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Risky Business: Results From The First-Ever IBM Global IT Risk Study

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IBM recently undertook its first-ever Global IT Risk Study to uncover the challenges associated with IT risk, and the steps IT managers and CIOs are taking to better understand, confront, and resolve this concern.

This survey was conducted in May and June of this year, in cooperation with the Economist Intelligence Unit. The survey was conducted online with 556 IT managers and others involved in their business’s IT function, and included 131 CIOs. Regions throughout the globe were included, including North America, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

Survey Says…

To get the flavor of the full report, I would encourage you to register and download the full report — there are way too many important details to cover here.

But in terms of big picture results, the survey provided some key directional indicators on where IT managers and executives’ concerns mostly lay, and just as important, what they should consider doing about them.

First, in terms of risk maturity.  Few of today’s organizations are “risk mature,” or fully prepared for all risk situations that may occur.  The lack of a risk-aware culture plays a big part in this lack of maturity.

Second, culture.  Without a risk-aware culture, even the best efforts to mitigate risk may not succeed.

The 2010 IBM Global IT Risk Study provides detailed results on risk management questions that run the gamut, including important questions about risk preparedness in a variety of physical and virtual infrastructure scenarios like the ones in this graphic.

Third, and no major surprise, data protection and privacy.  Data is the unifying concern across all IT risk management domains.

And finally, emerging trends. Clearly on the radar is the need to incorporate cloud computing, mobile technology, and social networking into the existing infrastructure.

In fact, the risks surrounding social networking technologies was near the top of the list of IT respondents’ concerns, with some 64% of them indicating it was “Extremely risky/risky”.

IT security was also prevalent in the study as a primary concern, with some 78 percent of IT professionals concerned about vulnerability to hackers and unauthorized access/use of company systems.

Providing Actionable Intelligence For IT Risk

After reading through the data and responses from the IBM Global IT Risk study, you may develop an inclination to set out for the closest tall building and jump.

That would be foolhardy and simply add insult to injury where your company’s risk profile is concerned. They need you — whether they know it or not is another story.

No, the good news amidst all the bad is that the IBM report also provides some actionable intelligence, recommendations for how to improve your risk situation based on the concerns expressed by IT managers worldwide.

Starting with the simplest, but most obvious, advice: Examining and assessing your organization’s IT risk maturity so you can focus on the areas that will best help your business.

Learning how to “sell” the benefits of risk mitigation, helping your colleagues understand it’s a means by which you can help bolster business growth and improve brand perception.

Or determining how to raise the level of risk awareness throughout the organization, so the burden doesn’t fall on a single set of organizational shoulders (read: Yours!).

You’ll find a wealth of this and other valuable information and counsel in the report. And on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010, you can watch a full virtual event on the presentation of the findings and their implications.

Visit here to get all the details of the Webcast and to download the full report.

And please, in the meantime, stay away from tall buildings.

Written by turbotodd

September 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm

IBM To Acquire BLADE Network Technologies

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IBM today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE), a privately held company based in Santa Clara, CA.

BLADE specializes in software and devices that route data and transactions to and from servers. The acquisition is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2010, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and applicable regulatory reviews.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

BLADE provides blade server and top-of-rack switches as well as software to virtualize and manage cloud computing and other workloads.

With BLADE, IBM can drive innovation at the systems networking level to enable clients to speed the delivery of key information from system to system — for workloads such as analytics and cloud computing — while also reducing data center costs.

Customers include more than half of the companies on the Fortune 500 list across 26 industry verticals, including automotive, telecom services, education, government, healthcare, defense and finance.

IBM and BLADE have worked together since 2002, resulting in thousands of joint clients. In fact, over 50 percent of IBM System x BladeCenters currently attach to or use BLADE products (1).

Sharpening the Blade

The BLADE acquisition builds on the industry-leading capabilities and technologies IBM is applying to its systems, which are optimized to help clients manage a range of new, more demanding workloads.

This year, IBM introduced a full line-up of new, workload-optimized systems that incorporate innovation at each level — from microprocessors and firmware software to middleware and hardware.

Emerging business models from smart grids to smart traffic systems are infusing intelligence into every day processes, generating a torrent of information.

Business decisions require rapid access to that information. BLADE’s proven, industry-tested switches and software are designed to improve systems performance for faster delivery of information, optimize virtual environments and lower energy use.

BLADE provides software that helps address the massive virtualization requirements of cloud computing environments.

BLADE software allows servers to more closely integrate with the network so that clients can deploy thousands of virtual machines to run large application workloads in the cloud and reduce complexity through simplified management.

Written by turbotodd

September 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm

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