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Blog Entries from 01/2011

Why We Love Technology

By Dina Ferriero,
Thursday, January 27th, 2011

technology heartWithout a doubt, technology has shaped nearly every aspect of the way we live and work today. From the way we communicate with one another, to the way we travel from one location to another, to the way we obtain and share information, we are constantly relying on technology to enable our most basic daily activities.

Here at Eze Castle Integration, as in most other organizations, technology plays an integral role in all aspects of our operations. So, in keeping with this week’s nostalgic trend, we asked a few of our employees to reflect on how technology influences their lives and why they love it. Here is what they had to say:

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing  Eze Castle Milestones 

The Computer over the Years: Remember your first?

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

harvard PCAs a tribute to the piece of technology most of us rely on day-in and day-out we decided to look at the computer over the years. We’ll start way back in 1940 and bring you up to the 90’s where we’ll stop so you can reflect back on your first PC. Let’s start our trip down memory lane.

1940: We welcomed the Complex Number Calculator (CNC) as the world’s first electrical digital computer. According to AT&T, this “computer” provided the first demonstration of remote computing.

1943: The Z3 computer is known as the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic computing machine and was built by German engineer Konrad Zuse.

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing 

Winter Business Continuity Planning: Preparing Your Firm Part 3

By Dina Ferriero,
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

The first installment in this series, based on our recent interview with Lisa Smith, discussed some business continuity considerations for instances in which your firm’s office building is forced to close as a result of messy weather conditions. In Part 2, we looked at some important challenges that may arise when preparing your firm for wintry weather conditions that do not require building closure.

In addition to these scenario-specific considerations, there are a few preparations that your firm can look at to prevent impact to business operations in any situation that may occur this winter. In this third installment, we’ll take a deeper look into a few of those considerations.

Categorized under: Business Continuity Planning  Disaster Recovery  Trends We're Seeing 

Winter is in full swing! Business Continuity Planning for Inclement Weather Part Two

By Dina Ferriero,
Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Now that much of the United States is digging out from beneath several inches (or in some cases, feet!) of snow, this is a great time to revisit your firm’s inclement weather business continuity plans. snow warning

In Part One of this series, we shared some insights from our recent chat with Lisa Smith, a Certified Business Continuity Planner here at Eze Castle Integration. We looked at some things to consider when your office building is forced to close down due to the weather conditions.

Even if your building is not forced to close during a storm, there are still a number of important challenges to consider. In this article, we will examine a few things to think about when preparing you firm for this scenario.

Categorized under: Business Continuity Planning  Disaster Recovery  Trends We're Seeing 

Snow's Coming! Is Your Business Continuity Plan Up to the Test?

By Dina Ferriero,
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Yet another snowstorm is heading for the northeast making this the ideal time for us to review business continuity steps your hedge fund can follow to prepare.

Earlier we sat down with Lisa Smith, a Certified Business Continuity Planner at Eze Castle Integration, to get insights on what hedge funds must consider when preparing for weather related incidents. Lisa outlined the following important questions that a firm can use to prepare.

This first article of our two part series works off the assumption that your building is inaccessible. In our next article, we’ll tackle BCP considerations when your building is open.

Categorized under: Business Continuity Planning  Disaster Recovery  Trends We're Seeing 

Hedge Fund Technology Budget: A blueprint to get you started

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Starting a hedge fund is a time consuming process, and one area that must be well defined is a hedge fund’s budget. Hedge fund investors want to know where management fees are being allocated, so you’ll need to clearly identify your operating costs around:

  • Staffing: Payroll, taxes, health and benefit costs, etc

  • Building and facilities: Consider office expenses and lease obligation

  • Technology: If you don’t have an in-house IT staff, ask your IT service provider to do this

  • Legal and Administrator fee

  • One time versus recurring

To help with the technology budgeting process we’ve created a Hedge Fund Technology Budget Blueprint that outlines the items you should consider while building your hedge fund technology budget. Your firm may not need all these elements at launch, but planning ahead will enable you to efficiently manage operating costs. 

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing  Launching A Hedge Fund  Hedge Fund Operations 

Technology Tidbit: The iPhone Alarm Glitch

By Kaleigh Brousseau,
Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Be honest. Was it just me, or did anyone else’s 2011 work year get off to a rocky (and late) start this week due to the iPhone alarm glitch?

According to various news reports from around the world and angry consumers’ tweets and Facebook messages, it is appears I was not the only one affected. Thousands of iPhone users were late to work (that’s me!) or missed flights or other appointments due to what Apple is calling a “glitch.”

Sadly, this is not the first time Apple has had to field questions from unhappy users whose alarms did not work. In Europe last year, some users experienced malfunctions with their iPhone alarms as a result of Daylight Savings Time.

Categorized under: Communications  Security  Trends We're Seeing 

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