Chris Ducker, Senior Director of global proposition strategy at Sungard Availability Services discusses the skills challenges business...
“Today’s organisations really have to ensure secure IT for ‘business that never stops’ in order to meet the demands their customers have for 24/7 access to them and their systems. Hence, availability solutions are now as much about effecting digital transformation as they are about recovery.”
We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be attending next week’s BCI World Conference on 8th and 9th November as a Platinum Sponsor.
The Conference has been a vital part of our industry for several years now, and having worked with customers for over 35 years to understand their business critical needs to help them develop availability solutions tailored to their unique requirements, we are in no doubt about the importance of Business Continuity and the value it brings to organisations worldwide.
This past year our own progress in the field has seen our Disaster Recovery as a Service solution be placed in the leader position of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant of the same name. Our ‘Facebook™ easy’ AssuranceCM has also been similarly positioned in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant* for Business Continuity Management Planning Software Worldwide for the second time running. To see Gartner take our industry and its services so seriously is to truly underline the vital nature of resilience and recoverability to any modern enterprise.
It is to this end that our experience in building and running critical IT services to help customers manage their complex IT environments, adapt quickly to business challenges and build resilience and availability into their operations exists. Such efforts formed part of our entry into this year’s BCI European Awards, in which we were delighted to win the Continuity & Service Provider category. Our proven ability to enable ‘business as usual’ for customers faced with critical disruptions to their premises or infrastructure, was tested in anger last December when our team in India recovered the offshore operations of two European Banks following severe flooding in Chennai. Our multi-award winning team was shortlisted in the Most Effective Recovery category in the BCI India Awards.
Today’s organisations really have to ensure secure IT for ‘business that never stops’ in order to meet the demands their customers – whether businesses or consumers – have for 24/7 access to them and their systems. Hence, availability solutions are now as much about effecting digital transformation as they are about recovery. For example, dynamic logistics and aviation business John Menzies plc needed a flexible, scalable IT infrastructure to support its ambitious growth plans. And it needed it quickly. Sungard AS delivered the solution they needed. With more than 6.5 million product listings on offer and customers needing their spare parts urgently, MicksGarage.com is heavily dependent on its Sungard AS-supported IT infrastructure to manage the complex logistics behind their business – and which enable it to satisfy customers Europe-wide.
You can visit us on stand 27 at the BCI World Conference on the 8th and 9th November 2016 to learn more about how Sungard AS has helped other businesses secure non-stop IT for their operations by deploying our production and recovery solutions, and how we may be able to help you.
And if you’re attending the Conference on November 8th, our principal consultant, Ron Miller will be discussing ‘Resilience – why it means BC has to be better at risk’ at 11am.
In the meantime, you can read all about their continuity strategy success stories and the challenges they overcame here.