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20 Aug: How can a Hybrid Cloud Monitoring Solution help my team monitor the cloud?

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.

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15 May: What is technical debt & how can I avoid it in AWS?

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.

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27 Mar: Capital Kanban Recap: The Art of Agile

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.

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30 Jan: Inform Decisions with Master Data Management: A Primer

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.

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07 Dec: How Low Can You Go? Reducing Data Insight Delay

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.

23 Aug: GDPR is Here! What is it and How Does it Affect Your Compliance Management Program?

If you’ve been a privacy professional at any point in the last few decades, your head is spinning with the myriad of privacy laws and regulations in the U.S. and abroad. Some examples are the European Data Protection Directive of 1995, the strengthening of that directive in 2012, the French Data Privacy Law of 1978, Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) of 2001, and last but not least, the U.S. Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) of 1999.

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18 Jul: Data Storytelling: A Cheat Sheet

Data Storytelling is an essential skill of of any data scientist that makes data come alive. It is a structured method for turning data insights into action through analysis, design, and narrative. It is an art that brings interpretation and clarity while engaging the audience towards action. The Framework defines the art of data storytelling, as well as provides guidelines for how to do it successfully.

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05 Jul: InfoSec Can Be Taxing, So Here’s a Taxonomy

Information Security can sometimes feel like death by documentation, like a bunch of red tape just to keep regulators and auditors at bay. Throw in differences in lexicon, and seeing how all the many pieces fit together can be quite difficult.

Getting everyone, practitioner and leadership alike, on the same page when it comes to terminology in the information security space is key. If everyone can speak the same language, a well-understood and well-orchestrated information security governance structure won’t be far off.

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25 May: Privacy and Security: What’s the Difference?

As data collection has increased, so has controversy. Most of this data has been willingly given by us users in the form of our computers, smart phones, and more recently, smart home devices, cars, and even refrigerators. International regulatory eyes have turned their gazes to some of these massive organizations collecting our data.