How Do You Shift to People-Centric Computing?

first_img“It’s all about the people,” argued Peter Drucker, the most influential management thinker of the past century. (Read a Wall Street Journal article on Peter Drucker’s legacy.)It’s a philosophy that we hold dear to our hearts at Mozy — and one the analysts at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) appear to champion as well. The latest report from these storage experts highlights the shift in emphasis needed to deliver comprehensive data protection for the modern workforce. And it really does boil down to the people.As the world of backup evolves, it’s becoming less about forcing people to use specific devices to back up to a specific destination — and more about protecting the data belonging to those people and intelligently selecting a backup destination that suits it best.“A hybrid architecture means that an organization does not need to make ‘either-or’ data protection decisions, but can instead use centralized and distributed backup approaches wherever each makes sense,” said Jason Buffington, Senior Data Protection Analyst at ESG.“For example, centralized data protection could provide the foundation for compliance, while distributed backup could add agility in dealing with remote data,” said Buffington. “The key to success is choosing the right data protection tools for each recovery goal — and, rather than the IT department trying to own every single piece of the infrastructure, making sure that they own the management for all of the organizations’ data backup, regardless of method.”EMC has a comprehensive portfolio of backup services that offers on-premise, private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid solutions. The new ESG-Mozy white paper, Multi-layered Protection for Multiple Backup Issues: Hybrid Backup Architectures, helps big companies better understand those different tools. It offers advice on building a hybrid, people-centric approach that meets all their needs.This kind of approach will meet their needs so long as the business makes sure that the ownership and control of backup management holds fast across the entire enterprise. Corporate office employees, remote office employees, and workers on the go all have different data backup and access requirements and need to be treated uniquely.Putting people at the heart of the backup strategy is core for Mozy. We talked about this in July when we made big changes to the foundation on which the Mozy service is built (see Mozy’s EMC Pulse post at the time). And we’ll continue to talk about it as we bring more features to market based on our new infrastructure.The ESG white paper’s list of “must-haves” for a successful hybrid backup architecture includes the following characteristics:Data protection and data access and the ability to recover that data are all providedIt’s manageable by the IT organizationRemote and branch office employees are equally supportedSecurity is as strong for the cloud piece as for the on-premise pieceProductivity is enhanced through the hybrid approachYou can find out more about implementing a hybrid backup solution by reading MozyEnterprise: Secure, Efficient Cloud-based Backup, the recently released ESG Lab Validation Report.last_img read more

Group combating sexual violence expands reach under new leadership at SMC

first_imgSaint Mary’s welcomed Liz Coulston as the new Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) coordinator in May, and since then she has been busy establishing herself on campus as a new source of leadership and a reliable resource.“I think it’s important for students to know that I’m here now because the position has been empty for a year and a half, so a lot of people that are new on campus never knew that this position existed,” Coulston said. “So it’s important that people know that I’m here.”Originally from Niles, Michigan, Coulston said she was very familiar with Saint Mary’s and the surrounding community as she was growing up, and said she could see the Golden Dome from her parents’ house.“I love Saint Mary’s,” she said. “I grew up going to their summer camps for fine arts and for sports, so I’ve been familiar with the school for a long time.”Coulston studied psychology at Ohio Northern University where she minored in arts administration, entrepreneurship and dance. After graduating, Coulston moved to South Bend and worked at AIDS ministries as a care coordinator for individuals with HIV and AIDS diagnoses.After dancing professionally for two years in Chicago, Coulston found work at the Logan Autism Center in Benton Harbor, Michigan, before earning her masters in social work from Grand Valley State University. Through this graduate program, Coulston completed a year-long internship in crisis advocacy at the YWCA, a resource for individuals who have experienced domestic or sexual violence.When she started job hunting after graduating with her master’s degree in April of this year, Coulston said she wasn’t even aware of BAVO’s existence but was excited to discover Saint Mary’s offered such a resource to its students. She is passionate about assisting with college-aged students, an age group she has enjoyed working with in all of her areas of experience.“I just think it’s such a unique experience, and it’s a unique place for people to be in their lives,” she said. “You are suddenly thrust into this total independence at 18 and are expected to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. … I think college kids are people that need a lot of support but don’t get a lot of support a lot of the time.”Though under new leadership, Coulston said BAVO will continue to provide many of the same services offered in previous years.“We continue to do education and outreach throughout campus and throughout the community,” she said. “I’ll still have my student advisory committee, as well as allies underneath them, so we will keep the student-led groups doing events and things like that on campus.”The office will provide advocacy services such as legal and medical aid, as well as counseling and other resources. In her position, Coulston will also act as a confidential reporter.“I don’t have to disclose anything that anyone tells me to the university or to law enforcement, outside of child abuse and neglect,” she said. “That’s a really great resource to have on campus. … People can come and talk to me if they just want to talk something out that has happened to them or a friend.”This year, BAVO will be working in coordination with the President’s Committee on Sexual Violence, a group of administrators and faculty members that have a special interest in addressing sexual violence on Saint Mary’s campus. The groups will host educational programming and events, Colston said.“I think the big thing we’re trying to show is that Saint Mary’s does take these issues seriously and that it’s not just one person in one office that cares,” she said.Coulston said the addition of three student representatives to the committee will include an essential student perspective.“I mean we can plan all we want, but if students aren’t actually interested in the information, they’re not going to come,” she said. “So it’s really important to have those students giving input on events and programming, not only in what students are interested in but what students want and what students need.”BAVO will continue to use the same first year orientation programming as used in years past, working in conjunction with the campus safety department and health and counseling center to educate incoming students on the available services, Coulston said. She encourages all first years, even those not seeking resources specific to BAVO, to stop by her office.“I feel like there’s such a stigma that people think that they need to have this super traumatic experience to come visit me, and that’s totally not true,” Coulston said. “I mean, you can come to me even just if you want someone that you can talk to that isn’t going to have to tell the school … so I totally encourage students and parents to come talk to me.”Tags: BAVO, Belles Against Violence Office, Liz Coulston, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

