“The main question heard over and over again from IT managers is ‘How do I secure data in the cloud?’ The first step is to realize that all the normal security steps are still necessary,” said Mike Burruss, Director of Information Technology at Tip Top Poultry. He was addressing information technology professionals from throughout the poultry industry at USPOULTRY’s 2013 Information Systems Seminar in Nashville, TN.
Burruss discussed security options and best practices for companies interested in utilizing cloud computing software, such as email, remote system access and computing web services. “Know who owns the data, and ensure that the information stored also complies with existing company policies,” he remarked. Burruss stressed that having a good data classification policy which specifies what type of data can go on the cloud is essential.
“Communication is a problem in many organizations. Letting the right hand know what the left hand is doing is important,” remarked John Williams, Partner with e-WorkFlow Solutions, during his presentation on Workflow Process Development. He affirmed that organizations can help reduce error by eliminating or slowing the paper process and centrally managing forms in an electronic online format. This online information can be backed up to an enterprise or cloud base that can then be accessed by departments within the organization, helping to eliminate redundancy and lowering IT expenditures and involvement.
In his presentation on Fleet Management and Safety Technology, Edward McCarthy, Vice President of Operations with Vnomics Corporation, provided an overview of on-board fleet safety tools. He reviewed a system that can monitor everything, from maintenance to fuel efficiency in real time, without having to wait to address possible issues within the fleet. McCarthy also assessed onboard computers that put essential tools, such as customized dashboards and speed control tools, within reach of each driver.
The seminar also featured other IT sessions including, IT Challenges and Opportunities; Leveraging Technology for Better Business Intelligence; an IT Open Forum: What Keeps You Up At Night; Vendor Solutions: Product Traceability/Recall and Predictive Modeling; and Emerging Technology