Taking the Next Step in Business Resiliency for the Hybrid Era

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In order for any organization to remain competitive and consistently deliver for its clients and stakeholders, it must be willing to evolve and embrace new technologies and ideas, always in search of the most innovative and efficient solutions to address clients’ most pressing business needs.

Whether that comes organically from within, or from the outside to help enhance existing offerings, the mission must remain the same. Amidst significant digital and hybrid cloud transformation in an “always-on” world, clients and customers depend on our expertise to help pave new roads to success, which makes today’s announcement that we have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sanovi Technologies so important for business resiliency.

Growing dependence on the 24/7 availability of new and complex IT infrastructures puts many organizations at greater risk for disruption and requires a new approach to business resiliency that effectively mitigates those hazards. Regardless of industry – from financial services, to healthcare, to retail and more – simplifying the disaster recovery process to reduce time, costs and risk for the professionals entrusted with keeping systems secure and available is critical to the daily life of any enterprise.

With a Software Defined Resiliency framework, organizations can have the ability to monitor and manage recovery solutions and protect data wherever it resides. For business resiliency, the transition to a hybrid cloud environment takes time; we still see many organizations today navigating that process to move from outdated, labor-intensive business resiliency planning toward comprehensive, proactive methods of disaster recovery management and testing. The introduction of automation and orchestration into disaster recovery management is designed to help accelerate that transition process and establish a reliable method for long term stability and growth.

Automation and orchestration take steps in a disaster recovery process that were previously conducted manually and prioritizes them to achieve customized recovery outcomes. In addition, automation tools are critical to improving cross-team communications, clarifying team responsibilities and presenting a cohesive message to clients, investors, the media or anyone else with a vested interest in your organization.

Tapping into advanced data analytics also helps prioritize resources and personnel, not just during a disruption, but more importantly before and after an incident to learn from mistakes and prevent future disruptions. Organizations that embrace these concepts can feel confident that they will have more control over their hybrid cloud environments than ever before.

There are exciting opportunities in the era of digital business to make a positive difference within an organization’s business resiliency framework. As an organization that has evolved to answer the call time and again, the decision to bring a company like Sanovi into the fold is further evidence that we can lead by example in this hybrid cloud era and take on whatever new challenges lay ahead.

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Laurence Guihard-Joly

General Manager of Resiliency Services, IBM

Laurence Guihard-Joly is a General Manager of IBM Resiliency Services, accountable for worldwide business performance, P&L and client satisfaction. She additionally is responsible for leading strategy, portfolio, offering development, sales, alliances and delivery. IBM's Resiliency teams across the world provide consulting, design, implement, cloud, managed and outsourcing services solutions to help clients manage their risks and achieve their business goals in an increasingly “always-on” world. Laurence also leads the IBM Business Continuity Management program, heading a dedicated team and the leadership BCM community across all IBM business units and corporate functions and processes.

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