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Survey reveals significant potential for adoption of industry best practice for advanced enterprise notifications

Reliance on ‘fire-and-forget’ alerting leaving companies with higher risk of business interruption.

Derdack has published the results of a survey of IT executives which has revealed significant potential for adoption of industry best practice and products for the management of enterprise alert notifications.

The survey finds that many companies are currently focused on one way, ‘fire and forget’ notifications from helpdesk and IT monitoring solutions which lead to a greater risk of interruption to business critical systems.

Matthes Derdack, managing director of Derdack said, “Companies are relying on rudimentary fire and forget notifications rather than taking a holistic view of the best practices for managing and controlling the notification lifecycle. With the importance of IT at the enterprise level increasing, there is a greater focus on improving IT infrastructure management which will lead to growth in the use of next generation notification solutions. By using unified communications and advanced intelligence in notification delivery and support for smartphones and instant messaging technologies, it is now even easier for IT staff to remotely acknowledge, diagnose and resolve critical incidents before they can impact the business.”

Derdack interviewed 264 IT executives in Europe and North America, key findings include:
• 30 percent do not use any kind of IT alert notifications
• Of those that do notify, 70 percent use built-in, basic features such as fire-and-forget emails produced by an IT monitoring product such as Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) or an in-house-developed solution
• 68 percent of these companies do not track if a notification message actually gets delivered, e.g. to a mobile phone nor do they processes responses
• 73 percent do not use advanced features such as automated escalation chains or closed-loop notifications
• The most common notification channels in use are email (93 percent) and SMS text messaging (53 percent)
• There is room for increased adoption of technologies such as instant messaging (used by 26 percent) and Smartphone ‘push’ (14 percent).

The survey highlighted that many companies still rely on a very basic level of notifications and do not have a good understanding of the capabilities provided by next generation notification products. For example, management of notifications is usually limited to enabling outbound distribution. Comparatively few companies are closing the loop and using automated processes to ensure that any issues are brought to the attention of the right engineer or technician, and escalated where necessary until the issue is recognized and resolved. An understanding of the availability and benefits of persistent and intelligent notification workflows is still to be developed.

Derdack is launching a new Enterprise Notification Conference on 23-24 May, 2011 to explore the world of enterprise notifications and the benefits of communication-enabling business processes and applications. For more details and registration, visit

•Date: 12th May 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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