The future is bright for business resiliency
A new day has arrived for business resiliency. Traditional business continuity and disaster recovery (DR) have evolved. As more businesses adopt hybrid cloud, cognitive computing and advanced analytics to improve customer experience, create smarter supply chains and build efficiencies across enterprise operations, they also face new risks. With business operations and customer engagement relying on interconnected core systems, data and applications, a disruption or IT outage can be catastrophic.
In today’s era of digital disruption, resiliency cannot be considered an insurance plan or afterthought — it’s an essential component for gaining competitive advantage through digital transformation. Your resiliency strategy provides you with the confidence to leverage the cost, agility and other benefits of cloud and hybrid IT environments. It’s a key factor in protecting your organization’s reputation, as it supports reduced service-level agreements and provides reliable, predictable recovery within minutes, if not seconds, of a disruption.
Building a software-defined business resiliency framework
Enterprises require a recovery environment that can keep up with the business technology and meet evolving business demands using automation and DR orchestration. But it doesn’t stop there.
Imagine a resiliency strategy that can predict an outage or provide an alert for an upcoming weather event with precision. IBM has begun the journey to integrate Watson’s cognitive and analytics capabilities into solutions for predictive, pre-emptive resilience and risk management. The foundation of this integration is the new paradigm: software-defined resiliency.
Software-defined resiliency helps organizations achieve better recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery-point objectives (RPO) at a reduced cost, resulting in a disaster recovery experience that is smarter, more tailored and more agile than ever before.
A software-defined resiliency framework combines consulting methodologies with analytical technologies and discovery tools to create an accurate picture of when business processes must be available and which applications, IT components, data and environments are needed for optimum resiliency.
Resiliency solutions can include a mix of data backup, recovery, communications and data center solutions. Consultants and architects who specialize in resiliency services can help organizations find the right solutions for their level of risk tolerance, define desired outcomes and devise regimes for testing, governance and compliance.
Turning complexity into opportunity
The rise of cloud and hybrid deployments creates complexities that chief information officers and business leaders must negotiate. Organizations that are risk-aware can turn this complexity into an opportunity to drive innovation and gain a competitive advantage.
Comprehensive business resiliency requires a clear understanding of all potential points of failure across the enterprise and should be driven by business owners who have an in-depth understanding of what’s needed to keep operations running and customers happy. It’s no longer IT on one side and business operations on the other — they need to work together. Resiliency is not simply an IT issue; it’s a business priority.
As organizations continue to adopt and implement advanced cognitive capabilities to expand the functionality and reach of business resiliency technology, they can have more confidence in their resiliency programs and take full advantage of cutting-edge technologies to deliver a best-in-class customer experience.
Related topic: Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
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