Here is how to not just work hard – but work smart and succeed.

Americans are a hard working group. Statistica, the statistics website reports that 50% of full time US employees report they work more than 40 hours per week. Twenty-one percent report working 50-60 hours and 18% report that they work more than a whopping 60 hours per week.

Some people would argue that self-reported data is prone to exaggeration. It’s like asking people how much they weigh, how often they work out or how many drinks they have per week. But, research shows the answer you get will most likely tend to be a more or less than the actual truth. But the trend of these numbers do reflect a truth that most Americans put in serious hours at work.

The more important question is not how long you work but how much you get done. Economists try to measure this with productivity – a metric that tries to measure output per hour of work. Technology had a profound impact on productivity when it first emerged in the 80’s and has continued to be a strong driver today. The media is filled with lists of tech tools targeted at different types of users. Try Googling “IT Tools and business productivity” and see the lists of lists.

Pinning down IT working hours and productivity is more of a challenge. Most broad metrics of worker classifications aren’t granular enough to identify IT as opposed to general office workers. Plus IT is spread across and embedded in all industries, even making inroads into industries like farming, mining, and fishing. So let’s look more deeply into the productivity of one of the most critical functions of IT – data backup and business continuity.

When it comes to backing up data there are some new, advanced tools to automate and simplify that responsibility. We have advanced a long way from tape, even advancing beyond basic disk to disk replication with technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud and IT Resilience. In fact best-of-breed data backup and recovery tools incorporate many new technologies to both simplify and automate large portions of this essential function.

We have listed 10 technologies that, if fully deployed can save IT staff literally weeks of work. What you do with that time can be the difference between working 60 hours per week and a more reasonable 40. Remember that summer is here and, before you know it, the days will be darker and shorter. Invest a few moments and find out how you can protect your data both more completely and with less effort and don’t forget to give yourself a portion of those savings.



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