Workforce Productivity - Best Practices
Steps to improve IT workforce productivity include:
Develop a strong team orientation - Effective teams and the effective planning and execution provide the structure necessary to get the best from all team members. Well written job descriptions are a first step in that process.
Align roles and performance objectives - Change causes by today's business environment causes misalignments of roles and focus of a significant number of the workforce. Job descriptions that are results and metric driven are an essential tool in the management process.
Set performance goals and manage workforce with that as the focus - A majority of the workforce performs better if they have specific goals they must achieve. Good job description include measurable goals.
Evaluate workforce based on defined objectives and goals - Review job performance based on job content and metrics to see how they can be modified to improved organizational productivity and minimize organizational dysfunction.
IT Best Practices News and Information
Disaster Recovery DigestFebruary 20th, 2014
Disaster Recovery Digest
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Physical and digital security are the focus of CSOsFebruary 12th, 2014
The migration of physical security technology to a network platform has made it easier and more convenient for the CSO and their organizations to integrate the various modalities of physical security into a unified configuration to better safeguard their employees, visitors, premises and material/intellectual property.
Open architecture further enables central control of the various security systems on a single platform, providing higher levels of operational efficiency across the enterprise as well as improved standardization of policies and procedures.more info
IT Trends that will impact business continuityJanuary 9th, 2014
Six trends in IT will effect Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity.
- Security - Thanks to the NSA and GCHQ, (coupled with ongoing allegations against the Chinese), security, corporate privacy and encryption have moved swiftly up the corporate agenda. Identity management, which has often been seen as a nice to have, will become even more of a must have.
- Mobility and convergence - The rapid growth of mobility and the increase in numbers of mobile devices will carry on during 2014. This increase will go hand in hand with further growth in convergence, with all the associated threats and benefits.
- IPv6 - IPV6 will make an increasing impact in enterprise organizations, as infrastructure upgrades create greater corporate IPV6 awareness and increased connectivity to IPV6 customers and suppliers. IPV6 has a number of key mobility and roaming attributes, including the home address concept, which will raise some interesting challenges
- Big data - The rise in data volumes has changed the computing environment for many organizations, with challenges created in managing and reporting on the increasing amount of data, as well as dealing with the growing risk of data loss. 2014 will see data volumes continuing to grow, with a rise in sales of solutions which protect and manage these large amounts of data.
- Visibility reporting and remediation systems - With multiple threats, organizations have deployed multiple security solutions and lost sight of whats actually happening on the threat front. Consolidation to single suppliers will continue, but alongside that, deployment of reporting across multiple vendors will grow strongly.
- Cloud services - Growth in cloud systems and SaaS will continue, particularly for utility services and amongst early adopters. The two key challenges to growth include privacy concerns and security. Solutions that address these issues are beginning to increase at a faster rate than the market.
40 million credit and debit accounts breachedDecember 19th, 2013
Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear.
The chain said that accounts of customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have been exposed. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards. The data breach did not affect online purchases.
The breach affected all cards, including Target store brand cards and major card brands such as Visa and MasterCard.
The Minneapolis company said it immediately told authorities and financial institutions once it became aware of the breach and that it is teaming with a third-party forensics firm to investigate and prevent future breaches. It said it is putting all "appropriate resources" toward the issue.
Target Corp. advised customers to check their statements carefully.more info
Global compliance issuesDecember 4th, 2013
The global regulation that has emerged since the financial crisis is the most rapidly evolving in nearly a century. This environment presents new challenges for compliance professionals as they navigate new regulations, implement new reporting processes within their organization, seek to create operational efficiencies and maintain an effective compliance program.
Chief Compliance Officers (CCO) and other industry professionals need to understand the regulatory reporting challenges faced by all types of enterprises, find lessons learned from others, as well as common practices that firms can leverage. Understanding these new regulations and their reporting requirements, as well as the complex data environment, are critical aspects of operating a strategic compliance program. Janco common practices for compliance excellence and share methods for new reporting implementation. Attendees will hear what challenges firms are facing, what technology and operational strategies they are using to adequately address emerging risks and how theyre ensuring adequate policies and procedures are in place.more info