IBM's betting big on social technologies and showing the world the benefits of becoming a "social" business.
Written by Bill Rice
Technology is continually evolving, which is why business operations must evolve along with technologies. Not only is IBM trying to be at the leading edge of business technology evolutions, but especially with this current wave of social media and social business technologies, Big Blue intends to be a leading example of how to use these technologies to create new, more efficient, and more transparent ways of doing business. The implications of this current technology and business evolution for every organization could be huge.
Due to globalization, Web-based sales and service, more-vigorous competition, and more-stringent regulations, the goal of ensuring the availability and recoverability of data and applications has risen considerably on the priority lists of today's CIOs. A wide range of technologies is available to address this goal. At the apex of a spectrum of solutions sits a strategy that maintains highly redundant, geographically dispersed systems and data, commonly identified as high availability (HA) or disaster recovery (DR). Occupying the lower extreme is traditional tape-based backup, which provides reliable but rudimentary disaster recovery capabilities. But between the two sits a variety of technologies offering various levels of system availability and recovery speed and completeness.