Catch Me If You Can – Data Matching

Data matching compares two sets of the collected data and is usually based on various programmed loops and algorithms running it. It is done to discard the duplicate data and aid in better search results. It gives you a rich user experience and provides you with data cleansing, profiling, matching and data DE-duplication. This technique has made it very simple for the various organizations to share information across different departments. This tool is famous for its use in the Government organizations, where they have to keep a check for frauds in order to keep the public money safe. In a commercial setting this software can be used to identify and keep a record of the shopping habits of the customers in order to build a better relationship with them. So, basically the ultimate aim of this is to regulate and optimize accuracy levels across every area of an organization.

The Data matching software does record linking, object identification and entity resolution. It finds connections between data elements. For instance name and address, the software rapidly removes all the duplicate entries from the database. The powerful matching engine identifies the linked records based on similarities or similar records that contain keyboard errors, or missing words, additional words, nicknames or name variations in different cultures. In the worst case scenario, every record in a database is to be compared to all the other records on the other database. Such tasks are computationally expensive and tough to be accomplished in feasible time.

The benefits of matching data are many, as it helps improves working, efficiency and reduces time spent in manually DE-duping or DE-duplicating contacts. This increases the database reliability and integrity by warranting the accuracy of the data. It also combines data from the number of distinct dissimilar sources. All the records are combined into one error-less record within the database in real time. This improves the customer management with complete views across various departments and databases. It also enables data-driven business decisions by means of better profiling capabilities of customers. It also improves business intelligence with data accuracy.

It has been seen that based on Global Data Quality Research 2016, 90 per cent of the financial institutions consider ever-increasing policies have driven the call for improved data analytic and management. 99 per cent marketers want to convert data to insight. Inaccurate data is undermining the ability to provide an excellent experience as found by 76 per cent of financial institutions. The process of matching data can be done in batches as well as real time. It can be done ad hoc when required. It can match records created instantly and determines if it is a duplicate. It eliminated typos, nick names, suffixes or acronyms and works on sophisticated name matching. Its usage has been found in e-commerce, business mailing lists, computing, healthcare, online fraud detection, and National census. Even though matching data have its challenges and complications as data comes from different sources, formats, age, errors, as well as unpredictability.

 

Think You Have Cloud Data Protection? You Need an MSP More Than Anyone!

Sounds crazy, right? Almost all our clients have a hard time believing that statement the first time they hear it. Since they have trusted all of their critical IT applications to the Cloud, they believe cloud data protection is just part of their package: that “someone” is watching over their applications to ensure they run perfectly and safely.

Unfortunately, that’s 100% totally wrong. In fact, this belief in automatic data protection in the cloud can and will bite you harder than you can imagine.

The Data Protection You Really Get

Here’s an example. Recently, I took a call from a prospect about managed services, and after we talked for a little while, I asked about his business continuity process. He assured me everything was handled by his various cloud providers and his data was safe. I replied, “Call one of them and ask specifically about data backup.” He was curious enough and said he would.

A few hours later, I got a call and the prospect was in a bit of a panic. His Cloud provider said that backup services were not included in his package, but they could add cloud data protection. The vendors follow up question was “Who is going to be the point of contact to get error messages and verify the backup was working?”

My prospect was stunned. He explained to the Cloud provider he assumed they would be the point of contact. Of course, they said no. Their business provided the service and he needed someone responsible to check whether the backups were in place and verify whether the cloud data protection was working according to his needs. The Cloud provider offered cloud capabilities that could solve his IT needs, but did not offer a service that verified everything was working and he was properly protected.

Imagine my prospect’s surprise at thinking his data was safe, when in fact it was not. He was very upset at the Cloud provider for not informing him sooner. They had assumed he knew what he was ordering. The level of cloud data protection he was receiving was clearly spelled out in his contract. My prospect quickly understood no one was watching over his critical data and processes. He was on his own.

Backup Rarely Comes Standard

Unfortunately, the situation got worse for my prospect. I also explained that his features in Office365 was a great system, but he should have someone managing his backup for email. My prospect responded with “But surely Microsoft can recover email forever. It’s just Exchange in the Cloud and their cloud is huge… ” I said yes, but even Office 365 has limitations and if he was not aware of those limitations, he could easily have issues recreating critical data.

