Patterns in achieving Social Business success by leading and pioneering organizations

A social business is an organization whose culture and systems encourage networks of people to create business value. Social businesses connect individuals, so they can rapidly share information, knowledge and ideas by having conversations and publishing informal content. They analyze social content from multiple channels and sources, in addition to structured data, to gain insights from both external and internal stakeholders. When those things happen, innovation and business execution rates increase, better decisions are made, and customers and employees are more engaged and satisfied. Social businesses enjoy lower operating costs, faster speed-to-market, improved customer and employee engagement, and increased profitability. Many organizations don't fully appreciate the magnitude of the value creation potential of social business.
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Creating a Digital Strategy to provide Exceptional Digital Experiences

People, machines, data, processes are more connected than ever before, in more ways, and at a pace not previously envisioned. Because of this, the means of user interaction are evolving rapidly, and the outcome is an explosion of information increasing at epic rates. Both the opportunity and the challenge for an organization is to execute a strategy to most effectively participate in, exploit and derive ongoing value from the expansive digital world. To evaluate and ultimately better facilitate this, many organizations are specifically defining a digital strategy as part of their overall general business strategy. Central to that digital strategy is the digital experience.
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Why DBMSs Matter More than Ever in the Big Data Era

Big data promises valuable insights that are enticing organizations to invest in analytics and BI tools. Yet many overlook the need for a DBMS that can stand up to the strain big data places on the underlying infrastructure. This ePaper explores the DBMS characteristics of most importance in a big data setting.
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Hybrid IT – A Low-Risk Path from On-Premise to ITaaS

IT as a Service (ITaaS) will transform future IT operations and service delivery. In the interim, Hybrid IT offers a rational, gradual approach in which some services move to SaaS while others remain on-premise. This white paper provides a strategy to move part or all of your ITSM suite to the cloud as a stepping stone to ITaaS.
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Rise Above The Competition by Empowering Your End Users

Dell Cloud Client Computing enables new mobile and remote work styles through desktop virtualization. Download this infographic to learn how you can reap the benefits of better security, increased efficiency and cleaner infrastructure - all with one comprehensive end-to-end solution.
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Continuous Delivery: Five Habits of Highly Successful Practitioners

Continuous Delivery is a development discipline in which software can be released to production at any time. It's about building a development and release pipeline where early feedback, automated build and test, and incremental deployments into production can dramatically speed up release cycles. Indeed, you accelerate your time to market -- providing a continuous flow of 'release candidates' for business acceptance -- without sacrificing quality.
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Continuous Delivery in Practice: How Leading Practitioners are Successfully Accelerating and Improving Releases

Continuous Delivery allows you to get new features and capabilities to market quickly and reliably - both highly desirable outcomes. But to achieve these outcomes, you need processes and controls that make sure your continuous delivery reaches its full potential. That is why adopters of Continuous Delivery consistently follow a set of best practices: Version Everything; Automate All That You Can; Use a Mainline Model for Visibility and a Single Source of Truth; Maintain a System of Record.
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Future-Proof Your Data Environment

In this era of big data, business and IT leaders across all industries are looking for ways to easily and cost-effectively unlock the value of enterprise data that resides in both transactional processing and data warehouse systems. They are trying to quickly implement new solutions to gain additional insight from this data to improve outcomes across all areas of the business, while simultaneously optimizing resource utilization and reducing costs. IBM® DB2® for Linux, UNIX and Windows is a multi-workload database management solution built for these challenges. Built with CIOs in mind, this interactive online tool offers new insights in form of analyst research papers, problem/solution guides and direct client feedback about Total Cost of Ownership and overall efficiencies gained by selecting DB2.
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Database Reliability and Deployment Trends Survey

High reliability and system availability are absolutely crucial for database and the underlying server hardware. A 67% majority of organizations now require that their databases deliver a minimum of four, five or six "nines" of uptime for their most mission critical applications. That is the equivalent of 52 seconds to 52 minutes of unplanned downtime per database/per annum. Those are the results of ITIC's 2013 - 2014 Database Reliability and Deployment Trends Survey, an independent Web-based survey which polled 600 organizations worldwide from August through October 2013. IBM DB2 and Informix databases, followed closely by Microsoft SQL Server, achieved the highest overall reliability and customer satisfaction ratings for product performance, security, technical service and support and the value of its pricing and licensing agreements. Oracle DB scored high for reliability and performance but lagged far behind IBM and Microsoft in customer satisfaction with pricing, licensing and technical support.
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Business Analytics Buying Criteria: The Three Maxims

In this Advisory, Clabby Analytics looks more closely at the importance of implementing an integrated infrastructure - and its relationship to business analytics. The paper will examine the business analytics workloads, discuss how these workloads put different demands on the underlying systems and infrastructure, and provide guidance designing an integrated business analytics environment that will provide organizations with high performance, resiliency, and a scalable growth path.
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IBM Special Report: Designed for Business

Forward-thinking organizations are recognizing the superiority of Power Systems technology. The Power Systems family offers the ultimate system for today's compute intensive business applications and databases. Power Systems continues to prove itself as the ultimate system for compute intensive workloads, high performance analytics, high performance UNIX, and high performance computing.
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Bring Your Own Device – BYOD: Optimised in 10 Steps

When you consider the current IT trends in detail, one trend dominates: cloud computing. And in the context of cloud computing the topic "Bring Your Own Device" is in the headlines again and again. Although both topics have nothing to do with each other directly, both are somehow always related in context. Due to a lack of legal regulations, this trend has so far not really prevailed in Europe. Moreover, many CIOs often cite data security as a reason not to use BYOD programmes. But technical possibilities are quickly outpacing existing concepts. Whereas it was previously unthinkable that private devices and systems could be integrated into a company's infrastructure, this trend has nevertheless gradually found its way into companies.
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Consumerisation Turbocharges Efficiency: How Private Mobile Devices Boost Work Productivity

iPhone, iPad, and other personal devices are changing how we handle our professional responsibilities. No longer are we tied to the office and fixed working hours. Now we are connected with important people near and far. Mobile devices give us permanent access to data and, in a way, impart superpowers. We use them not because we are forced to, but because we want to! As the consumers and end users, the choice is ours. It is not always easy for companies to adjust to new things. But this time they are compelled to adapt. Fortunately, they will also benefit from the changes.
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Stepping Into the Cloud: A Practical Guide to Creating and Implementing a Successful Cloud Strategy

The cloud decision may be the easy part. For most businesses, the benefits promised by cloud computing - including agility, process optimization, speed to market, and cost reduction - warrant a closer look, if not a test drive. At least at the decision-table, curiosity and hope in the potential for transformation are winning out over caution. This practical guide offers steps for moving your company into the cloud, at whatever pace you prefer, with a focus on the SmartCloud Services portfolio offered by IBM and its partners.
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