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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...

Addressing Risk Driven by Business, Events and Data

Business resilience can be divided into three categories: business-, event- and data-driven events. Organizations must address all potential challenges, however most business resilience strategies stop after addressing business-driven events, such as audits, new...

Business Continuity: The Unsung Hero

Contributor: Paige Poore, Director, Global Business Continuity Management, IBM Security breaches continue to climb in frequency and cost, encompassing all industries and raising important personal data privacy concerns. The growing awareness of identity theft and...

Endpoints: The Beginning of Your Defense

Contributor: Charles Kolodgy, Senior Security Strategist, IBM The term endpoint conveys a terminus — the end of the journey. However, for IT endpoints, be they computers, mobile devices, servers, point-of-sale terminals or a myriad of other devices belonging to the...

Infographic: Main Factors Driving End User Managed Services Decision

Today’s technology is more complex than ever. Due to this complexity, less than 10% of companies report that their current IT infrastructure is fully prepared to meet the demands of mobile, social, big data and cloud. This trend is expected to persist and will...

SoftLayer and AWS: What’s the Difference?

Contributor: Kevin Hazard, IBM Cloud, SoftLayer People often compare SoftLayer with Amazon Web Services (AWS). It’s easy to understand why. We’ve both built scalable infrastructure platforms to provide cloud resources to the same broad range of customers—from...

Partnering to Optimize

“IT services, in particular Cloud services, are a challenge to evaluate and then manage. And, the problem is growing. We would welcome any help that I could feel is competent and objective in helping with sourcing and in managing our sources.” – CIO, North...

4-Step Plan to Cloud-based Resiliency

As IT becomes ever more important and the cost of downtime increases, it is no wonder that improving resiliency has become a high priority. Organizations are willing to spend money to help make systems, data and applications virtually always available; to protect them...

Minimizing the Data Breach “Cost of Doing Business”

Cyber-crime is becoming an increasing challenge with the frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks growing. Even worse data breaches are often detected by outsiders, affecting customers or brand image before the organization even knows that they have been...

The “Ripple” Effect of Downtime

High levels of IT integration and optimization are now the backbone of business success for organizations operating in every industry. New initiatives are designed to increase alignment of IT with business strategy, drive down costs and provide new business...

Key takeaways for enterprises from the Cloud Foundry Summit

Contributer: Steve Uniack, IBM Cloud Advisor, via Thoughts On Cloud A large contingent of Cloud Foundry participants gathered in Santa Clara, California, last month to share and learn how multi-cloud environments are changing how enterprises develop and deliver...

3 Reasons CxO’s Turn to Managed Services

With IT and business demands growing every day, traditional IT infrastructures are giving way to cloud and other such innovations that provide greater scalability, continuous availability and real-time responsiveness. But managing the diverse heterogeneous IT on your...

Do You Really Get What You Pay For With OEM Service Agreements?

A recent statistic by Forrester suggested that on average 70% of a company’s IT budget is spent on maintenance. Because they are under constant pressure to contain costs, datacenter administrators must investigate whether or not it really pays off to pay a premium for...

How to Get Started with Analytics and Cognitive Computing

For the past several years, the IT industry has been redefined, driven by simultaneous developments in data, analytics, cloud, mobile, social media, and the Internet of Things (IoT). At the same time, business leaders have shifted their reliance upon gut instinct for...

This Way to Cloud – Back to the Basics

Contributor: Maamar Ferkoun, via Thoughts On Cloud Cloud computing has been credited with increasing competitiveness through cost reduction, greater flexibility, elasticity and optimal resource utilization. Here are a seven basic scenarios where cloud computing is...

The Cadillac of Infrastructure Analytics, Infralytics™

Have you driven a new Cadillac lately? If not, picture this… As you are driving down the road, clearly displayed on your windshield is not only the speed you are going, but the posted speed limit for the part of the road that you are currently driving on. I don’t know...

Solution Strategies for IBM i

Long-time IBM i customers, new IBM i customers and those who have just begun to consider it, may be interested to know exactly how IBM i supports various other business strategies. Here is a list of relevant solution areas and descriptions of how IBM i integrates with...

3 Options for Business Resilience

Downtime can be divided into two categories: planned and unplanned. Planned downtime is usually associated with systems maintenance, which was a common requirement for previous generations of servers. However, the nature of today’s global business environment —...

Mobile Device Management – Denial is not a Strategy

Still think smartphones are a fad? Are you convinced that tablets have just about run their course? Are you of the opinion that people shouldn’t be doing work wherever they go, anyway? Do you see yourself as a lone crusader for LYOD (leave your own device)? “Denial...