4 Steps to Revitalize Business Continuity Programs

In IT, complexity grows over time. When companies adopt a new enterprise technology, it always affects their processes and workflow – often causing "messes" and "clutter" that need to be cleaned up. That's an essential task in any production environment and it never really ends. Growing complexity has to be managed by your team and that management takes time, resources, personnel, and energy.

But keeping the lights on matters just as much. It's easy to devote all your resources to managing production complexity, but all those changes can break your business continuity (BC) plan. Without an up-to-date plan, you run the risk of downtime and disaster. Which can result reputational damage or ultimately the end of your business.

So how do you revitalize your business continuity plan? How do you keep it fresh? How do you keep your plan up to date in the face of complexity, constant change and limited resources?

Learn how your business continuity plan can benefit from a partnership with Sungard AS.



Cloud Complexity: The Need for Resiliencehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Cloud-Complexity-The-Need-for-Resilience.aspxCloud Complexity: The Need for ResilienceCloud ServicesThe growing interest in resiliency in a cloud-dominated era was recently highlighted in a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, the sister company to The Economist newspaper.
Who’s in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Whos-in-the-Gartner-Magic-Quadrant-for-Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service.aspxWho’s in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service?Disaster RecoveryThe 2016 edition of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) was just released and Sungard AS was once again positioned in the "Leaders" quadrant. This is the second year in a row that Gartner, Inc. placed Sungard AS within this category.
Ensure You Thrive In A Hybrid IT Worldhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Ensure-You-Thrive-In-A-Hybrid-IT-World.aspxEnsure You Thrive In A Hybrid IT WorldCloud ServicesHybrid IT — an environment that encompasses a wide mix of internal and external assets and services — requires effective governance. As line of business managers continue to move around the IT organization to get the applications and capabilities they want, the lack of governance puts the entire organization at risk.
Continuing Your IT Journey to the Cloud Part 1http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Continuing-Your-IT-Journey-to-the-Cloud-Part-1.aspxContinuing Your IT Journey to the Cloud Part 1Cloud Services;Hosting ServicesAs you consider your legacy applications and their impact on your virtualization strategy, here are a few questions you may have about putting your plan into motion.
Continuing Your IT Journey to the Cloud Part 2http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Continuing-Your-IT-Journey-to-the-Cloud-Part-2.aspxContinuing Your IT Journey to the Cloud Part 2Cloud Services;Hosting ServicesSome applications can be moved to the cloud more easily than others. Some factors impacting the ease of migration include how many dependencies the applications have, the way the code is written and in which language, the degree of support with migration tools, and whether you have the internal expertise to virtualize the application.
Why most businesses are not where they want to be when it comes to Cyber Securityhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Why-most-businesses-are-not-where-they-want-to-be-when-it-comes-to-Cyber-Security.aspxWhy most businesses are not where they want to be when it comes to Cyber SecurityConsulting ServicesHave you wondered why many businesses are not where they want to be when it comes to cyber security? It is in the news on a consistent basis, corporate leaders understand the threat cyberattacks pose to their organizations, the pressure is on, but what is missing?
Making App Dev Truly Agilehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Making-App-Dev-Truly-Agile.aspxMaking App Dev Truly AgileApplication ManagementApps are the path to addressing business imperatives including innovation, the development of new business models, and that the delivery of superior customer experiences. But apps also enable you to address foundational imperatives operational efficiency and effectiveness, supply chain agility, and human capital management.
Who’s in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Whos-in-the-Gartner-Magic-Quadrant-for-Business-Continuity-Management-Planning-Software.aspxWho’s in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software?Business ContinuityThe 2016 edition of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software recently positioned Sungard AS in the "Leaders" quadrant for the second time in a row. We are pleased that Sungard AS was positioned highest in Ability to Execute among all 13 vendors in the report.
4 critical considerations for business continuity plannershttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/4-critical-considerations-for-business-continuity-planners.aspx4 critical considerations for business continuity plannersBusiness ContinuityIncidents of business disruption are by no means rare today. According to a Disaster Recovery Journal Global Disaster Recovery Preparedness Online Survey, 73 percent of respondents admitted to having some sort of major disruption to their business operations in the past five years. The most common causes were extreme weather, natural disasters, power outages, IT failures, flood, or fire. ​
ISO 22301: A Framework for Business Process Definitionhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/ISO-22301-A-Framework-for-Business-Process-Definition.aspxISO 22301: A Framework for Business Process DefinitionBusiness Continuity;Consulting ServicesIn May 2012, the International Standards Organization (ISO) published the long-awaited. ISO 22301 which utilizes as a foundation BS 259992 a standard which has already garnered broad acceptance outside the UK. This paper outlines how this new standard “Societal Security – Business Continuity Management Systems – Requirements” offers a robust framework for individual organizations to build their own Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS).
