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The risky business of technology moves and transitions
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In an increasingly technology-dependent workplace, disruptions in technology services ripple through organizations with greater impact. While the information technology team grapples with service level expectations that are nearing a standard of continuous availability, the real estate and facilities team is under ever-increasing pressure to optimize space, improve productivity and control costs. These two trends collide when offices, facilities or data centers are moved or undergo transition, resulting in additional risk to operations and business continuity. A significant transition mistake can have lasting consequences by adversely impacting your reputation with customers, brand image and operating productivity. More



Legal, regulatory, compliance risks drive risk management in Europe
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Legal, regulatory or compliance risks remain the main external factor that drives risk management efforts at European companies, according to a new survey of European risk managers, though catastrophic events have been replaced by shareholder requirements as the second leading factor. More

6 steps to developing your social media policy
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With the adoption of social media by organizations continuing to accelerate, all too few organizations have established a social media policy which puts their organization and their people at risk. Establishing a social media policy is not as simple as some social media consultants would have you believe when they recommend developing your social media policy based on those publicly available from other organizations. Doing so puts your organization at risk as a number of social media policies are starting to be cited as contravening employees' rights. More

Good time to start a business?
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Your business plan is gathering dust. You feel like you're ready, but a question lingers: Is now a good time to start a business? Data show more businesses are started during and after recessions than in prosperous times. So go for it, writes a motivational speaker and owner of a web development firm. An economic expert says it's unwise to fixate on start-up cycles. More



Emerging markets: Navigating a path towards new horizons
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How should British businesses approach emerging markets? A glance at the U.K.'s leading trading partners, and how exports to each have grown in recent years, answers that question — up to a point. More

Global mining risks holding back projects
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Resource nationalism, skills shortages and insufficient infrastructure continued to weigh on the global mining sector, advisory firm Ernst & Young head of mining Abbey Chikane recently said. The top three mining risks, which have remained in the top ten of E&Y's yearly "Business risks facing mining and metals" report for over five years, resulted in reduced or downscaled project pipelines, hampered production output, delayed projects, increased capital and labor costs and restricted growth options worldwide. More

Tackling employee fraud
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Recent figures released by the Fraud Prevention Service revealed a 52 percent increase in fraud committed by employees in the first half of 2012. The prevailing theory as to why businesses have experienced such a dramatic increase in theft from their own employees is that it is due to the economic downturn. Job insecurity, a lack of employee engagement and a sense of entitlement have also been mooted as possible causes. What is clear is that internal fraud poses a huge risk to businesses, not just in the pure financial sense, but in terms of damage to hard-won reputations. More

More sleep means better business
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In an ultracompetitive business climate, sleep gets a bad rap. Boasting how little sleep they need has become a form of one-upmanship for executives who say it frees up hours to get things done. When you run your own business, sleeping the full seven to nine hours each night that experts recommend can seem like an indulgence. Couldn't all those late-night or early morning hours be used more productively? What this mindset overlooks is that sleep itself is a multidimensional process that has huge ramifications for how your body operates. Depriving yourself of sleep can have a negative effect on everything from your mood to your health to your company's bottom line. More

Corporate bond risk rises in Europe as German confidence drops
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Corporate bond risk rose in Europe for a fifth day as German business confidence unexpectedly fell to the lowest in more than 2 1/2 years. The sovereign debt crisis is damping growth in Europe's largest economy, pushing the Ifo institute's September business climate index down to 100.0 from 101.4 in the sixth straight decline. Comunidad de Madrid, the regional government for the Spanish capital, recently said it postponed a bond sale until market conditions improve. More


 

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