IBM InterConnect Hot Topic: Enabling business growth with Enterprise Systems
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Guest post by Kelsey Howarth, IBM Systems and Technology Group
Enterprises that are embracing Smarter Computing are unlocking the value of data to leverage insight and information to gain competitive advantage. They are redefining their customer experience to expand and capture new markets and drive top-line business growth. And they are changing how they manage information and business processes to shift investment from maintaining IT infrastructure to pursuing new projects.
As they strive to support these business initiatives,IT leaders and CIOs are radically rethinking the role of enterprise systems in their IT infrastructure strategy.
This conversation about enterprise systems will be front and center at the upcoming IBM InterConnect event. As such, we caught up with Lisa Johnston, Vice President of Marketing for Smarter Computing with IBM Systems & Technology Group for insight into why this has become such a hot topic in IT.
What defines enterprise systems?
"Every company and organization relies on critical data. Enterprise systems are systems that are capable of managing critical financial data, customer data and resource data across multiple lines of business. These systems must simply provide the highest levels of service, world-class scalability and unwavering availability.
Enterprise systems enable a private cloud infrastructure at enterprise scale, with flexible service delivery models that provide dynamic efficiency for resource and workload management. They make sure critical data is always available across the enterprise, making it accessible in new ways so that actionable insights can be derived from advanced and operational analytics. They also provide the ultimate in security, ensuring the integrity of critical data, while mitigating risk and providing assured compliance.”
Why has this become such a hot topic?
“While enterprise systems are not new, the way companies are using them today has changed. IT leaders are refocusing on the servers, storage and software at the center of their enterprise IT infrastructure. They know that these systems hold the enterprise-wide critical data that fuels both their core business processes and the new services that are helping them deliver the experiences their customers demand.A quick look at the stats IT is facing provides some insight into today’s challenges. With 60% of CIOs planning to use cloud, up from 33% two years ago, CIOs are looking to benefit from the economics of private clouds and apply those savings to new services.
CIOs are also focused on how they can use enterprise systems for more advanced analytics on operational data. That is very significant since companies that implement analytics are nearly 3 times more likely to be top performers in their industry.
And, of course, security is a growing challenge for CIOs as they extend new digital services to their clients. According to a recent Data Breach Investigations Report 94% of all data compromised involved servers. In addition, according to Computer Weekly, the cost of data loss has increased by 68% over the past 5 years. Better security is a must.”
What can we expect at InterConnect?
“InterConnect presents a great opportunity to discuss all the elements of enterprise systems solutions – servers, storage, software, services – in one place. Attendees can visit the Expo and explore the latest in enterprise-class systems from IBM, including the zEnterprise servers, Power Systems offerings, Smarter Storage solutions and PureSystems expert integrated systems.They can listen in as Rod Adkins, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems & Technology Group, delivers his keynote entitled ‘Unleashing innovation: the new economics of IT.’ They can also attend targeted sessions with Colin Parris, General Manager of Power Systems, Doug Balog, General Manager of System z and IBM customers to hear more about how enterprise systems are delivering the utmost qualities of service, highest scale, and superior efficiency for critical information and business processes.”
For more information or to join this event — live or virtually, please visit the IBM InterConnect 2012 destination. You can also follow the conversations and information in various social channels, including Facebook and Twitter (also follow and use the event hashtag: #IBMInterConnect) — among others. Stay tuned and learn how IBM is ‘turning opportunities into outcomes’ for organizations around the world!