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Irrational fears stifle innovation

Irrational Fears Stifle Innovation

Are your irrational fears holding you back?

Irrational Fears and the Cloud - kid84 per cent of us admit to harbouring fears that we know are irrational and the workplace is a hotbed for those insecurities.

 

Are you one of those people?  The kind who writes an email and scrupulously check and double check the addresses you’re sending it to, only to experience the dreadful sinking sensation that you’ve sent it to the person it’s about by accident.  Even though you could swear that you’ve addressed it correctly, you can’t stop yourself from frantically clicking through to your sent items for validation.

 

What about making coffee in front of the boss?  Are you convinced that your normally-steady hand will inexplicably turn into a quivering coffee-sprinkler, designed to spill as much of the brown stuff on as many people as possible.  And does that mean you don’t do it?

 

It seems that nearly all of us have some irrational workplace fears that prevent us from doing things.  If that means not having a cup of coffee, it’s probably not a big deal but, if prevents the implementation of a new project that could bring cost savings and time efficiencies, that’s a different matter.

 

Sounds extreme?  37 per cent of IT managers said that they’d had projects rejected because of managerial fears.  And 55 per cent say that their company perceives the adoption of technology as a risk.

 

An ability to recognise risk is an essential business skill but automatically dismissing projects as risky, irrationally, means that companies can miss out.

 

IT managers surveyed, highlighted just how arbitrary decision making can be by revealing which buzzwords invoke an irrational fear from their bosses.   If you’re pitching Mozy to your manager, should you call it “online backup”, “cloud backup”, “backup on demand” or “backup as a service”?

 

The answer is “backup on demand”!  53 per cent of IT managers say “on demand” helps their proposals compared with 15 per cent for “as a service.” Conversely, 17 per cent say “as a service” hinders their pitch compared to just 5 per cent for “on demand.”

 

Want to know more about the best and worst buzzwords to use if you want budget sign off?  Or do you want to know how many people secretly think the photocopier is plotting against them?  Then read the full findings of Mozy’s research here.

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Not all cloud services are the same

Deploying new technologies can give your business an edge over your competitors – but if you’ve never chosen a supplier in that market before, how do you know what’s right for you?

 

With each supplier promoting their benefits and aiming to convince you that their offering is the best, how do you differentiate between them when you don’t even know which questions to ask?  And what’s more important: features or finances?

 

A new white paper by industry analysts IDC aims to help. Key Criteria in Selecting a Cloud Backup Provider Built to Last offers a checklist of criteria for business to use in their selection processes as well as an overview of industry trends and information.

 

“There has been an explosion in the number of vendors offering backup services and, while some of these have been designed to meet the needs of large businesses, others are designed with SMBs, consumers or individuals in mind,” said Laura DuBois, Program Vice President, Storage at IDC.  “Enterprises that fail to dig beneath the surface with a given solution could find themselves risking their data in unsuitable environments or having the rug pulled out from under them by a provider that doesn’t stay the distance.”

 

The IDC White Paper’s hotlist of cloud backup “must haves” for enterprises includes:

 

-       Financial stability

-       Proven infrastructure

-       Established enterprise customer base

-       Geographically distributed data centers

-       Third-party validation and accreditation

-       SLA terms and execution

-       Robust encryption

-       Centralised management

 

And you can read the full checklist here: www.mozy.com/backup/idc-cloud-provider-key-criteria.