Do you really think a natural disaster is going to swoop in and blow your IT department away? Well if you live on planet earth, that could be the case. Watching the news from across the country, there are always storms that do massive damage to different areas. Just about a week ago, Queens, NY got tennis ball sized hail (literally with spikes sticking out) coming down and super strong winds. This type of weather can knock out power and internet for thousands of people, until the power companies can get everything back up and running again.
Over the years here at IBM, I have worked with many clients who have come to realize the importance of Disaster Recovery, because they don't want to be caught not being able to operate. One of the best ways to think about why you should have a DR strategy for your business and IT, it is an insurance policy on your business. Just as you have car and home insurance, shouldn't you have insurance on your business as well? Let's say you are a retailer who does business online and you currently have no DR strategy. What do you do when the power goes out for any period of time? Does your workforce just sit there in the dark until the power comes on? How do your customers order your product while you are out of power and if they are not ordering, that means you are losing business. How much business are you prepared to lose if such a minor event happens, like the power going out? The levels of natural disaster can go up dramatically from there and I do not need to tell you the repercussions of a full blown disaster and not being prepared.
There are so many different ways to prepare for a disaster. Even if you are not an expert, there are companies out there who can help you put together a plan based on your businesses needs. There are also many different ways to prepare for the disaster that are cheaper than others. It all depends on the risk you are prepared to take on with the DR strategy you pick. Just pick one!
IBM can help with everything from planning to implementation or even take it off your hands completely. We have been in the DR business for many years and my client's who have worked with myself and my team are happy with their solutions. Each solution is different, just like each business is different. I just want to make sure everyone is prepared for a disaster in some way. Below is a link to some information on how to get started or you could just reach out to me directly. I am happy to speak with anyone about how important DR is and strategize on how to get started for your business.
IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services:
I have recently had the pleasure of sitting down with my Tivoli sales specialist and engineer, to implement a POC (Proof Of Concept) for one of my clients. This was a great experience for me, since I was able to see the software first hand. As we went through the POC, I was gaining knowledge just like my client, as everything was explained in detail and then shown exactly as it was explained. It was a great experience for me, because I was able to see the full capabilities of the software and how easy it is to install and run. This made a huge difference in my understanding of the software and how it works, what it does, etc. The POC honestly opened my eyes to Tivoli Endpoint Manager and how awesome it actually is. If I was running a company with an average amount of PC's and other types of endpoints, I would ensure my IT department had this installed, because it would make everyone's life much easier. Take a look at the information below, it can literally do everything!
Tivoli® Endpoint Manager—built on BigFix® technology—helps you achieve
smarter, faster endpoint management. It combines endpoint and security
management into a single solution that enables your team to see and
manage physical and virtual endpoints—servers, desktops, roaming
laptops, and specialized equipment such as point-of-sale devices, ATMs
and self-service kiosks. As threats emerge, the software allows you to
rapidly remediate, protect, and report on endpoints in real-time. By
automating time-intensive tasks across complex networks, you can control
costs while reducing risk and supporting compliance. Tivoli Endpoint
Manager can be deployed in days for any network size or configuration,
providing a very rapid return on investment.
- Single intelligent agent for continuous endpoint self-assessment and policy enforcement
- Real-time visibility and control from a single management console
- Manage hundreds of thousands of endpoints regardless of location, connection type or status
- Target specific actions to an exact type of endpoint configuration or user type
- Reduce management complexity and cost, increase accuracy, and boost productivity
- Support heterogeneous platforms—Microsoft® Windows®, UNIX®, Linux® and Mac operating systems
IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager for Lifecycle Management
A single-agent, single-console approach for endpoint management across the enterprise
- Asset discovery and inventory to create dynamic situational awareness
- Software distribution with policy-based installation and closed-loop verification
operating system deployment for new workstations, laptops and servers
throughout the network as well as OS migration and refresh for existing
- Remote desktop control
IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager for Security and Compliance
A single solution for managing endpoint security across the organization
- Continuous enforcement of security configurations and patches
- Centralized management of third-party anti-malware and firewall protection
- Out-of-box best practices to help meet regulations
- Trending and analysis of security changes through advanced reporting
IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager for Power Management
Full-spectrum, flexible power management made simple
- Control energy costs with a centralized, scalable, policy-driven power management system for endpoints running Windows and Mac
- Help save as much as US$50 per endpoint per year
- Manage power settings for endpoints, regardless of location, connection type or status
- Empower end users with an opt-in approach that allows them to select their power profile
- Apply out-of-the-box capabilities to deal with common power management issues
IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager for Patch Management
Continuous patch compliance visibility and enforcement
- Automatically manage patches for multiple operating systems and applications
- Reduce security and compliance risk by slashing remediation cycles from weeks to days or hours
- Gain greater visibility into patch compliance with flexible, real-time monitoring and reporting
- Apply only the correct patches to the correct endpoint
IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager for Core Protection
Real-time protection from malware and other vulnerabilities
- Protect physical and
virtual endpoints from damage caused by viruses, Trojan horses, worms,
spyware, rootkits, web threats and their new variants
real-time endpoint protection through file and web reputation, behavior
monitoring, virtualization awareness and personal firewall
- Fix endpoint vulnerabilities before attacks exploit them and automatically clean endpoints of malware
- Ensure that antivirus services are always installed, running and up to date
The IBM Collaboration Assessment Tool
is a complimentary diagnostic tool
designed to help you and your organization in three key areas: 1) to
assess your current collaboration practices, 2) to define the business
benefits of integrating a collaboration solution including the value of
connecting clients, employees and business partners to drive new revenue
opportunities, and 3) to improve customer satisfaction, enhance
operational efficiency and more.
