April 25, 2012

5 Big Issues Driving Enterprise IT Mad


In todays fast-paced, highly complex, global economy Enterprises are in race to effectively compete each other and hence organizations are employing new, more powerful information technologies at an unprecedented rate. But in the meanwhile most of the enterprises are either ignoring or not fully understanding some Big Issues that are making things absolutely maddening for IT managers, technology developers and marketers.

Some of the big issues emerging this year are listed below for enterprises to accomplish their critical missions and carry out their corporate business strategies writes Roger Strukhoff in Sys-Con Media.


Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is currently one of the most frequently discussed issues in the enterprise world. The BYOD trend is on the rise partly due to the rise of increasingly easy-to-use smart phones and tablets, and partly due to the decline of corporate cell phone companies. However, although BYOD movement is clearly gaining momentum yet it posses the biggest challenge to IT. There are possible pitfalls that companies and employees should take into consideration when implementing BYOD policies.

Rich Santelesa, Senior counsel at InfoLaw Group, lists out a number of potential issues for the company when BYOD is implemented. Which  includes “potential liability for activities employees conduct through the device (such as on social networks and elsewhere online); cyber risk insurance coverage in the event of data breaches; additional burdens to e-discovery and increased risk of possible data breaches for BYOD when employees fail to reasonably secure the device,”  reports Real-User-Monitoring.Com





The security of enterprises is being rocked by an unpleasant truth “Hacking”.  Anti-social activities such as hacking, cracking, data breaches etc pose a significant threat to companies and activist hackers have become a major problem to Enterprises and everyone connected to the internet. Hacking leads to threats of infiltration, loss of proprietary data, fraud, destruction and operational paralysis. The more prominent the organization is, the greater its risk is of being hacked!

These days unethical hackers outsmart the ethical hackers and develop sophisticated tools to realize their unlawful aims, hence businesses must take every precaution to prevent successful attacks.




Big Data

Big data is the latest buzz-word in the industry. In Simple words, big data is just that: large amounts of data that cannot be handled by conventional systems. Big Data can be used for analytics and to leverage a company’s data more efficiently and effectively and large enterprises face huge challenges when dealing with their Big Data.Big data analytics can become an undefeatable challenge if you don’t have the correct tools.Strukhoff in his article says that “The key problem with the Big-Data challenge is that it's like an oil gusher. Potential revenue is not being captured, and it's dangerous to cap it and control it even you knew how. The oil business has had 150 years to figure out how to control their gushers; IT has had one or two.”




Cloud computing has moved out of its infancy stage, it has revolutionized and transformed the computer age with its dramatic impact on the way in which business is conducted today.  Just when IT  was setting a strong foothold in the cloud and commanding over ‘Private Cloud’ along comes the Open ‘Cloud’  and ‘Hybrid Cloud’ debate.  Hybrid cloud is the shift from “cloud” to “clouds” which undoubtedly provides new opportunities, but it also brings challenges beyond just integration – security, data integrity and reliability.




SOPA Issues

SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act, written with the intent of more vigorously protecting copyright around the web. “The SOPA bill may be dead, but its like-minded brethren can be expected to pop up like sunflowers once we get past the US election in November” says Strukhoff in his article. Although SOPA would be a sweet deal for giant music and entertainment companies but it’s not a good deal for most of the IT organizations and countless small businesses.

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