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Whitepapers


Ensuring Application Security in Mobile Device Environments

As a result of the increase in wireless devices in the workforce, organizations are becoming more concerned with mobile security. Many, in fact, see this area as a primary technology challenge to address and a main focus for security initiatives.


Keeping Distributed Endpoints Safe and Compliant

With rapidly increasing numbers of remote workers and mobile devices, there is no well-defined perimeter. The perimeter, by necessity, must be the endpoint itself. Endpoints, by their very nature, are highly vulnerable to attack— including system damage inflicted by malware, theft by phishing, privacy infringements through social networking, or loss of productivity due to spam, interruptions and system instabilities. Read this whitepaper to learn about a solution that provides real-time visibility and control over each endpoint’s status, remediating issues to help ensure continuous security and compliance.


Stay Ahead of Insider Threats with Predictive, Intelligent Security

It has become more important to secure critical information and related assets from insider threats. IBM has the ability to identify and protect against internal threats through a distinctive combination of robust foundational controls and intelligent reporting and management tools.


Five Steps to Achieve Success in Your Application Security Program

This whitepaper provides a general framework your organization can use to create or build upon an application security program. It includes guidelines that can be useful at different stages of your security program’s maturity.


Beyond the Next Generation:Putting Advanced Network Security to Work

As the network has evolved, so has network security. Firewalls retain their role of first-line filtration based on policy, but have grown to embrace a wider range of capability. In this report, EMA highlights specific examples of the ways in which converged security systems put today’s more advanced capabilities to work in practical application.


Intelligent role management for improved security and compliance

In this paper, ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES® (EMA™) analysts examine today’s security challenges in light of the opportunity to build security directly into information systems, and the role of today’s finely grained technologies for identity and access management that make this more proactive approach possible.


An Early Leader across the Big Data Security Analytics

This analyst paper, written by Jon Oltsik, Senior Principal Analyst at ESG, show how IBM is an early leader across Big Data Security Analytics. ESG believes that tactical security analytics solutions and compliance centric SIEM tools are no match for todays big data security analytics needs & IBM is one of the few vendors offering an integrated approach to combat this.


Cloud Removes Barriers, Increases Value

The word cloud has become so overused, but the approach is quite valuable. In this free white paper, you'll learn how you can apply automation and virtualization to entire data centers. Covered in this resource: What a software-defined data center is, how it can reduce costs, and how to implement it.


Software-Defined Data Center Helps IT Stay Up-to-Date

VMware’s comprehensive solution addresses virtualization and automation to provide security, backup and efficiency of operations. Download this insightful digital dialogue to learn more about the foundation of software-defined data centers, including the benefits it could provide to your organization.


The Rise of Open GIS Data

Download this informative Viewpoint to hear from Paul Ross, Product Manager,ArcGIS Online at Esri to get a first hand look of his perspective of the evolution of GIS and how it will play a major role in innovative government programs in years to come.


Collaborative Care Beyond the Care Continuum

While new models of care collaboration are being implemented in many forms globally, moving from concept to successful implementation involves process changes and business transformation that may be the biggest challenges to healthcare organizations. Care collaboration tools that support and assist organizational transformation are key to driving successful outcomes. What these tools can enable is important. But who these tools engage and connect, the way in which they are engaged and connected, and the way in which they ultimately use the tools are more important in transforming care delivery.


Preventing Disastrous Disaster Recovery

Whether it’s a routine data-center consolidation or a fast-moving disaster response, server migration is often a complicated task. But it doesn’t have to be. Download this informative digital dialogue to learn how to simplify and improve your organization’s disaster recovery and data center consolidation initiatives.


Virtual Network Key to Software-Defined Data Center

Experts say it is has become increasingly clear that the software-defined data center is the data center of the future. But to realize the full benefits of SDDC, organizations might need to adopt software-defined networking as well. Download this digital dialogue to read more highlights from a recent webcast on virtualization.


