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What Katrina Taught Me about Disaster Recovery

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Jerry Nelson

An organization I worked with owned a site in New Orleans. Our disaster recovery plan was simple; It required that the General Manager transport the most recent backup tapes to a designated accessible sister site where IT would redeploy the site's data and applications. When Katrina hit, our disaster recovery plan worked flawlessly and we recovered within the prescribed RTO and RPO. However, the 37 employees that used that data to generate revenue for the organization were scattered around the country unable to conduct business leaving our customers with an inferior product. What good is a disaster recovery plan without an associated solid business continuity plan?

Bloom Where You're Planted: Part One

Posted on July 20, 2015 by Steve Chihos

Part One // How to instigate change even if you’re not the Boss

5 Great Tools To Boost Social Media Marketing

Posted on July 08, 2015 by Jaren Grenell

The reign of social media is firmly upon us. Think about this, you cannot go anywhere with anyone and not be influenced in some way by social campaigns. At the baseball game, out to eat at that new thai restaurant, or even the dreaded trip to the dentist (insert dentist horror story here), social media is wreaking havoc on the world around us. I mean, when is the last time you watched a TV commercial without a “#HASHTAG” at the end…? Exactly my point.

Hey You... What's Your Problem?

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Dale Holmgren

What I have observed about problem solving during my now approaching 40 year career in Information Technology is that people are often trying to convince others of an approach without ever presenting a problem statement. I've seen people go directly to the solution. Sometimes those people have included me. OK, lots of times it was me. Now, there can be a variety of reasons why this happens. I may have assumed that everyone understands what the problem is (Kalsa, whose book I am currently reading, correctly points out that this is simply guessing.) Other times there may not actually have been a problem, I just had something to gain by the solution being implemented. Sometimes I was presented with a task, to solve an issue, and I just wanted to check that one off my list, so I didn't bother to invest the time to fully understand the problem, so how could I state it properly. More to the point, in each of these situations, how could I possibly arrive at the exact solution?

A Big Data Sandbox Story

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Jaren Grenell

There is ‘a price to pay not to play’. Admittedly, I used this scare tactic five years ago to build a solid business case that successfully convinced my boss to launch and operationalize social media for his SMB.

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