With the intense level of flu that we have already seen across the U.S. in 2013, experts are describing it as one the worst flu seasons in a decade. That being said, there is some good news about this year’s flu season, as well. While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to report that “influenza activity remains elevated across most of the country,” they are also reporting that “there is an overall downward trend in activity” and that “it’s likely that influenza-like-illness (ILI) has peaked.
Whether we are at the peak of cold and flu season or not, it is still a good idea to know the top ways to prevent the cold and flu. This particular article is entitled “How Doctors Avoid the Cold and Flu.” For your own well being and the good of your family and coworkers, please take a few minutes and review these tips to staying healthy this cold and flu season.
Cloud-based storage has been a hot topic of late, drawing both fans and foes into an often contentious conversation. If you’re new to the term, storing data “in the Cloud” simply refers to using an outside vendor to own and maintain the storage media where your data resides, as opposed to traditional in-house hosting. While the idea has a lot of appeal, it’s not a cut and dry, right vs. wrong, decision. Every organization’s needs are different, and what’s sensible and cost effective for one might be a nightmare scenario, or at least a headache, to another.
When considering moving vast amounts of electronically stored information to cloud-based storage, there are a number of considerations. Understanding the pros and cons of cloud storage is crucial in deciding whether it is something worth considering.
Every so often we have the opportunity at Sherpa to ease back, put our feet up, dream of sitting on a beach with our toes in the sand, sipping a nice drink of our choice and watching the world go by. Oh my, how relaxing and restorative that 60 seconds can be. OK, so now that the time of idleness has passed, we had to decide what product changes we could make. So there we are, sitting in a meeting when someone said, “Hey! It’s been a whole week since we’ve added any functionality to Discovery Attender.” Once we all realized that we truly have not added any new features in 168 hours (yes, I did do the math in my head), we decided it was time to get back to work!
So what can we add to Discovery Attender? Well, to be honest, that’s not a hard question because we get a lot of feature requests from our customers (thank you!) to help improve our product. Check out the “What’s New” document below to get a breakdown of all our newly added features!
If you missed the recent live webinar, “Managing ESI from the Cloud,” you can watch the recording below.
Join J. Peter Bruzzese, Microsoft Certified Trainer and CIO & CoFounder of ClipTraining and Rick Wilson, Solutions Architect for Sherpa Software’s MS Exchange Solutions for answers on how can you better manage your MS Exchange environment and cut down on storage costs.
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Microsoft has revamped its email server offerings with the introduction of Exchange 2013. Among the major areas of improvement are the enhanced electronic discovery capabilities.
Electronic discovery (e-discovery) is the process of identifying, preserving, collecting and producing all electronic information that is relevant to litigation. These tasks are also the focus of internal investigations, open records requests, subpoena response and compliance requirements.
Traditionally, the Information Technology personnel have been responsible for responding to the e-discovery data collection requests. And although IT has the permissions and the technical knowledge to access and deliver the data, they become the middlemen in a convoluted process. For this reason (and others), there have been strong demands to make e-discovery tasks easier to implement. The main goal of simplification is to enable the teams directly responsible for requests (e.g. Legal, Security, Compliance, Human Resources) to have complete ownership of the discovery processes without granting them access to critical IT administration functionality. Microsoft has been listening and it shows in the way Exchange 2013 e-discovery has been re-architected.
“To retain or not to retain?” that is the question. There are many organizations who are considering adopting a document retention policy. In fact, many companies are required to by law. But what about the companies who are not legally required to do so? Should they still take the time to create and implement retention policies? There are several reasons why an organization should consider being proactive and answer “yes” to that question.
1. You Need a Strategy in Place
First, an organization’s efforts to manage their data is more effective when a cohesive strategy is in place. When implementing a retention policy, it is very common that an organization will also need to centralize most of their data. By centralizing and reducing the amount of data that is retained, it is substantially easier to keep this data organized. In turn, “lost” data also becomes much easier to locate.