Spanning Blog

Welcome to our blog featuring thought leadership and best practices on SaaS backup and recovery, data protection and security, and regular product updates for Spanning Backup for Office 365, G Suite, and Salesforce.

Salesforce Trailblazer Community Survey Reveals Ongoing Upward Trends in Skill Growth, Minority Representation

Dreamforce ‘18 is upon us — as is our fifth year of the “Salesforce Selfie” Trailblazer Community Survey (review the surveys for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). Survey findings are shared back into the Community in the form of infographic highlights and reports that can help you benchmark your organization and your Salesforce career compared with peers. Over the past five years, we see the impact of Salesforce embracing and supporting equality in tech.


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Office 365 Data Protection: Part 1 – Disaster Recovery and Retention Times

Data protection in Office 365 is a shared responsibility, with Microsoft taking on the tasks that would have typically been done on-premises for disaster recovery. But your IT team is still ultimately responsible for data protection, and it’s up to the IT team to decide how to protect and recover any data that is lost by human error or even malicious attacks. In Part 1, we look at Microsoft’s disaster recovery and retention times.


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Must-Attend MSIgnite 2018: The Intelligent Cloud Leads the Pack

Now in its 24th year, Microsoft Ignite is moving beyond its format of feature deep-dives and MVP meet-ups to introducing cutting-edge, emerging technologies. With more than 700 deep-dive sessions and 100 expert-led and self-paced workshops, it will keep you on your toes. What are our picks of the sessions we will be attending? It’s a tough call, but here’s a countdown of our Top 4 #MSIgnite sessions for 2018.


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Millar Inc. Achieves Gold Standard of Data Protection with Spanning Backup for Office 365

Peace of mind is a recurring theme among many Spanning customers and Millar is no different. Learn how Spanning provides the Millar team with peace of mind as they protect their data while developing life-saving medical devices, and see how protecting your Office 365 data can protect your organization from unnecessary SaaS application data loss.


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That’s a Wrap: Spanning’s Summer 2018

In Austin, where Spanning has its headquarters, schools are now open and public pools have closed. As the season changes (well, one can hope here in Texas), and we move into September, there’s a renewed focus across our teams on business goals and data protection. Before we say farewell completely to this summer of many firsts, we invite you to take a quick look back at Spanning’s summertime activities and achievements.


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G Suite Migration and Backup: Q&A with Clark Construction’s G Suite Admin

Clark Construction Group is one of the most experienced and respected building and civil construction firms in the United States. With a workforce spanning a nation and a reputation for delivering award-winning projects, Clark is a company for which collaboration and reliability are key.


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5 Steps to Take Now to Reduce Data Loss Risk When Employees Leave

The most common scenario risk of human-based data loss is when employees leave an organization, either willingly or unwillingly. And that is cause for concern for an IT manager or system administrator. Here are the 5 steps to take now to reduce the risk of data loss when an employee leaves.


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Learning Held Hostage – How to Prepare for and Prevent Data Loss Due to Ransomware

At the beginning of 2018, the FBI and the Department of Education Inspector General revealed that hackers had tried to sell over 100 million private records from almost 100 schools and businesses as of the end of last year. 100 million records seems like a lot, but when you consider that more than 63 percent of organizations experienced an attempted ransomware attack in 2017, with 22 percent reporting these incidents occurred on a weekly basis, it’s easy to see how pervasive and far-reaching the threat of ransomware is.


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Simplifying the 3-2-1 Rule for Data Protection in the Age of the Cloud

The 3-2-1 rule has historically been the industry’s golden rule for managing backups. IT teams, however, are beginning to wonder whether those legacy practices are overkill in the age of cloud and SaaS applications. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the origins of that rule, hear what Spanning’s Director of Products has to say about it, and explore ways to streamline the 3-2-1 rule while minimizing data loss risks.


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What CEOs and CFOs Should Know: The 7 Costs of SaaS Data Loss

Data protection and recovery are not just problems for the IT department. As organizations large and small seek advantages by adopting cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, they face new risks to business continuity that affect all departments. In addition to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), senior executives all the way up to the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) need to understand these risks, as they affect all departments and aspects of a business. Read this article to learn how data loss risk has changed since the advent of SaaS, and the seven ways organizations can win by not losing SaaS data.


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