Plus, Exchange in the cloud still needed someone to setup email addresses, control security, help with desktop applications, etc. Again, moving the technology to the cloud did not remove the need for a person to constantly manage the application. The cloud was definitely a better delivery mechanism, but people still had to be involved.

Who Handles Cloud Data Protection & Backups

The Cloud is a great technology and our clients use it every minute of the day, but as with all technology, the Cloud needs proper care and nurturing. Without such attention you will lose data and business productivity, the same as if your technology was onsite.

That is the value of a managed service provider.

 

Hybrid Cloud Storage: A Tiered Approach

Hybrid Cloud Storage

For hybrid cloud storage, data mostly resides within the private portion of the cloud. If apps are also deployed within the private cloud, the data store may store files and data for these apps, this should be the highest-performing storage system within your entire hybrid cloud storage strategy.

It’s all about time and money

The costs of local and cloud data persistence is now so inexpensive that using secondary means, even tertiary mean, of storing data as an active backup system for primary persistence, or even as an up-to-date copy of the primary storage, is the best approach. With a few exceptions.

In the hybrid cloud storage strategy, the secondary storage system exists in the public cloud. Data is replicated or moved to a public cloud storage system, my preference is as Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Simple Storage Service, to provide active backup for the primary storage system. In other cases, an enterprise might move older data to the public cloud to free up space in primary storage. AWS Glacier would be a great example.

If a secondary storage system is used to store data moved from primary storage, be sure to design your apps to look for data in both storage systems.

Triple up

Archived storage is optional, but triple redundancy is always a good idea. Again, and especially, with the low cost of storage. So why not? Archived storage systems are low-cost and low-performance systems designed for long-term storage of data that is no longer needed by core business processes, or to back up other backup systems. AWS Glacier, for example, is built for archival storage functions. In my industry, track/trace/serialization of Pharmaceutical products, it is mandated to archive data for six years.

Hybrid Cloud and Tiered Storage

Using a hybrid cloud for a tiered data storage architecture offers several benefits to an enterprise. First, because it establishes two, even three, separate storage systems all at different price and performance levels. Second, tiered storage helps developers and IT create application-specific storage strategies. For example, some data analytics systems interact almost exclusively with the most current data. As a result, an organization could move older data into a cheaper systems.

Additionally, tiered storage in the cloud creates a backup environment that spans two separate platforms — public and private cloud — to provide automatic redundancy that is geographically separate. Finally, tiered storage in hybrid cloud should reduce the risk of data loss, caused by disk failure or human error, to almost zero.

The challenge, however, is to create a tiered storage strategy that accounts for all enterprise use cases and properly serves business processes. For instance, in data analytics, the system might need to support other use cases, such as fraud detection through machine learning.

Enterprises must carefully design and plan for both their tiered storage architecture and automation processes. As with anything, test, test, test to ensure your hybrid tiered storage system lives meets requirements and expectations.

As always – Stay Cloudy

Hybrid Cloud storage is rapidly gaining ground because of market choices and ultra affordability. There are no longer excuses to put this off any longer.

 

The Top 5 Ways To Keep Your Data Safe

Every year we have more data with us as compared to the last year. On the off chance that you can trust it, 90 percent of the information on the planet today was made in the most recent two years alone. So individuals are unquestionably wising up to the estimation of distributed storage, and we can expect that increasingly of them will start to store their most significant advanced belonging there in the coming years.

As we progressively make more photographs, music, recordings, messages, and archives, reinforcement and recuperation turns out to be more imperative than any other time in recent memory.

In that soul, we are sharing our main 5 tips for guaranteeing that your advanced information is sheltered and secure now and later on:

Schedule Regular Backups

Reinforcements ought to be made consistently. After an underlying full reinforcement of the whole framework, ensure you set up programmed, incremental reinforcements. Incremental reinforcements are basic since they store just what has been changed or included subsequent to the last full reinforcement, permitting you to spare plate space, and additionally diminishing the time every reinforcement takes.

Invest In A Good External Drive

Your first-line reinforcements ought to be put away on removable media or removable drives. This will guarantee your information is sheltered, regardless of the fact that your gadget is lost or stolen.

