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Data growth continues to be a major problem in the business world, and many small and medium businesses have just as hard a time responding to the challenge as large enterprises do. Although smaller organizations generally have less data to store, they also have fewer IT resources to work with. As a result, smaller companies are often the ones that are most harmed by rapid data growth.
In order to get the data protection and recovery functionalities they need while staying within their budgets, small and medium businesses need a solution that takes a creative approach to data protection. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery gives small and medium businesses the opportunity to start out with only the individual solutions they need, and add new functionalities as they grow. In addition, TSM SUR only requires businesses to pay for the amount of data they store after compression and deduplication.
Streamline Data Protection with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center
In recent years, data has gone from being a collection of disparate resources housed in various IT systems to being a main component of enterprise productivity and innovation. More and more often, product development and demographic targeting are driven by data aggregation and sophisticated analysis. Where only the largest organizations dealt in terabytes a decade ago, massive sets of market and customer data-often described under the moniker Big Data-are now the norm. Data management and protection has always been an essential part of any enterprise IT infrastructure. However, in today's environment, it is more important than ever before.
Read this whitepaper to learn how Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) has been an industry-standard data protection solution for two decades. But, where most competitors focus exclusively on Backup and Restore, TSM is a far more comprehensive data-protection solution.
Simplify and Consolidate Data Protection for Better Business Results
As organizations of all sizes adapt to embrace clouds, big data and analytics, IT infrastructures need to become smarter and more efficient. When IT tools are easier to use and when they present key information in a straightforward and intuitive manner, they enable faster responses to changing conditions-and can minimize the business impact of technical issues.
This whitepaper describes the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center and how it can dramatically simplify backup administration by providing advanced visualization, built-in analytics and integrated workflow automation features that leapfrog traditional backup user interfaces.
Who's afraid of the big (data) bad wolf? Survive the big data storm by getting ahead of integration and governance functional requirements
Today, data volumes are exploding in every facet of our lives. Business leaders are eager to harness the power of big data, but before setting out into the big data world, it is important to understand that as opportunities increase, ensuring that source information is trustworthy and protected becomes exponentially more difficult. This paper provides a detailed review of the best practices clients should consider before embarking on their big data integration projects.
Understanding big data so you can act with confidence
Automating information integration and governance and employing it at the point of data creation helps organizations boost confidence in their big data. A solid information integration and governance program should include automated discovery, profiling and understanding of diverse datasets to provide context and enable employees to make informed decisions. IBM® InfoSphere® is designed to do all of these things by evolving information integration and governance to meet the challenges presented by big data.
Integrating and Governing Big Data
While the term "big data" has only recently come into vogue, IBM has designed solutions capable of handling very large quantities of data for decades, leading the way with data integration, management, security and analytics solutions known for their reliability, flexibility and scalability. The end-to-end information integration capabilities of IBM® InfoSphere® Information Server are designed to help organizations understand, cleanse, monitor, transform and deliver data-as well as collaborate to bridge the gap between business and IT.
The MDM advantage: Creating insight from big data
To help enterprises create trusted insight as the volume, velocity and variety of data continue to explode, IBM offers several solutions designed to help organizations uncover previously unavailable insights and use them to support and inform decisions across the business. Combining the power of IBM® InfoSphere® Master Data Management (MDM) with the IBM big data portfolio creates a valuable connection: big data technology can supply insights to MDM, and MDM can supply master data definitions to big data.
Top tips for securing big data environments - Why big data doesn't have to mean big security challenges
Big data environments create significant opportunities. However, organizations must come to terms with the security challenges they introduce, for example big data environments allow organizations to aggregate more and more data-much of which is financial, personal, intellectual property or other types of sensitive data - most of the data is subject to compliance regulations.
As big data environments ingest more data, organizations will face significant risks and threats to the repositories containing this data. Failure to balance data security and quality reduces confidence in decision making.
Organizations don't have to feel overwhelmed when it comes to securing big data environments. The same security fundamentals for securing databases, data warehouses and file share systems can be applied to securing Hadoop implementations.
Top 3 Myths about Big Data Security : Debunking common misconceptions about big data security
Data volumes are growing rapidly with no end in sight. Big data represents massive business possibilities and competitive advantage for organizations that are able to harness and use that information. But how are they protecting that data? This eBook addresses three myths of big data security.
Three guiding principles for data security and compliance
The information explosion, the proliferation of endpoint devices, growing user volumes and new computing models like cloud, social business and big data have created new vulnerabilities. Data security is a moving target-as data grows, more sophisticated threats emerge; the number of regulations increase; and changing economic times make it difficult to secure and protect data.
Because data is a critical component of daily business operations, it is essential to ensure privacy and protect data no matter where it resides. Different types of information have different protection requirements; therefore, organizations must take a holistic and systematic approach to safeguarding information.
IBM solutions for data security and privacy are designed to support this holistic approach and incorporate intelligence to proactively address IT threats and enterprise risks. Read three guiding principles that will help organizations achieve better security and compliance without impacting production systems or straining already-tight budgets:
* Understand and Define
* Secure and Protect
* Monitor and Audit
Intelligent Imaging for Improved Banking Performance and Profitability
In response to the twenty-first century demands for real time service and performance, most financial institutions are investing heavily to upgrade their Web and mobile infrastructures. As a result, they have discovered a new value for a proven technology that they already use: Document Imaging. Indeed, a new generation of "Intelligent Imaging" solutions has emerged that is helping banks remove the burden of paper in legacy processes, like loan origination and new account openings, while extending the power of document and data capture to achieve new levels of case management and business intelligence.