By answering a series of questions, you will be able to compare your
company’s own strategic approach, tactics and selection of technology
solutions against those of top performing industry peers and understand
where you are performing well and where there may be room for
improvement – all based on third party research conducted for IBM by the
Aberdeen Group. Upon completion of the assessment survey, you will be
able to view your scorecard report instantaneously, or request it be
sent to you via email.
Your customized report will help you:
- Understand the effectiveness of your existing collaboration
practices and approach, and compare it to the best-in-class
organizations within your industry.
- Identify the collaboration enablers that can transform your organization into a best-in-class organization.
- Build a collaboration software strategy, or enhance a current
roadmap plan, using recommendations from your customized scorecard
report, including achievable ROI
Features and benefits
Customer Experience Suite brings together capabilities that enable you
to deliver highly engaging, personalized, and differentiated web
experiences that meet the evolving needs of today's customer. Key
capabilities include business user content management, a highly scalable
and flexible web presentation framework, built-in social and real-time
communications, marketing tools, personalization, enterprise search,
integration capabilities - including analytics and commerce integration
- plus mobile device support.
Features & benefits
Reduce operational costs & increase responsiveness by enabling
business owners to manage the delivery of dynamic content & rich
media through multiple channels.
Increase brand loyalty by creating experiences that feel personalized
to each customer; dynamically adapt content and offers based upon
customer's actions, preferences, and relationships.
Improve customer loyalty and help resolve problems by enabling
customers to share ideas and opinions; drive higher value customer
interactions via lower cost channels.
Fine tune the online experience by analyzing customer's interactions,
helping to improve conversion rates and engagement; intelligently manage
sites, campaigns, and offers by tracking each via integration with
supported analytics solutions.
Improve profits by maximizing cross-sell & up-sell opportunities;
capture new leads by easily publishing dynamic, compelling offers and
Reach: Reach existing customers and new prospects across multiple channels; Mobile, web, social sites, kiosks, e-mail.
Deliver more personalized, relevant web experiences by linking into
back-office applications, cloud-based services, and social sites;
aggregate disparate systems into a seamless, cohesive customer
ways to save.
The challenge is clear: cut costs but enable growth. How do you manage that? IBM can help.
Start with the IT Infrastructure Savings
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picture of your current IT infrastructure and customized
recommendations to help you save money. IBM can help turn technology
improvements into real business opportunities.
Sample heatmap of assessment results
IBM can help you do more with less. Cut costs while you:
- Optimize infrastructure
- Improve service and productivity
- Better manage data
- Mitigate risk
Plus, IBM offers flexible delivery options that
can be tailored to your specific needs and accelerate your
time-to-value. Our services are designed to help you realize immediate
savings and short-term ROI while also preparing your infrastructure for
business growth and innovation.
>Get started with your IT assessment now.
business environment is placing unprecedented demands on the workforce.
And whether their companies are recovering from the wrenching decisions
brought on by the recent recession, reeling from rising business
complexity, or attempting to capitalize on growth opportunities, Human
Resources (HR) executives now face some of the most significant
challenges of their careers.
Are their organizations
flexible enough to rapidly correct imbalances between talent supply and
demand? How do they motivate a workforce that is increasingly diverse
in terms of location, age, personal values and more? Do they have the
fact-based insights needed to advise the business on strategic and
operational decisions? In short, are HR leaders ready to reshape the
workforce and human capital management for a very different future?
Find out what HR leaders are saying about these issues and more in the 2010 IBM Global Chief Human Resource Officer Study.
IBM asked 560 IT managers and CIOs in all types of companies all
over the world to talk to us about IT risk — what their biggest
obstacles are, where their biggest challenges lie, where they see the
greatest potential for adding business value. Now you can read the
answers in the 2010 IBM Global IT Risk Study
Crucial focus areas pinpointed
organizations and their IT managers have different structures and
different ways of achieving their goals, they agree on the critical
focus areas of a successful IT risk management program:
- Risk maturity and culture
- Data resiliency
- Data security
- Emerging technology
Here is the full Risk Study for your reading pleasure: http://ibmurl.hursley.ibm.com/1DXK
Feel free to contact me with questions or if you would like to sit down and review how IBM can help you manage your risk.