Collaborative business communities are on the rise as businesses seek to gain competitive advantage by sharing sensitive information outside traditional corporate boundaries. Increasingly closed corporate networks are being opened up to external parties, such as suppliers, customers and competitors and although this collaborative approach brings substantial benefits, it also opens businesses up to the threat of data breaches and demands a radical rethink of existing security procedures.
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Technologies that transcend existing enterprise infrastructures and maintain control over information when it is taken off the premises while also significantly improving external collaboration, will be a critical consideration for businesses looking to compete effectively in an increasingly competitive market in 2009. Users must develop a more sophisticated understanding of the evolving needs of collaborative communities and develop new models, architectures and processes to support these new business requirements.