The Total Economic Impact Of IBM Datacap Taskmaster
In today's economic climate, organizations are constantly looking for opportunities to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Organizations see the elimination of paper as an area that can yield an immediate return on investment (ROI). Heavily paper-based business processes provide some of the best opportunities for cost reduction and efficiency increases. Information capture can play an integral part in the optimization of business processes, as it speeds the conversion of unstructured information - whether that information is found on paper, in email and fax communications, and in PDF and XML files feeding operational systems. Information capture automatically groups and extracts business-critical information from incoming transactional documents and improves the integration with back-end systems and business processes. Information capture will reduce the amount of paper an organization will handle in the course a normal business day.
In April 2012, IBM commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact (TEI) and potential ROI that enterprises might realize by deploying IBM's Datacap Taskmaster Capture solution. Datacap is a full-featured capture platform that enables an organization to build and implement solutions for automating the digitization of paper documents. Datacap provides technologies for automated document identification, extraction of data by OCR, ICR, OMR and barcodes, automated data validation, an ergonomic GUI for editing and keying from images, and delivery of images and data in a variety of formats to enterprise content management (ECM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and databases. For a more detailed overview of the Datacap solution, please refer to page 17. The purpose of this study is to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of Datacap on their organizations.
Winning the Paper Wars - capture the content and mobilize the process troops
The paybacks from paper-free processes can be dramatic: much improved response times and greater productivity of back-office staff. Extending capture to mobile devices provides even closer coupling to back-office workflows. Yet the progress being made towards paper-free processes is very slow. In this report, AIIM looks at the reasons for this poor progress, measure the adoption of digital mailrooms, chart the progress of mobile capture, and show which paper-free processes are the most effective. It helps you build a business case for the battle against paper, and make recommendations on how to move the business forward on all fronts.
AIIM SharePoint Industry Watch
Social has emerged to become one of the most important technological concepts within recent years. The increased availability of high speed broadband, advances in mobile and tablet devices, soaring consumer awareness, and the ever-present need of all humans to communicate have combined to create an unstoppable chain of events that have pushed social into the limelight.
AIIM surveyed its 65,000 community members to look at how the enterprise is reacting to social aspects, why organizations are exploring social, who is for and against the adoption of social, and which areas of the business are taking full advantage of the opportunities that social presents.
Managing Social Content to Maximize Value and Minimize Risk
The use of social business applications can lead to improved collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovation across your organization. It also creates a new set of content management challenges. How can you incorporate knowledge and information generated in interactions into business processes and put it to work for the larger organization? How can you quickly and cost-effectively find information needed for legal or regulatory proceedings? The social content management strategy you put in place can make all the difference in the ultimate long-term value you receive and risks you face from social solutions. In this AIIM white paper, you will learn about the roles of content publishing systems and content management systems in social business strategies and steps you can take to help ensure that your social business efforts are as successful as possible.
ESG: IBM x3650 M4 BD: System x Server for Big Data Analytics
The paper discusses the rise of Big Data and the importance of analytics for rapidly extracting insights from this data for improved business decisions. It outlines key market requirements for Big Data servers, and explains how the new System x3650 M4 BD includes the right performance, storage capacity, availability, and energy efficiency to meet the demands of Big Data analytics. It concludes by describing additional benefits that IBM brings to the Big Data market, such as the Big Data Systems Center with its panel of SMEs and offered services, and IBM InfoSphere Big Insights software.
IDC: Enterprise Workloads on The IBM X6 Portfolio: Driving Business Advantages
This paper shows how the new IBM systems with X6 technology were designed to take clients to a new frontier of x86 computing. These new X6 systems are ideal platforms for meeting business-critical demands with data base, business analytics, virtualization and ERP applications.
Driving Innovation in the Banking Industry: Cutting Edge Computing Platforms Make a Difference
Tough new banking regulations, increasing cost and revenue management pressures, and shifting customer loyalty are forcing banks to change the way they operate. To prosper in these turbulent times, banks have to build robust and agile business models that can adapt to the implications of these factors on their business. This means that banks must better understand their customers, their operations and their business risks, while remaining compliant in a stringent regulatory environment. This Analyst Report shows the benefits of the new IBM X6 in the banking industry.
Stepping Into the Cloud: A Practical Guide to Creating and Implementing a Successful Cloud Strategy
There's no such thing as "the cloud," says this Frost & Sullivan executive brief. It's more useful to think of the cloud as shorthand for a range of service and deployment models. This practical guide offers steps for moving your company into the cloud, at whatever pace you prefer, with a focus on the SmartCloud Services portfolio offered by IBM and its partners. Read the executive brief for usable advice on selecting the right cloud computing vendor to maximize your chance for success-one that allows you to build on your cloud strategy as your company grows.
Why Choice and Control are Critical to a Successful Cloud Strategy
It's true that many businesses today are taking advantage of cloud technology. It's also true that far more have yet to adopt it in any meaningful way. What's missing for most organizations is an approach that enables them to leverage the benefits of the cloud-like agility, cost containment and speed to market-without losing control of their workloads, and without incurring unnecessary disruptions to operations and performance. Read this executive brief for real tips on developing a cloud strategy that allows you to reap the benefits of the cloud today, while paving the way for greater benefits in the future.