Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 25 - Page 47

cited reason overall. This creates a strong link between events that force employees to work overtime and a real risk of losing valuable talent. No matter the origin or impact, these issues tend to all come back and fall on IT teams to remedy. A common perception lately is that IT teams are not skilled enough to meet the new challenges of rising data levels and this may be more than just perception. A Robert Half Technology survey found that 39% of respondents from IT teams felt there were not enough workplace development opportunities to keep their IT abilities up- to-speed. This places IT teams on the back foot when it comes to dealing with emerging new technology and the ways it can cause disruption to a business, creating additional stress which is amplified when something goes wrong. These human aspects of downtime – be it working too much overtime, the demotivation of a loss in productivity, or the drop in confidence that comes with a lack of investment in training – require swift action as part of a CIO strategy. To right these wrongs and ensure your company avoids losing top-talent employees, there are a couple of angles to consider. www.intelligentcio.com The solutions First, training. This means for everyone, but particularly for IT teams who have found IT transitioning at an unimaginable rate. It’s smart to educate and inform staff on best practices for responding to the different security and technology challenges that occur in today’s data-driven world. Staff members need to feel confident they are aware and informed enough to deal with issues in real time when they occur. To do this, there needs to be clear disaster recovery (DR) plans and chains of command for responding to disruptions that staff are aware of and can rely on in the event of a problem. In addition, IT teams would benefit from further training “ HAVE YOU PREPARED FOR ALL ANGLES OF A DISRUPTION? in ways to test and execute DR plans, managing and protecting data across different platforms, quick recovery plans in case of an emergency, and more. Next, investing in resilient infrastructure to prevent disruption and downtime. If you provide your IT teams with solutions that are able to recover data quickly and seamlessly, you will lessen the chance of employee overtime or loss of productivity and in turn, keep employees happier and less stressed. One of the best technologies to do this with is continuous data protection (CDP). Continuous Data Protection CDP is a protection mechanism that allows organisations to continuously capture and track data modifications, automatically saving every version of the data that the user creates locally or at a target repository. These are saved to a journal file along with the corresponding file changes. By utilising change block tracking, CDP provides users or administrators with the ability to restore data to any point in time with remarkable granularity. Continuous data protection offers the most effective data protection for your business applications and data. It also utilises INTELLIGENTCIO 47