This paper describes how workgroups and midsize companies can transform their spreadsheet-only process to create flexible and timely plans, budgets and forecasts. It outlines recommendations for implementing a complete performance management system, using IBM Cognos Express, an integrated reporting, analysis and planning solution purpose-built for workgroups and midsize companies.
There is no fail-safe in today's digital world. Incidents will occur, both unintentional and malicious. To mitigate damage and organizational impact, the agile organization will respond quickly. To mitigate risks before damage occurs, an organization can maintain a continuous high state of security, ensure that all computing endpoints are in compliance, automate actions to shorten response time and enact measures to control infections with quarantine and until remediation is complete. Read this whitepaper to learn how IBM Endpoint Manager helps organizations respond quickly to today's threats.
Today’s businesses need simpler more efficient and flexible computing models. The IBM PureSystems family is comprised of platform systems and infrastructure systems that include built-in “patterns of expertise” to address complex business and operational tasks for smarter computing.
As companies become more reliant on critical applications to manage business processes and to interact with their customers, the time to market for new solutions becomes a key success factor for the business. Over half of the organizations in the study cited accelerating new application development and deployment as an operational objective for deploying IBM PureSystems solutions. IBM PureSystems family is a portfolio of expert integrated systems built from the ground up to deliver an optimized hardware and software platform. Integrated systems combine compute, storage, networking, and management into factory pre-configured and pre-integrated solutions.
The challenges faced by midsize businesses remain daunting. An uncertain economic outlook, slow market growth and cost pressures continue to affect most industries. Yet, in most geographies, IT spending by midsize businesses is increasing. This report deals with this cost/benefit equation. Specifically, it compares the IBM i 7.1 operating system deployed on Power Systems with two alternatives: use of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008, and use of x86 Linux with Oracle Database 11g, both deployed on Intel-based servers.
The data center is challenged. Many midsize businesses simply do not have designated personnel to care for their data center; they have only a standard room to host the company server and storage infrastructure and have no luxury to expand. In short, they must work within their constrained space.
IBM PureFlex Systems combine advanced IBM hardware and software with “patterns of expertise” and integrate them into three optimized configurations that are simple to acquire and deploy. Read the data sheet to learn more about configurations optimized for small businesses, application servers, and transactional and database systems.
IBM Power Systems provide a comprehensive approach designed to protect the continuity and availability of business-critical applications and services. Deploying integrated disaster recovery allows companies to deliver new services faster, with higher quality, and with superior economics.
Analytics: The Real-World Use of Big Data - How innovative enterprises in the midmarket extract value from uncertain data
This study highlights the phases of the big data journey, the objectives and challenges of midsize organizations taking the journey, and the current state of the technology that they are using to drive results. It also offers a pragmatic course of action for midsize companies to take as they dive into this new era of computing.
Business intelligence derived from sophisticated analytics has given large companies an edge for years. It helps them be more competitive, make information---based decisions faster and better, improves operational efficiencies, and boosts the bottom line. Midsize businesses are increasingly eager to reap similar benefits. Business intelligence derived from sophisticated analytics has given large companies an edge for years. It helps them be more competitive, make information---based decisions faster and better, improves operational efficiencies, and boosts the bottom line. Midsize businesses are increasingly eager to reap similar benefits.
Teams of engineers and statisticians spend their days immersed in seas of data from various sources. However, it isn't just the largest of organizations that can benefit from analytics and data-driven decision-making. Businesses of all sizes need to leverage the new currency of data and information.
A spreadsheet-based approach to performance management won't meet the challenges facing growing midsize businesses. You need confidence in the information you're using for critical decision-making. Read this white paper to see how IBM® Cognos® Express can transform spreadsheet-only processes to create flexible and timely plans, budgets and forecasts.
While more and more enterprises are using analytics to guide their decision-making processes, most midsize businesses continue to rely on old-fashioned decision-making techniques like trial and error. The reason for this is simple: advanced analytics solutions can be very complex and expensive to implement, leading midmarket businesses to assume that the benefits of analytics are beyond their reach. IBM has created a new analytics solution that is designed specifically with the needs of midmarket businesses in mind. The solution, IBM Analytic Answers, gives midmarket businesses the opportunity to take advantage of a sophisticated analytics platform, backed by IBM expertise, while also staying within their budgets.
Today’s economy is widely characterized by skittishness and uncertainty about the future. The effect that unpredictable external forces can have on the economy can leave many business leaders feeling helpless. This fact was demonstrated in the IBM Global CFO Study, where many CFOs admitted that they lacked the ability to measure and monitor business performance effectively. The same study also found that the companies who invested in their business insight capabilities were better able to anticipate and react to external economic forces. IBM Cognos software can provide businesses with the business insight they need to be prepared, not scared. Cognos software allows businesses to analyze performance, model business strategies and processes, and contribute to a common set of business objectives.
