Alan Laing

Alan Laing joined Acronis in May 2012 as General Manager, EMEA. Prior to Acronis, Alan served as Area Vice President of Western Europe for Avaya, a global leader in business collaboration systems, software and services. Prior to Avaya, Alan was Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Portal Software, a supplier of billing and customer management solutions for the telecommunications industry. Before Portal Software, Alan was CEO at Mediasurface. From 1994 to 2000 Alan assumed several senior management roles at Oracle, most recently as Vice President of Operations EMEA.

5 Simple Tips To Avoiding A Christmas Horror Story

This holiday season will see a wave of new devices being unwrapped including tablets, MP3 players, Smartphone’s and digital cameras. 18% of UK adults will be receiving a new tablet this Christmas. These devices will quickly be filled with your favourite recipes, holiday snaps, selfies or more importantly work files. Even if you are not receiving a new device, it is likely that your current gadget ...

Sun, Sea, Sand And Sneaky Email Peeks: The Rise And Reality Of A ‘Workation’

Nowadays, it’s very rare indeed that people going on holiday don’t find themselves checking in to work on a daily basis. A few years ago, they might have been using a laptop to have a quick look at email in the morning and evening. With the advent of smartphones, it also became much easier for them to call back to the office (or to be called from work). The arrival of the Blackberry and the explos...

How To Get The Most From Virtualisation In A Hybrid World

In today’s dynamic business world, organisations are confronted by a series of IT challenges. The smart devices revolution has contributed to the vast growth of data, creating dynamic data that is difficult to manage. IT managers are struggling to find a simple solution to providing an IT infrastructure that is satisfying to corporate users whilst aligning with business goals and objectives, inclu...

Top 4 Reasons Why Companies Should Back Up To The Cloud

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit millions of people and companies across the east coast of the United States. The damage caused by the storm meant that many people suffered from lost and damaged of personal or business assets, including invaluable corporate data. One example of the extreme losses caused by the natural disaster was a business based in the metropolitan area. It had minimised the...

5 Steps To Implementing A Mobile Data Security Policy

The safe and efficient exchanging of corporate files, is not a new problem. Not so long ago employees used USB keys to exchange information and the challenges for the IT department was locking USB ports and ensuring staff weren’t sending personal emails outside of the company. Now everybody has 4GB of storage in their pockets that they could use to copy and access corporate information without con...

How Dynamic Is Your Company When It Comes To Managing Big Data?

There was a celebrated episode in the original Star Trek TV series called The Trouble With Tribbles which could serve as a fairly neat allegory nature of the data explosion we face in the world today. For those of you who haven’t seen it, the plot revolves around lovable furry creatures called Tribbles that emit a soothing purring noise. Unfortunately, they reproduce at a phenomenal rate to the po...

5 Tips For Managing The Flood Of Personal Devices Into The Enterprise

With a record-breaking number of iPads (22.9m) and iPhones (47.8m) sold in Q4, it’s no wonder tablets and smartphones topped the most popular Christmas gifts lists across Europe in 2012. Many of these devices will find their way into corporate networks and put sensitive company data at risk. The surge in bring-your-own-device (BYOD) means IT departments need to adapt to demands from the user and e...

2013: The Year The Cloud Becomes Invisible

The “Information Superhighway” sounds pretty silly to us these days. It harkens back to when the Web was more of a promise than a reality. Lately, we hardly even hear people talking about the Internet. That’s because the Internet is part of our everyday life and is basically invisible to its users. Maybe now it should be, “You’ve Always Got Mail.” We forget that smart phones, streaming services li...