Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in mobility, disaster recovery and more:
- With 29% of the global workforce now mobile, Wired predicts that this year will “see a rapid acceleration in the development and use of custom enterprise mobile apps, transforming the way in which organizations work.” According to Wired, this trend is fuelled by off-the-shelf apps becoming more commonplace and the increased use of smartphones and tablets by knowledge workers. For more information on why mobility is going mainstream in businesses, see Wired.
- Healthcare institutions must modernize their disaster recovery plans. According to Nick Chandler, a Senior Consultant for Data Center & Application Delivery at Burwood Group, “While most healthcare facilities have disaster recovery plans in place, many are based on an outdated paradigm in which information technology was much less critical than it is today. Today, many healthcare providers lack adequate capabilities to restore critical information and services in an adequate amount of time in the event of a disaster.” His article on the Sys-Con Media website outlines ways healthcare institutions can align their disaster recovery plan with their needs. He first suggests determining the institution’s needs and setting a recovery point objective that specifies how much data the institution can afford to lose in the event of an emergency. For more tips on how healthcare institutions can create a disaster recovery plan, see the Sys-Con Media article.
- Companies pay $194 for every customer record that they lose, according to Raffi Jamgotchian, President and CTO of Triada Networks. However, while these costs are high, they can pale when compared to the legal, regulatory, reputation and personal safety ramifications of losing customer data. Jamgotchian shared this information in a webinar about network threats and common mistakes companies make when they try to protect themselves. For more information, as well as network security tips, see excerpts from Jamgotchian’s webinar on The VAR Guy blog.
- And finally … big data may make you richer. University of Warwick Business School researcher Tobias Preis and his colleagues might have found a link between Google Trends and the stock market. During its research, the team focused on how many Google searches pertained to financial or economic terms such as “crisis” and “debt”. If fewer people searched for financial terms, the team held onto its stocks. However, the team would short sell if searches for financial terms went up. According to the research, “An uptick in Google searches on finance terms reliably predicted a fall in stock prices.” By doing this, the team was able to increase its hypothetical portfolio by 326 percent. Meanwhile, a constant buy-and-hold strategy yielded just a 16 percent return. For more information on how Google Trends can predict the market, see Yahoo.com.
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