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Monitoring Mondays: How to Implement an IT Overhaul

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This weekly series will provide a recap of the most relevant news to come out of the tech world over the past week, with a specific focus on IT monitoring. It is easy to become immersed in your daily requirements as a sysadmin, but you don’t want to be that guy who is unaware of an important product release or company announcement that may change the way you do your job. With this in mind, it will be the goal of this series to arm you with ‘must know’ information so you can start your week off on the right foot knowing you are properly prepared. 

How emerging technologies are poking holes in security

Emerging technologies enable business innovation, but the accompanying accelerated change creates several challenges which ultimately impact security. In order to secure the enterprise in environments prone to instability, the business needs to know how each individual technology affects change management and the organization’s security procedures. CSO Online delves into this issue in this article that describes a few of the more buzzing emerging technologies (i.e. DevOps, cloud computing, etc.), how they have the potential to poke holes into security, and ways to create awareness/defensive tactics that will keep your most vital organizational information secure. 

CIOs, CTOs playing greater role in technology decisions

According to new research from Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services, CIOs and CTOs are now more likely to be decision makers regarding technology investments as opposed to merely focusing on tasks such as cutting spending and reducing overhead. The survey polled 500 mid-market executives and found that 49 percent of technology adoption is now led by IT department leaders, compared to only 36 percent in 2015. As a result of this technology investment, many mid-market organizations are increasingly seeing productivity gains. Be sure to read this report from CIO that provides even further insight on the survey findings.  

How to implement an IT overhaul 

From time to time, an IT overhaul is necessary in order to put the business in the best position to experience future growth. However, not all IT professionals have executed such a drastic endeavor. One of the best ways to prepare for an IT overhaul is doing research on companies who have succeeded even beyond their own expectations. In an interview with CIO Insight, Karen Renner (CIO of Novelis) provides great firsthand experience on how she helped revamp the company’s IT infrastructure in order to implement beneficial standardized processes. 

A rare data center collapse 

IT professionals are familiar with all sorts of wacky things that can happen in data centers, but we found this latest data center horror story to be particularly newsworthy. A Romanian bank experienced serious disruption to payment services and ATM withdrawals for about 10 hours due to fire extinguishers (of all things!). In a rare phenomenon, a loud noise created by inert gas released during a planned test of fire extinguisher systems not only forced the bank's main data center in Bucharest, Romania, offline, but also managed to destroy dozens of hard drives in the process, causing serious and irrevocable damage. Read more about the cause of the data center collapse via ZDNet and be sure to take every precaution possible to back up your databases.