Lack of Operational Resilience Will Undermine Enterprise Competitiveness: A Strategy for Availability​

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What 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.

Why? Because disasters, natural or man made, can potentially cripple or halt an organization's business objectives, from ensuring growth targets and brand equity to optimizing supply chains and worker productivity. Organizations must be always available and able to manage these events in a way that works with their traditional stakeholders of internal business units, supply chains, business partners, and manufacturing. But also, and more importantly, the approach must work with customers — and even governments, the media, and investors.

 

 

Datacenter Downtime: How Much Does It Really Cost?http://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Datacenter-Downtime-How-Much-Does-It-Really-Cost.aspxDatacenter Downtime: How Much Does It Really Cost?Aberdeen Group's February 2010 research on Disaster Avoidance and Disaster Recovery Making your Datacenter Disaster Resilient analyzed the frequency and associated costs of datacenter downtime for 125 organizations worldwide.
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 1As 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 2Some 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.
Making App Dev Truly Agilehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Making-App-Dev-Truly-Agile.aspxMaking App Dev Truly AgileApps 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.
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 YearDownload 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...
4 Steps to Revitalize Business Continuity Programshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/4-Steps-to-Revitalize-Business-Continuity-Programs.aspx4 Steps to Revitalize Business Continuity ProgramsIn 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 ends. Growing complexity has to be managed by your team and that management takes time, resources, personnel, and energy.
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 ResilienceDespite 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.
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 ResiliencyChaos 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.
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?By 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.
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 CloudWhen 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.
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?The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service is here, and Sungard AS is a leader!
The Payoffs Of Disaster Recovery As A Servicehttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/The-Payoffs-Of-Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service-.aspxThe Payoffs Of Disaster Recovery As A ServiceBusiness interruptions are commonplace and many corporate executives are confident they possess full disaster recovery capabilities to counter the very real threat that downtime presents to their companies. Many organizations have disaster recovery plans, backup protocols, and communication procedures in place, but they often don’t equal true recoverability. The best disaster recovery planning still won't amount to much if it is not tested and kept up-to-date.
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 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?
Avoid the Cloud Party Hangoverhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Avoid-the-Cloud-Party-Hangover.aspxAvoid the Cloud Party HangoverTallying 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.
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 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.
When Cloud Makes Sense: Cloud Strategyhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/When-Cloud-Makes-Sense-Cloud-Strategy.aspxWhen Cloud Makes Sense: Cloud StrategyFor 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.
Adapting to the Changing Cloudhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Adapting-to-the-Changing-Cloud.aspxAdapting to the Changing CloudIDG 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.
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 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?
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 LloydSungard 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.
Incident Management Checklisthttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Incident-Management-Checklist.aspxIncident Management ChecklistThe Incident Management Team provides direction and support to all affected business units. This centralized approach ensures that recovery requirements for affected business units are met while minimizing confusion and duplication of effort.
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 WorldHybrid 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.
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?Demands on healthcare IT environments are growing. Systems support the delivery of patient care, preserve reputation, and underpin the business resiliency of the entire enterprise.
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 SecurityHave 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?
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 DefinitionIn 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).
The Application Lifecycle Toolboxhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/application-lifecycle-toolbox.aspxThe Application Lifecycle ToolboxAre 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.
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 ResilienceThe world is changing by the minute, both your organization and external forces. It’s time for a different approach.
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 FirmsFinancial 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.
Google Map Visualization Transforms Business Continuity Planninghttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Google-Map-Visualization-Transforms-Business-Continuity-Planning.aspxGoogle Map Visualization Transforms Business Continuity PlanningMap visualization is becoming an essential element for long-term planning as well. The world of business continuity is converging, with business continuity planners driving more engagement and integration with real-time incident management and crisis communication. Map visualization allows more informed planning as well as improved situational awareness in case of a crisis.
