Large capital outlays to begin a digital transformation have historically been a barrier for small and medium sized businesses to compete with larger corporations. The cost of servers, data center space, and skilled personnel to configure and manage hardware alone can be enough of an expense to pull the plug on a project before it even begins. Software services like Google Docs, Microsoft 365, and SteadyHOPS help reduce costs and make the implementation of basic business processes such as data privacy compliance, feasible for these organizations. Providing automation, management, and collaboration capabilities to more complex business processes like was still largely out of reach due to up front costs before the emergence of the Cloud. Even if the cost barrier was overcome, geographical constraints could limit the availability of offerings. Applications running out of a data center in Florida aren’t going to be very responsive to users in China, and companies wanting to provide application services to geographically distributed employees or customers would have to produce even more capital outlays to stand up data centers close enough to their user base. The software industry has come a long way, and with a combination of agile software development frameworks and cloud services, small and medium sized businesses now have a much more clear cut path to providing software services that function with geographically distributed customers or employees.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act of 2018 (DPA) are complex, in depth, complementary legal documents which act as a code of conduct for businesses involved in the processing of personal data. Henceforth these regulations will be referred to as the GDPR. There are many aspects of compliance with these regulations and the best place to keep up to date and understand aspects of compliance is the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) Guide to General Data Protection Regulation. This article highlights the aspects of compliance that SteadyHOPS provides.