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22Jun 2017

What is the General Data Protection Regulation and How Does It Affect You?

With the adoption of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 27 April 2016, there have been many questions and concerns as to what it is and what it means for individuals. The GDPR doesn’t take effect until 25 May 2018, but being properly informed and understanding it now is the best way to be prepared for the new regulation.

What is the GDPR? It is a regulation that the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission will use to strengthen and unify data protection for everyone within the European Union. It doesn’t just cover data within the EU, it will also address the export of personal data outside the EU as well.

Why do we need the GDPR? The main goal of the GDPR is to give individuals in the EU control over their personal data again. Another objective of the new regulation is to help simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying regulations within the EU. This is something the old data protection directive was not designed to do.

Post-Brexit, UK organisations that process personal data of individuals in the EU, will need to ensure their compliancy. This means developing clear policies and procedures that can protect personal data, while also creating effective technical and organisational measures.

What are some of the changes introduced by the GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation introduces many new changes for organisations including:

  • A broader definition of personal data.
  • Children’s data will need a consent to receive.
  • The rules for obtaining valid consent have also been changed.
  • Some companies will require a data protection officer to become compliant.
  • New data breach notifications requirements.
  • Data subjects have the right to be forgotten.
  • New international data transfers restrictions.
  • Data processors are now responsible for protecting personal data.
  • new data portability requirements.
  • Processes must be built on the principle of privacy by design

If you want to be better prepared, contact Blue Door Software and let us help create your GDPR readiness strategy today.

30May 2017

Why Digital Transformation is Important in the Advocacy Field

Whether you are a case worker, adviser, trustee or service manager, if you work in the advocacy field, you may have heard about the digital transformation. If not, you will very soon as many businesses and organisations are taking their operations digital and automating them to not only save time and money, but to make their organisation more effective at helping those who need it.

Just what is the digital transformation and how can it help your organisation? Most organisations will create a digital business strategy that includes streamlining the way they run their business and how their technology can be used to make them more successful. This may include adding new technology, creating an IT department or purchasing personalised software that is designed to make them more efficient.

Adding new technology and creating an IT department are self-explanatory as many organisations already have those factors in place. But what about the personalised software? How can that help and advocacy organisation become more effective at helping their clients? Let’s take a look using Blue Door Software Limited’s Caseworker software which was designed specifically for the advocacy field and can be tailored to the needs of any organisation or business.

Personalised software such as Caseworker can make organising, analysing and sharing case information easier and more efficient. Many of these software packages are complete case file management systems that can help users maintain detailed records of both their current and archived client cases. This ensures that client records and privacy is maintained while giving the user more information on any workstation throughout the organisation.

If case progress or alerts to cases in need of attention are important factors and tasks that are required on a frequent basis, case management software can help automate those tasks saving the user time. Another time saving feature of digital business automation is that the software can provide at-a-glance summary screens and overviews as well as creating key statistics reports.

If your organisation hasn’t gone digital yet, you could be missing some important opportunities to help your clients. Contact Blue Door Software Limited today and let one of our representatives assist you and answer any questions you might have.

23Apr 2017

5 Key Elements of Successful Project Development Teams

When creating a project development team, many project managers have a template of sorts that they go by to create, in their opinion, the perfect group of people for their specific project. But does that really create an effective project development team? Does it create a team that can work together, think together and, although remaining different and independent of one another, still become a creative force with one set goal in mind?
There are many ways to choose a project development team, but to create one that will be effective and high performing and that will make your next project a success takes some very important elements that we are going to share with you.
Some factors that are conducive to creating effective project development teams include:

  • Strong team leadership. Effective teams need a strong leader. One that will lead them without taking charge and that will understand each members’ individual strengths and weaknesses. They will offer opportunities for their team members to grow and to express their creativity while helping the team move forward.
  • Common goals and objectives. Obviously, the team should have common goals and objectives and it is up to them to work together towards this common goal without putting aside their own personal or individual goals. Following a common goal gives the team direction and sets the stage for moving forward.
  • Processes for getting things done. The team must have teamwork if they are to work together to achieve their goal. This means that they need to have certain processes in place enabling them to make decisions, assign tasks, manage conflicts that arise and finally, achieve their goal.
  • Diversity among members. Diversity among your project development team goes beyond race, gender and culture, although this is very important in global projects. What we mean by diversity in your team is that they should all have a wide range of skills and experience that complement each other and that will ensure they are able to meet their assigned goal.
  • Time to learn about each other. Most project managers will often rush their teams to reach their goal, but effective project managers will take the time to let their team members get to know more about each other. This enables them to know each other’s skills and experience and gives them the ability to find their own niche in the team. They will also become more comfortable working together which will let them challenge each other and offer suggestions as needed.

A good project development team takes time to create and develop but the results are well worth it. If you need an experienced project development team, contact Blue Door Software today and let our professionals answer your questions and help make your next IT project a success.

17Dec 2016

Data Centre Tiers Explained

In this post we explain the difference between a Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Teir 4 Data Centre.

The Tier number (1 to 4) defines the resilence and uptime of the centre. Tier 4 data centres are considered the most robust and least prone to failures. Tier 4 is designed to host mission critical servers and computer systems, with fully redundant subsystems (cooling, power, network links, storage etc) and compartmentalized security zones controlled by biometric access controls methods.

Tier 1 = Non-redundant capacity components (single uplink and servers).

Tier 2 = Tier 1 + Redundant capacity components.

Tier 3 = Tier 1 + Tier 2 + Dual-powered equipments and multiple uplinks.

Tier 4 = Tier 1 + Tier 2 + Tier 3 + all components are fully fault-tolerant including uplinks, storage, chillers, HVAC systems, servers etc. Everything is dual-powered.

Data Center Availability According To Tiers

The levels also describes the availability of data from the hardware at a location as follows:

Tier 1: Guaranteeing 99.671% availability.

Tier 2: Guaranteeing 99.741% availability.

Tier 3: Guaranteeing 99.982% availability.

Tier 4: Guaranteeing 99.995% availability.

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