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Spectre and Meltdown Recommended Actions for Unify Products and Servers

Unify products operate as closed systems, where only approved software is active. This dramatically reduces the risk of the Spectre & Meltdown vulnerabilities to a low level where we can recommend that proactive patching of the operating systems, to mitigate risks associated with Spectre & Meltdown, is not necessary and not recommended at this point.

When Unify products are operating in a virtual environment, installing the CPU patches for the hypervisor (e.g. ESXi) is recommended. This will protect the Unify product from any malicious code that may be active on a separate virtual machine on the same host. Read more ›

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Effective Digital Transformations for Government

We spend a lot of time discussing digital transformation at Atos. For the other half of the world, Public Sector, McKinsey has recently published some analysis that I think you’ll find interesting. This piece comes to us via Steve Cheng, a partner in McKinsey’s New York office.

“U.S. federal and state agencies face a formidable challenge: to deliver services of increasing quality and sophistication without extra resources. One way that agencies can improve outcomes for constituents is to integrate advanced technologies (such as artificial intelligence, automation, cloud, and natural-language processing) and management practices (such as agile software development, design thinking, and DevOps) through digital transformations. Read more ›

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10 reasons defense organizations need a unified communications strategy

Modern defense organizations are an ecosystem, complex environments widely dispersed, a fusion of technology, equipment and personnel. The popular view presents technology at the most cutting-edge. Air, land and maritime platforms accomplishing incredible feats of performance to deliver precise effects. Critical to the almost science fiction-like capability of modern weapons technology and engineering systems are the layers and pipelines of the communications architectures.

These architectures act as a nervous system to disperse precious information. They flow vertically through command layers and horizontally from base depots and strategic headquarters to the warrior in the front-line; logistics and intelligence data, administrative instructions and operational orders. Information which if disrupted could have Catastropehic consequences for operational success.

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Letters from the Home Office Volume 14

When I was a little kid I thought the theory of relativity meant how time seems to move slower or faster relative to how interested you were in what you were doing. When you’re in a boring class, time moves slowly, but time moves fast when you’re on vacation.

This is similar to what Dr. Steve Taylor refers to as the Perceptual Theory of Time in his book Making Time. So, how about the fact that I thought of something when I was 7 that a Ph.D. thought of when he was in his thirties? Pretty impressive, huh? Then again, I also thought I could breathe underwater if I wore goggles so believe me, I won’t get too carried away. Read more ›

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Our New Way to Work research has shown that employees value flexible work terms (‘anywhere working’, flexible hours) more highly than a double-digit percentage pay raise. It shouldn’t surprise anyone then that flexibility is also the name of the game in the world of IT systems deployment.

Imagine you are an IT manager (or maybe you are an IT manager) – just when you get your premise-based applications humming along nicely, the vendor you work with is pushing “OK now, everyone and everything move to our public cloud”. That might be convenient for the vendor, but for the enterprise customer this leads to disruption, stranded investments and broken integrations. Additionally, a lack of flexibility in the migration approach really does not serve the customer’s interests in terms of deploying in the way that works for them. Read more ›

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If you do it right the first time, you don’t have to do it again, you can just keep making it better

The unbroken line. The strengthening of applications through continuous improvement. The results of this careful planning can be seen in the intuitive and incremental learning required to access new capabilities. Sure, technology seems to be about disruption these days, but is it? Don’t businesses operate best through a continuous thread of improvements versus lurching from one promised brass ring to another?

Within the business communications world, today’s quick technology turns are laying bare deficiencies in vendor planning. Instead of the unbroken line, leading vendors are pulling their customers through a zigzagging maze of forklifts, bolt-ons and acquisitions as they breathlessly try to remain on top. This breakneck pace is exposing the weak underpinnings of their core strategies. Read more ›

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