GDPR Impact Series 2018

2018 sees the long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enter into enforcement starting May 25th. It is a once-in-a-lifetime change to the legal basis on which individuals share their data with organizations.

Research company DataIQ recently examined how consumers expect their data to be used and whether they intend to exercise their new rights, as well as into what organizations intend to do to bring their data-driven practices into line with the Regulations. Download the report now to:

  • Understand the consumer perspective on data collection, consent, context, and control
  • Learn key strategies for the business/marketer’s processes, top opportunities, and challenges in adjusting to the new Regulation
  • Identify any mis-alignments between the two sides’ views of the data exchange and their root causes

Whether you view data as the new oil or as the beginning of the fourth industrial revolution, its relevance in today’s world is hard to deny. By laying the groundwork now, businesses will be able to embrace the opportunities presented by GDPR, and this research takes us one step closer to a more comprehensive understanding of how to truly put the customer and their expectations at the center of everything a brand does.

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Should you opt for a Cisco Enterprise Agreement to manage your software

Cisco is changing the way organizations procure and manage Cisco software through a new licensing model: the Cisco Enterprise Agreement (Cisco EA).

Choosing a Cisco EA provides simplicity, flexibility and cost savings. That's because it consolidates all your maintenance contracts and licenses in a single contract and offers license portability, upfront savings, on-demand deployment capabilities and more. You can also receive vouchers for services to optimize deployments and drive end-user adoption.

There are many benefits, so we've boiled it all down to give you the most important highlights.

What difference could a Cisco EA make to your business?

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Buyer’s Guide – Cisco Enterprise Agreements

You maybe aware that Cisco has introduced a new solution to manage license agreements: the Cisco Enterprise Agreement (Cisco EA).

This simple agreement model offers a number of benefits for procuring and managing your Cisco software suite (network,collaboration and security):

  • Get upfront savings and protected pricing for 3 to 5 years;
  • Consolidate all your maintenance contracts and licenses in a single contract;
  • Easily manage and deploy licenses through one simple portal;
  • Access free services to optimize deployments and enable adoption through Softchoice's Cisco Lifecycle Advisor program.

We have created a comprehensive a Buyer's Guide to provide more details on the advantages of a Cisco Enterprise Agreement.

Learn how the program works in 6 easy steps and get ready for the next level of Cisco licensing.

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Is A Cisco Enterprise Agreement Right For You?

Cisco licensing has earned a reputation for being complex and time consuming to manage.

As an IT professional, you need a predictable, straightforward and flexible way to procure and deploy the Cisco software that powers your business.

The new Cisco Enterprise Agreement (Cisco EA) promises to do just this. It provides a powerful way to simplify license management, save time and reduce costs. Plus, with access to value added benefits like vouchers for services and adoption support, you can increase the impact of your Cisco investments.

Learn about the difference a Cisco Enterprise Agreement can make through our new infographic.

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Make a Smarter Migration to the Cloud

One of the biggest challenges organizations face when moving to the cloud is the skills gap. In a recent study, 96% of IT decision makers acknowledge a skills gap in their organization. However, it’s difficult to get the right training for your team or hire the right skills required to manage every element of your cloud strategy. Moreover, if you hire an outside organization to do the migration for you, you miss out on an opportunity to upskill your team. This is why we created The Azure Accelerator Program, it’s the only service where we not only complete the migration itself, we also provide the training and mentorship necessary to grow your competency around the cloud.

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3 Reasons You Need A Cloud Managed Services Provider

When you invest in the cloud, it opens the door to significant change and transformation. However, if you aren't prepared to undertake all the elements required to managed the cloud, you will face a lot of hurdles. Learn how you can tackle the 3 key areas often overlooked when transitioning to the cloud: the cloud skills gap, operational readiness and cost management. More importantly, see what qualities you should look for in a managed services partner.

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Why IT Leaders Fail In The Cloud

Did you know 57 percent of organizations have exceeded their cloud budget at some point? Two-thirds of those by more than 20 percent? Multiple factors like skills gaps and poor strategic planning are key contributing factors. Our latest survey of more than 200 IT leaders provides insights into the issues hindering cloud adoption as well as solutions you can implement to drive your own success.

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The 5 Stages of Successful Cloud Migration

When deployed effectively, the public cloud is a powerful and disruptive model. It brings positive operational transformation and greater competitiveness. But poor implementation is equally disruptive. Gartner predicts that by 2020, 60% of IT infrastructure and 70% of software and IT services spending will be in the cloud. Yet 96% of IT decision makers acknowledged a skills gap in their organizations with regards to cloud. With over 500 successful cloud migrations we created this guide to outline, in detail, best practices around moving from CapEx to OpEx, considerations for your first workload, securing your cloud and more.

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Forrester Brief You Need An Action Plan For The GDPR

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into force on May 25, 2018. Every organization — regardless of its location — doing business with EU customers will need to make changes to its oversight, technology, processes, and people to comply with the new rules. But where should you start? This report helps security and privacy professionals understand five core GDPR requirements and two related changes they need to start tackling today.

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Taking the pain out of regulatory compliance

Fear of data misuse has led to both general and industry-specific data-privacy regulations worldwide that many organizations now must meet, and it’s important to embrace their requirements. The role of data-holding organizations has increasingly shifted to being stewards of information, in particular in the United States and the European Union (EU). And failure to comply with regulations can mean not only reputational damage, but substantial fines and even jail time. Just meeting compliance mandates, though, may not help you actively spot and stop a data breach.

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Database Security: KuppingerCole Leadership Compass

Database security is a broad section of information security that concerns itself with protecting databases against compromises of their integrity, confidentiality and availability. It covers various security controls for the information itself stored and processed in database systems, underlying computing and network infrastructures, as well as applications accessing the data.

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Overcome the challenges of protecting data that is here, there and everywhere

Guardium software provides a comprehensive solution for physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures through centralized, automated security controls across heterogeneous environments. Guardium helps streamline compliance and reduce risk, and offers installready images for IaaS deployments on major cloud platforms, such as IBM SoftLayer®, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services, and operating across Microsoft Windows, UNIX and Linux environments. The flexible Guardium architecture allows for several different deployment models. You can choose the system architecture that works for your enterprise: Guardium components can all be deployed in the cloud, or you can choose to keep some of those components, such as a central manager, on-premises.

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Guard your organization’s data with intelligent IBM encryption

Data—dynamic, in demand and distributed—is challenging to secure. But you need to protect sensitive data, whether it’s stored on-premises, off-site, or in big-data, private- or hybrid-cloud environments. Protecting sensitive data can take many forms, but nearly any organization needs to keep its data accessible, protect data from loss or compromise, and comply with a raft of regulations and mandates. These can include the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the European Union (EU). General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Even in the cloud, where you may have less immediate control, you must still control your sensitive data—and compliance mandates still apply.

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The IT Leader’s Guide to Maximizing Cloud Value

Cloud services like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are robust tools for business success. They have evolved far beyond the obstacles and limitations of the past. In 2017 alone, the cloud grew by almost 40% - a phenomenal growth rate for any technology. By 2020, 60% of IT infrastructure and 70% of software and IT services spending will be in the cloud.

When deployed effectively, the public cloud is a powerful and disruptive model. It brings positive operational transformation and greater competitiveness. But poor implementation is equally disruptive.

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