Press Release Summary:
Continuity Management Solution (CMS) delivers secure, single integration point for organizations utilizing multiple business continuity management (BCM) applications from SunGard. Simplifying business continuity workload and helping to manage entire business continuity lifecycle, solution helps enable each BCM software tool to fully connect and communicate. BIA ProfessionalÂ® for impact analysis and Risk Assessment products are also included
Original Press Release:
Sungard Continuity Management Solution Provides Foundation for Business Continuity Management Software Suite
SunGard's New Platform Helps Organizations Simplify and Integrate Business Continuity Management Tools
Wayne, Pa. - Demonstrating continued commitment to meeting the ever-evolving needs of today's business continuity planning professionals, SunGard Availability Services today introduced the Continuity Management Solution (CMS), a centralized platform that unites SunGard's full suite of business continuity management (BCM) software.
The CMS delivers a secure, single integration point for organizations utilizing multiple BCM applications from SunGard. The CMS helps enable each BCM software tool to fully connect and communicate with one another, so that data entered once on this integrated platform can be shared across multiple products. This all-in-one solution will help organizations simplify their business continuity workload and manage the entire business continuity lifecycle through one common project center.
Designed to accommodate evolving BCM program needs, SunGard's integrated CMS architecture encompasses SunGard's full suite of BCM software, including two new products, BIA Professional® and Risk Assessment.
BIA Professional is a new version of SunGard's business impact analysis application, which helps organizations identify vulnerabilities and prioritize business continuity planning efforts. SunGard's BIA Professional is designed to address each organization's unique information availability needs by determining the impact of potential disruptions, and defining and prioritizing recovery time requirements by way of an automated, intelligent reporting system.
Risk Assessment is a new SunGard offering that helps companies evaluate potential threats across their entire organization, calculate the residual risk for each threat and determine areas where financial and operational resources are most needed to mitigate them. Risk Assessment simplifies and automates these assessment processes by using a built-in survey data collection and analysis tool. It also supports compliance initiatives by tracking relevant information about an organization's availability program and providing a central source of information. This facilitates faster, more efficient reporting to governing bodies within and outside an organization.
Both BIA Professional and Risk Assessment include surveys and reports developed by industry experts and help organizations build custom surveys and reports as their business continuity programs mature over time. BIA Professional and Risk Assessment also easily integrate with SunGard's Living Disaster Recovery Planning System (LDRPS®), allowing for data reconciliation and avoiding the need for duel data entry between products.
In addition to SunGard's BIA Professional and Risk Assessment software, the SunGard CMS suite will also include: LDRPS, NôtiFind® and Incident Manager powered by WebEOC. All products are available with a variety of delivery and functional options, and can be scaled appropriately to fit the needs of any size organization.
"As we strive to continuously enhance and expand our BCM software offerings, maintaining an ongoing dialogue with our customer base remains a top priority," said Tracey Forbes, vice president of product development, software solutions, at SunGard Availability Services. "The Continuity Management Solution reinforces our commitment to listening and responding to the needs articulated by customers. It creates a foundation upon which SunGard will continue to build products that address the unique aspects of information availability."
About SunGard Availability Services
SunGard Availability Services provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software to more than 10,000 customers in North America and Europe. With five million square feet of datacenter and operations space, SunGard assists IT organizations across virtually all industry and government sectors to prepare for and recover from emergencies by helping them minimize their computer downtime and optimize their uptime. Through direct sales and channel partners, we help organizations ensure their people and customers have uninterrupted access to the information systems they need in order to do business. To learn more, visit www.availability.sungard.com or call 1-800-468-7483.
SunGard is one of the world's leading software and IT services companies. SunGard serves more than 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries.
SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector. SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software.
With annual revenue exceeding $5 billion, SunGard is ranked 435 on the Fortune 500 and is the largest privately held business software and services company on the Forbes list of private businesses. Based on information compiled by Datamonitor*, SunGard is the third largest provider of business applications software after Oracle and SAP. Continuity, Insurance & Risk has recognized SunGard as service provider of the year an unprecedented six times. For more information, please visit SunGard at www.sungard.com.
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