Articles By Lori Witzel

Lori Witzel

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Spanning Backup for Salesforce

Lori Witzel, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Spanning Cloud Apps and Salesforce MVP ’15-’18, brings hands-on experience as a SaaS app administrator to her role on the Product Team at Spanning. She shares a unique, research-informed perspective on the importance of SaaS data protection for readers of the blog, SalesforceBen’s blog, and to the Salesforce Success Community’s many User and Developer Groups.

Why Salesforce Admins Must Be Part of Business Continuity Planning

Even though many Salesforce administrators are not formally part of their organization’s IT team (they often report to sales or operations management), admins sit at the intersection of business data and business continuity. Learn why it is important for them to be a part of your organization’s business continuity planning.


5 Things Every MSP Should Know About HIPAA

There is no official “certification” in HIPAA recognized by the Federal government, therefore MSPs who work with healthcare providers or payers need to educate themselves on HIPAA compliance. Here are the top 5 things MSPs should know about HIPAA.


New Custom Alerts Notify Salesforce Admins of Data At-Risk

Spanning Backup for Salesforce offers custom alerts for anomalies that point to potential data loss risk, as part of Spanning’s affordable data protection solution for Salesforce. You set alerts to spot unusual activity on specific object types, and the custom alert will automatically notify you of potential trouble. (Even better? There’s no additional cost or tiered pricing for this new feature.)


Why Westland Real Estate Group Chose Spanning Backup for Google Workspace

More than 58% of malware attacks target small and mid-sized businesses, including those using Google Workspace. While Google provides robust security within its infrastructure and in Google Workspace, Google cannot protect you from errors at your end — including malware, or data loss due to inadvertent error or malicious activity. Spanning customer Westland Real Estate Group learned this the hard way when they were attacked by ransomware a few years ago.


Top 5 Backup Blog Posts in 2018

Every year, the Spanning team reviews which blog posts have been most well-read, so we can provide more of what you’ve found useful in the coming year. 2018 is no different — and this year, our most popular blogs have been those focused on trending security topics like GDPR and new Spanning Backup feature enhancements.


2019 SaaS Trends: If the Climate’s Sunny, Why’s the Forecast Mixed?

The adoption of SaaS applications is projected to grow at double-digit rates through 2019, according to Bain & Co.; projections for SaaS growth per Gartner are similar. In 2019, those organizations wanting the benefits of SaaS applications will find themselves in good company. The climate for adopting SaaS is sunny, trending up and to the right. But a trend in the climate isn’t the same as a trend in the weather — and MSPs and IT managers at mid-market organizations need to be aware of this distinction as they plan for (more) SaaS adoption in 2019.


Dreamforce: A People Conference Disguised as a Tech Conference

Dreamforce ‘18 is a wrap. Our friends in the Salesforce Ohana have unpacked their Astro and Appy plushies, and are digging through piles of emails after what was an amazing week. Read Salesforce MVPLori Witzel’s take on Dreamforce ’18 tied to the Salesforce values of Trust, Customer Success, Innovation and Equality that centers on people.


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.


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.


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.