iapp (@PrivacyPros ) published a preliminary #checklist with some of the main items that companies need to check before the #Brexit deadline of 31-12-2020. Some of the items may change if the parties manage to reach an agreement. #GDPR #Transfers #EU<->#UK https://t.co/Qkg23g6atH
29 Oct 2020
@EUstaran @ICOnews Dear Eduardo, I understand your feelings about the current state of business with Corona and the impending Brexit. But now it seems you advocate that when a company is doing not so well, privacy protection is less of an issue. #GDPR
16 Oct 2020
The French National Commission on Information Technology and Freedoms (CNIL) recommends all French services to stop storing health data using Microsoft or any other company subject to 'US law' as soon as possible. https://t.co/3RrmRlWAWI
16 Oct 2020
Now on Youtube ex #beatle Paul McCartney @PaulMcCartney for the Teenage Cancer Trust 2012 https://t.co/DZlmvcebSl
11 Oct 2020
#Straling, #spectrum, #5G, er wordt nogal wat angst over gezaaid. Maar wat is straling? En hoe zit het met 5G? Natuurkundige Anna Gimbrère @AnnaGimbrere legt duidelijk uit over elektromagnetische straling via @Bright TV. Sorry, Dutch Only. #radiation #5G. https://t.co/ozq25ZFMTu
11 Oct 2020
"Best of Breed" versus an integrated software solution, a BCM analysisFrom the perspective of the business there is much to be said for a "Best of Breed"* application strategy where the subject matter expert* in the company searches for the best software solution to meet their specific work process. For example, a sales manager looks for a software package to easily manage leads, the controller has a preference for another software solution to quickly do a consolidation across various business units. The production manager knows from his previous job a quick and easy package to perform a cost calculation. The call centre manager wishes a time registration system for its group of employees. The generation Y thinks it is perfectly normal to find the best app's on the internet (shadow IT). Detrimental for this "Best of Breed" strategy is that there is no or little emphasis on cooperation and/or exchange of information between applications, and therefore the departments.
From a Business Continuity perspective the fall-over capability of all these individual applications is good, because the state of each of the separate systems is clearly defined at any time.
A problem with the "Best of Breed" strategy is that there are multiple systems containing the same basic information, such as customers and items or services. Differences in data between the systems and also between the different departments can quickly occur. For the data one should pay attention to:
Solutions to let "Best of Breed" systems cooperate.
CheckTo solve the before mentioned problems, colleagues, often reactive, compare data using phone, chat or e-mail. Checking the correct data status is not professional, disruptive for the work of the queried colleague or disrupts the process during their absence.
Lists / DownloadsIf the company or organization has handy application managers, manual exports and imports will appear soon. Next work procedures will stipulate that daily lists should be mailed and or Excel / CSV files from a system should be stored on a file server*. Importing new information from one system to another system, can reduce input errors. This procedure may perform well for a long time until someone makes a non-culpable costly mistake or data needs to be shared every few minutes.
InterfacesOrganisations with scripters or programmers will soon have planned data exchanges (interfaces). This way the organisation will grow to a "plastered pseudo integrated solution" whereby during the day several planned interfaces run. Because changes in data are exchanged between several systems, the status of the data, at any time, in various systems is not unambiguous. Whenever the same data is changed simultaneous in various systems, the outcome can depend on the sequence of the interfaces. From the BCM point of view the "Last known good"* moment for all the systems is hard to determine and at the time of a calamity or disaster the employees have to search for the moment all the systems have completed all the changes correctly. One system that partly or completely fails can block the data exchange so other systems will not get updated.
The pictures below show that the interconnectivity and complexity of communicating systems grows very fast with each additional communicating system. .
Rapidly increasing complexity with additional communicating servers.
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Graph Rapidly increasing complexity with additional communicating servers.
To get these complex structures better manageable, you can implement an extra communication-bus-system* that manages all the communication with the other systems. Although this reduces the number of interfaces, the "last known good" moment is not always clear.
Rapidly increasing complexity with additional communicating servers bus system.
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Graph Rapidly increasing complexity with additional communicating server's bus system.
Integrated systemBecause an integrated system is based on one set of data with multiple (optional) modules running on the data, there is no need for interfaces between the modules to the retain data integrity. By functional correct configuration of the modules, everyone will have access to (only) the data they need and it only needs to be correctly entered once. Because the application runs on one data set, all changes on for example items, customers and invoices are (provided duly authorised) immediately visible to all employees. This is called a single "System of Truth". When entries have been accepted by the system, the data state is stable and there is no need for communication within the system. This centralised processing simplifies the determination of the "last known good" moment.
Integrated systems contain a lot of functionality but the application modules can be less extensive than the features provided in the "Best of Breed" applications. They might not be such a good match with the organisational structure and work processes in the company. Subject matter experts might require adjustments (customisation) to ensure that the functionality better matches with the products they knew. This customization can, in the long run, hinder upgrades with the standard software.
ConclusionThe "Best of breed" strategy can be a solution for every company if one takes duly into account the limitations, risks and disaster recovery problems. An integrated system could be preferable from the point of view of Business Continuity and data integrity.
In some of the points, products are named only as an example. Johan is not affiliated with the suppliers of these products and your supplier or your experts may offer similar appropriate solutions.
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