Double-Protect Your System

Obviously, outer reinforcement alone isn’t sufficient. You ought to likewise give a second layer of security for your most vital information by support it up to the cloud. With the right programming, you can likewise scramble the information to keep it safe in case of a hack endeavor. A second reinforcement in the cloud can likewise shield your information from physical harm coming about because of a mishap, characteristic calamity or other episode.

Test Your Recovery Plan

Try out your reinforcement framework. It’s greatly improved to discover your framework isn’t impeccable now, before something terrible happens. At that point you can adjust your methodology until you’re sure that, even in a most dire outcome imaginable, your information will be recoverable.

Check Your System Prior To Any Installation

Before introducing any new projects, programming redesigns or drivers, we prescribe that you finish a full reinforcement. Thusly if something turns out badly with your hard drive, you will abstain from losing valuable information. Any progressions or misfortunes can then be turned around by introducing from your reinforcement.

This may seem like a considerable measure to handle, yet our advanced information, particularly photographs, recordings and other wistful documents, are fantastically significant. On the off chance that you have some time over the occasions, attempt the progressions above and give yourself a little significant serenity by guaranteeing that your frameworks are calamity verification.

 

Why Backup Solutions Are Important for Your Business

With many businesses extensively using various types of technology in their respective lines of work, there is a large amount of data which needs storing in order to provide a backup in the case of a crisis. This can be something such as a fire or a flood, or even something much simpler such as a spilt cup of tea on some essential hardware.

Accidents can happen – along with downright disasters – and therefore backing up your data is absolutely essential. Here are some of the main reasons why backup solutions are extremely important for your business.

The first reason that these solutions are so important is that a huge amount of data for all types of business is stored electronically, whether this is involves accounts, client data, important legal documents and much, much more. In fact, businesses that have all their data stored entirely digitally are not at all uncommon, which shows how much the world of work has chanced in recent decades.

Whether you are self-employed with a small business or have a medium sized enterprise, chances are that your data is worth a lot and the loss of it can cause severe disruption of your business – if not closure completely if you are unable to recover from such a data disaster.

It is important therefore to look for backup solutions in order to ensure protection of the data that you do have. There are now many different solutions on the market today, including cloud backup solutions, which mean that you will have a reliable fallback for all your important information should disaster strike.

This can make all the difference in picking up your business almost from where you left off if you do experience a disaster. This could be as simple as retrieving your data from a backup service on the same day as you experience a failure, and continuing business as normal. In more complicated cases you may need to buy new equipment altogether.

Regardless of this, chances are that retrieving your data will not be too difficult, even if the data disaster is frustrating and results in temporary confusion. However, backup solutions will have saved you from permanently losing essential information that could have had severe negative repercussions for your business.

The next point to make is that backup can be important in order to lose as little time as possible. As mentioned above, retrieving data from a backup storage solution – especially cloud solutions which are very popular nowadays – can be a same day operation. This means that the running of your business can get back to normal as soon as possible.

This is very important in order to keep your customers and colleagues happy with the work you do and avoids the negative consequences of not sending out orders on time, missing deadlines for work or failing to contact clients in a timely fashion. Time is money, and having a rapid access backup solution is therefore extremely beneficial for business.

It should also be noted that backup solutions can also be beneficial for business in another way – they send out a very positive message to your clients and colleagues that you are capable and reliable. After all, they will want to be reassured that you are taking every precaution in your work, for your sake and for theirs.

Reassuring clients and associates that you have strong backup systems in place will make them feel more confident in your professionalism and will encourage them to do business with you. This is just one of many reasons why implementing reliable backup solutions for your business can have many positive repercussions for the entirety of your business.

Smile Business Group offers a superior and tailored business solutions service to help their clients’ companies succeed. With 75 years’ combined experience in the IT, business and education sectors, the group delivers a range of services through its Smile IT, Smile Tel and Smile Consulting operations. Through proactively engaging organisational executives and owners, Smile IT aligns best of breed technologies and infrastructure to provide small to medium enterprises with a dynamic and robust platform to enhance their business and technology investment. Operating in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast in Australia, Smile IT is committed to their customers remaining at the cutting edge of technology and offers lightening quick customer support with no lock in contracts.