Corps Island Dredged Material Plans on Display

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is seeking public comments on plans to unload 500,000 cubic yards of dredged material from Corps Island, near river mile 799 of the Upper Mississippi River. The project would involve unloading dredged material from Corps Island, a temporary placement site within the Corps’ 9-Foot Navigation Channel Maintenance Management Plan.According to USACE, the unload would ensure continued utilization of the Upper Mississippi River 9-Foot Navigation Channel.“The process by which dredged material would be removed from Corps Island, and where it would be placed or used, would be decided by the awarded contractor,” USACE said in their release.This project requires a review of environmental effects under the National Environmental Policy Act.A copy of the draft Environmental Assessment with a finding of no significant impact was coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state resource agencies prior to posting of the public notice, said USACE.The public review and comment period on the draft Environmental Assessment ends May 7.[mappress mapid=”25033″]last_img read more

Northern Ireland off mark with win

first_img Press Association Northern Ireland Under-21s claimed the first points of their European Championship qualification campaign with a 1-0 win over Cyprus in Lurgan. Jim Magilton took charge with Stephen Robinson away with the Under-17s and had reason to be content after his side came back into the dressing-room level. Ryan Brobbell had an early effort blocked and they were hardly troubled at the other end, with only a wayward effort from Cyprus captain Pieros Sotiriou causing any alarm. Northern Ireland goalkeeper Conor Brennan kept out the first shot on target on 62 minutes when Kostakis Artymatas finally made him work. Cyprus, a place above Northern Ireland in the group with six points, threatened through Sotiriou and Nikos Efthimiou but a draw seemed the most likely result until Gorman’s late intervention. His free-kick was turned in by Christofides to give Northern Ireland just their second goal of the campaign and the three points. Gorman almost got his name on the scoresheet soon after, but Loizou made a good save. center_img Jonny Gorman’s 85th-minute free-kick was turned into his own net by Andreas Christofides to end a run of five straight defeats in Group Nine. It was the home side’s first shot on target of a largely lifeless encounter and they may have even had a second when Gorman drew a good save from Giorgos Loizou in the final stages. last_img read more

No. 24 Syracuse upsets No. 9 Michigan, 4-2

first_imgAgainst its first ranked opponent this year, No. 24 Syracuse (3-0) pulled off a huge upset, beating No. 9 Michigan (0-1) 4-2 in Oxford, Mississippi for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend tournament.The match was highlighted by big performances from Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez. The pair won their doubles match 6-3, as did Sofya Golubovskaya and Sofya Treshcheva, giving Syracuse the first point of the match. In singles play, No. 43 Knutson was tasked with facing No. 3 Kate Fahey. Knutson won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4.Meanwhile, Ramirez faced No. 36 Chiara Lommer and won in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. But the match remained close thanks to Michigan’s No. 27 Brienne Minor and No. 65 Giulia Pairone. Minor defeated Golubovskaya in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6, and Pairone took care of Guzal Yusupova 6-2, 6-3.It ultimately came down to Dina Hegab and Alyvia Jones’ match. Hegab dropped the first set 6-3, but won the second 6-4. In the third set, she came up clutch, rattling off a 6-0 win to clinch the match for the Orange. Treshcheva, up 5-4 in her third set, did not finish her match after Hegab’s victory.Syracuse will look to carry the momentum into tomorrow’s matchup with Purdue at 3 p.m. The Boilermakers took down No. 12 Ole Miss earlier in the day.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on January 26, 2019 at 7:49 pm Contact Eric: [email protected]last_img read more