People Must Be at the Center of Business Continuity Planning: New Trends and Directions in Workforce Resiliencyhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/People-Must-Be-at-the-Center-of-Business-Continuity-Planning-New-Trends-and-Directions-in-Workforce-Resiliency.aspxPeople Must Be at the Center of Business Continuity Planning: New Trends and Directions in Workforce ResiliencyBusiness ContinuityDon't forget about the most important element of your business continuity planning your people. After all, what use would it be to have your systems, data, networks, and applications up and running if there are no people to use them? And who will recover them in the first place, if not your people? This white paper identifies 5 new trends in business continuity planning that involve putting your workforce at the center a tiered workforce, strategic communications, blended solutions, workforce resiliency, and rigorous exercises. Read this white paper to learn more about how to fortify your business' resiliency and your disaster recovery program by taking your people into consideration.
7 Key Elements of a Successful Cloud Strategyhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/7-Key-Elements-of-a-Successful-Cloud-Strategy.aspx7 Key Elements of a Successful Cloud StrategyCloud ServicesCloud can seem as intangible and mercurial as its namesake. But with a solid strategy and the right guidance, businesses can confidently move forward making sound business decisions, charting a direct course through migration, and reaping the many benefits the cloud offers. But what are the key elements of a successful cloud strategy? Forgetting for a moment the over-hyped assertions that “everyone is moving to the cloud” and “the cloud is the right decision for every business,” how will you determine if the cloud is the single best solution for your organization, or is just part of a more complex composite solution?
Disaster Recovery Service Provider Checklisthttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Disaster-Recovery-Service-Provider-Checklist.aspxDisaster Recovery Service Provider ChecklistConsulting Services;Disaster RecoveryThis white paper describes what organizations should look for to ensure that the DR SP they select not only provides high quality service and expertise - but also meet their specific business requirements.
Top 10 Ways to Address PCI DSS Compliancehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Top-10-Ways-to-Address-PCI-DSS-Compliance.aspxTop 10 Ways to Address PCI DSS ComplianceCloud Services;Consulting Services;Hosting Services;Security &; ComplianceHeadlines have been written, fines have been issued and companies around the world have been challenged to find the resources, time and capital needed to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Companies not only have to embrace the new policies and implement changes to network configurations, they must also ensure that a solution is in place to protect cardholder data.
10 Things Your Team Is Afraid To Tell You About Your DR Planhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/10-Things-Your-Team-Is-Afraid-To-Tell-You-About-Your-DR-Plan.aspx10 Things Your Team Is Afraid To Tell You About Your DR PlanDisaster RecoveryCost-cutting pressures on CIOs have led many to accept more risk and settle into a mindset that their Disaster Recovery (DR) program is comprehensive, when, in fact, it might not hold up when matched against the company’s business requirements.​
Hybrid Cloud Services: An Interview with Cisco Executive Rob Lloydhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Hybrid-Cloud-Services-An-Interview-with-Cisco-Executive-Rob-Lloyd.aspxHybrid Cloud Services: An Interview with Cisco Executive Rob LloydCloud Services;Application ManagementSungard AS recently sat down with Rob Lloyd, president of development and sales at Cisco, to discuss the trend toward hybrid cloud services and to describe what the new Cisco® Intercloud initiative and Application Centric Infrastructure means to customers. These innovations have been embraced by Cisco ecosystem service provider partner Sungard Availability Services, whose offerings bring new flexibility, cost-effectiveness, agility, and options to customers looking at cloud solutions.
When Cloud Makes Sense: Cloud Strategyhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/When-Cloud-Makes-Sense-Cloud-Strategy.aspxWhen Cloud Makes Sense: Cloud StrategyCloud ServicesFor more than a decade now, companies have been implementing virtualization technologies in their data centers to increase efficiency and consolidate servers. Virtualization is a foundational part of cloud computing. The biggest benefits of virtualization are efficiency and operational availability. So many more benefits can be realized by moving beyond virtualization to the cloud. The benefits of cloud include agility and flexibility, the potential for capital reallocation, and accelerated competitiveness.
