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The Tip of the Iceberg
Growing complexity in a heterogeneous environment is todays IT challenge, but there is nothing new about that! Maintaining a high availability of the IT-infrastructure often comes down to reactively fixing technical issues, involving many different parties and is an important responsibility of the organization’s IT-support team. However, these types of activities are just the tip of the iceberg. In order to maintain a high level of availability, the risk of having longer than expected downtime and loss of productivity is high when we turn to reactive support only. There is a lot more that organizations implement to reduce these risks.
For this, predictability is critical and by proactively avoiding risks, IT-support teams are much more capable of providing a robust environment to their users. Providing proactive support starts with planning initiatives and aligning any support related activities such as analyzing the impact of upgrades and migrations and coordinating knowledge transfer. To achieve this it is essential to have direct access to a large network of expertise and to bring teams and knowledge together. This allows for the successful setting of the right priorities and getting the right attention, which must be a collaborative effort of the organization and its suppliers.
The Rational Accelerated Value Program is designed to provide Essential Lifecycle Services that enhance and improve your productivity over the full range of the solution lifecycle. Don’t settle for the Tip of the Iceberg!
Please visit the Accelerated Value Website for more information: http
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Flip or Flop, Rehab Addict, Renovation Raiders rest my brain after a long day. When they find an intriguing listing these investors look at the neighborhood comps, zoom to the property and poke around the perimeter attempting to peer into filthy windows. They examine refuse piles as if on an archeological dig, try to gauge the viability of the roof and foundation and then bolt back to their cars. Speeding to the courthouse steps they formulate a bidding strategy and make some wild estimates as to potential return on investment. With a flip of the hand they throw down a few hundred thousand dollars.
Keys In hand they nervously enter the darkened structure and begin to learn just how far out of reach their target ROI is. The sooty smoke detector atop the trash heap – thrown out after a fire gutted the kitchen. Water stained ceilings mean the roof has been leaking a while and hearts sink as they encounter termite trails meandering down the walls. Their margin target has been shot to hell…
It’s fascinating because this buying process is the antithesis of corporate buying decisions. Tangible ROI is the central concern of every client considering the purchase of IBM’
Home renovators all want state of the art kitchens with wide open vistas, but challenges often arise when the contractors start to open up walls. That’s when they discover that without the addition of a big beam, the upstairs bath tub is on its way to becoming a patio planter.
Just as it’s simply not possible to envision what’s inside walls, until we start working together, AVP can’t understand every nuance of your software development environment. Within a matter of weeks your dedicated AVP resource develops that expertise and will be working with you to recommend the right structural reinforcements and IBM resources to enhance process and performance, while being ever mindful of your business goals.
And though we can’t invite you to come and view our new showcase home, while you’re at Innovate we can invite you to meet some of our most important clients and hear their ‘renovation’ stories. They represent companies that invest in AVP year after year, because we make their lives easier and offer solid ROI. Real results delivered in real time.
Interested? Ask us how.
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84% of us check our Smartphones as soon as we wake up. Guilty. Research shows that most of us who use social media for customer service expect a very quick response. Guilty again; but that’s actually my expectation for every customer service interaction. And I expect it to be personal and meaningful. I hate unproductive wait time. Are my standards too high?
Down time has become more critical in a Bring Your Own Device world hooked on 24X7 access and response. Grabbing a cup of coffee is often my answer, but when thousands of users are idled because a mission critical app is down the cost is more than a few bucks. IDC and others gauge the cost of down time at a whopping $100K/hr per thousand users. Dunn & Bradstreet says a typical organization annually loses 14 hours to app down time and that is increasing by 12% every year. That’s burning real money fast.
Having an Accelerated Value Leader is the ticket to personal, meaningful interactions that often result in zero down time - for less than cost of a couple hours of wasted productivity. One Semiconductor Company with whom AVP partners went from multiple critical incidents that repeatedly brought their global dev teams to a full stop, to zero critical incidents in the first year of the program. That’s a tangible ROI of >$450K - and it’s just part of what we accomplished together.
Interested? Come by Asia 5 at IBM Innovate2014 and learn why more than half of the world’s top 25 public companies choose AVP.
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Relationships of trust and understanding within your own business are crucial to every success. You may have relationships with key players from your in-house departments who play a part in the full cycle of your service delivery or product offering. Maybe your business relies on external suppliers to advise you of product choices, changes with demand, or best route to market. Your IBM software investment is no different!
In fact, as a foundation to your business processes and the interface to your customers, it could be the most important asset for which you need an experienced guide to work alongside.
IBM Accelerated Value Leaders (AVLs), are Trusted Advisors and client advocates who work with their assigned customers to learn about their businesses, their challenges, their infrastructures, and their goals. AVLs are seen as virtual members of the customer's team, but with many additional advantages! As a single point of contact, they are the customer's voice inside IBM, and they have a direct relationship with the IBM resources that can make a huge positive difference to customer's business changing decisions.
When should we upgrade? What is our longer-term strategy? How can we meet our business needs? How can we reduce our costs? What tools can we deploy to speed up performance? What should we be looking at to reduce time to market? How do we minimize risk? Is there a faster route to resolving issues? How can we adopt new technologies quickly? ... and more... much more.
AVLs are the nucleus of IBM's Software Accelerated Value Program, providing a valuable service by working alongside their customers, expertly steering projects (such as software migrations) to successful and profitable conclusions, providing crucial knowledge transfer along the way. When is comes to issue management (PMRs), Accelerated Value Program clients receive priority call handling. However, as prevention is more efficient than cure, customers with this Program will benefit significantly from the AVL's proactive problem prevention element of the offering.
Many of the top businesses across industries engage this essential IBM service, so if you are interested to learn more, why not check out the IBM web page (htt
New CLM Whitepaper: Use Rational Performance Tester to monitor Collaborative Lifecycle Management server resources
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Check out this new CLM whitepaper from Rational Client Support's AVP team member Dayal Sachdev!
Dayal knows that clients today face challenges scaling Jazz environments appropriately and maintaining them, and has written this whitepaper that describes one approach to monitoring a server layer and captures those results for analysis using Resource Monitoring with IBM Rational Performance Tester. The target audience is administrators whom are in charge of hosting and maintaining Jazz CLM tools today while having a moderate understanding of load testing concepts and Jazz tools.
Abstract: Using IBM Rational Performance Tester V8.5 to resource monitor an IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Manager V4.0.3 server hosted on IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5.
Released: September 25, 2013
Authors: Dayal Sachdev
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