Quality assurance is an important aspect for any industry that really values offering quality services and products to its clients and consumers. To maintain high quality standards in production of goods (any type of product from FMCG to engineering/medical/domain specific finished goods), QC process is required. Automating this process by means of software application reduces the turnaround time, the associated paperwork, gives higher profits and reduces errors.
Cloud computing has the market divided into two groups. There are the proponents of cloud and then there are the opponents of cloud. The cloud proponents have always sung praises about cloud’s scalability, ease of deployment, and reduced cost of IT ownership. But the opponents have always cautioned against security issues of cloud. And with Amazon’s not-so-distant cloud outage, concerns over cloud’s dependability and security have once again reared their head.
In March 2011, RSA – EMC’s security division – sent shockwaves through the industry as it announced a sophisticated cyber-attack on its SecureID system. Theft of unspecified information from SecureID has left marring scars and lot of red faces. But at the same time it has raised a lot of questions for IT industry as a whole.
Prior to the attack, SecureID was a benchmark in two-factor authentication system. But the attack proves that just having a strong security mechanism is not enough. We cannot just deploy a security system and hang up our boots expecting it to take care of everything. We have to be vigilant at all times and keep testing the security of our IT setup. In other words, we need to regularly conduct an IT audit.
Ever heard of the term ‘IT Debt’? All those who have been following Gartner, would have an idea what it means. For all those who are not Gartner fans here is what it means. IT Debt is the cost of maintenance backlog of an enterprise. It’s the cost of upgrading enterprise applications to their latest releases and operating versions. In other words, it’s the cost of bridging the gap between the current state of IT architecture and its ideal state.
Heraclitus, the famous Greek philosopher, professed the doctrine that change is central to universe. His famous statement ‘nothing endures but change’ has witnessed many translations – the most popular being ‘change is the only constant’. The words of this wise man still hold true in contemporary times.
The modern-day business landscape portrays IT as the most dynamic component. Well this portrayal is true to a large extent.
For most enterprises their IT infrastructure depends on two critical factors:
(1) The technology available
(2) The business concepts applied