The Root Causes Behind Failed Recoverieshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/The-Root-Causes-Behind-Failed-Recoveries.aspxThe Root Causes Behind Failed RecoveriesDisaster Recovery;Hosting ServicesWhen considering business continuity and disaster recovery (BC /DR), a failed recovery means discontinued business. Having systems inoperable and people unavailable for a matter of days or even hours can be disastrous in terms of lost revenue, customer dissatisfaction, and negative press. It is therefore critical to understand the root-causes behind why recoveries fail in the first place.
The 12 Best Cloud Computing Articles of the Yearhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/12-best-cloud-computing-articles-of-the-year.aspxThe 12 Best Cloud Computing Articles of the YearCloud ServicesDownload our 12 must-read cloud computing articles eBook and learnThe Top 5 Lies Your Cloud Salesperson Will Tell YouWhat is Auto-Scaling or Cloud Bursting3 Questions to Drive Your Enterprise Cloud ArchitectureAnd much more...
Crisis Management: The missing piece in effective Disaster Recoveryhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Crisis-Management-the-missing-piece-in-effective-Disaster-Recovery.aspxCrisis Management: The missing piece in effective Disaster RecoveryDisaster RecoveryWhen you consider your current disaster recovery plan, your IT systems, applications, infrastructure, and networks probably come to mind. You may feel quite confident about your ability to recover your technology. That's fine, as far as it goes – but does it go far enough? Have you considered what happens at time of disaster?
4 Steps To Taking Control With Cyber Resiliencehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/4-Steps-To-Taking-Control-With-Cyber-Resilience.aspx4 Steps To Taking Control With Cyber ResilienceCloud Services;Consulting Services;Disaster Recovery;Hosting Services;Security &; ComplianceDespite advances in technology and best efforts to stop them, cyber attacks are escalating and attackers are constantly introducing new threat vectors. Under the circumstances, breaches and break-ins are simply inevitable. Your adversaries have nothing but time. They also possess the element of surprise as to the timing, target, and strength of the attack.
7 Keys to Unlocking a Modern Business Continuity Approachhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/7-key-considerations-for-switching-to-business-continuity-management-bcm-software.aspx7 Keys to Unlocking a Modern Business Continuity ApproachBusiness ContinuityOrganizations use a number of tools to build business continuity plans and support their business continuity programs, from Microsoft® Word and Excel® to more specialized software products, which support only a portion of their continuity program requirements.
Calculating The True Costs Of Business Continuity Management Planshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/calculating-the-true-costs-of-business-continuity-management-plans.aspxCalculating The True Costs Of Business Continuity Management PlansBusiness ContinuityIt’s time for business to tap into modern, cloud-based, BCM software to automate much of their BC program. Discover what the best BC platforms offer in the way of functionality and features inside our guide.
8 Factors to Consider in Cloud Computing Capacity Planninghttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/8-Factors-to-Consider-in-Cloud-Computing-Capacity-Planning.aspx8 Factors to Consider in Cloud Computing Capacity PlanningCloud ServicesThe cloud enables companies to function on an operating expense (opex) budget rather than a capital expense (capex) budget. Cloud computing provides faster time to market, chargeback ability, and the capability to spin up and spin down virtual machines (VMs) to meet fluctuating requirements. The cloud is an infinitely-scalable environment, bursting with potential.
Establishing A Managed Cloud Infrastructurehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Establishing-A-Managed-Cloud-Infrastructure.aspxEstablishing A Managed Cloud InfrastructureCloud ServicesPlacing applications into the cloud is serious business and expertise is required. You’ve arrived at the decision to migrate to the cloud, don’t go about it in a halfhearted way. Learn more about application cloud migrations and prepare your business the right way.
6 Practical Steps to Orchestrate Business Resiliencyhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/6-Practical-Steps-to-Orchestrate-Business-Resiliency.aspx6 Practical Steps to Orchestrate Business ResiliencyBusiness ContinuityChaos is "complete confusion and disorder, a state in which behavior and events are not controlled by anything." In the IT realm, chaos is the reason we have business continuity plans. We have to be prepared to handle the inevitable intrusion of chaos and still achieve comprehensive business resiliency.
