Survey: About Half Of Companies Are “Somewhat Prepared” To Recover IT Assets

Evolve IP, a cloud services company, released “The 2015 Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Survey.” Of those responding to the company’s survey, 50.5 percent believe their company is “somewhat” prepared for a recovery, and 4 percent are not prepared at all. Only 45.5 percent of respondents believe they have the proper disaster recovery plan in place and are very prepared for recovery.

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    Organization, technology, and metrics are the top three ways retailers plan to stay competitive, according to the study by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Demandware, “Digitizing the Store -- Building the Business Case for a Unified Commerce Platform --Optimize the Consumer Experience.”

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