Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Fujitsu’s chief innovation and technology officer in BBC interview

If your company is the world's third largest IT services provider, and number one in Japan, then the role as global chief innovation and technology officer is essential. David Smith holds that position for Fujitsu and he answers questions on his views on technology in a recent BBC News Business interview.
According to the interview, The Fujitsu Group employs over 170,000 globally, delivering IT products and solutions to customers in more than 70 countries. David Smith answers questions such as “What's your biggest technology problem right now? and “What's the next big tech thing in your industry?” One of the key issues he discusses is the ‘consumerisation of IT’ and the incredible capability of technology available in the home environment as well as in business. He sees adaptability and diversification as vital areas for Fujitsu. To see more including ‘his biggest technology mistake ever made’ read the full interview at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16184446

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Intellectual Property Theft - new report from Symantec

The theft of critical company data can cause huge problems for information technology managers with potentially other areas of the business looking to the IT department for security advice. The findings of a new report from Symantec shows the risk is not necessarily from external threats.
The report called 'Behavioral Risk Indicators of Malicious Insider Theft of Intellectual Property' shows the reasons why employees might steal such data, a typical profile of an ‘IP thief’ and how companies can protect themselves. As well as HR practices such as pre-employee screening, it advises implementing appropriate data protection policies. The policy should ‘monitor inappropriate use of IP and notify employees of violations, which increases security awareness and deters insider theft.”
Whether your responsibilities lie in data management, technical support or network infrastructure, this report looking at internal IT threats could be a valuable read. http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20111207_01

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Big Data –an increasingly large issue for database managers

How big is your Big Data? Is the issue about the size of the data that you manage or is it about the nature of the data and how much is structured or unstructured?
In a recent issue of CIO magazine fro Chief Information Officers, Freeform Dynamics Ltd write about the highlights of their survey of many companies struggling with the issue of managing data.
Martha Bennet, head of strategy at Freeform Dynamics advises in the article to start an assessment to see whether you are really in ‘Big data territory’ – which may not be just a case of having terabytes of company data. The assessment should look at the ‘3 Vs – volume, variety and velocity’ of data – different combinations of which will lead to different data management approaches. To see more about the survey and issues on Big Data for database administrators and other information technology professionals, read the full article at www.cio.co.uk/article/3321647/how-big-is-big-data/?pn=1