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Data Privacy Readiness and the Galloping Gourmet

GregClark Valued Contributor.
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Admittedly, I am a bit of a foodie. I love to cook, and watch cooking shows (I even watched Graham Kerr, the “Galloping Gourmet” before there were even channels like FoodTV), but I also like to seek out restaurants in the places I travel for work. That said, you could imagine I was pretty excited when I heard Micro Focus Universe was in Monaco this year.

As I started to prepare my presentations, I also started doing research on the food and restaurants in and around Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo – a funny thing happened between building a PowerPoint deck for GDPR and reading reviews on Restaurant Le Panier and Chez Mireille. I started seeing a common thread between how organizations can get started with tackling data privacy initiatives and how I planned on fitting in my food tour when I was in the south of France.

Over the past 18-24 months I’ve been working with numerous organizations looking for better ways to manage information risk, and secure sensitive data – many simply don’t know where to start, others are overwhelmed by the notion of evolving regulations, like GDPR and some have very really budget constraints. (That’s kind of how I felt looking at the French menu at Le Millesime, $$$$$ - ouch!)

 Where to start: Table d'hôte

In many French restaurants the table d'hôte menu is a great place to start. It’s a multi-course meal with select choices for each course charged at a fixed total price. In a similar fashion we’ve built out our Data Privacy and Readiness Starter Packs much like a table d'hôte of people, process and technology.

Advisor Pack: built for organizations looking to get started with a small scale data privacy assessment.

Foundations Pack: built for organizations with data privacy challenges but want to start at the departmental level.

Essentials Pack: built for mid-sized organizations in mind where data privacy challenges extend across the enterprise.

Enterprise Pack: built for the large enterprise looking to get started with data privacy at scale across multiple disciplines.

All Starter Packs contain expandable license agreements for our core Information Management and Governance solutions (Structured Data Manager, ControlPoint and Content Manager) along with Voltage SecureData for data masking and encryption options. Each of the Starter Packs have fixed price offerings broken down by the core use cases that drive information risk and data privacy challenges. These include:

  1. Personal Data & Risk Assessment
  2. Unstructured Data Discovery and Analysis
  3. Application Retirement
  4. Structured Data Discovery and Protection
  5. Data Governance-by-design

They’re built to provide a high-level of flexibility – try before you buy, scale up and scale out – and expand as an organization’s needs evolve.

Tapas: Starting small

After some research I’ve decided on El Merkado, a Spanish tapas bar in Nice, sounds like a good place to begin my food tour. Tapas are appetizers or small plates in Spanish. Patrons of tapas can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal. At Micro Focus our version of tapas or starting small is our Advisor Data Privacy Starter Pack. Customers can engage in personal data assessment proof of concept projects and ROI modeling, small scale structured data archiving, single-source application retirement, and small scale content management engagements at a set price – try before you buy.

Menu de jour: I’ll take the special

I’m still on the fence with this next one, but I think I’ll try L'Atelier de Julien. Excellent reviews, with a really good menu de jour – lots to choose from, no matter what mood I’m in. Now, all our Starter Packs have great options to start with, but our Foundations Data Privacy Starter Pack, is sized for organizations “wading into the waters” of data privacy. It allows you to pick the right starting point for your needs and prioritize data privacy objectives at the project or department level. You can choose to identify, analyze, govern and act on personal data (structured or unstructured), retire legacy applications, and deploy policy-based governance across sensitive and personal data.

À la carte: What’s good here?

Il Terrazzino in Monte Carlo has fantastic reviews and a great à la carte menu. À la carte options are the ultimate in flexibility – I’ll just pick and choose whatever main course and sides that make sense for me at the moment. Now, all our Starter Packs have à la carte options – that’s the greatest thing about them, but our Essentials Data Privacy Starter Pack, start at a scale that can have an impact. This pack allows mid-sized organizations to tackle the elements of data privacy assessment through to governance-by-design efforts at a wider scale.

Michelin Stars: Oh, this is going to be good.

Hôtel de Paris – This one might be a little “out of policy” for my corporate meal allowance. Executive Chef Franck Cerutti runs the three Michelin star Hôtel de Paris, Place du Casino, Monte Carlo. The Executive Chef is the head and leader of the group of cooks that work inside a restaurant’s kitchen. They are in charge of coordinating the activities of each member of the team, as well as overseeing some of the administrative tasks involved with running a restaurant, regardless of its size, specialty, of level of service; they also participate in cooking, plan menus, create new dishes, and oversee kitchen staff.1 Our Enterprise Data Privacy Starter Packs allow us to guide you and your team on data privacy readiness at large scale with a blend of established experts, processes and technology that can tackle data privacy head-on. 

Pousse-café: A great finish.

To close off the meal it’s common to have a “digestif” – e.g. port, sherry, limoncello.  So, as I close off this blog I’ll leave you with one final thought around our Data Privacy Starter Packs. The product packaging for addressing data privacy here leverages the same reference architecture and core solutions we use for supporting IT modernization, managing information risk, data preservation and content management. So if you’re still not sure where to start its okay to say “I’ll have what they’re having”. We can guide you on how our customers have solved these very same challenges year in, year out.

If you’re interested in learning more, or if you’re attending Micro Focus Universe and would like to meet-up, please feel free to contact me: Gregory.Clark@microfocus.com

 1 Wikipedia definition – “Executive Chef”.

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Subject Matter Expert across InfoGov, Archiving, ECM, Regulatory Supervision and Compliance.
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