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Companies from Google and Netflix to the UK’s Royal Mail will have their eyes on Brussels on Wednesday when the European Commission unveils sweeping new rules for crossborder digital trade, covering everything from online shopping to streaming
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Microsoft will further retreat from its disastrous attempt to crack the global smartphone market, announcing plans to cut back its operations that will incur another writedown of about $950m from the former Nokia business. The US company said on
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Shoshana Zuboff: The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism
Governmental control is nothing compared to what Google is up to. The company is creating a wholly new genus of capitalism, a systemic coherent new logic of accumulation we should call surveillance capitalism. Is there nothing we can do?surveillance capitalism
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When entering the market to outsource infrastructure (Colo, IaaS, Managed Services, etc.) you will find a cornucopia of provider choices.   While your unique selection criteria can be extensive here’s one quick way of getting some providers off your short-list;  see if they define Service Levels as an Agreement or an Objective.  
A Service Level Agreement (SLA) is a “negotiated and binding arrangement between parties as to a course of action.” 
A Service Level Objective (SLO) is “a thing aimed at or sought; a goal or intention”.  

Your end-users and executives expect more than an intention from you to deliver infrastructure services.  Therefore, you should expect more than an intention or objective from your provider. 
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How effective are table-top planning exercises within your Disaster Recovery Planning processes? In the before and after example [photo], Mission critical applications were analyzed to determine the gap between current recovery capabilities and desired RPO/RTO using a table-top planning exercise. Upon completing, the initiatives identified during the table-top exercise(s) the desired RPOs/RTOs can achieved. For more see Info-Tech's Disaster Recovery Plan materials at: https://lnkd.in/bz7J_Pf 
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The key benefits flow from the SLA process rather than the artifact. The process to establish Service Level Agreements enables clarity to be gained by both the business and IT regarding current capabilities, business needs, and steps that can be taken to close service level gaps.
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An Orwellian view of how The Internet Of Things may allow the human resources department a return to relevancy.
Who would have thought that an Internet of things would be so important for the human resources department? And yet here we are. 10 billion devices give us 24/7 access to anybody and anything. Changing the way we live and work while being only in first gear. Analysts expect between 50 and 200
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HP Enterprise will merge it's enterprise services unit with Computer Sciences Corp.
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Most DR tests are focused solely on the technology and not the DR management process – which is where most plans fail. Plan a series of tests from walkthroughs to functional tests to validate both the DR process and technical capabilities. See: https://lnkd.in/eTWkTYK for more information.
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A quick test can help you gauge whether your shared services project is worth pursuing.  
1) Are you solving an unmet need?
2) Will your offering improve the method users access or demand the service?
3) Will you be providing enhanced service capabilities that your customers can’t currently deliver on their own?
If you could not answer “Yes” to any of the above three questions, you should reconsider your pursuit of providing shared services since your customers likely have better alternatives in the market.  
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A new leak of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), yet another secretive trade treaty, reveals plans for new Internet laws including a ban on mandates for free and open source software, constraints on local hosting mandates for personal data, and a requirement to bring in anti-spam laws that most countries have found ineffective.
A February 2015 draft of the secret Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) was leaked again last week, revealing a more extensive and more recent text than that of portions from an April 2014 leak that we covered last year.
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Free Video Conference: Internal Controls – Risk Proof or Exposed? February 26, 2014, at 3pm EST.
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