Engaging Your Employees & Improving Adoption and Retention of Key Business Messages
Today's Corporate Communications leaders are tasked with making their employees smarter about your company's business, elevating their engagement and knowledge around your brand in ways that are impactful, memorable and enables retention of the key messages. Yet in a recent CMO Study conducted by IBM Institute For Business Value, only 20% of CMO's believe that the corporate character and brand are fully understood by the organizations employees.
Join us for a 60-minute webinar to discover how how other companies are successfully creating advocates out of their employees and help them to better understand their corporation's key messages through the use of new and exciting technologies.
There’s no stopping information growth. How then, can your midsize business meet new demands for data storage with limited resources? IBM® Storwize® V7000 has the answers. In this eguide, you’ll find out that this innovative solution can radically improve storage performance—while minimizing expenses
The new IBM System x3650 servers provide the power midmarket customers need to improve the performance of mission-critical applications, such as Microsoft Exchange, while offering dramatic cost savings and environmental customer benefits.
Like many financial institutions today, the full-service Swedish bank featured in this case study has responded to changing customer needs, evolving from its original founding more than 100 years ago. As a result, the bank has realized remarkable success. Of course, along with that success have come significant challenges. New business growth, plus the rise in Internet and mobile banking, intensified the bank’s need for continuous availability of its IT infrastructure. IBM Resiliency Consulting Services helped the bank strengthen and streamline its environment. In the case study, you can read how teaming with IBM helped the bank meet recovery point and recovery time objectives; mitigate risk; and provide the flexibility to meet business demands without added IT expense.
Will your disaster recovery plan work when the time comes? It's a hard determination for any organization to make. But in IBM's experience, the answer is often "no." Disaster recovery plans often fail because organization have based their recovery strategies on outdated assumptions. Read this white paper to learn seven common misconceptions about disaster recovery. You'll also discover how new technologies can help modernize disaster recovery efforts.
Increasingly demanding IT requirements are necessitating change to the data center network (DCN). Like servers and storage, the network needs to evolve to deliver the flexibility and scalability required by a more virtualized IT environment. In this interview, Michele Girola, IBM network integration services product manager, explains how to enhance your DCN to support evolving technologies today and in the future. Listen to the full 12-minute interview or read the two-page abbreviated version to learn how IBM is working with clients to build a better data center network.
A though leadership white paper discusses how virtualization, cloud computing, and the proliferation of smart devices are helping companies meet their goals and be more effective with their IT investments but are placing increased demands on the datacenter network. Organizations can no longer afford to treat the datacenter network as an afterthought, and it is not sufficient to simply throw more ports or bandwidth at the problem. IBM offers a portfolio of datacenter network planning, integration, and management services designed to maximize customers' DCN success. By working with customers to plan and implement the appropriate network design at the beginning of an IT project, IBM can help customers meet their business requirements, minimize operating costs, and build in flexibility for the future.
The growth of cloud, mobility, social business and big data mean that botnets, credit card theft, cyber criminals and other external threats pose increasing risk to business continuity, financial stability and brand reputation. Read the white paper, “Preventing security risks in real time,” to learn how this new reality is forcing the evolution of organizations’ defenses to become more intelligent—using global analytics to scale visibility across broad data sets, both diverse and complementary, in real time.
"The implications from the 2013 IBM Global Reputational Risk and IT Study are clear. The question is no longer whether IT risks can damage your corporate reputation, but what you can do to effectively prevent and mitigate these risks.
Find out what you can do to protect your reputation from IT risks. Read “Six keys to effective reputational and IT risk management” to learn about:
· Practical advice and recommendations to help prevent and mitigate the IT risks that most affect reputation
· The emerging role of the Chief Digital Officer
· How to use social media as a tool for minimizing reputational damage
· How your supply chain can put you at increased reputational risk"
The security world is a scary place, and it’s getting scarier. Every day brings more risks, threats, customer demands, and regulations. Worse yet, it’s becoming more difficult to recruit and retain people who really get it and know how to help. It’s time for a new model. A survey conducted by Forrester Consulting and commissioned by IBM shows that security leaders are partnering with managed security services providers in increasing numbers—and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive.
As your employees bring their own smartphones and tablets to the workplace, you need to create a flexible mobile environment that allows personally owned and corporate-issued devices to co-exist. IBM Mobile Enterprise Services for managed mobility is designed to help reduce the complexity that comes with multiple mobile platforms. IBM recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment that companies realized by engaging IBM to implement a “bring your own device” program. In this report, you’ll learn how these companies: Increased employee productivity and satisfaction; expanded revenues from improved sales mobility, and decreased replacement, mobility infrastructure and support costs.