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The goal of every small business is to grow up to be a big business someday. Until that time comes the relationship between a small business and a large corporation can be rather strained. Big businesses tend to dominate the marketplace, making it hard for small businesses competing with the big guys. This can lead to uncertainty for small businesses struggling to survive. Large corporations may be getting a greater share of the marketplace, but they also must fend off challenges from small businesses which have the ability to be more flexible in their product and service offerings, even though they can’t pull in the resources the big guys have at their disposal. Regardless if you are a small or large, business Ethernet is a must have for conducting necessary business.

Survival of the Fittest

The underlying tension is a survival instinct. Small businesses fear, number one, that they won’t be able to match price or that they won’t have enough resources, staff, or time to pull off their projects and make enough money to grow. While large businesses fear they will and then present a huge challenge to their own business models that won’t be able to react swiftly enough. Big businesses fear losing their business overnight to a more nimble competitor.

The Internet: The Great Equalizer
Even though small businesses don’t have the capital available to large businesses it’s a great time to be a small business because the Internet evens the score in many ways.

The Internet has provided a boon to both small businesses and large corporations. Small businesses can leverage their websites to appear bigger than they actually are, thus grabbing some of the prestige of a larger business. Large businesses can use the Internet to cut costs even more significantly and make them more responsive by automating help functions and product ordering online.

However, the internet has also been ideal to create distinct niches for both entities, thus helping to eliminate some of the tension. For instance, small businesses can make use of online local listings more than a big business, which has a global business model. They may both still be using the Internet, but they are learning to compete in different marketplaces to keep both alive and thriving.

Technology Can Blur the Line Between Big and Small Businesses

The price of technology has drastically dropped as the capability and functionality have increased. That means that even small businesses can now afford to use technologies like VoIP and cloud computing. Broadband is available for small businesses, making it possible for them to deliver many of the remote services that only big businesses were able to afford previously.

Small businesses may not have the money to hire a large staff or the resources to buy equipment, but they don’t have to these days. If they have a secure, and efficient, connection that allows them to communicate without the need to hire more staff, like an online website, they can leverage technology to save them money while growing their business more efficiently.

Large businesses also can reach out to their locations around the globe by invoking communications technologies that have that reach without additional expenses in hiring or even laying transoceanic lines (when’s the last time you heard of that happening?).

As long as they have a good provider, they can leverage that infrastructure with offerings like Software-as-a-Service that will allow them to continue to offer their products and services anywhere in the world at a fraction of the cost in the past. It also offers them the flexibility of changing their online offerings quickly without incurring massive development and infrastructure costs normally associated with large businesses.

As both small and large businesses learn their defined niches online, they will continue to reduce tensions and create a healthier economy where both small and large businesses can prosper, but not at each other’s expense

Algorithmic solutions to extract value from enterprise data

Algorithmic solutions to extract value from enterprise data

The rise of the Internet, social networks and the proliferation of sensors and detection and control mechanisms, leading to an amount of data available to companies and public bodies whose complexity continues to grow. The electronic traces we leave to surf the web, pay by card, call mobile, driving with a GPS system to buy tickets online or get cash from an ATM permit, properly classified, aggregated, processed and analyzed to characterize and predict our behavior, habits or communication needs and future owners and collectively.

These data, once processed, generates usable to improve processes, plan marketing campaigns, detecting fraudulent behavior or measuring the propensity to use or abandonment of a product information. However, this treatment is very complex due to the huge amount of data, in continuous variability, a huge variety of types and formats and an undetermined veracity of probabilistic nature. This requires sophisticated algorithmic methods.

The specialty of the IIC is the Algorithmic Engineering, ie the set of techniques and mathematical methods to analyze and unravel automatically hidden information behind the tangle of complex data by learning from them to adapt to market changes and consumer and turn it into profit for the company. It has to do with a multidisciplinary team of engineers, mathematicians, physicists, psychologists, linguists and specialists in marketing and business organization where 88% of professionals are licensed, Master students, doctors or professors.