Your Data System Should be Always On, Fast and Affordable

Partners and customers expect instantaneous response and continuous uptime from data systems, but the volume and velocity of data make it difficult to respond with agility. IBM PureData System for Transactions enable businesses to gear up and meet these challenges.


The future of Data Services Delivery and Management Starts Here

Data workloads are rapidly evolving and changing. Today's enterprises have many different types of applications, with different usage patterns, all constantly accessing data. As a result, data services need to be more robust and scalable. IBM PureApplication System and IBM PureData™ System for Transactions are designed to meet these needs. This paper shows how the latest technology and expertise built into these systems gives businesses an innovative approach to rapidly create and manage highly scalable data services, without the complexity of traditional approaches.


Transparent Application Scaling with IBM DB2 pureScale

The IBM DB2 pureScale feature is designed to address your current and future business needs for continuous availability. This white paper introduces DB2 pureScale—what it looks like, where it comes from, and how it allows you to scale out your database on a set of servers in an active-active configuration that combines high availability with truly transparent application scaling.


IBM PureData Sytem for Transactions: Delivering “Competitive-Advantage-Critical” Data Services

Infostructure Associates reviews the benefits and value add of the IBM PureData System for Transactions, stating that '...IBM PureData System for Transactions is a significant step forward in transactional scalability that should allow savvy users to achieve better near-real-time data processing to run the business and to gain competitive advantage on its own, or as a key part of a full information-management solution.’


Fighting Fraud with Big Data Visibility and Intelligence

This whitepaper examines the next generation solutions for predictive analytics that are solving the “big data” challenge, and are providing agencies with the visibility and intelligence they need to move from post incident forensics to a more proactive approach in the costly fight against fraud.


Government Health And Social Care: Collaborating To Control Costs And Improve Outcomes

Health care remains one of the largest and fastest-growing components of government expenditure, consuming more than 15 percent of government spending worldwide. But whether governments are the principal provider of medical services, the primary payer or simply a promoter of public health policies and programs, they have a common interest in controlling spiraling health care costs. Read this whitepaper to discover the number of collaborative efforts governments may adopt to contain health care spending.


Clusters for Dummies

Although clustering may sound exotic, it isn’t. Cluster technology relies on fast networks and some clever software to schedule and manage big, complex computing jobs on relatively inexpensive server and networking technology. Read this free e-book to gain a thorough understanding of clustering and the operational advantages that this technology provides.


The Challenges of Today’s Government IT Environment

Government organizations face constant IT challenges with database servers, storage networks, business applications and network infrastructure. In this eBook, you will discover how to optimize hardware and software configurations by combining servers, storage, and networking equipment into integrated boxes.


Improve Government with a Smarter Process Approach

Access this whitepaper to learn how to develop smarter processes that will provide a superior experience for citizens and constituents. A Smarter Process approach gives leaders the ability to transform government business in order to automate, streamline, adapt and provide visibility into the core business processes that governments perform, especially in areas like citizen eligibility, safety and security, and countering waste, fraud and abuse. These areas serve as the starting point to show how governments can transform their operations and truly realize the power of smarter processes.


4 Challenges to Effective Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is crucial yet challenging to ensure. At federal organizations such as the Energy Department, where officials work to prevent threats to 16 critical infrastructure areas including nuclear security, protection has many definitions and layers. Download this enlightening digital dialogue to learn how to overcome the high-level challenges that complicate cyber protection.


Defining a blueprint for a smarter data center for flexibility and cost-effectiveness

IT managers must choose between spending to maintain existing systems and engaging in new developments. Analytics services can help provide insights into your data center to balance these demands and unlock greater business value. Read the white paper to learn four ways IBM can use analytics-based services to help you design a smarter, more flexible, cost-effective data center.


Intelligent Urban Transportation Predicting, Managing, and Integrating Traffic Operations in Smarter Cities

Cities of all sizes continue to grow, creating traffic congestion that must be managed in order to decrease transportation inefficiencies and the costs it carries. IBM’s unique transportation management product offers a technology that acts as an architecture which city administrators can depend as an open platform for delivering transportation service value to citizens, through both public and private enterprise-offered services. Add the capability for stronger governance through an integrated intelligent service management system and you have a complete solution to create the ultimate smarter city.


