Tuesday, December 31, 2013

IBM’s 5 in 5: In the Future, Computers Will Learn

IBM Research’s 5 in 5 predictions for this year — five innovations that will change the way we live, from classrooms that learn to cyber guardians, within the next five years. Read the full story here. There are several short, interesting videos including one on Digital Security, a top-of-mind concern for most of us. +Steve Hamm 

Help Invent the New Era of Computing: A contest from IBM 

You can help design this world of the future—where machines learn, reason and interact with people in ways that are more natural to us. As a scientist, an engineer, a marketer, or an entrepreneur, your skills and ideas will be essential for inventing the new era. For consumers of technology, social networking gives you a seat at the table where the future is being designed. Your voices will shape the thinking of technologists and the services they offer to you. This year’s 5 in 5 predictions of innovations that will help transform your world is just a taste of what is to come. 

To stimulate the conversation between technology creator and consumer, IBM is calling on readers to suggest their own novel and perhaps even earth-shifting ideas for putting cognitive systems to work on everybody’s behalf. 

If you have an idea that gets you jazzed, you can submit it as a comment at the end of their blog post. You might even win a free Watson T-Shirt!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Data storage and dental health care

"Losing data is something that no dentist wants to go through. The process of recovering important information such as patient records, insurance claims, and invoices from damaged machines can be taxing, and in some cases impossible."  Read article.

Compliance for Healthcare Organizations
To comply with HIPAA, your organization must securely back up data, retain disclosures, provide physical and technical safeguards, and ensure disaster recovery. VAULT400’s data protection platform simplifies this, with uncompromising performance, brilliant simplicity and a comprehensive breadth of application and platform support.

Protect your healthcare organization and your patient data with UCG's VAULT400 online backup and disaster recovery solutions. Call UCG at 800.211.8798 and start 2014 with peace of mind knowing your data is secure. 

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

5 Ways to Prevent a Catastrophic Data Loss in Your Business

A timely article worth sharing from +Resource Nation 

"When it comes to your business, data can be your most precious asset. Think of the catastrophe that would follow a sudden hardware failure that caused a massive loss of data or a theft that resulted in your customers’ data landing in unknown hands. Under these worst-case scenarios, such losses could be devastating to even the strongest of businesses. Having your company’s data vanish before your eyes without a backup plan in place can cost you more than just a contract or a client. Data breaches cost companies an average of $214 per compromised record, a 2010 study by Symantec and the Ponemon Institute found, and the average organizational cost was approximately $7.2 million. Big Data can cause a big problem if you aren’t prepared for loss incidents." Read more.

What level of confidence do you have in your current solution? 

Consider these key questions when assessing your needs in a backup and recovery solution. Download our VAULT400 PDF to learn more.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Test Your Roll Swap

Testing your Role Swap is a critical part of your disaster recovery preparedness.Here, our partners at +Maxava HA  explain how Simulated Role Swap is particularly valuable for organizations who struggle to afford downtime to effectively test their DR plan. A Simulated Role Swap delivers the ability to test applications on the backup system without the need to perform a full role swap or fail over.  

Simulated Role Swap

Friday, December 20, 2013

UCG Rolls Out Enterprise Management Software (EMS) Website

For over 15 years, United Computer Group, Inc. (UCG) has worked closely with our business partner, VAI, to offer their S2K Enterprise Management Software to our existing clients and prospects. As a team, UCG and VAI provide a uniquely crafted technology solution designed to meet clients' individual needs. To further support this effort, UCG has launched a new segment of our website focused on Enterprise Management Software

EMS Client Benefits

UCG clients receive a complete Enterprise Management Software solution coupled with UCG's VAULT400 cloud backup, archival/DR, plus service and support excellence from UCG and VAI experts. By integrating S2K EMS with VAULT400, clients have peace of mind that their mission-critical data is safe, secure, and available when needed.  

UCG’s technology roadmap, our shared vision with VAI and IBM, provides companies with a business model based on best industry processes that leverage technology to create and improve performance.

Enterprise Management Software products include solutions for Distribution, Manufacturing, and Multi-channel Retail with industry-specific features for Apparel, Durable Goods, Food, and Pharmaceutical. In addition, web-based software provides mobile access enabling every user in the organization immediate anytime, anywhere computing.

As we expand the breadth and depth of our organization, we help our clients compete at a very high level. By leveraging the flexibility and mobility that the web provides, they have unlimited growth potential.

To learn more about Enterprise Management Software for your business, contact us at 800.211.8798, email ems@ucgrp.com, or visit ucgrp.com/ems.

Monday, December 16, 2013

2013: An IBM i Year In Review

 2013: An IBM i Year In Review

By Alex Woodie, IT Jungle

"As we get ready for 2014, it is worth taking a look back at 2013 and seeing the year that was in the IBM i midrange marketplace. From new servers and operating systems to new security flaws and new business ventures, it was an eventful year. So sit back, grab a beverage, and prepare to reminisce on the IBM i year that was."

Happy Holidays from United Computer Group, Inc.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The IBM i Family

Nice article in IBM Systems Magazine by Steve Will: The IBM i Family

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Holidays from UCG and Our Terrific Partners at Maxava!

United Computer Group, Inc. and Maxava wish you a happy, healthy, safe, and SECURE holiday season. We look forward to a successful 2014!

Monday, December 09, 2013

A GUIDE to Business Continuity Planning
+Michael Seday

Lessons Learned (1) Plans must be updated and tested frequently (2) All types of threats must be considered (3) Dependencies and inter-dependencies should be carefully analyzed (4) Key personnel may be unavailable (5) Telecommunications are essential

Sunday, December 01, 2013


Businesses across the nation still relying on tape backup to protect their data are quickly realizing they are on borrowed time. For many companies, migration from tape backup to secure cloud backup and disaster recovery has moved from the back burner to the number one business priority

Don't let another year slip by while outdated technology compromises your business.

Call United Computer Group at 800.211.8798 to learn more about VAULT400 cloud backup and disaster recovery.