 

Analytical tools and predictive

The IIC is a pioneer and leading algorithms for detecting fraud in payments leader. It solutions, check processing and real-time over 62 million daily transactions, banks in Europe are used, USA and Latin America. In the area of ​​renewable energies, the IIC has models, based on the weather forecast anticipate the volume of electricity you generate a wind, photovoltaic or solar thermal park allowing the planning and distribution of energy produced and optimizing your Yield. In the health field, the IIC algorithm models give support to medical professionals in early diagnosis, prognosis and treatment planning of the disease.

 

Talent management and organization

 

Without well organized talent businesses can not function. The IIC has created talent management tools for the assessment and development of skills and generic skills, capabilities as well as the knowledge and use of English. These tools, developed with innovative methodologies enable an organization to meet your professional and dynamic development.

From the point of view of the social functioning of organizations, the IIC provides a consultancy service to discover all the underlying business process informal social network, posing measure differences regarding formal organizational structures (organizational) and take, from that knowledge, corrective actions identified problems. It is applied, for example, knowledge management, to determine the role of employees as generators or consumers of knowledge or influence on processes as facilitators or barriers to distribution. It is a fundamental approach to managing for useful knowledge for any organization or social, shared or not.

 

Social networking and business

The prevalence of social dominates todays business landscape. The relationship between companies and customers and all of them together takes place through social networks of great dynamism and tremendous impact while social media enhance the dissemination of news, information and views, and with them, the influence of individuals and global organizations. The IIC algorithms and solutions are useful also in this area that the data complexity is increased by the multiplicity of possible relationships between social entities.

So the most recent IIC solutions allow you to manage viral marketing campaigns, making processes or products by abandoning social influence, social and geo-CRM or social collaboration Platform Company and monitor conversations and analyze user reviews social media alerting on those with significant impact on the customers business. In a complex environment adequacy, power, precision, and adaptability of its algorithmic solutions make the difference between mere theoretical exercise and obtaining measurable value.

Algorithmic solutions to extract value from enterprise data

value from enterprise data

The rise of the Internet, social networks and the proliferation of sensors and detection and control mechanisms, leading to an amount of data available to companies and public bodies whose complexity continues to grow. The electronic traces we leave to surf the web, pay by card, call mobile, driving with a GPS system to buy tickets online or get cash from an ATM permit, properly classified, aggregated, processed and analyzed to characterize and predict our behavior, habits or communication needs and future owners and collectively.

These data, once processed, generates usable to improve processes, plan marketing campaigns, detecting fraudulent behavior or measuring the propensity to use or abandonment of a product information. However, this treatment is very complex due to the huge amount of data, in continuous variability, a huge variety of types and formats and an undetermined veracity of probabilistic nature. This requires sophisticated algorithmic methods.

The specialty of the IIC is the Algorithmic Engineering, ie the set of techniques and mathematical methods to analyze and unravel automatically hidden information behind the tangle of complex data by learning from them to adapt to market changes and consumer and turn it into profit for the company. It has to do with a multidisciplinary team of engineers, mathematicians, physicists, psychologists, linguists and specialists in marketing and business organization where 88% of professionals are licensed, Master students, doctors or professors.

 

Analytical tools and predictive

The IIC is a pioneer and leading algorithms for detecting fraud in payments leader. It solutions, check processing and real-time over 62 million daily transactions, banks in Europe are used, USA and Latin America. In the area of ​​renewable energies, the IIC has models, based on the weather forecast anticipate the volume of electricity you generate a wind, photovoltaic or solar thermal park allowing the planning and distribution of energy produced and optimizing your Yield. In the health field, the IIC algorithm models give support to medical professionals in early diagnosis, prognosis and treatment planning of the disease.