The power of analytics for public sector: Building analytics competency to accelerate outcomes

Federal agencies face the difficulty of managing the increasing complexity of the “information explosion”. Adopting analytics can help solve these issues and achieve desirable outcomes. Read the white paper and see how IBM analytics solutions can help the Federal Government evaluate excess data and unlock insights to create better informed decisions.


Business Analytics For Government: Achieve better outcomes in four key areas

Federal agencies face the difficulty of managing the increasing complexity of the “information explosion”. Adopting analytics can help solve these issues and achieve desirable outcomes. Read the white paper and see how IBM analytics solutions can help the Federal Government evaluate excess data and unlock insights to create better informed decisions.


IDC Analyst: Creating Customer-Centric Datacenters That Are Agile, Efficient, and Secure with IBM's Data Center Services

While virtualization limits the need for physical servers, it has created a new problem—vast virtual environments. Federal agencies can manage this complexity by outsourcing select services to boost flexibility, reliability and efficiency. Read the white paper to learn about the IBM® services that can help you achieve this goal by optimizing your data center’s entire lifecycle.


Predicting and Planning for Federal Workforce Needs

Determining what is likely to happen over the next several years with regard to retirements and skills development is a central issue in maintaining or enhancing workforce strength. This whitepaper examines the solutions available to help agencies make workforce decisions that will enable them to get the best performance possible from tighter budgets and leaner staffing levels.


Predictive Maintenance and Quality Solution

Organizations that lead in analytics can triple the performance of those that are just beginning to adopt analytics. Learn how to navigate vast amounts of data and apply industry-specific dashboards, accelerators, and methods to help create powerful, user-friendly predictive models.


Improving Mission Effectiveness with Social Media Analytics

The ability to leverage the valuable information contained in the social media universe can be critical for agencies that need to be aware of dynamic changes in the environments that they serve. Learn how agencies can implement social media analytics to derive valuable insights that are often obscured by the sheer volume of information produced.


Government Analytics for Dummies

Most organizations believe that having data/information and technology are enough to become and analytics-driven organization. But that will only get you so far. Learn how to implement a clear analytics strategy that helps to create a culture for analytics throughout the organization and improve decision-making.


Addressing Social Determinants and their Impact On Healthcare

This executive overview paper examines the many factors that are driving change in the healthcare industry. It covers the social determinants of health and introduces a smarter approach to care that enables healthcare providers to personalize programs, services and treatments based on a holistic view of the individual and the individual’s family.


Could Healthcare Reform be Just Another Program?

Today there is a new urgency for administrations to address two seemingly mutually exclusive challenges: to significantly lower the cost of social programs and to simultaneously improve the service for their citizens. Relying on traditional service delivery models that have fallen short in attempting to achieve either of these goals is not an option – a new approach is clearly needed. Will the Affordable Care Act live up to these standards?


Anti-Money Laundering when Transaction Monitoring is not Sufficient

The recent, public admonishments of poor operational practices at some of the best known, global banking institutions have served to highlight the fact that Anti-Money Laundering (AML) procedures and protocols must be improved at the earliest opportunity to ensure compliance with evolving regulatory requirements. This whitepaper examines how data must be viewed as an asset from which AML intelligence can be derived.


Asset Management for Local Government

When individual departments use separate systems to manage their own assets, the result can be a complex, multi-layered enterprise. Local governments need to look at enterprise solutions that allow them to take an enterprise asset management approach to maintain their assets, deliver services and improve performance of the government as a whole.


Managing Enterprise Virtual Infrastructures

Read this whitepaper to learn how your agency or organization can gain the insight, control, and automation necessary to optimize resources, understand utilization, and plan for future capacity needs.


