BizTech Brief #12

Week Commencing 26th September 2016

The season of events and conferences is truly upon us, full of product updates and industry announcements. The season was kicked off by Microsoft's annual ignite conference in London last week.  I have chosen articles from the tech industry that may be of interest to you. 

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BizTech Brief Articles

3 IT lessons learnt at Microsoft Ignite 2016

VMware have put together their 3 favourite 'nuggets of wisdom' from Microsoft's EVP of Cloud and Enterprise, Scott Guthrie.

1.     Don’t forget: the heart of digital transformation is about harnessing technology

When it comes to digital transformation, the drivers seat is up for grabs, although C.E.Os. and C.M.Os increasingly influence digital strategies it is the IT experts that live and breathe the technologies and therefore are the ones who are going to make it happen.

2.     Technology is not the thing that is changing

Although the frequency of use and device ownership is increasing, the industry is seeing an influx of younger generations and freelancers in the work place over the next few years. Therefore IT need to focus on creating better experiences for customers and employees, making the computing more 'personal'.

3.     Unprecedented security threats call for unprecedented security measures

The more tools and attack vectors we create, the more access points hackers have to corporate resources, therefore IT cannot just rely on old standbys for new threats. 'IT need to lean in together and embrace new technologies in order to move forward'. 

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UK National Cyber Security Centre set to launch

The national cyber security centre is set to officially launch on 3rd October with the website going live on 4th October.

The NCSC will be led by CEO Ciaran Martin, formerly director general of government and industry cyber security at intelligence agency GCHQ, and the technical director will be Ian Levy, formerly technical director of cyber security at GCHQ.

“The primary goal of the NCSC is to simplify the complicated picture across government that made it difficult for organisations to know who to talk to,” said Whitney. “It brings together all the key organisations under a single organisational umbrella to provide better support and bridge the gaps between government, industry and critical national infrastructure.”

The organisation will also help to develop the UK’s pool of cyber security skills. “We are all desperate for skilled people,” said Whitney. “We all have gaps to fill and are having to do the best we can with the people we have.”

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Office 365 news- Intelligence, Security and Collaboration

At the Microsoft ignite conference last week, Microsoft announced updates across Office 365 to help drive digital transformation. The updates and announcements also included new services for office apps such as, Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as new security capabilities.

Intelligent Services

Tap in Word and Outlook

Find and use relevant content from within your organisation without leaving the document you're editing.

Quickstarter in PowerPoint and Sway

This is reinventing the creation process, helping you conquer the blank canvas, providing a solid starting point to then continue building the rest of your presentation.

Turn data into maps in Excel

You can transform geographic data into visualisations using the new maps chart type in excel.

Increasing Trust

Threat intelligence

Helps you proactively uncover and protect against advanced threats in Office 365.  Advanced

Data Governance

Retain high-value data and ensure business continuity while reduce your overall risk profile.

Smarter collaboration, more connected and effective

Yammer integration with Office 365 groups

Yammer now boosts team productivity even more by adding a SharePoint team site and document library, OneNote, Planner and Outlook group to every group in yammer.

 Microsoft Staffhub *New App*

 Makes it easy to create teams, manage shift scheduled and provide relevant information to their workers. 

For more information, updates, videos and more, click here. 

Yahoo sued over data breach

Yahoo is facing a lawsuit that alleges that the internet firm showed a reckless disregard for the security of its users that resulted in a breach affecting half a billion accounts. The law suit seeks unspecified damages in compensations for Yahoo's failure to prevent the breach by improving security measures. This breach could affect the deal Yahoo have made to sell its core to Verizon Communications for $4.83bn in July 2016.

Javvad Malik, Security advocate at security firm AlienVault said 'It is essential for companies to put in place robust threat detection and response controls in order to minimise the risk and impact to customers and business.

Until companies start doing more to protect the data that they hold, an increasing number will face the threat of legal action – not just from customers, but also from suppliers and industry regulators.

To read the full article, click here. 

Veeam/Nimble Integration Webinar

Veeam® is furthering enterprise storage integrations with Veeam Availability Suite™ 9.5 to include advanced support for Nimble Storage alongside Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, NetApp and EMC.

Veeam and Nimble are providing Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™, despite ever-shrinking backup windows and the demand for constant access to data with:

  • Fast and efficient recoveries of individual items or entire VMs from storage snapshots
  • Backup from Storage Snapshots to provide low RPO (recovery point objective) protection and near-zero production environment disruption.
  • Virtual Lab environments for test and dev with production-fresh data

Join ComputerWorld's Virtualisation and Cloud specialist and Veeam on their webinar on October 11th at 2pm to learn all about the Veeam and Nimble integration.

 To read the full article, click here.