 

Talent management and organization

 

Without well organized talent businesses can not function. The IIC has created talent management tools for the assessment and development of skills and generic skills, capabilities as well as the knowledge and use of English. These tools, developed with innovative methodologies enable an organization to meet your professional and dynamic development.

From the point of view of the social functioning of organizations, the IIC provides a consultancy service to discover all the underlying business process informal social network, posing measure differences regarding formal organizational structures (organizational) and take, from that knowledge, corrective actions identified problems. It is applied, for example, knowledge management, to determine the role of employees as generators or consumers of knowledge or influence on processes as facilitators or barriers to distribution. It is a fundamental approach to managing for useful knowledge for any organization or social, shared or not.

 

Social networking and business

The prevalence of social dominates todays business landscape. The relationship between companies and customers and all of them together takes place through social networks of great dynamism and tremendous impact while social media enhance the dissemination of news, information and views, and with them, the influence of individuals and global organizations. The IIC algorithms and solutions are useful also in this area that the data complexity is increased by the multiplicity of possible relationships between social entities.

So the most recent IIC solutions allow you to manage viral marketing campaigns, making processes or products by abandoning social influence, social and geo-CRM or social collaboration Platform Company and monitor conversations and analyze user reviews social media alerting on those with significant impact on the customers business. In a complex environment adequacy, power, precision, and adaptability of its algorithmic solutions make the difference between mere theoretical exercise and obtaining measurable value.

Privacy Protection: Reducing the Risks

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The one area of concern and consideration when it comes to technology is around privacy issues, or the lack of. No item of technology is entirely secure and when there are a number of users and people that have access to private information, the risks of data being lost, stolen or tampered with increases significantly. As technology becomes more useful in the workplace, protections need to be put in place to reduce the risk of data tampering occurring – this is particularly relevant with the number of personal devices like laptops for instance, that are being used to work on or access the information through a method that has not stemmed from the working environment.

A BYOD policy is instrumental in the protection of business data. As more employees use their own items of technology to complete work tasks, there are an increased number of ways to access private data. Fortunately, there are also plenty of solutions available like cloud storage services and computer monitoring software, etc. to prevent or discourage breach and leakage of data.

Securing the Data

Employers and organisations need all possible measures and precautions to ensure the security of their data. Misuse and unsolicited access to the data needs to be prevented. Computer monitoring software should be installed on employees’ laptops to discourage them from accessing data they’re not supposed to be accessing while connected to shared networks, and also to reduce the risk of data leakage via email or any other channel.

Communication

Email accounts tend to be the most vulnerable data storage system and can be accessed by anyone. The cloud is the latest software development that has increased levels of security to prevent private emails from being accessed.

Storage

Again, the cloud has better safety concerning the storage of data and can provide the security features that will prevent the unwanted access of business files.

Encryption

With the number of devices having access to shared networks of information, it is beneficial to have files and disks encrypted to protect the items that do not need to be accessed by anyone that does not have permission.

Data Wiping

Mobile devices are the most common forms of access to shared networks of business information, and there is the ability to destroy the data from a mobile device to ensure its safety and security.

Passwords

The oldest form of technological security, but still one of the most effective, having different passwords for different accounts is one of the best ways to eliminate the risks of data being accessed.

BYOD is now very much a part of corporate life and allows for constant access to applications whether at work or on the move. 36% of people use their own devices for work-based tasks.

Taking Action

66% of those that do use their own devices for work believe they are responsible for ensuring their devices are as secure as possible to protect company data. Although this may be the case, employers are obligated to put their own protections in place to ensure there is a smaller chance of data being affected.

  • Employers need to take control of the business’s IT infrastructure and ensure each possible security measure is in place to eliminate any unwanted access.
  • The inbound and outbound access to networks need to be secure and only recognised devices permitted access
  • Mobile device management is crucial and employees need to be aware of the restrictions that are put in place
  • Users and applications need to be monitored and controlled not just the devices that are being used