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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jun 14, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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How data security relates to CFO's

Data security should be everyone’s concern, but when it comes to senior executives, the responsibility goes up a few notches. And it’s not just the CEO and the CIO who need to be abreast of it, but also the CFO – the person in charge of the finances.

Security breaches are commonplace. While the high-profile ones will make headlines, there are millions of far smaller ones which don’t – but that doesn’t mean they haven’t happened. The problem is growing, too, as the number of records exposed in data breaches rose by 97 percent in 2015. It’s not hard to see why: hackers make money by targeting information, with whole companies set up for this purpose.

So, as a CFO, what do you need to consider when it comes to information security? Here are our top five things you need to know:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Apr 19, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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AWS cost: Don't get lost in the cloud

Typically, the first thing most assume when dealing with cloud services is that there will be a cost saving. The next is that the costs will be variable, and they are. What ‘they’ don’t tell you is that by using Amazon Web Services (AWS), it is possible to get lost in the cloud and end up with a bill much bigger than anticipated. Here’s how that can happen.

Let's start by considering a trully uknown - AWS Cost Accounting

Pricing for AWS is completely transparent.  The price for each service is clearly labelled online and publicly available.  Amazon’s list prices are the same for all customers, and the only discounts come in the form of volume discounts based on usage, or Reserved Instances (RIs).

So if that's so transparent, how is it an unknown? The devil is in the details

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 22, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Public, Private and Hybrid cloud - which will work for you?

You will by now have heard the term 'Cloud Computing' a lot.  You probably have found that the term 'cloud computing' used for completely different and apparently contradictory circumstances. Google, Uber and Amazon are all 'cloud' but very different services. Didn't Amazon once sell books?  AWS, Evernote, Uber, AirBnB, Office 365, Google - all cloud, all quite distinct.

But  then  even  though  IT  created  this  notion  of  cloud  computing  they  took  it  further  and  created  even  more  clouds.  No, these aren’t cumulus, stratus or cirrus. They are instead the public cloud, the hybrid cloud and the private cloud.

Before getting into these definitions, take a look at this previous blog for more detail on "What is cloud" 

Let's start: Public Cloud

A    public    cloud is based on a standard cloud computing    model,   where   a  service provider (think Microsoft or Amazon)    makes    resources,    such  as applications  and   storage, available  to  the   general  public over the Internet. Public cloud services   may   be   free   or    offered  on a pay-per-usage model.  

What about private cloud?

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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5 Points to consider before moving to Office 365

A few weeks ago, we blogged about why your business should consider moving to Office 365 and the benefits of Microsoft’s cloud productivity applications. As always, it’s worth giving thought to the reasons for moving to Office 365 (and the reasons for making any change to business services should be good ones!)

With Office 365, those reasons are very good – but there are conditions which must be fulfilled before you do it. Check out these 5 points which will determine if your business is ready to take the leap:

 

1. Internet Connectivity

New Zealand is in the midst of the National UFB (Ultra Fast Broadband) Network roll-out. If you’re in an area which is connected – great. However, not every business has inexpensive access to business grade internet.

As a cloud service, Office 365 depends on good internet connectivity is essential. Don’t fall into the trap of switching only to discover your connection isn’t up to it. That could deliver a poor experience, leaving your staff wondering why the switch was made in the first place.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 16, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Downtime: How much does it cost you?

Despite advances in the resilience of IT systems, there remains a grim reality of failures which have the rather unpleasant habit of striking at the least convenient of times. Even short periods of outages can wreak havoc; after all, our dependence on IT has never been higher. But outside of annoyance, what does downtime actually cost?

Factors to consider are:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jan 19, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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3 useful (and FREE) mobile apps to take your business on the go

The world is changing as technology grows ever more mobile. Cellphones have gone from bulky, large pieces of hardware to smaller, more compact specimens; always useful, they’ve also evolved from ‘just’ making calls, to revolutionary tools for doing business over the internet. For owners of any business, the opportunity presented by these connected devices cannot be ignored, as they deliver efficiencies, convenience and productivity benefits which can substantially boost personal and company performance .

Doing that depends on more than the smartphone, though – it comes down to the apps you’re using. Here’s our pick of three particularly useful apps which can give your company that little bit of extra oomph:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jan 14, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Cloud computing and you

 

So do you use the cloud? Most people’s first reaction is no.

But let's ask you another question... Do you make use of Internet Banking or do you Dropbox? Yes? Then you are in the cloud!

Owing to its widespread use, online banking serves as a great example to explain the evolution of cloud computing and the progression most of us make towards using the cloud as a de facto standard for service consumption. Let’s take a closer look.

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Written By Imran Sadiq Dec 1, 2015 9:30:00 AM

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Why you shouldn't bother archiving emails

 

Archiving company emails is one of those ‘bugbear’ tasks which can seem like a lot more hassle than it’s worth. After all, emails gather pretty quickly and can rapidly accumulate, requiring significant amounts of storage capacity.

But failing to archive email can have some consequences - and those drawbacks go beyond the risks associated with regulatory compliance (although that is in its own right a very good reason to look after old email!).

Oh well… forget all of this! This week we thought we should twist things and instead focus on why you SHOULDN’T need to archive your emails.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Nov 24, 2015 9:30:00 AM

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Five Points to Ponder Before Shifting To Cloud

A lot has been said about the cloud and there is still a lot more to come. That’s because cloud computing really does deliver the advantages that it promises: reduced cost, more accurate provisioning, easier management and access to better services (and a wider range, too). But for many, moving to the cloud remains a worrying proposition. Is it secure, will it work for MY business, what are the catches?

There is a growing body of evidence (including case studies and reference clients) which are helping to dispel the concerns – but for those thinking about cloud, here are our top five things to consider.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Nov 17, 2015 9:30:00 AM

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3 GREAT (and Free) Cloud Apps to Organise and Share your Data

Probably the best feature of the cloud is the quite staggering amount of awesome apps you can get for free. In this article, we outline 3 absolutely great (and FREE) cloud apps and services that everyone should be using to organise and share their data.

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