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Migration is inevitable. In the world of data management, you’ll eventually need to upgrade your systems and shift data from one storage environment to another. But can you do this without compromising your data security? While it’s possible to undertake a complete data migration without any serious complications, it takes specialized knowledge and precautions. If you have a system upgrade in your near future, here are a few steps you should take to ensure everything goes smoothly. Study Up The first thing you need to do in order to ensure a flawless data migration is to study up on data protection fundamentals. IT organizations like the SANS Institute offer courses in security that can help you understand your different system options, develop security policies, and perform risk assessments. This will prepare you for data migration from a holistic perspective, not ju... (more)

The Five Biggest Trends in Unified Communications (UC) | @CloudExpo #Cloud #UCaaS #Analytics

Thanks to the plethora of communication and messaging apps available to the average user, unified communications (UC) is becoming more important than ever before. UC is a set of products and services designed to give employees a uniform communications experience, integrating different apps and channels to a singular point of interaction. For example, UC might allow a transcript of a voicemail to be delivered to a recipient’s email, enabling a central communication location that comprises multiple mediums at once. Overall, UC has the ability to help companies perform more efficient... (more)

Understanding Virtualization | @CloudExpo #VM #AI #DX #Virtualization

A Look at How Virtualization Is Setting Business Free from Physical Constraints Instead of trying to determine whether or not virtualization is a good general business practice, you need to ask yourself one simple question: Does it make sense for my business? The floodgates have officially opened. Businesses that were once reluctant to invest in virtualization are now willing participants, looking for any opportunity to reduce their dependence on physical assets and environments. But is it worth the cost? This is a question that many businesses find themselves wondering and the ... (more)

How Does Big Data Affect Intellectual Property Rights? | @BigDataExpo #BigData #Security

Patents are a good step towards shielding your IP data, but they're not a seamless solution. Legal protection regarding intellectual property isn't definite and has some holes in it. The constant stream of big data has made this problem even worse, obscuring the specifics about original ownership. Data comes in streams from all over the world. Companies have more information about consumers and their closest competitors than ever before. It's an incredible marketing advantage when utilized correctly, and businesses are happy to have it in their arsenal. However, there's a dark si... (more)

Marketing in the Digital Age | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Analytics #DigitalTransformation

Mastering Word-of-Mouth Marketing in the Digital Age In 2017, word-of-mouth marketing will be a lucrative strategy and should allow small businesses and startups to carve out powerful niches in a marketplace that's noisier than ever. When was the last time you paused to consider the noise on the internet? If you really take a look, it’s astonishing. Data shows that every single day, 500 million tweets are sent out, 4 million hours of content is uploaded to YouTube, and 205 billion emails are sent. On top of that, roughly 3 million Facebook posts are shared every single minute. T... (more)