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Can you trust the cloud with your data? Key questions to ask yourself and your IT vendor

By Matthew Cooper|May 6th, 2014|Atiba News, Cloud, Programming|no comments

 

Question:  Is the cloud safe?  Since the term “Cloud Computing” was coined 15 years ago that’s the question we are asked most frequently.

Answer:  Given our imperfect world, safety is a relative concept, so we manage risk.

An alarming number of companies have only one copy of their data, leaving them a tornado, flood or fire away from complete loss. I’ve seen backup operators store “offsite” tapes in the trunk of their car!  Safety is relative.  Is the Cloud more safe than your trunk or the office’s storage room?  Most likely.

Cloud services offer tremendous opportunities for individuals, small and medium-sized businesses to access high-performance software and infrastructure at budget-friendly costs. And fees are shrinking, making this option even more appealing.

Of course, due diligence is an important step in answering our question. Below are ten questions to ask of yourself and cloud vendors before you store data in the cloud:

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. Do I know my data? Meaning, what types of data does my company create?
  2. Do I know who has access to my data now?
  3. Do I know my plan for dealing with data loss or breech?
  4. Do I know if I can keep a local copy of my data synced with what’s in the Cloud?

Questions for your vendor:

  1. Do I know the cloud vendor’s policy for dealing with data loss or breech?
  2. Do I know if and how my vendor encrypts data?
  3. Do I know where a vendor stores data?
  4. Do I know how a vendor controls internal access to data?
  5. Do I know what happens to my data if my vendor goes out of business?
  6. Do I know what my vendor does with my data if I stop using them?

 

Vendors should be able to answer these questions.  If they can’t, mark them off the list.

Knowing your own data and risk levels along with the policies and risks of a vendor will let you match your risk profile to the right service.  If you have further questions about the Cloud and need help answering these questions, please contact us at (615) 353-1921 ext 200. We are “half geek. half human” and can translate your business needs into engaging solutions.

 

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Atiba Software Names Director of Project Management

By Matthew Cooper|January 20th, 2014|Atiba News, Programming|no comments

Atiba Software Promotes Amy Rochelle To Project Management Role

Atiba Software, LLC has announced the promotion of Amy Rochelle to Director of Project Management, after serving as a Director of Mobile Development, and developer, designer, project manager and strategist with the company since 2007. She will continue her role with Atiba Mobile while leading Project Management at Atiba Software.

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Nashville SharePoint Developers Group

By JJ Rosen|June 23rd, 2013|Atiba News, Programming, Web Design|no comments

Atiba Software,  a Nashville-based computer consulting firm, has started the Nashville SharePoint developers group.

The group will meet once a month Atiba’s office in Cummins Station in midtown Nashville.   The purpose of the SharePoint developers group is to allow programmers who work with Microsoft SharePoint to share ideas and programming techniques related to SharePoint and Office365.

Our next meeting will cover integrating business intelligence with SharePoint 2013 and SQL Server Reporting Services. We will also discuss using SharePoint 2013 as a reporting platform.

For more information about the Nashville SharePoint developers group, please contact Atiba at info@Atiba.com or call 615-353-1921.

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Nashville Web Designers Can Learn To Code, Too

By JJ Rosen|March 14th, 2013|Programming, Web Design|no comments

Amy Rochelle has been a Nashville web designer for the past ten years.

She is truly unique in that she knows  how to do web design and also how to program equally well.

What is even more unique is that she is one of the best at both skills.

As most of us know, there and very  few people who can design AND code.   Amy started as a designer and was formally educated in graphic design.   She worked for Ingram Industries and then when she started at Atiba, she decided to learn to program ASP.Net, Flash, and jQuery.

I was curious how she approached learning design and programming – as they are often completely opposite skills-sets and require completely different ways of thinking.

Some highlights from my interview with  Amy:

“I decided I needed the learn to code so I could be a better designer.   I used to deliver a PhotoShop file to a developer, and here and there the designs I was doing would kind of force the developer to code around the design in a way that would cause a ton of extra work.    So when I first started learning the code, it was really just a way to be more efficient in my design”

“Web design was natural for me, as I was always into creating and art.  Coding took me around 3 months of frustration climbing the learning curve.   But…when it clicked, it all came clear.    And I started loving it.   Coding, like web design, actually involves a lot of creativity.   You have to be creative to solve programming challenges.   You have to think outside of the box when troubleshooting.”

“I spend about half my time coding and half designing.   Some of the coding I do at Atiba is backend, with no design needs at all.   I like having some variety as it allows me to pick and choose how I spend my day.”

“I would recommend for web designers who want to learn programming, that they start simply reading programming books.   I read a Wrox book on ASP.Net before I even attempted to actually code.    I think this helps designers see the big picture of programming and makes the details less intimidating.”

 

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