Disaster recovery service outfit Databarracks, has become a ‘Corporate Partner’ of the Business Continuity Institute as part of a cunning plan to raise the profile of business continuity management.
The BCI is a big cheese when it comes to business continuity, supporting over 8,000 members in more than 100 countries and working with an estimated 3,000 organisations.
Databarracks’ latest annual Data Health Check survey, showed that over the past eight years the volume of organisations adopting BC plans has increased from 37 percent to 67 percent.
By being a ‘Corporate Partner’, Databarracks wants to work with the BCI to provide education and awareness of BCM best practice, amongst the SME community.
Peter Groucutt, managing director of Databarracks said that UK SMEs that his outfit work with rarely have their own dedicated BC professionals.
“Our aim is to take the best-practice, expertise and knowledge and make it applicable and usable for our customers,” he said.
He claimed that the difference between BC and IT disaster recovery are blurred for smaller businesses.
“We have been helping our customers with IT DR, but we want to go beyond IT to help improve overall business resilience. We are training all of our customer facing staff in the fundamentals of business continuity and now that we are a Corporate Partner of the BCI, we want to work with the institute to help raise the profile of BCM and improve resilience,” he said.
More than half of UK organisations do not believe they have the in-house talent required to combat existing cyber-security threats, according to new research.
Beancounters from Databarracks have added up some numbers and divided by their shoe size and reached the conclusion that two thirds of the 350 IT decision makers questioned had been affected by a cyber-threat in the past year. But 53 per cent of those questioned felt that they had the sufficient cyber-security skills in their team needed to handle the current sophistication of attacks.
According to Databarrack’s 2016 Data Health Check cyber attacks were increasing and only a third of the respondents in our study remained unscathed by an attack in the last 12 months.
Oscar Arean, technical operations manager at Databarracks said: “Reassuringly though, the number of people looking to improve their security policies is increasing year on year, with a third of respondents in 2016 admitting they had reviewed policies and made changes following an attack, as opposed to 29 per cent in 2014.”
According to the report, over half of respondents have invested in safeguards to protect against cyber threats in the past year. Ongoing training, cyber threat monitoring solutions, and improvement of policies were the most common investments.
“This is a definite step in the right direction, but it seems that current resilience planning is mostly inward-looking at this point, as only 5 per cent of respondents had invested in a certification to a cyber security framework. Considering confidence in in-house skills is so low, it’s likely we’ll see an increase in adoption of security frameworks in the coming years,” Arean said.
Cloud service company Databarracks said it has introduced a reseller network called the deProgramme.
What does this mean? According to Phil Gunning, channel manager at the company, channel players have been “victims of complexity. The point of any channel partnership for both parties is to reach more customers.”
He hit out at labels and jargon.
“Customers don’t care whether you’re a gold certified partner or if you’ve sat through hours of vendor training.”
His deProgramme, he claims, will eliminate red tape.
“The vast majority of channel programmes are broken. They’ve been too prescriptive without offering enough individual support or incentive for partners to thrive. Our most successful partners are the ones who work with us and take advantage of our resources to sell more and better support their customers.”
Databarracks will show off its services at Cloud Expo at the horrendous Excel conference centre, later this week.
Infrastructure outfit Databarracks claims that there is a large systems integrator oligopoly which needs to be exposed by an Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) government IT procurement investigation.
The investigation into the antics of the big government systems integrators has been announced by the OFT and welcomed by Peter Groucutt, Managing Director at Databarracks.
Groucutt, MD at Databarracks, has urged all sides to ensure that this is the end of the domination of large system integrators.
He said that the top 20 IT suppliers to Government earn £10.4 billion a year in revenue and are continuing to dominate the market.
“Given this apparent oligopoly and the propensity for large long-term contracts, the OFT is keen to ensure that the competition is healthy to allow for costs cutting, improved efficiency and increased innovation,” Groucutt said.
The OFT wants suppliers and purchasers to get in touch to discuss their experiences and Groucutt believes all parties should wade in.
He said that those involved in the procurement process need to participate and be honest in this process if there is going to be an end to the domination of a few big players in the market.
Groucutt said it’s important to ensure the taxpayer is getting the best deal, that government departments are receiving the best value and most innovative kit.
“The only way I can see this happening is ending the current oligopoly,” he said.
The current cumbersome tender process pushes government departments into the arms of the larger SIs as it is so difficult for smaller players to get accreditation or have the opportunity to sell to the public sector.