Archive for January, 2011

Will this year’s IT budget shrink?

There is a debate about how the ‘new financial reality’ will affect IT. Logic might dictate that IT spending will decline in line with spending across the enterprise but it appears from these recent news stories, that this is not necessarily the case; and with good reason.

IT can deliver significant savings through streamlining processes. It is this mindset that is prompting a movement toward outsourcing, argues research consultancy Kable in their report Change to sustain public sector ICT spend. The desire to structurally reform public services offers further opportunities to utilise IT in creative ways.

Gareth Morgan essentially agrees with Kable in his Computing article,
Shrinking economy pushes IT focus back to cost saving. IT needs to demonstrate that it delivers value to the business and will focus on projects that are critical to the business strategy. Given that making efficiency savings is critical to most businesses, IT is well positioned to deliver savings in time and resources.

In a different article, Outlook brightens for SME IT spending, Morgan notes that 2010 spending on IT in enterprises rose ‘strongly’, with a more modest rise in SMEs. He also reports Gartner’s assertion that IT budgets will rise by 5% this year.

So it’s not all doom and gloom for IT. Properly positioned, IT can deliver value to the business by increasing efficiency. So, in short, this means doing what we all always strive to do; perhaps shouting about it a bit more…!

Categories: News

Inaction can have consequences

The Osterman report, Choosing the Right Archiving Solution, details some of the potential consequences of not implementing an email archiving solution.

1. Having to perform e-Discovery on back-up tapes; an arduous and time-consuming process – if you can locate the correct tapes.

2. Having to utilise I.T. resources to locate relevant data. This has the double effect of using expensive staff to perform tasks that could be made so much easier and taking these staff away from their day jobs.

3. Spending unnecessary budget on adding storage to buttress mail servers when the data could be moved to lower cost storage.

4. Being incapable of fulfilling legal or regulatory demands, leaving the company open to expensive lawsuits.

The case for looking at archiving is compelling. There are a range of options which vary in complexity to be considered. Hopefully the precis of this report has been useful.

Categories: Archiving, Email archiving

What is the need for email archiving?

The Osterman Report offers 7 reasons to consider adopting an email archiving solution. They are:
1. legal obligations to preserve data; for example, in an HR dispute;

2. regulatory obligations; being able to access information in a timely fashion if demanded by information authorities;

3. reducing email storage problems; taking email off the mail servers to reduce the load;

4. ability to archive other forms of data; for example, the content of instant messaging conversations;

5. freeing I.T. from email recovery; end users can recover their own messages, allowing I.T. to concentrate on core activities;

6. business intelligence; exploit information held in emails that was previously sitting idle;

7. disaster recovery; an archive can help when disaster strikes to a messaging environment.

If any (or all) of the above apply, it is worth considering how to deal with this. An archiving solution might be an effective and cost- effective solution.

Categories: Archiving, Email archiving

Archiving white paper

This is a very interesting white paper about archiving available for download. It was written by Osterman Research and makes some useful points about what to consider when thinking about implementing an archiving system. It also looks at some of the potential consequences of not archiving.
Over the coming week, we will summarise some of these points.

Categories: Archiving, Email archiving

Missing the point

I just came across‘s predictions for the coming year. There are some interesting thoughts but the comment that stood out was from John Vrionis of Lightspeed.
He was discussing using the cloud to archive emails and makes the good point that this method could be cheaper than traditional methods but goes on to say:

…it would be great if you could keep your junk in someone else’s garage.

The prevailing wisdom might be that archiving email is merely ticking a ‘regulatory’ or ‘compliance’ box, but it (and archiving more generally) offers much more. The data held in enterprises is not ‘Junk’ but can be leveraged to help the business in many ways.

Over the coming months we will be blogging about the many ways that archiving can be creatively exploited by businesses. We hope that you will come to agree with us that email (and other) data are not ‘Junk’ but useful business information.

Categories: Archiving, News

Using Agile properly

Computer Weekly’s Bill Goodwin argues that agile is a useful methodology if used properly. This is a refinement of a previous CW article that promoted the use of agile.

Goodwin reports findings of ESI that

it had become trendy for IT departments to adopt the trappings of agile programming


many lacked the discipline to benefit from the technique.

The general theme of the article is that you should be selective as to which projects are run using agile and there should be proper governance.
Like any project, then.

Categories: Software development
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