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Systems Alliance Blog

Opinion, advice and commentary on IT and business issues from SAI
Date: Mar 2015

Disaster Recovery gets a lot of attention in the IT world. Working out recovery plans for major disasters such as hurricanes, snowstorms, or even tsunamis is important and can be challenging. Going through the “what ifs” for each scenario can be like writing your own action movie where an intrepid group of network engineers and systems analysts join forces to save your business.

Unfortunately for wannabe screenwriters, not only will that idea never be seen in theaters, most scenarios that impact your business aren’t going to be true “disasters” worthy of the big screen. Business Continuity Planning (BCP) for more mundane situations is equally as critical....Read More

In our first two installments (Part 1 & Part 2) in the content makeover series, we’ve talked about how important your audience and point of view are to your web content. Refining your message is the critical first step in connecting with your audience, but in a visual world where people have increasingly short attention spans, an essential aspect of the connection is how your message looks. Designing content for the web is just as important as writing it because if a user isn’t engaged by their impression of your content, they will not stop and read it....Read More

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In Part I of our content makeover series, we talked about the importance of writing persuasively by keeping your target audience in mind as you craft your content. In Part II, we're exploring the write-for-your-audience theme a bit deeper.  

As you are considering your organization's website, it is quite helpful to continuously ask yourself , "Do I care?". The "I" in the subject of that sentence is, of course, your site visitor. If you review your web content through the lens of your potential customers (or members, or students, or whoever makes up your target audience), I think you'll find your resulting website both harder-working and more involving....Read More

magnifying glassYou’ve probably spent a lot of time and money to ensure compliance with government regulations and industry best practices. Whether you deal with SOX, HIPAA, PCI, or another set of controls for your industry, you’ve probably made a substantial investment to ensure you’re fully compliant.

Information systems play a critical role in many of these frameworks. Data security is intimately linked to privacy rules. Retention requirements are easily met through backups. IT staff and management are well versed in the rulebook, but what about your end users? While it is often easy to understand the technical controls that need to be in place, your internal policies and procedures are often equally as important. ...Read More

Mar 2015