Why CIOs Get Firedhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Why-CIOs-Get-Fired.aspxWhy CIOs Get FiredApplication Management;Business Continuity;Cloud Services;Consulting Services;Disaster Recovery;Security &; ComplianceEvery year or so some CIO very publicly loses their job. Often job dismissals can be predicted. Aside from outright illegality or being close to exiting executives during regime change, most discharges result from failure to perform position duties. Nevertheless, the four examples included in this report all have some steps that can be taken to help avoid the pitfalls that lead to shortened job tenure.
IT Disaster Recovery Best Practices & Lessons from Hurricane Sandyhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/IT-Disaster-Recovery-Best-Practices-Lessons-from-Hurricane-Sandy.aspxIT Disaster Recovery Best Practices & Lessons from Hurricane SandyDisaster RecoveryIn late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the Caribbean, mid-Atlantic, and northeastern United States with devastating impact, causing an estimated $65.6 billion in losses due to damage and business interruption. Here at Sungard AS, we received 342 alerts and 117 disaster declarations due to Hurricane Sandy alone.​
What’s in a Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plan Template?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/What-is-in-a-Business-Continuity-Disaster-Recovery-Plan-Template.aspxWhat’s in a Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plan Template?Business ContinuitySo if you've been tasked with creating a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plan for your team, function, business unit, or company, you can likely get yourself 80% of the way there by taking an existing disaster recovery plan template and customizing it to your specific situation. The goal of this white paper, therefore, is to share insights into effective disaster recovery plan templates that we at Sungard AS have gained over the last 30 years, as well as to provide a sample template that you can follow when writing your own BC/DR plan.
The Replication and Recovery Of Mission Critical Data To The Cloudhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/replication-and-recovery-of-mission-critical-data-to-the-cloud.aspxThe Replication and Recovery Of Mission Critical Data To The CloudDisaster RecoveryWhen a disaster or disruption occurs, your team can count on faster access to data and application protection that allows your business to continue operations in the face of challenging circumstances. Our RaaS solution for EMC2 extends the investment in current VMAX/VNX infrastructure which mitigates the need for additional hardware expenditures. Find out how your business can benefit from this unique solution.
What will the Causes of Downtime be in the Near Future and How Can You Minimize their Impact?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/What-will-the-Causes-of-Downtime-be-in-the-Near-Future-and-How-Can-You-Minimize-their-Impact.aspxWhat will the Causes of Downtime be in the Near Future and How Can You Minimize their Impact?Application Management;Disaster RecoveryOrganizations today must quickly react to market conditions by modifying existing offerings or offering new products and services. The critical applications that enable these changes and support the business must be available 24x7, or a company risks lost productivity, revenue, reputation, and ultimately, customers and clients.
Paradox of Compliance: Business Continuity and Resiliencehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Paradox-of-Compliance-Business-Continuity-and-Resilience.aspxParadox of Compliance: Business Continuity and ResilienceBusiness Continuity;Security &; ComplianceThe world is changing by the minute, both your organization and external forces. It’s time for a different approach.
Redefining BC/DR Planning for Midsize Organizationshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Redefining-BCDR-Planning-for-Midsize-Organizations.aspxRedefining BC/DR Planning for Midsize OrganizationsBusiness Continuity;Disaster RecoveryMidsize organizations (businesses with between 100 and 999 employees) are even more likely than their larger enterprise counterparts to identify data protection as a top IT priority over the next 12 months, according to research by ESG. In fact, data protection - specifically, improved data backup and recovery processes and business continuity/disaster recovery programs -accounted for the top-two overall most important IT priorities mentioned by midsize organizations in response to ESG's survey.
Is Your Healthcare IT Environment Ready?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/is-your-healthcare-it-environment-ready.aspxIs Your Healthcare IT Environment Ready?Application Management;Business Continuity;Cloud Services;Consulting Services;Disaster Recovery;Hosting Services;Security &; ComplianceDemands on healthcare IT environments are growing. Systems support the delivery of patient care, preserve reputation, and underpin the business resiliency of the entire enterprise.
