Flagship Blog

SoftLayer – Don’t Let the Name Fool You

There’s Nothing “Soft” About This Cloud Heavyweight Your organization has heavy, complex workloads that may spike in certain seasons, and your business success demands high security and availability. Sound familiar? You may view that description as...

Outsourcing Monitoring and Management

Blog Series: IT Perspectives by Jaqui Lynch In my earlier blog on managed services, “To Manage or Not to Manage – That is the Question,” I talked about the various options available in a managed services environment and mentioned that it was possible to...

Innovate with Open Technologies

Open Technology – Not Your Father’s IBM There’s a tendency in the tech world to view IBM as a pusher closed technology ecosystems. We don’t blame you if this is what you think about IBM, but we’re here to say that in regards to today’s IBM, that perception is flat-out...

Database (I/O) Acceleration – It’s About Time

Blog Series:  About IT by Ed Turetzky In today’s demanding world, speed to get to the data is important. Most storage vendors talk about how much data they can access which is measured in a combination of IOPS or MB/sec. While that measure has some importance, the...

Performance Without Limits – IBM Cloud Event – Miami 9/13/16

What does it mean to perform without limits? It means to go beyond what is expected and achieve the extraordinary. It’s the ability to harness innovation and knowledge to drive the “art of the possible” in order to achieve results and target new...

Hard Rock Stadium, Flagship Solutions Group and IBM: A winning team

Home to the Miami Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium (formerly Sun Life Stadium) is a 65,326-seat stadium in the heart of Miami, Florida. The stadium also hosts the University of Miami football team, Orange Bowl and Super Bowl LIV, and features international soccer and a...

Enabling Hybrid Cloud Apps and Multi-Speed IT

Contributor: Kim Gajda, via Thoughts On Cloud With the evolution of the cloud, startups seem to have it easy. They come up with an idea, implement it on the cloud, and deploy continuously right away. For companies that have developed software for years, either for...

Boca’s Ballroom Battle Begins Tomorrow

Boca’s Ballroom Battle takes place tomorrow, Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club at 6 pm. All proceeds from this event benefit the George Snow Scholarship Fund. Amongst the eight brave souls from the Boca Raton community, who have...

AIX Sessions at IBM Edge, Lead by Flagship’s Jaqui Lynch

Are you going to IBM Edge 2016? If you are an IBM Power Systems user, or are considering becoming one, this is one event you can’t miss! Edge is an IBM conference featuring more than 750 sessions covering everything from becoming a cognitive business to deep...

Get What You Need With Managed Services

According to IDC research, the top 4 corporate imperatives of organizations today are as follows: Drive down operational costs Strengthen customer relationships Improve financial management Lead in product innovation and/or market position However, according to IDC...

Ten Common Mistakes in Computer Security Incident Response Plans

In a previous blog, we introduced the importance of a Computer Security Incident Response Plan (CSIRP). We reminded our readers that security breaches are virtually inevitable, and can involve thousands of data records while costing millions of dollars. A CSIRP can...

IT Empowers With Data-Centric Design

It is true. Knowledge empowers you and it empowers your business. As the information technology (IT) department, you are the holder of the key. IT has the ability to utilize technology to turn information into knowledge that empowers the business. In a previous...

How Cloud Can Make CIOs Into MVPs

Contributor: David Farrell, GM of IBM Cloud, North America As general manager of IBM’s North America cloud services and solutions team, I get to speak to a lot of clients. One CIO with whom I regularly talk compares his typical day to a hockey goalie’s, batting away...

Responding to a Cybersecurity Incident – Dos and Don’ts

Global enterprises with hundreds of thousands of employees, small companies doing business on the web and public sector organizations of any size all have one thing in common: your networks are under almost continual attack, and your enterprise systems are at risk as...

Analytics Acceleration – A Vision for Cognitive Business

If you could amplify the power of your brain, would you? How many people would turn down the ability to read a book in a few minutes and be able to comprehend, retain, and recall the information in an instant? What if you could compile all of the information in your...

Navigating Hardware Maintenance During Mergers and Acquisitions

Let’s face it: Mergers and acquisitions involving a larger IT provider can go one of two ways from a customer’s point of view. In the first option, things work out great; you never notice a thing. In the end, you will have better technical support options as a...

Angie – 1, Scammer – 0

A crazy thing happened to me this morning. As I started my day, I read and shared an article about a group of cybercriminals that were recently caught and charged by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for creating a program which freezes the victim’s computer...

With Opportunities Come Challenges

In recent years, advances in technology have given rise to many innovative, disruptive business models, enabling organizations to rethink their IT and business strategies. These business models and technologies, primarily cloud, analytics, mobility, and social are...

‘Pokemon Go’ and Five Security Requirements for Using Cloud Apps

Contributor: Mark Campbell, Cloud Security, IBM If you haven’t played the new “Pokemon Go” game yourself, someone close to you definitely has. The game has gone viral since its release, and it has people out in droves wandering around neighborhoods looking for...

Analytics in Action – Part 1: Establishing “Buy-in”

Gartner estimates that 90 percent of business decisions are based on a fraction of the available relevant data. How can this be true when we know that insights gained from this data could have a significant impact on an organizations’ ability to create successful...

Cognitive Computing: Turning IT Operators into IT Innovators

We are on the cusp of a new age of computing. One where smart businesses are starting to think differently about how they design, build, and deliver technology solutions. We believe that IT teams need rise up and help drive this innovation. That’s why we’re...

Are Managed Services the Best Financial Choice for Your Business?

Contributor: Lynda Stadtmueller, Vice President, Cloud Services, Stratecast via Thoughts On Cloud In the old days, many IT employees used a simple gauge to assess the financial viability of their technology decisions: is there enough money in the budget? Today, as...

Another Day, Another Fire

Many IT organizations simply (or sometimes not so simply) feel like they are in the business of putting out fires. Every day it’s something new, something urgent, something unexpected – but “it’s always something.” The thought of actually having enough time,...

Enabling Mobility While Protecting Corporate Data

Blog Series: IT Perspectives by Jaqui Lynch Mobile Devices For the past three days I have been in upgrade turmoil. There are two people in this house and between us we have three desktops, four laptops, two IPADs, two iPhones and2 iPods. All of these need upgrading at...