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“Lack of strategic focus on technology at Board level” finds ICSA poll

A poll conducted by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership reveals that just 51% of Boards of Directors understand the challenges and opportunities that data and technology present to their organisations. Some 29% of the company secretaries who took part in the survey think that their Boards do not fully understand and a further 20% could only attest to ‘maybe’.

A lack of knowledge is viewed as the main barrier that prevents Boards from engaging properly with technology at a strategic level. Some 58% of respondents consider this to be the main obstacle, with 22% alluding to another reason, 16% citing language as an impediment and 4% blaming the on-boarding process.

Some of the main issues raised are as follows:

*The speed at which technological advances move means key aspects of the technology journey may not be provided in a timely manner

*It’s hard to find time in busy agendas to focus on the technology aspects

*Most Boards are made up of people who are of a generation that do not really understand the possibilities and threats offered by technology

*There has been a focus on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and cyber security, but that focuses on risks rather than opportunities

*Challenges arising from data management are more readily understood (eg the impact of poor data quality), but the real opportunities available to organisations through the effective use of data are less well considered (and especially through the ‘lens’ of commercial strategy)

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Peter Swabey

Artificial Intelligence and automation

When asked if there were particular areas in which Boards needed to improve their understanding, a quarter of respondents chose Artificial Intelligence and automation. Other areas highlighted for potential improvement were using data effectively, the GDPR, cyber security and IT governance. Some 23% of respondents stated the belief that their Boards need to hone up on all of the areas mentioned.

Peter Swabey, policy and research director at ICSA, said: “The pace of change is such that new technology is emerging quicker now than at any time previously. This can be challenging for all Boards, but particularly so for those predominantly made up of people who are not ‘digital natives’. On top of this, changes in corporate governance, data privacy requirements and regulation mean that it can be difficult for non-executive directors to maintain an adequate level of knowledge across all areas. While it’s incumbent upon directors to proactively seek to expand their knowledge, there are time limits on what’s achievable given the part-time nature of the role.”

Swabey added: “It might be suitable for some organisations to have an IT specialist sit on the Board, but this wouldn’t be appropriate for all. Moreover, having one director with responsibility for technology might allow others to obviate their responsibilities, which is clearly not an option. As one respondent quite rightly said: ‘Technology is both an opportunity and a threat – Boards need to understand how it impacts the business both operationally and strategically’. This is a responsibility that all directors must share.”

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“Hybrid cloud and the CIO will rule in 2017” asserts Informatica

Cloud has reached maturity. No longer seen as the dangerous option, widespread cloud adoption will enable more flexible and rapid service in 2017. As a result, businesses will need to have total control of their infrastructure and sensitive data if they’re to keep up. With this in mind, Greg Hanson (vice-president for worldwide consulting at data specialist Informatica), has moved to explain the four areas businesses must prepare for in 2017 if they’re to perfect their cloud strategy.

Enterprises will embrace a hybrid cloud approach to dispel data fragmentation

Widespread adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has traditionally been the preserve of SMEs looking for subscription-based models and easily scalable software. Yet pockets of SaaS investment have crept into the enterprise in 2016, occurring within individual lines of business and causing data fragmentation which hampers agility.

In 2017, rather than shying away from SaaS deployments business-wide, successful enterprises will embrace a hybrid approach to the cloud and reclaim their single view of data assets.

Security will no longer be a question of on-premise or cloud

It’s no longer about whether on-premise or cloud is more secure, but rather about understanding that breaches come from the inside. Threats exist inside the firewall and, as a result, perimeter defence has long since been ineffective.

After all, the biggest threat to an organisation’s security posture doesn’t come from the kind of infrastructure and software it uses, but rather its people.

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The amount of data that business users are consuming and demanding means it’s the data management strategy that’s imperative. Security posture in 2017 will be defined by an organisation’s ability to carve out a cohesive data management strategy to track data wherever it resides, and then secure it at its source. 

Brands will live and die by their customer experience

From financial institutions to retailers and manufacturers, customer experience will overtake price as the new differentiator for customers. As such, data stewardship and governance will become the priority for those delivering second-to-none experiences and successful transformation projects.

It’s all very well pulling data assets together and sharing them with lines of business for these initiatives, but they will need to know that the quality of the data they’re implementing into systems is pristine.

What’s more, they will need the right guidance and tools to access the data in the first place and visualise it in such a way that it can travel the last mile and be put into real use. This is where a cohesive data management strategy is essential for bridging the disconnect between data scientists and business users. 

CIOs will secure their future by reclaiming ownership of data initiatives

With CIOs increasingly facing competition from a tech-savvy set of business IT buyers, it will be imperative that the former step up and take ownership of business agility and transformation to ensure they still lead their organisation’s digital journey.

Lines of business are increasingly looking to do things cheaper and quicker without the involvement of IT. This means that CIOs will need to reclaim control of data management at its root to drive enterprise-wide security and improve accessibility of data.

Only then can they fully ensure that the single view of the company’s data assets doesn’t become somewhat ‘muddied’ by a disjointed IT spend and independent data management across the business.

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Wavestore moves to integrate VMS with Paxton Net2 access control solution

Wavestore’s open platform Video Management Software (VMS) has been successfully integrated with Paxton’s Net2 access control system.

“In simple terms, the integration of Paxton Net2 with our VMS ensures that operators can instantly view live or recorded video to visually verify access control events,” said Enrico Bizzaro, head of integrations at Wavestore. “However, our respective engineering teams have worked closely together to achieve a level of functionality that delivers what we believe is the ‘Best of Breed’ solution for video, data and access control management.”

Net2 is a PC-based access control solution which offers centralised administration and control of sites from single to hundreds of doors and with up to 50,000 users. It can be easily customised to set up access privileges accommodating groups or individuals, while event reports may be generated with just a few clicks.

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High level of technology interaction

“With an increasing number of access control and video surveillance systems being specified for the same projects, end users are understandably looking for a high level of interaction between the two technologies in order to provide a complete solution,” continued Bizzaro. “With this in mind, and working in partnership with Paxton, we’re able to offer a solution that provides two-way communication between the respective systems. This enables, for example, doors to be locked and unlocked remotely via Wavestore’s WaveView client application for seamless operation.”

Wavestore’s ‘any video, any format’ philosophy sees its VMS support all leading camera vendors across multiple camera technologies. These include very high megapixel, Ultra HD, 4K, HD, 360° fisheye, thermal and analogue cameras operating on H.264, MJPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MxPEG and JPEG200 video formats.

Wavestore can also integrate a host of other devices and sensors into its VMS, in turn allowing operators to simultaneously view, control and manage live video, recorded footage and integrated devices all from one screen and all at the same time to create a fully scalable and powerful total security solution.

Searching for access events

Other key features of the integration include the ability to easily search for access control events from any keyword, such as a person’s first name, surname or any other database credentials and instantly bring up video as well as perform back-up procedures using Wavestore’s three-click evidential export function from associated cameras.

There’s also the ability to view video of events in real time, such as ‘access denied’. Thanks to the Wavestore rules engine, end users are able to configure any number of customised actions in response to trigger events, such as when a person of interest presents a token to a specific door reader.

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