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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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CommentWire

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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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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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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Enterprise security is fraying at the edges

An increasing amount of valuable business information is being stored at the 'edge' of the corporate network on laptops, PDAs, home computers, and USB memory sticks. As this data is typically collected and generated by customer- and partner-facing employees, it tends to be high in commercial value; yet one would hardly think so judging by the way organizations often fail to protect and secure it.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2007
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Implications of rich web applications for business are multifold

As organizations roll out service-oriented architecture, they will turn to rich internet and web applications for the final link: the human-machine interface. Businesses therefore need to devise a web strategy and the question of using rich web applications, as well as experimenting with web 2.0 concepts, needs to be part of the consideration process.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 2007
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Enterprise IT budgets increase but in-house IT teams remain an obstacle for vendors

IT budgets globally are set to grow and the outlook for the market is positive. However, vendors hoping to cash in will be faced with competition not only from other providers but from enterprises' in-house IT teams. Indeed, while most enterprises in the US, Australia and Europe will be increasing their IT budgets from last year, they are likely to spend more with their in-house IT departments.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2007

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