Many large-scale implementations requiring consulting services end up going nowhere. The result is simply a completed project that offers little in the way of true value for the customer based on increased productivity, control and cost effectiveness. This predicament is prevalent across business applications, automated banking systems, and information security solutions. The reasons behind the problem are numerous; a key factor, however, is the client's lack of initiative to participate in the implementation process. To be sure, the principle of "We pay you money, so you do the work" forms the basis of many relationships between clients and integrator. The managers of client companies are interested in the results of the project and its financial returns, yet they often fail to see the point of collaborating with the project team contracted to carry out the work.
It seems to me that this comes down to psychology: in the client's mind, the line between so-called "boxed" products and complex solutions—which usually need to be integrated into existing infrastructure and require additional consulting services—has become blurred.The producers of smartphones, mobile devices, cars, and software have brainwashed us to believe that technology is simple: one button, two pedals. We only realize that the automatic gearbox is a complicated piece of equipment once we get to the service center—and even then, only indirectly, as evidenced by the number of zeros on the repair bill.
There is a well-known recipe for the best CEO programs. They have two functions: to show how much we need them, and also how much they need us. The requirements of an automated banking system are equally as strict: it must be simple and user-friendly. The same can be said for information security products, too; they require a pre-configured policy and easy-to-read anti-virus reports, an intuitive interface, and a bask method for firewall configuration. In principle, it should take users mere minutes to familiarize themselves with the product, interaction should be as intuitive as possible, and the "functional part" should be secured. The way we perceive information technology has evolved from viewing it as part of a sacred cult to something ordinary and almost mundane. Technicians in white lab coats, cabinets brimming with computers in dozens of machine halls—this sense of exotic mystique surrounding technology lay in the past. Nowadays, we use not technology but products to carry out necessary tasks, and we are capable of interacting with IT without the help of middlemen. Can you imagine an iPad or Windows user writing a multi-page bug report for Apple or Microsoft? I can't.
Today the user pays money for a product, for a button he or she can press for instant happiness. He switches off the feedback collection function in MS Office as soon as the pop-up window reminds him it's there. Really, he is only prepared to use the product. Computerization—a focus on convenience and business advantage instead of functionality–product marketing's contribution to users' ideology. CEOs are users, too; when they approve the budget for an expensive ERP, DLP, CRM or BI system, they are not acquiring a solution, but rather a marketed product. The corporate world is accustomed to believing in a "magic pill" or "happy button" just like everyday users. And then, the managers of client companies are genuinely surprised when the "buy; it'll work by itself" approach breaks down.., when, in order to get results, it is necessary to put in some effort, sometimes in line with the cost of the solution itself. This kind of situation might be encountered in the relatively new DLP system market. Here, the client is required to complete a wide range of actions: to understand the volumes of confidential data he or she needs to protect;
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Advantages of OLP Solutions
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- Visibility and control of your data
- Save on deployment & maintenance costs
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To classify that information; to localize where it is stored; and finally, to define the criteria for the effectiveness of the project. Nine years of InfoWatch experience in OLP solutions development and implementation shows that the process of a DLP system integration is large and complex, since it is unique to each individual organization. A whole host of factors—industry specifics, rules pertaining to document circulation, security policies and regulatory requirements—come into play. "Boxed" solutions are not appropriate here; standard methodologies for adapting business processes to a system do not work. To achieve the desired result I nfoWatch integration experts found the only solution to be cooperation with the client's project teams. Otherwise the client makes the same old mistake, relying on his or her subjective opinion that modern IT is simple. Of course, it is impossible to develop a universal recipe to correct clients' perceptions. Not all developers of information solutions are prepared to describe complex things as such. So the need to fuse illusion and reality remains: take the client by the hand and lead him through a pilot project, identifying every potential difficulty of the forthcoming implementation. During the pilot process, between the agreements, meetings, and test runs, the main client will understand that a complex IT system can be built only through collaboration with systems integrators; it cannot simply be bought. GulfTech would like to thank Alexander Zarovsky, International Business Chief of InfoWatch for his consideration and input in regards to the topic of Data Leak Prevention.
Protect Your Data From Endpoint to Cloud
Now more than ever, your data is on the move—whether it's on a laptop, flash drive, or moving across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures. At any point along the way, your financial data and trade secrets could be lost or stolen. Securing this data is further complicated by several emerging risk factors:
- Rapidly evolving compliance regulations and mandates
- Continued growth of workforce mobility
- Employees using their own mobile devices and consumer apps for work
- Rising frequency of advanced persistent threats (APIs) and data breach incidents
To avoid the potential embarrassment damage to your reputation, regulatory fines, and revenue loss associated with data leaks, today's enterprise needs to identify, track, and secure all confidential data. In the past, many organizations used traditional data loss prevention (DLP) solutions but found them too intrusive, complex, and costly to acquire, carry out and maintain.
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