Manufacturers utilize numerous data-producing mechanisms on a day-to-day basis, but aggregating and analyzing that information is a daunting task. A number of them lack appropriate platforms capable of supporting collection and scrutiny processes as well as the personnel to manage the environment's functionality.
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The United States economy has witnessed a general upswing since March. After the end of a harsh winter that slowed market progression, people are getting back to work and consumers are hitting the stores once again.
Between merchandisers obtaining data through e-commerce applications and industrial developers searching for ways to optimize critical infrastructure grid performance, database experts would agree that the complexity of the modern database has expanded. Professionals typically think of scalability when they refer to the changing environment, but it's more applicable to scrutinize the programming languages and analytics applications used by companies.
Recently, the Heartbleed Bug has sent a rift through global economic society. The personal information of online shoppers, social media users and business professionals is at risk and database administration providers are doing all they can to either prevent damage from occurring or mitigate detrimental effects of what has already occurred.
Retailers that have failed to adapt to the e-commerce landscape are seemingly destined for failure. Those that have executed an omnichannel product delivery approach have implemented complex data analytics programs to provide them with valuable market insight on both individual customers and groups of people. Helping them effectively manage this software are database experts well acquainted with the technology.
The advent of virtualization tools is driving businesses away from in-house network management and toward outsourced database administration services. It's not uncommon for enterprises handling massive amounts of digital information to favor an option that doesn't require a massive data center to adequately host applications. Managing a system that's relatively new to corporate IT infrastructures typically poses a challenge for organizations wishing to decrease expenses without sacrificing performance capabilities.
Now that mobile device management is making a name for itself as a primary pillar of enterprise IT, businesses and service providers alike are searching for the best way to prioritize mobility and get the most out of personal devices in the workplace. Approaches have ranged from free-form bring-your-own-device implementation to strict, software-based device management platforms and everything in between, but there is still work to be done before mobile earns its place as a must-have component of any company regardless of sector or trade.
Business leaders who have dabbled in bring-your-own-device and mobile device management strategies are well aware of the powerful benefits afforded by the technology, but few have taken full advantage of the movement due to shaky employee compliance, a lack of dedicated software and a host of IT security concerns. However, there is no better match for the business world than that of mobile and cloud services, and companies are beginning to realize this as personal devices take the spotlight in many of 2014's cloud-based offerings.
By now, consumers and business leaders alike should know of the pressing threat that cyberattackers pose to retailers and financial institutions across the world. Following the major breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus this past holiday season, IT decision-makers are scrambling to reevaluate and strengthen their security measures to minimize the likelihood of a harmful attack on their organizations. But while security strategists know that they must take action to avoid the fate of losing customers' data by the millions, the workings of the point-of-sale (POS) malware that executed last year's attacks are still unknown to many. PCWorld pointed to "ChewBacca" malware as the primary variant responsible for the unprecedented magnitude of these incidents.
Since mobile technology first came on the scene as a business tool years ago, thought leaders across industries have been extolling the virtues of its capabilities. Businesses were rightfully excited about the possibilities that this highly agile platform could bring to the table, allowing workers to email on the go and remain an active participant in company operations regardless of geographical location. Of course, mobile has come a long way since its origins with antennae-laden cell phones and greyscale personal organizers, but there are still a few concerns that are keeping it back from reaching its full potential.
There is no denying the great range of benefits that a business can reap from implementing mobile devices into its strategies, but without a dedicated security plan to accompany the decision it can be extremely risky, especially for firms that handle a lot of personal financial information. With data breaches occurring more frequently year after year, IT leaders need to be extra cautious when proceeding with mobile integration and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) or potentially suffer the consequences of a cyberattack that could compromise company secrets and customer data or harm internal network processes.
While IT departments are often exclusively given the burden of handling database quality measures, maintaining a consistently effective network security strategy is the responsibility of everyone within an organization, especially those in executive positions. Not only are these individuals calling the shots when it comes to devising and implementing these plans, but they need to recognize their influence as role models in the corporate structure. In other words, employees are less likely to follow security protocols if upper-level management is shirking their obligations to adhere to those same policies. With the recent spike in data breaches and other high-profile cyberattacks on retail and financial firms worldwide, there is no better time for the C-suite to get themselves in line with best security practices.