Ship's Log

Here is our internal blog. We also maintain an informational blog at DrunkenData.com, an on-line quarterly publication at IT-SENSE.org, and six targeted blogs at our Data Management Institute web portal. To visit them, click on the links below.

Toigo Partners International opened its doors in 2002 with an assortment of service offerings.  Training quickly became one of the most popular.  

In addition to formulating strategies and specifying and deploying hardware and software, organizations require a cadre of trained personnel to make IT matter.  Training isn't just a random communication of information and opinion, it needs to be pre-planned and well defined in terms of objectives and teaching points.  Then, the training needs to be delivered in a manner the suits the capabilities and learning styles of the trainees.  There are lots of ways to do it wrong, but we wrote the book on how to do it right, Automated Training Development Systems.

More and more, our training programs are sought out by IT operatives who are seeking credentials to add to their resumes.  That's why we created the Data Management Institute, to provide such certification training programs for free via the web.  We have also been asked to customize these programs in order to integrate commentary on the strategies and requirements of specific organizations and to teach employees of the firm from these materials.  We follow a structured training development methodology that works well, producing objectives, test items, lesson content analysis reports (LCARs), and lesson design analysis reports (LDARs) -- all of which are provided to the client for review and approval before anyone is trained!  Then, we develop the presentation materials and handle the logistics for the training -- via the web or in a client classroom -- and deliver the material in accordance with the methods and techniques of professional adult education.

Our certification training has reached over 80,000 trainees worldwide.  Our custom courses reach the intended audience, and are then provided to the client for future development.  Lately, we have been working with Virtualization and Cloud Review to provide "boot camps" -- day-long web-based certification training programs.  To date, we have done three of these workshops and received tremendous response.  Imaging having over 1000 IT operators and managers sign up for a course and upwards of 750 show up on the day of the event -- and stay all six hours!  We are preparing for a program in December and another in February.

Increasingly, our clients include vendors who wish to cultivate a market for their products or services, or reinforce the loyalty of customers who already use their products or services.  They recruit Toigo Partners to develop custom workshops that provide their customers and prospects with a better understanding of their requirements and a fair and factual analysis of technology (including the client's) that is available to address them.  We lately undertook such a project with CA Technologies and are in discussion with several other vendors to reprise the service.  Please contact us if you need training support.

Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Planning is a domain of expertise for Toigo Partners International and one of the earliest offerings in our consulting practice.  We have assisted in the development, testing and even the implementation of disaster recovery plans for more than 150 firms worldwide.  We have also authored hundreds of articles in the trade press and four books to date on the subject of BC/DRP that have been translated into multiple languages for use by planners around the globe.

When we launched the Data Management Institute in 2003, our first certification training course was the Certified Data Protection Specialist (CDPS) program, which has been taken by nearly 80,000 practitioners to date.  We have offered the course on the web and in live seminars in the USA, UK, France, Portugal, South Africa, UAE, Singapore and Australia.  The training, which is based on an open methodology created by Jon Toigo, is about to get another refresh in February 2018 when it will be offered as a web-based workshop by DMI partner Virtualization and Cloud Review.

Not long ago, Toigo Partners was solicited by a Midwest energy utility to test a strategy they had developed for failing critical systems over from a production data center to a stand-by data center located several hundred miles away.  The need was for a practical solution that would enable partial failover without requiring staff migration to the standby facility when the situation permitted, and a second strategy for full failover when the need demanded.  The client had already built a scripted stack failover and needed third party validation to satisfy auditors and management.  We supervised the testing and discovered a few problems in the protocol that were quickly rectified.  The strategy enabled defense in depth against a number of hazard scenarios while helping to contain testing costs, which are one of the largest expenses in DR planning.

Talk to us if you have disaster recovery planning assistance needs.  We are here to help...and we are qualified. 

One of our areas of interest at Toigo Partners International is data management technology.  We have done considerable work in the field of data storage, data protection, data privacy, and data preservation - or archive.  Clients have included both private and governmental organizations around the world.

There is more to building a data archive strategy than copying data to a disk array or tape library or cloud service.  The myriad challenges and architectural decisions are surveyed in our free certification training program at the Data Management Institute, the Certified Data Archive Professional (CDAP) course.  Many IT and business planners have taken the training, which is currently poised for delivery as an on-line boot camp by Virtualization and Cloud Review in December 2017.

For our clients, however, more than certification training is usually required to build a customized, scalable and sustainable archive practice.  Typically, our clients are looking for a solution that supports both active and cold/deep archival data and one that supports all data, whether block-based, file-based or hybrid.  Doing things correctly can pay huge dividends in terms of 

  • Containing the cost of storage by archiving seldom accessed data
  • Reducing the risk of regulatory non-compliance
  • Improved productivity and easy re-reference of data

If you are considering the requirements for an archive for your organization's data, maybe Toigo Partners International can help.