Lessons from Sandy: Business Continuance vs. Disaster Recovery and Why Organizations Need Bothhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Lessons-from-Sandy-Business-Continuance-vs--Disaster-Recovery-and-Why-Organizations-Need-Both.aspxLessons from Sandy: Business Continuance vs. Disaster Recovery and Why Organizations Need BothApplication Management;Business Continuity;Cloud Services;Consulting Services;Disaster Recovery;Hosting Services;Security &; ComplianceBusiness Continuance (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) are often thought of as the same discipline, yet they are not. Business Continuance plans, processes, and technologies are put in place to allow a company to carry on operations during a natural or man-made crisis, including terrorism. Disaster Recovery is what is done when BC and High Availability plans did not work or were never put in place.
Five Steps to Achieving Business Continuity for Everyonehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Five-Steps-to-Achieving-Business-Continuity-for-Everyone.aspxFive Steps to Achieving Business Continuity for EveryoneBusiness ContinuityIn 2012, as part of a research survey, ESG asked IT professionals what specific data protection challenges they were facing. Thirty-six percent of the respondents indicated that implementing or improving business continuity and disaster recovery was a process and technology challenge they faced. Interestingly, 32% of them also cited a lack of a disaster recovery plan or process as a challenge they wanted to overcome.
Lack of Operational Resilience Will Undermine Enterprise Competitiveness: A Strategy for Availabilityhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Lack-of-Operational-Resilience-Will-Undermine-Enterprise-Competitiveness-A-Strategy-for-Availability.aspxLack of Operational Resilience Will Undermine Enterprise Competitiveness: A Strategy for AvailabilityApplication Management;Business Continuity;Cloud Services;Consulting Services;Disaster Recovery;Hosting Services;Security &; ComplianceWhat do the following events have in common cyberattacks, severe weather, health pandemics, and power outages? They all drive organizations to develop a very sophisticated means of "availability" — maintaining uninterrupted business operations. The key to success is building availability processes for operational resilience that integrate, orchestrate, and align the priorities and objectives of line-of-business (LOB) executives, such as CXOs and VPs/managers of business processes, with those of IT.
Are You Ready for the Next Hurricane Sandy?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Are-You-Ready-for-the-Next-Hurricane-Sandy.aspxAre You Ready for the Next Hurricane Sandy?Business Continuity;Disaster Recovery;Hosting Services;Security &; ComplianceBy the time Hurricane Sandy made landfall, we received 342 alerts and 117 disaster declarations for our disaster recovery customers. Just as important, hundreds of our managed hosting customers who trust us to keep their production applications and IT environments always available had no interruption of service – with 100% uptime. Additionally, our Carlstadt data center also served as an impromptu community command center for local law enforcement, medical and first response teams.
Avoid the Cloud Party Hangoverhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Avoid-the-Cloud-Party-Hangover.aspxAvoid the Cloud Party HangoverCloud ServicesTallying up the costs of implementing a cloud solution can make your head spin. Cost savings often drive cloud migration desires, but your initial implementation and day-to-day maintenance costs may be more than you bargained (and budgeted) for.
Five Key Considerations for Selecting Cloud Recovery Serviceshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Five-Key-Considerations-for-Selecting-Cloud-Recovery-Services.aspxFive Key Considerations for Selecting Cloud Recovery ServicesCloud ServicesAs more businesses recognize just how vulnerable their networks, applications, and data are, backup and disaster recovery initiatives have risen to the top of IT agendas. Cloud service providers that deliver backup and recovery as-a-service in the cloud have seen a corresponding increase in business. Why? Because many customers recognize that it’s much more expensive to provide business continuity themselves. Businesses that contact providers such as Allstream have a general idea of how they want to use backup and recovery services. Here are some items that should be part of an evaluation of a cloud-based backup and recovery service.
Meeting the Demands of Healthcare Reformhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Meeting-the-Demands-of-Healthcare-Reform.aspxMeeting the Demands of Healthcare ReformConsulting Services;Security &; ComplianceBy encouraging the development of HIT standards, healthcare reform is enabling healthcare organizations to more easily adopt technology. By providing incentives for higher quality and more coordinated care and extending privacy requirements, healthcare reform is encouraging hospitals to consolidate to pool their resources to more easily meet new requirements. Such consolidation, in turn, drives the need for healthcare organizations to simplify and standardize their IT infrastructure. Healthcare reform is also encouraging the development of health information exchanges.
The Application Lifecycle Management Toolboxhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/application-lifecycle-toolbox.aspxThe Application Lifecycle Management ToolboxApplication ManagementAre you in a fix when it comes to managing the lifecycle of your applications? It's no wonder, when you consider the long job list involved from initial planning to retirement. Here are some tricks of the trade to help you keep your applications in working order, so you can ratchet up their value to the business.
