Microsoft 365 Records Management Delivers Flexible Solution for Managing High-Value Content

By |2021-05-05T17:43:42-04:00May 5th, 2021|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management, Office 365 and Migration|

Following a steadily growing trend, experts estimate that 94 percent of workloads will process in the cloud in 2021. For many organizations looking to move services to integrated platforms and consolidate costs, Microsoft 365 provides a logical solution. And now, with Microsoft 365 Records Management, organizations benefit from greater security and compliance options. Powerful Information Governance Features of Microsoft 365 Records Management Even before the upheaval of 2020, the business world hailed digital transformation as a key strategy for success. The pandemic simply quickened the pace, as organizations leveraged the cloud and other technologies to solve business problems. And as

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Mobile Retail Data Delivers Increased Value through Data Governance

By |2021-02-18T03:01:21-05:00January 27th, 2021|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management|

Retail sales have moved increasingly online in recent years, and mobile devices account for over half of the global website traffic. The pandemic turbo-charged the trend, resulting in 72 percent of consumers shopping via smartphone or tablet device. This increase in mobile purchasing has brought an explosion of mobile retail data, and retailers must adapt. Benefits of Mobile Commerce Mobile commerce (also known as M-commerce) includes selling and buying products and services using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. From a handheld device, shoppers can order groceries, pay for movie tickets, deposit checks, or pay for a haircut. For

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Changing Data Privacy Laws and Retail Consumer Trust

By |2021-01-18T01:29:46-05:00January 6th, 2021|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management, Privacy|

Recently, we reported on the outlook for state and federal data privacy regulations. The changing regulatory landscape we find affects the retail industry directly in several ways.  Often caught in the middle, merchants scramble to comply with changing data privacy laws while striving to build customer trust and maintain a competitive edge. The digital revolution that empowers consumers with many shopping choices has fundamentally changed the retail business model. In response to changing consumer attitudes, retail industry leaders now seek a federal privacy framework to bring order and predictability to the evolving patchwork of state data privacy laws. Proposed Data

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Automating Data Governance to Stay Ahead of Exploding Data Volume

By |2021-01-18T01:27:45-05:00December 30th, 2020|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management, Technology|

Organizations generate huge amounts of data every day. Properly governed, that data can drive business strategy and decision-making. However, while essential, data governance can also prove complicated and time-consuming. Automating data governance can save time and money, simplify regulatory compliance, and improve decision making. Automated tools such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and robotic process automation (RPA) take care of redundant tasks. In addition, through identifying patterns, these technologies can strengthen data security and improve accuracy. And with automated data lineage and classification, organizations gain quicker access to trustworthy data. Augment Cyber Security with Machine Learning AI has become

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5 Data Governance Best Practices for 2021

By |2021-01-18T01:18:43-05:00December 22nd, 2020|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management, Privacy|

The challenges of 2020 have required organizations to adjust their focus moving forward. Millions of workers have switched to remote work, a trend likely to continue long-term. At the same time, the expansion of data privacy regulations in an era of big data creates additional challenges. The data governance best practices listed below can help you stay on top. Data governance incorporates the processes and rules that guide the use of information, thus helping to ensure that users have access to quality data. Some benefits of data governance include increased productivity, reduced risk and simplified regulatory compliance. 1. Structure Data

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Business Process Modeling Used to Enhance Data Governance

By |2020-12-16T08:03:08-05:00December 9th, 2020|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management|

Data Governance policies specify who has access to data when, and who is accountable for the information. They also govern how the data is stored and maintained, mapped between systems, secured, backed up, and archived. By visually representing these activities and relationships, business process modeling emerges as an effective tool for enhancing data governance practice. Business Process Modeling Communicates Policy The growing number of industry regulatory standards that influence data governance means that more companies have to deal with compliance. These regulations include: Sarbanes–Oxley (Financial Reporting) Basel I, II, and III (International Banking) HIPAA (Healthcare) GDPR, CCPA, SHIELD, etc. (Data

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How Data Compliance in the Cloud Happens

By |2020-11-17T05:47:47-05:00October 27th, 2020|Data Compliance|

As the current work from home paradigm motivates organizations to move all or part of their infrastructure to the cloud, data compliance in the cloud becomes a critical concern. Is our data safe from unauthorized access and disclosure in the cloud? Are we in compliance with all the government and industry regulations? Answering these questions means looking at both cloud data center compliance. More importantly, the organizational processes and controls relating to data stored in the cloud must be examined. Data Center Compliance “Who can access our data in the cloud?” is a valid question. Organizations want to be sure

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Embrace Data Ethics as an Essential Part of Business Strategy

By |2020-10-06T05:07:27-04:00September 30th, 2020|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management|

Not just a matter of regulatory compliance, highly regulated industries and others that are not must consider embracing data ethics as a component of their overall business strategy. The Data Ethics Problem According to Deloitte, 9.7 billion data records have been lost or stolen worldwide since 2013. And since it went into effect in 2018, consumers have filed more than 95,000 complaints relating to the EU’s GDPR statute. Despite advances, legislation is not keeping up with the ethical issues raised by the large volume and variety of data collected. Those issues are bound to impact data-heavy businesses where it hurts,

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Why Data Catalogs are Hot

By |2020-10-06T05:10:24-04:00September 17th, 2020|Data Compliance, Trending|

In today’s world of data, you often spend more time looking for data than analyzing it. That’s why enterprise-wide data catalogs that make data asset discovery straightforward now are a must. They broadly enable organizations to discover, register, enrich, understand, and utilize sprawling data sources. Data catalogs bring to light the undiscovered data within the organization, so that you spend more time analyzing and less time looking for data. Data catalogs enable users to: Discover data assets to unlock their potential Capture tribal knowledge to make data more understandable Bridge the gap between IT and the business Keep data where

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International and U.S. Data Protection Legislation Outlook

By |2020-10-06T05:26:38-04:00September 9th, 2020|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management|

Setting the Stage In 2018, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set the precedent for data and privacy regulations across Europe and other geographies. Back home, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) took effect on January 1st, 2020. Other states and countries are sure to follow with similar data protection legislation. Significantly, the GDPR extended the EU’s jurisdiction beyond its borders. Thus, any business that sells to EU customers is subject to the GDPR, regardless of location. One of the broadest online privacy laws in the U.S., the CCPA regulates organizations nationwide that do business with California residents. In 2019,

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