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Darin Stahl
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I am a Senior Director of Research with the Info-Tech Research Group but, these Posts are my own.
I am a Senior Director of Research with the Info-Tech Research Group but, these Posts are my own.

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An Orwellian view of how The Internet Of Things may allow the human resources department a return to relevancy.

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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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Shoshana Zuboff: The Secrets of 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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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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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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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.
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