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Not a good idea to depend on Tech Giants Products

Tech Giants cannot be depended on rather IT Infrastructure Policies and Procedures are the solution

Companies need to depend on thier own infrastructureTech Giants will create new products that are linked to thier infratructure and if they do not create enough value, they will just abandon them.  For example, Google is killing off Inbox, its experimental email app that's lived alongside Gmail for the past four years. The service is set to shut down for good this coming March.

When Inbox was announced in October of 2014, Google described it as something that was years in the making and a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters.They also said it was designed for the problems we're going to see in the next 10 years. The company is sending the app away to its increasingly crowded virtual graveyard.

Companies and individuals need to depend on thier own infrastructure.

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IT infrastructure and business impact are driven by the age of the customer

BIA Business Impact Analysis

The business world has now move to the age of the consumer.  Thus organizations need to implement processes and governance structures to support that. However, recent analysis of the current IT and business infrastructure and practices show there is little consistency across organizations - even within the same industry and geographies. Firms that trail their peers in establishing clear processes, incentives, and governance for their innovation programs risk losing market share and competitive advantage - in particular, as corporate strategies shift to the digital business.

Janco's IT Infrastructure policy bundle helps to address those issues.  In addition it complies with all mandated requirements and includes electronic forms that can be e-mailed, filled out completely on the computer, routed and stored electronically.

  • CIO IT Infrastructure Policy Bundle All of the policies below are included as individual MS Word files and a single PDF file. Electronic forms are all individual documents that are easily modifiable
    • Backup and Backup Retention Policy
    • Blog and Personal Web Site Policy  Includes electronic Blog Compliance Agreement Form
    • BYOD Policy Template  Includes electronic BYOD Access and Use Agreement Form
    • Google Glass Policy Template  Includes electronic Google Glass Access and Use Agreement Form
    • Incident Communication Plan Policy  Updated to include social networks as a communication path
    • Internet, e-Mail, Social Networking, Mobile Device, Electronic Communications, and Record Retention Policy  Includes 5 electronic forms to aid in the quick deployment of this policy
    • Mobile Device Access and Use Policy
    • Patch Management Policy 
    • Outsourcing and Cloud Based File Sharing Policy
    • Physical and Virtual Security Policy 
    • Record Management, Retention, and Destruction Policy
    • Sensitive Information Policy HIPAA Compliant and includes electronic Sensitive Information Policy Compliance Agreement Form
    • Service Level Agreement (SLA) Policy Template with Metrics 
    • Social Networking Policy  Includes electronic form
    • Telecommuting Policy  Includes 3 electronic forms to help to effectively manage work at home staff
    • Text Messaging Sensitive and Confidential Information 
    • Travel and Off-Site Meeting Policy
    • IT Infrastructure Electronic Forms
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Implementing a GRC strategy

Implementing a Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) Strategy

Implementing GRC StrategyImplementing a GRC strategy (governance, Risk and Compliance) will improve your overall security and decrease your risks. It is an important step in keeping your customers, your employees, and your company better protected from cybercrime and data breaches while remaining in compliance with industry regulations. The most successful GRC will permeate the entire organization, from the C-suite level to entry-level staff, filtering through every business unit and affecting every employee. 

Steps should include:

  • Define what matters
  • Identify your risks
  • Design a plan
  • Start small, focusing on key processes.Create a system for continuous monitoring

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One in five workers work at home

Telecommuting is a reality for one quarter of the workforce

Telecommuting PolicyAccording to the BLS in the US, in 2016, 22 percent of workers did some or all of their work at home on days they worked. Workers 25 and over with an advanced degree were more likely to work at home than were persons with less education--43 percent compared with 12 percent of those with a high school diploma.

With the rise of the Internet, and the increase in affordable bandwidth came a new type of worker, the telecommuter. Available technologies, in certain cases, have allowed some companies to offer the ability for certain employees to work from home instead of the office. This can be not only a benefit for the employee, but also for the company itself. As more and more employees clamor for the ability to telecommute, it is imperative for companies to have an in place a viable telecommuting policy. 

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CIO are at the forefront of digital transformation

CIOs digital transformationChief Information Officer - Chief Technology Officer are key to digital transformation

CIOs now have as a priority meeting their companies’ digital business goals. CIO are the change agents for digital transformation. They create and operate in an environment that’s more flexible and responsive.

The perfect infrastructure takes new approaches to understanding needs and delivering capabilities. IT’s changing role is paving a new path - one that offers CIOs a chance to evangelize digital opportunities and reshape their career paths. Janco has the tools needed by CIOs to align their approaches to business engagement and delivery with digital transformation.  This produces impressive results.

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