Elevating Business Continuity To The Next Level: Sungard AS Takes Center Stage At DRJ Spring World 2015

Business Continuity

A few more days till the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) Spring World 2015! I am looking forward to a great conference and, of course, connecting with our clients – both old and new. This year’s conference theme “Elevating Business Continuity to the Next Level” is apt and timely. Our community is pushing us and together we are challenging the status quo and asking the hard questions such as “what if we stopped doing a big-bang BIA?” Or “how does one really do continuity in an environment which undergoes 400 changes a week!” Expect as always to be provoked a bit in the Sungard AS sessions at the event. Agile application deployment and cloud are driving an unprecedented disruption and our wor … Read more

Which Chief Information Officer Responsibilities Keep You Awake At Night?

Chief Information Officer's Responsibilities

One of the biggest health concerns facing Americans today might surprise you. It’s not cancer or heart disease or obesity. It’s sleep deprivation. As a Chief Information Officer (CIO) myself, I can’t say I’m surprised. I’ve had plenty of restless nights. A new TV documentary on the National Geographic Channel called “Sleepless In America” explores the sleep crisis facing our country, pointing out that inadequate rest is not only bad for your physical and mental health, it could even have fatal consequences. Sleeplessness isn’t discriminatory – it affects truck drivers, students, soldiers, new parents, and corporate executives – virtually everyone. There is no doubt that the Chief Informat … Read more

Business Transformation Process Starts With Serious Spring Cleaning

business transformation processes

Ever engage in a serious spring cleaning? Nothing is overlooked! Every closet is opened, every drawer tidied, every crevice vacuumed. When it comes to business transformation processes, have you overlooked the importance of spring cleaning? Many companies underestimate the importance of spring cleaning, failing to take a close look at what is out of order, cluttered, dusty, or dysfunctional within their own house. But if efficiency, productivity, and cost are three primary drivers for your business transformation (as they pretty much always are), then you should take a long, hard look at what you are doing and how you are doing it – and get ready to clean up the problem areas you are i … Read more

Which Vendor Type Do Professionals In The IT Industry Consider Most Undervalued?

IT Vendor, IT Industry

Disaster recovery (DR) has always been the red-headed stepchild of the IT industry. It’s the last to get funding and the first to lose it in the budgeting cycle. It is the most poorly staffed, yet it can have a huge impact on an organization. A recent survey of 276 IT professionals, commissioned by Sungard Availability Services*, captured this truth precisely: 42% of respondents stated that disaster recovery testing should be the last thing to receive budget cuts, yet when asked which type of vendor was most undervalued by their organizations, DR vendors were the #1 response. This, despite the fact that companies spend an average of $686,000 per hour when experiencing downtime. Why is there … Read more

50 Questions You Must Ask Before Engaging In Cloud Computing Services

cloud computing services

If you are selecting cloud computing services or if you want to improve your ROI in the cloud, here are 50 questions you’ll want to ask! Business Objectives – Identifying Why You Are Moving Into The Cloud There are as many business objectives for the cloud as there are shades of any color, such as capex to opex budgeting, flexibility, agility, high availability, etc. Why do you want to move to the cloud? Saying that your objectives are important isn’t enough. How important are these outcomes to the success of your business? Are they all equally important, or can you rank them? The real test of importance i … Read more

5 Reasons The Chief Information Officer (CIO) Matters More Than Ever

Chief Information Officer, CIO

The fact that some Chief Information Officers (CIO) are poor executives has been misinterpreted to mean that the entire genus is suspect. It is true that ongoing longitudinal research associated with the CIO Solutions Gallery Program hosted by the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University indicates that 61% of CIOs in the Global 2000 are labelled by their C-Suite peers as being “too inwardly focused,” perceived as “being in the way” versus pointing the way, and seen as being “too slow,” “too expensive,” and “not innovative enough.” But in my view – from having worked closely with countless CIOs – this executive position is here to stay … and that’s a good thing. Here are five reason … Read more

When It Comes To The Cloud And Technology, CIOs Should Understand What Got You Here, Will Get You There

the cloud and technology

Marshall Goldsmith, an executive coach to the corporate elite, is the author of the very popular book called What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. And while the title may be true as it relates to your individual career path, I have news for C-suite executives everywhere: it is not true when it comes to adopting the cloud and technology. In fact, what got you here – to your current state of success – is precisely what will get you to the next level. The problem is, as CIOs and IT professionals, we sometimes allow ourselves to be pressured into acting contrary to what we know is the right thing to do. Here’s what happens. A CEO approaches a CIO and says (in a nutshell), “What’s our cloud stra … Read more

Stronger Disaster Recovery And Business Continuity Is Just What The Doctor Ordered For Healthcare

disaster recovery

Healthcare organizations are and always have been slow to adopt leading edge technology, but thanks to compulsory legislation and regulatory requirements (HIPAA and HITECH, for example,) awareness of disaster recovery strategies is growing. This is no real surprise when you consider the penalties possible for lack of compliance, ranging from fines of millions of dollars to loss of revenue if provider status were to be revoked for failures under the Affordable Care Act. At the heart of healthcare disaster recovery is the quantum shift the industry has experienced, where everything is online and digitally stored and paper-based storage is diminished. Electronic medical records and associated … Read more