We have been discussing System and Organization Controls (SOC) reports and how they can be a used to establish and maintain trust between service providers and their customers. In our first blog, we covered a basic understanding of the benefits of SOC reporting. In our second blog, we covered the various kinds and types of SOC reports as well as how they are used to support compliance requirements. In this blog, we will tackle one of the most important questions: What information is most important when reviewing a SOC report?
As noted in our earlier blog, System and Organization Controls (SOC) can be helpful tool in establishing and maintaining trust between service providers and their customers. Yet there are still a lot of questions around SOC reporting: Which SOC report is right for my organization?
The rise in cloud-based technology and third-party solutions increases both the complexity and uncertainty of security and compliance responsibilities. Service providers and their customers need to understand how responsibilities are shared and split. This includes Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), as well as operational solutions, such as credit card processing and billing, and IT, such as security monitoring and hosting services.
Here at Impact Makers, we like to shine a light on the incredible people we are lucky enough to call coworkers and friends. Today, we explore the life and career of our most recent “Employee of the Quarter” (2019 Q3), Karen Akens, who earned this distinction for her impressive involvement in our business development efforts across numerous active projects and pursuit teams.
What does it mean to ‘rock’ at Agile Project Management? Aligning with the three areas of the Talent Triangle takes agile beyond the mediocrity of ‘just doing agile’ and to the next level, the Rock Star enterprise level.
Below are our Senior Vice President, Jim Blizzard’s Top 7 ways to be an Enterprise Agile Rock Star.
There are hundreds of monitoring products in the marketplace that cover monitoring from enterprise scale to small and medium businesses. How can a monitoring system help your team? It is imperative that an IT team know the state of the environment and quickly respond to issues.
Most IT teams have a monitoring system, or several monitoring systems. These systems monitor applications, services, operating systems, network devices, and technology infrastructure.
The term “technical debt” originated from Ward Cunningham, one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto. He once said that some problems with code are like financial debt. Technical debt is incurred by completing work in a swift way with some known and/or unknown gaps, which is like a financial debt. Like a financial debt, the technical debt results in interest payments, which come in the form of the extra effort that technology professionals must do in future work because of design choices or shortcuts. We can continue paying the interest, or we can pay down the principal by correcting or polishing the hasty work results into more refined results. Technical debt is usually unintentional, but similar to accrued interest, the impact often increases over time.
Impact Makers recently hosted Capital Kanban’s “The Art of Agile: The Art of War Interpreted with an Agile Lens” with a fantastic turnout. Speaker Megan Windle, a Certified Agile Coach and Certified Scrum Master (CSM), compared the ideas in Sun Tzu’s The Art of War with the principles of Agile, discussing Agile concepts and quotes from the book.
Master data represents some of the most valuable information shared across an organization such as customer, vendor, product, and employee data. It tends to be static and non-transactional in nature, meaning it doesn’t change very often. Master data may also include reference data such as zip codes and U.S. states as part of address data for customers, vendors, or employees.
Across all industries, the race is on for firms to differentiate with data — through data-driven products; enhanced customer acquisition and experience; reduced risk; or streamlined operations (cost-out). C-suite executives have the aspiration and vision to win with data-driven insights, yet most are dissatisfied with the cycles consumed in producing data-driven insights. The time it takes for a business to deliver a quantitative insight from when an internal stakeholder or external customer needs it — let’s call that a firm’s Data ID, short for Data Insight Delay.