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|Thursday, June 19, 2014|
BY MONICA ENAND | GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Two major trends are colliding that create challenges for companies: we are generating greater amounts of data in the Digital Age and we must do a better job to save it, particularly when faced with legal or regulatory matters.
If you think your company is too small, guess again. Any company can be involved in litigation (as either the plaintiff or defendant). Litigants have an obligation to save any documents or records that could be relevant to a case, from emails and text messages and mobile devices to cash register transactions and security camera footage.
Times have changed and the challenge is that there is exponentially more data and data is everywhere. According to research from IBM, “Last year, we generated five billion gigabytes of information every two days.” A generation or two ago, you could go grab some files out of the file cabinet.
Failing to preserve information can lead to trouble, including fines, escalating settlement costs and the loss of cases. The most successful companies invest in helping their employees develop data saving habits and building a culture of compliance at their organization. At its core, your culture should be built on two simple foundations: education and process.
These are not new ideas, but we need to make sure that we are adapting to our new circumstances. While we are all benefitting from the amazing power of communication and data gathering, it does not come for free. Understanding the challenges and having employees ready to comply when asked help avoid lengthy and expensive problems.
Monica Enand is CEO and founder of Zapproved, a software provider with a compliance platform.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
BY MIKE GREEN
An old profession is new again.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
Demand for organic food continues to soar: Last year, sales of organic food rose to $32.3 billion — up 10% from 2012. In Oregon, organic produce wholesaler Organically Grown Co. has been championing organic growing methods for four decades.
Friday, June 27, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB BLOGGER
Over the last several months we have seen a wave of cross-border acquisitions, primarily U.S.-based companies looking to purchase non-U.S.-based companies. There are a few reasons for this, but the main culprit is the U.S. corporate tax system. The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
BY KIM MOORE
A conversation about credit unions with the CEOs of Advantis Credit Union and OSU Federal Credit Union, followed by June's Powerlist.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
BY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER
Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?
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