Empowering Analysts with Big Data

The paper focuses on the technologies and capabilities organizations should arm their analysts with, so they cannot just ingest big data, but uncover difficult evidence and turn it that big data into actionable intelligence.


Smart Planning for a Smart City Infrastructure

This paper looks at how municipal asset owners and operators planning smart infrastructure projects can benefit from a systems engineering approach to project design.


AV/IT Infrastructure Guidelines and Best Practices for Coordinating AV and IT

InfoComm International®, the nonprofit association for professional AV technology, and the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Justice have jointly produced this guideline for AV/IT project design for courts and judicial offices.


Network Optimization: Networks in Motion

For years, agencies have optimized their networks primarily by adding capacity and perhaps fine-tuning their architecture. But the surging demand for capacity driven by such trends as cloud computing and teleworking, and from bandwidth-hogging applications such as video, are quickly increasing the pressure on network performance. Agencies can no longer afford to respond by simply throwing more bandwidth at the problem. Instead, they are turning their attention to network optimization.


Roadmap to a Contact Center of Excellence

When it comes to government IT-based programs, the technology itself rarely seems to be a stumbling block. Agency culture is most often the culprit. The need for improved communication and collaboration are not the only factors preventing your agency from achieving contact center excellence. Download this special report to learn how to get your agency’s contact center on the right path through mobility, social media, cloud services and performance management.


Mobile Strategies: All Systems Go

Although there are countless mobile apps available in the market, the number of feasible options is reduced considerably because of agency concerns about security and privacy. Still, the Digital Government Strategy calls for “developing models for the secure, yet rapid, delivery of commercial mobile applications into the Federal environment.” Download this special report to learn more about mobile strategies including the four steps to successful mobile development.


How Protected is Your Website?

Even today, strange as it sounds, far too many websites have no protection at all. In organizations where developers are evaluated primarily on their ability to ship code on time, there is often a lack of incentive to adopt secure coding practices. Website protection services can quickly add measurable security to your web presence compared to deploying and managing your own equipment and infrastructure to provide similar capabilities.


Government On the Go: Lessons from the Battlefield

The Army’s Command Post of the Future integrates intelligence from multiple sources onto one virtually available map to let commanders in the field make more informed decisions. Download this informative digital dialogue to gain further insight on the potential of mobility and the future of warfighting.


Research Report: Emerging Strategies for Managing Mobility

In August 2013, GCN surveyed defense, civilian and state and local agency decision-makers about their mobile management strategies. The survey covered topics regarding workforce deployment of mobile devices, BYOD vs. agency-issued device policies, usage and security concerns that stem from the use of mobile devices and architectural considerations including virtualization strategies. Download this informative report to uncover the research findings and broaden your scope of knowledge on mobile management.


Research Report: The Virtual Public Sector

For more and more government agencies, desktop virtualization is proving to be the right solution at the right time. The technology, which makes it possible to deploy, manage and optimize desktop-based applications and data from a central console, can help agencies extend desktop computing resources to a wide range of end-user devices securely and cost effectively, whether users are in the office, on the road or working at home. Download this report to discover further research findings on virtualization trends and the shape of things to come.


Protecting Consumer and Business Information with Advanced Threat Protection

As a global leader in information solutions, Equifax holds one of the largest stores of consumer and commercial data—income data, unemployment data, asset and wealth data, property data, credit scores, and much more. As a result, security is of paramount importance to both Equifax and the people and organizations it serves.


Secure Web Applications: Creating a Security Culture

Companies move applications to the Web to improve customer interactions, lower business processing costs and speed outcomes. But driving applications to the Web also increases vulnerabilities – unless security is an integral component of the application development process.


IBM zSecure Compliance and Administration

IBM Security zSecure™ Compliance and Administration provides security personnel with the tools to efficiently administer IBM Resource Access Control Facility (RACF®) through simplified security administra-tion. It helps security staff measure and verify the effectiveness of their mainframe security settings and policies. It also automates audit reporting and monitors security events to help detect threats.