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Immutable Backups – The Missing Piece of Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Operating in a digital world comes with the risk of losing everything in a cyber incident. It’s estimated that a ransomware attack takes place every 11 seconds, and our team has observed an increasing number of businesses having their backups targeted in these attacks. So, when bad actors penetrate your environment, how do you go from being a victim of ransomware to a victor of ransomware?

Posted on October 05, 2021

Maintaining Database Systems as a PAAS Solution

Many organizations assume that data moved to PaaS (Platform as a Service) platforms in the cloud does not require any administration, because “it’s managed by the cloud.” In reality, only a small portion of database administrator tasks are automated/included with a PaaS managed solution.

Posted on February 09, 2021

The Dangers of Ignoring Data Management

In today’s data-driven world, it is difficult to believe there are still organizations out there that do not have a good handle on their own data. While it is possible to list out and describe numerous benefits of a good Data Management strategy, this article will focus on some of the risk involved in ignoring data management, or not having a cohesive strategy for business data. We will break...

Posted on February 04, 2021

Analytics & Business Intelligence – empowering users, assisting analysts, and supporting the systems

Today’s organizations are focusing more and more on data, analytics, and business intelligence to drive business decisions and profitability. They are becoming more reliant on the availability and accuracy of data, in order to maintain profitability.

Posted on February 02, 2021

Scheduled Jobs & Maintenance Tasks: an important factor in choosing cloud providers

With the incredible advancements in the cloud, many companies are looking to migrate their workloads in order to save costs and stay relevant in these fast-changing times. A large part of the migration relates to moving data workloads. While all cloud providers provide some sort of managed relational database service, each provider has distinct advantages. There are numerous links and blog...

Posted on January 28, 2021

Data Protection & Governance in the Modern Business Environment

Organizations that do not have data management and governance policies are at increased risk for of data corruption and data breaches.

Posted on January 26, 2021

Managing Data in a Hybrid Cloud Environment

Maintaining data in a hybrid environment comes with its own set of challenges

In today’s data-driven economy, availability of data has become one of the most important factors in an organization’s success. Ensuring data remains available when issues occur provides organizations with the ability to maintain productivity throughout the business, even when disaster strikes.

 

Posted on January 21, 2021

Data Management Includes More Than Just Databases

Data is Important. In today’s digital world, organizations are relying more and more on data, information, and analytical insights to grow their business. In a small-to-medium business, however, you might hear something like ‘I don’t have any data,’ or ‘I don’t need any data employees, we’re not big enough for it to matter.’ In this article, we’ll show how ‘data’ is more than just databases,...

Posted on January 19, 2021

Data Management – Covering the Support Gap

Many companies, especially small- to mid- size organizations, frequently run without a dedicated data management team. The assumption is that infrastructure teams or system admins can handle most issues relating to databases or data management; and those they can’t resolve can be handled by the application teams. Having a data management team can help mitigate risks and provide recognizable...

Posted on January 15, 2021

Returning to in-office business in the face of COVID-19

Unprecedented Business Environments

Though pandemics have occurred throughout history, they are an unprecedented event for modern business. Across the United States in mid-March, many businesses took the lead in requiring employees to work remotely where possible as COVID-19 accelerated across the world. Municipalities and state governments followed shortly thereafter. At that time, we were...

Posted on September 20, 2020

How to Unleash the Power of Salesforce – Take the Self Assessment

Here’s a self-assessment to find out how your CRM environment is working for your company

Whether you’ve been using Salesforce for months or years, your organization has made the strategic decision to invest in an industry leading system. If you are trying to maximize the investment to its full potential, make sure you are not subject to the same issues your organization had prior to this...

Posted on September 03, 2020

Backups and Disaster Recovery Plans: Why Every Business Needs Both

It’s every business owner’s worst nightmare. Your system crashes, your hard drive crashes, you’re the victim of a cybersecurity attack and all your files are encrypted – you’ve lost all of your data.

Posted on July 02, 2020

Amazon Connect Rapid Deployment, Highly Scalable Contact Center Transformation

What Amazon Connect Means for Your Organization

Amazon Connect is a low-cost, highly scalable contact center platform that is part of the AWS ecosystem. With most organizations facing extreme tests of business continuity plans in a “not if, but when” scenario, our clients are increasingly moving critical customer-facing tools to secure and globally accessible cloud platforms like AWS.

Posted on June 03, 2020

A Cloud Database Platform is Critical for Peak Performance

Wait, a Cloud Database Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Need Your DBA

I’ve heard it many times.  Business leaders feel that since they moved their databases to a cloud provider, they won’t need their database administrative (DBA) staff.  The thought is, “the cloud provider will manage that.”  While cloud platforms do help alleviate some of the repetitive tasks of database administration, there are many...

Posted on June 01, 2020

Public Cloud Environments: How to Effectively Manage Costs

Forecast for Clouds with Sun breaks

There are several compelling reasons to move to the cloud. Speed of innovation. The ability to scale quickly.  Production ready services to leverage AI, IoT, natural language processing, etc.  However, for most businesses, it all comes down to costs.

In a previous blog post Moving to the Cloud: Myth Versus Reality, I touched on some misconceptions...

Posted on May 24, 2020

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