Today’s IT department is all about serving the needs of the business. This success hinges on the ability of IT to properly leverage technology to meet challenging organizational goals. Organizational leaders desire business outcomes derived by the effective delivery of IT services.
Service models are the conduit between IT and the business. What is a service model? Simply put, it is defining the IT services that are relevant and valuable to the business, and “modeling” those services to ensure ongoing, reliable, and cost effective service delivery.
As departments expand and contract depending on business demands, physical changes within the workplace are necessary. For example, what if your company decided to strategically relocate multiple data centers to ensure business continuity?
Relocations allow your organization the ability to upgrade essential hardware and network infrastructure that your business relies on. For instance, you recently rolled out a POS (point of sale) system upgrade and now you need to add/remove POS locations based on store changes.
A demanding business landscape is the reason why your company faces the reality of moves, adds, and changes. Technology enhancements are the driving force behind the competitive business environment companies currently work in.
IBM Tivoli Software helps clients optimize the value of their business infrastructures and technology assets enabling greater visibility, control and automation across their end-to-end business operations. Tivoli enables organizations of all sizes and industries to run smarter, more efficiently and with greater agility.
Tivoli is a very large and diverse product portfolio, so time and space don’t permit an exhaustive rendering of how to get the most of your investments in Tivoli technology. Rather, the focus here is around the monitoring and job scheduling suites in the Tivoli portfolio.
Increased mobile device usage, advanced analytics, social business, and big data are redefining how business is done. For companies to manage these changes effectively, it’s imperative they find solutions that are affordable, easy to deploy, simple to manage, and efficient.
Bottom line, businesses are searching for solutions that deliver a remarkable customer experience that drives innovation and reduces costs. To achieve these lofty goals and aspirations companies are turning to IBM Power Systems with POWER7+. These systems consistently deliver high level service across the enterprise by providing rapid response to challenging workloads.
If your company’s data storage is bursting at the seams due to the immense amount of data created on a daily basis, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Social media has created a wave of new data that companies need to learn to manage effectively. Information created and captured from this new source is just one of many reasons your company’s storage is becoming bloated quicker than ever before; however a bigger problem is lurking below the surface.
Copy data is a big reason why companies routinely face data storage issues and experience problems related to backup, restores, and overall network performance.
A recent trend in today’s modern data center is companies abandoning outdated rented and leased space in favor of multiple state-of-the-art data centers that offer redundancy. This growing trend is a result of companies exceeding their current capacity due to the explosion of electronic content management. Data center relocation is also part of a larger strategic effort by IT departments to deliver value to the business, reduce costs and optimize network infrastructure such as structured cabling.
Let’s take a closer look at the important factors to consider that ensure your data center relocation is a smooth transition.
Develop a Detailed Assessment and Design Plan
The explosion of big data has exponentially increased storage capacity requirements. While the proliferation of data storage needs are a conundrum, it’s only one side of the coin. Accessing that stored data is the other side of the problem that companies face.
Making strategic business decisions is oftentimes dependent on the ability to quickly retrieve stored information. Searching the endless sea of content requires good metadata, along with the ability to cache frequently accessed data. Utilization of flash to store content is a growing trend companies are implementing to solve the data storage/data access dilemma.
IT departments increasingly find themselves asked to do more, yet with fewer resources and reduced operating budgets. IT professionals may also experience enormous pressure from the business to respond quickly and deliver more solutions than ever before.
The pressure inherent to the modern IT environment can leave companies vulnerable to risks including service outages, delays in new service offerings, and solutions that don’t satisfy business requirements. At the root of the issue are the multiple departments managing various IT functions, often using different tools. Departments may be forced to reach over one another, since they are managing the same servers, databases, and applications.
Technology is evolving at an increasingly rapid pace and these changes can be overwhelming for businesses. Cloud computing is a big part of these recent changes, though it is more an evolution of the way we do business than a passing trend. It has become ubiquitous within IT; nearly 50% of enterprise companies in North America and Europe will invest in the cloud in 2013.
Cloud-based systems deliver apps and secure communications capabilities like email, to meet the highly specialized needs of companies. They help to support fully informed, better-coordinated information that assists leaders with strategic business decisions.
Building utilities such as electricity, water, and heating are critical in operating a profitable business; any service interruption has a serious effect on operations. This is also true for business processes that require a robust infrastructure, to deliver information on-demand. If the components needed to power your business processes are missing or inadequate, overall performance will suffer.
Today’s network infrastructure must be optimized to meet current business demands, as well as sustaining future growth. A well-designed network cabling solution provides the infrastructure to support your business. Use these five to steps to help you evaluate your structured cabling needs.