5 Best Practices for Leveraging Backup and Recoveryhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/5-Best-Practices-for-Leveraging-Backup-and-Recovery.aspx5 Best Practices for Leveraging Backup and RecoveryDisaster RecoveryThe advent of cloud has been both a curse and a blessing for businesses when it comes to backup and recovery. It is a curse because too many organizations assume that cloud backup as a service (BaaS) is all they need they can access their backup data from anywhere, so they neglect the details of disaster recovery planning. But the cloud is also a blessing because, once companies realize the danger of ignoring disaster recovery, they can leverage the new cloud-based recovery as a service (RaaS) options available to them to complement their cloud backup as a service. Whereas BaaS provides data only, RaaS provides data and compute resources in the cloud.
Cloud Recovery for Hybrid IT Environmentshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Best-Practices-for-Cloud-based-Recovery.aspxCloud Recovery for Hybrid IT EnvironmentsCloud Services;Disaster RecoveryRecovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) leverages a number of infrastructure options and recovery platforms to provide a recovery solution that is flexible, scalable, and secure. Service providers can offer fully managed solutions with the expertise to support heterogeneous IT environments.
Adapting to the Changing Cloudhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Adapting-to-the-Changing-Cloud.aspxAdapting to the Changing CloudCloud ServicesIDG Research Services recently surveyed IT leaders to understand organizations’ cloud computing needs, the value placed on cloud recovery services, and the associated benefits and challenges they encounter with cloud recovery services. The research results offer a window into what IT leaders see as the benefits and the challenges of cloud recovery services.
Fighting Back Against Shadow IThttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Fighting-Back-Against-Shadow-IT-A-Guide-To-Embracing-Cloud-Services-To-Become-A-Trusted-Advisor.aspxFighting Back Against Shadow ITCloud ServicesThe advent of powerful and rapidly-evolving mobile devices and associated applications has given shadow IT a boost, as has the availability of cloud services.
The Compelling Business Case for Hybrid Cloud Serviceshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/The-Compelling-Business-Case-for-Hybrid-Cloud-Services.aspxThe Compelling Business Case for Hybrid Cloud ServicesCloud Services;Disaster RecoveryHybrid cloud solutions have become extremely popular for some very good reasons. They allow companies concerned about security to deploy specific applications in a public cloud (such as those that are customer facing and contain less critical data) while keeping mission-critical and back office applications in a private cloud.
Keys to Pandemic Preparednesshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Keys-to-Pandemic-Preparedness.aspxKeys to Pandemic PreparednessBusiness Continuity;Consulting ServicesA pandemic widespread disease on global proportions is a frightening thought. In the case of the H5N1 avian influenza virus, the very real potential for a pandemic can be understood when we recognize that today, there is no known antiviral treatment for this strain of virus, and over the past few years, the mortality rate for people who are infected is over 50 percent. The World Health Organization (WHO) has tracked 499 known cases of the H5N1 virus globally, and 295 deaths have been reported as of early June 2010.
Reducing IT Complexity and Costs while Improving IT Services for Financial Services Firmshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Reducing-IT-Complexity-and-Costs-while-Improving-IT-Services-for-Financial-Services-Firms.aspxReducing IT Complexity and Costs while Improving IT Services for Financial Services FirmsHosting ServicesFinancial services firms once handled information technology exclusively in house, many are now looking to comprehensive strategic service providers for assistance in managing their data centers and production environments. Many firms are finding that this IT model reduces complexity and costs while improving performance and availability through outsourcing. It further enhances a firm's ability to strategically transform its IT infrastructure by integrating business applications, enhancing security, addressing compliance, and meeting critical disaster recovery requirements. This white paper details the services that address the concerns of financial services firms and proposes criteria for use in identifying a service provider.
Nine Steps to Prepare for a Pandemichttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Nine-Steps-to-Prepare-for-a-Pandemic.aspxNine Steps to Prepare for a PandemicConsulting ServicesThe pre-pandemic phase is a little bit like a hurricane – you still have some time to prepare, but there is a sense of urgency as the WHO levels are increased. Determine first who within your organization will make critical decisions in the face of a pandemic impacting your operations, and work with any corporate pandemic leaders or crisis management structure. Then understand your vulnerabilities looking at systems and data to some extent – but particularly at process and people.

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