IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - March 2018 - 4
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BOWMAN
The Currency of Data
ecently, a colleague was recounting how, following the
birth of several friends' children, she was suddenly faced
with a deluge of display ads for baby clothes, toy sets
and the like. Incorrect inferences from data mining can often
produce hilarious results, as my happily childless colleague
experienced, but they also convey a valuable message.
Personal data is the most valuable currency today-and
must be protected accordingly. That's why the European
Union (EU) crafted the General Data Protection Regulation
(GDPR). This sweeping piece of legislation, which goes into
effect May 25, will transform the way that organizations
process and store data. The regulation is noteworthy not just
because of its scope-GDPR affects any organization that
processes or stores data relating to an EU citizen-but also
because it will affect existing data as well.
Organizations around the globe are reeling as they race to
bring their systems into compliance. Need a quick primer on
GDPR? Check out this month's cover story on page 18. Next,
turn to "Get Ready for GDPR" on page 24 for a step-by-step
guide on creating a compliance plan. And on page 29, learn
how IBM's framework can help clients get ready for GDPR
Rider for Research
An IBMer and co-author of "The Bigger Picture"
on page 12, John Ryan is an avid cyclist. He
combines this interest with his passion for
supporting the Roswell Park Cancer Institute
based in Buffalo, New York. For the last 10 years,
John has participated in the annual 104-mile
Ride-for-Roswell fundraiser, raising over $25,000
for cancer research, and drinking his fair share of
India pale ales at the after-party.
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Elsewhere in this issue, we examine why total cost of ownership makes the IBM Power Systems* platform the smarter
choice over x86. Read "The Bigger Picture" on page 12. And
learn how to integrate cloud-based solutions into your organization's overall risk management strategy in
"Safer Storage" on page 35.
Change can be difficult, but the good news is IBM is ready
to help. Read this month's issue, then visit ibm.co/2ByHOJu
to learn how.
Claire Walling // Managing Editor
Q Sara Stathas
Sara Stathas is an editorial and
commercial photographer based in
Milwaukee. Her latest work showcases people involved in their passions, a
technique she drew on to photograph
Peter Langhammer for this month's
Snapshot on page 40. When she's not
taking photos, Sara's interests include
collecting succulents, smelling rain in
the desert, making toast and cheese
(and sometimes both together).