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Why do organizations not make more of industrial networks?

Many manufacturers use programmable logic controllers, or PLCs, to control and manage production equipment. These PLCs are traditionally not connected to the corporate IT network, or even the responsibility of the IT department. While it would make sense to open up industrial networks and make available data contained within production control systems, security issues must first be addressed.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 2007
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Identity theft goes upmarket

UK credit reference agency Experian recently revealed that the rise it has seen in identity fraud has coincided with an increase in organized cyber crime. The agency's data has also revealed that a surprisingly large number of consumers were unaware of identity fraud committed against them until they were informed by a financial services firm, which throws up the issue of data theft reporting.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 2007
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Service level agreements: do they really include 'service'?

The amount of time that organizations lose as a result of problems with email, remote network connection, and equipment failure never ceases to amaze. Yet, how many organizations have effective service level agreements that can be relied upon to restore operations to full effectiveness in the agreed amount of time?

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2007
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Product development worries trigger significant investment in PLM

Streamlining product lifecycle processes is now a major priority for manufacturers looking to improve their market share. Manufacturers are looking to enhance both internal and external collaboration, manage product data better and streamline workflows. In turn, these strategies are leading to additional investment in technology such as product lifecycle management.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2007
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Email: a black sheep in need of herding?

It recently emerged that the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust is contemplating introducing email-free days for its 7,000 staff, in a bid to encourage staff to communicate more by talking face-to-face and via the telephone. While this seems a rather unusual tack, it does bring to light the issue of organizations needing to implement appropriate use policies for email.

Published By Datamonitor
04 May 2007
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The real drivers of data protection

Failure to protect customer and proprietary business data can have serious consequences, a Ponemon Institute study has revealed. The study concludes that, as the potential for fines and customer notification increases, businesses will increasingly look to data encryption. Without such measures firmly in place, however, most organizations will keep doing the minimum required to protect customers.

Published By Datamonitor
04 May 2007
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Paper-based records have no in-built provision for disaster recovery

Even in the electronic age, there are still organizations that, despite using electronic systems to manage their information, still print all documents and records, and maintain the paper version as the official record. Apart from the time wasted in delivering paper records from off-site storage facilities back to the organization, there are inherent risks in maintaining paper-based records.

Published By Datamonitor
11 May 2007
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Greenprint: printing for the greener generation

If we cannot have a paperless environment, the next best thing is to use less paper. GreenPrint Enterprise is waste-reducing software that was recently launched in the UK, enabling organizations to decrease the amount of paper and ink used when printing. The product could fair well as companies are increasingly realizing the need to employ more environmentally friendly products and strategies.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2007
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UK online sales to almost triple over next five years

In 2006, online retail spending in the UK grew by 33.4%, to a record GBP10.9 billion, almost 13 times faster than the retail sector overall, thanks largely to retailer investment and low-cost broadband. However, unlike five years ago, no reasons for an end to the boom are apparent, and online sales look set to almost triple over the next five years, to reach GBP28 billion in 2011.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2007
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Organizations need to take a long-term approach to retention

Regulations in some industries dictate that data must be kept for long periods - potentially over 100 years, but many organizations do not consider long-term retention when archiving. However, if they do not take action now, when information has to be retrieved it may be unreadable, as the application that created it will certainly not exist, and the file format it was created in may be obsolete.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2007

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