Healthcare IT Today: Responding to the Industry’s Top Challenges and Key Initiativeshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Healthcare-IT-Today-Responding-to-the-Industry’s-Top-Challenges-and-Key-Initiatives.aspxHealthcare IT Today: Responding to the Industry’s Top Challenges and Key InitiativesIn March of 2012, Sungard Availability Services sponsored an independent study looking into the IT needs and direction of the Healthcare Provider Sector. This report describes key findings from that study which may help improve data center resiliency for those in the Healthcare Provider Sector. The study included over 250 Healthcare IT professionals (both business and technology influencers and decision makers) employed at Healthcare Providers across North America with annual revenues of $100M+ and/or 100+ beds.
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 ResiliencyDon'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.
The Forrester Wave: Traditional Disaster Recovery Service Providershttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/The-Forrester-Wave-Traditional-Disaster-Recovery-Service-Providers,-Q1-2014.aspxThe Forrester Wave: Traditional Disaster Recovery Service ProvidersToday’s world of 24x7 operations is forcing I&O professionals to reconsider how they run their resiliency programs. More and more, they use a mix of in-house and outsourced resiliency. Almost one in four enterprises say that improving BC/DR is a critical priority for the next year, and this group is also more likely to use outsourced DR services.
Adapting Security To The Cloudhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Adapting-Security-To-The-Cloud.aspxAdapting Security To The CloudThis white paper describes how adoption of Cloud technology can potentially change an organization's security requirements and how organizations can adapt their IT and security infrastructure to address these challenges. By developing a roadmap for their IT and security infrastructure, organizations are more likely to feel confident adopting and reaping the benefits of the latest Cloud technologies.
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 PlanCost-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.​
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 ApproachOrganizations 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.
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 ServicesHybrid 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.
Disaster Recovery Service Provider Checklisthttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Disaster-Recovery-Service-Provider-Checklist.aspxDisaster Recovery Service Provider ChecklistThis 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.
Meeting the Demands of Healthcare Reformhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Meeting-the-Demands-of-Healthcare-Reform.aspxMeeting the Demands of Healthcare ReformBy 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.
Sungard AS Introduces Business Continuity Assessment Services, New Dedupe Capabilityhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Sungard-AS-Introduces-Business-Continuity-Assessment-Services,-New-Dedupe-Capability.aspxSungard AS Introduces Business Continuity Assessment Services, New Dedupe CapabilitySungard Availability Services division has been making some technology upgrades to its business continuity services. Following on the heels of its recent 365 Hosting (otherwise known as Hosting365) acquisition, and new Secure2Disk offering, comes a new business continuity management software platform. While so many cloud providers are producing assessment services for workloads that belong in the cloud, Sungard AS has introduced an assessment service for enterprise that measures the resilience of vendors and readiness of employees in business continuity planning.
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 ITThe advent of powerful and rapidly-evolving mobile devices and associated applications has given shadow IT a boost, as has the availability of cloud services.
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 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.
3 Key Considerations To Ensure IT Resiliencyhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/3-Key-Considerations-To-Ensure-IT-Resiliency.aspx3 Key Considerations To Ensure IT Resiliency"Disaster" is a word business folk do not want to hear — whether they are in leadership, IT, operations, compliance, or any other department. The high cost of downtime can be measured at least a dozen different ways, including revenue loss, reputational damage, legal penalties, and decrease in stock value. The final impact analysis of a disruption is always staggering. Yet even so, countless businesses do not have appropriate disaster recovery (DR) plans in place in their organizations.
Managing Recoveryhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Managing-Recovery.aspxManaging RecoveryMost organizations lack three fundamental components essential to managing recovery from a disaster continually updated recovery processes, staff availability for test and recovery, and on-staff recovery expertise. Finding the right service provider with the experience necessary to deliver effective recovery management cover that gap effectively and efficiently.
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 PandemicThe 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.
The 14 Most Impactful Cyber Security Articles Of The Last 12 Monthshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/The-14-Most-Impactful-Cyber-Security-Articles-Of-The-Last-12-Months.aspxThe 14 Most Impactful Cyber Security Articles Of The Last 12 MonthsOur eBook touches on the most important aspects of the cyber security threat that industry faces today. These topics and more make up our must read eBook as you prepare your business for the cyber-attack threat that is growing with each passing day.
Why CIOs Get Firedhttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/Why-CIOs-Get-Fired.aspxWhy CIOs Get FiredEvery 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.
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 OrganizationsMidsize 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.
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?Organizations 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.
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?So 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.
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 EveryoneIn 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.
ESG Product Brief — Sungard AS Enterprise Cloud Serviceshttp://www.sungardas.com/Resource-Center/WhitePapersandAnalystReports/Pages/ESG-Product-Brief-Sungard-AS-Enterprise-Cloud-Services.aspxESG Product Brief — Sungard AS Enterprise Cloud ServicesLong-time managed services and disaster recovery specialist Sungard AS is raising its game by offering Enterprise Cloud Services. Enterprise Cloud Services allows Sungard AS to deliver security and availability for organizations’ compute, network, and storage resources and ultimately help them contain costs and provide efficiencies that might not otherwise be possible due to the increasing demand on their internal IT resources.

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