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If you had a magic wand - what's the #1 daily business challenge you'd eliminate?

Top Answer: Without a doubt - Technical Debt! It's a ball and chain that creates an ever increasing drag on any organization, stifles innovation, and prevents transformation.

If you are a current SAP customer, when do you plan to migrate to SAP S/4HANA?

Top Answer: No plan to migrate soon.

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1. Do you know where your data is and is it secure? 2. Do you have a network security or information security team at your organization? What are your thoughts on the above questions?

Top Answer: 1.  Yes I know where my data is.  Do I know it's precise location in storage or network?  No.  But that's what you get when you use someone else's compute instances, i.e. cloud.  Do I need to know exactly where it is?  Not really.  Not when the hosting provider can have more protection for the money than you can.  As long as you can meet regulatory and legal requirements and protect access to your data then it should be ok.  I say should as bear in mind the change a hosting provider made that gave their engineers access to all data stored in their systems before quickly revoking it.  If you are a government, defence or a bank, you MAY want to have more control of where your data actually is. 2.  Yes, everybody does, even if you are a one man band, guess what, you are your security team and you'd better learn at least the basics or risk getting burned.

Is stability / uptime a concern for you with your cloud provider?  Thinking back to AWS' major outage in 2017, shouldn't we be past these issues? https://www.zdnet.com/article/ibm-cloud-outage-downs-customer-websites-globally/?ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b&bhid=29349190877791638188562104926226&mid=12873514&cid=2259891406

Top Answer: It should be a concern.    No Hyperscaler is immune,  and we're not past these issues. AWS confirmed on 12-07-2021 "it was experiencing issues in the US-East-1 Region" that took down business and consumer services.  Many companies have already adopted a Multicloud strategy.  Moreover, it makes sense to use cloud service providers with complementary capabilities so that the business maintains access to best in class technologies.

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If these companies were affected then the foundation of computing could be at risk. If you could manipulate at the hardware layer via the firmware, BIOS, ect then a threat actor could weaponize well below the operating system which brings in to question the integrity of the entire computing stack and everything above it.  The firmware and bios are like the rebar and concrete for a building. If that foundation is weak then the entire structure and anything dependent on it is at risk. We cannot underestimate the potential or the severity of these companies being potentially affected by the SolarWinds hack and what that means for the foundational computing hardware they provide to the world.  What do others think ?  How could this impact your organization ?   Big tech companies including Intel, Nvidia, and Cisco were all infected during the SolarWinds hack - The Verge

Top Answer: The message here is: one is never out of the woods ever, so pay attention! Just because today's news eclipses yesterday's doesn't mean companies get to shove the bad under the rug and stay silent. Remember, vulnerabilities discovered 10-15 years back are still at the top of the list of the most exploited.