Autotask Audit: The Signal in Big Data Noise and Explaining the Cloud

August 29, 2014  
Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.

InfoWorld: Big data: There's signal in that noise
By Andrew C. Oliver
Fearmongers warn that capturing data means capturing noise and well-tended gardens are the only way to manage data. Well, guess what? Sometimes noise is the point.

CIO: How to Explain the Cloud to End Users
By Kim Lindros and Ed Tittel
Helping a typical employee understand the cloud can go a long way toward protecting sensitive data and keeping files in house, where they belong. This article discusses the cloud in plain-speak and may be a good tool for your next security awareness training session.

Network World: Chief data officer may go the way of chief electricity officer
By Patrick Thibodeau
The U.S. Commerce Department plans to hire a chief data officer (CDO), whose job will be to make more of the department's data publicly available. Whoever takes the job will be part of an exclusive club.

eWeek: Seven Subjects to Master to Drive Enterprise Channel Sales
By Darryl K. Taft
Sales is hard. Sales in the channel is harder. And with the avenue continuing to grow in importance and revenue potential, companies are putting more and more emphasis on channel sales. This, in turn, puts pressure on the channel sales team to increase the volume of leads and conversions. That's not as straightforward as it sounds—driving sales in the channel is no easy task.

Channel Insider: Shadow IT 'Menace' Creates Channel Opportunities
By Michael Vizard
Shadow IT services in the cloud came about largely because organizations failed to provide an efficient way to enable employees to share files. Add in a host of cloud computing services—from PayPal to social media sites, such as Facebook and LinkedIn—and it's hard to see how any organization these days could pass a compliance audit.

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