Friday, November 20, 2015

Get your command center winter-ready

As much as 12 inches of snow are expected in some areas in the next 32 hours. Do you have
facilities, people or supply routes in the storm's path?
Winter weather is on its way and it could be especially unpredictable as a strong El Niño brings unusual weather across the globe.

As we saw during so-called “snowmageddon” or "snowpocalypse" events in the past couple of years, winter weather can have a massive impact business continuity and supply chain by interfering with:
  • The mobility of travelers and local workers
  • The flow of goods and equipment
  • Infrastructure including power, cable and other networks

Here are some tips to help your command center operators and analysts be better prepared to handle the next major winter storm to minimize its impact on employee and traveler safety, supply chains and business continuity.

Get a handle on your assets: Where are your employees, travelers, facilities, and supply routes? What’s vulnerable: what needs heat or power in order to remain operational?

Develop your SOPs before you need them: If the power goes out at your headquarters or a data center, what should employees do in order to maintain critical functions? If there’s a blizzard warning for a several locations, who should be notified and when?

Take stock of your information sources: When an ice storm hits, your command center may be watching TV news and calling your many building managers to understand the storm’s impact. Are there better ways – through social media and other sources – to get a handle on the situation, without putting your people in harm’s way?

Rehearse your response: Gather your command center team and run through how you would respond specifically to an ice storm that cripples your supply chain or blizzard that keeps employees from making it to work. The goal of the rehearsal is to identify problems and work on solutions before the stakes are high.

Command center software is designed to empower your operators and analysts more handle operational risks – like winter weather – more proactively and efficiently. Visual Command Center’s exclusive Alert, Assess, and Act functionality empowers some of the largest organizations in the world to protect employees and travelers, maintain business continuity and improve supply chain risk management.  

Automatic alerts let you know when your employees, facilities, supply chain and other assets are in a storm’s path, and empowers your command center to understand the situation and take action with a few clicks in a browser.

If you think you need to improve your command center’s winter readiness, contact us today! Want to see more? We’ll be holding a webinar with our friends at Geofeedia about social media in command centers on Thursday, Dec. 10. Register now.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Press Release: IDV Solutions achieves four Microsoft Gold Competencies

Command center software firm demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through proven technology success and customer commitment

IDV Solutions, LLC today announced it has attained Gold Application Development, Data Analytics, Data Platform, and Intelligent Systems competencies, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.  
“These Microsoft Gold competencies again showcase our expertise in and commitment to today’s technology market and demonstrates our knowledge of Microsoft and its products,” said Mark Morrison, IDV Solutions co-founder and CEO. “We are proud to continue our focus on accelerating our customers’ success by serving as technology advisors for their business demands.”
IDV Solutions delivers command center software that helps organizations manage operational risk.  Its flagship product, Visual Command Center®, brings together information and capabilities from disparate external and internal sources, to provide a real-time, common operating picture of a company’s assets, personnel and operations in relation to potential threats to those assets. When a risk is detected near an asset or employee location, Visual Command Center automatically generates an alert and provides tools to assess whether the risk is a threat and take immediate action to mitigate the impact of the threat.
Some of the world’s largest private and public organizations use Visual Command Center for corporate security, crisis response, event security, traveler and executive protection, supply chain risk management, field services risk management and more.
“By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top 1 percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”
Attaining the Data Analytics competency demonstrates partner expertise in designing, developing and implementing analytics and data management solutions that allow customers to monitor, analyze and plan business performance based on actionable business insight. Earning the Application Development competency helps partners differentiate themselves as a trusted expert to their customers through development and deployment of commercial or custom applications built using core Microsoft technologies. Attaining the Data Platform competency demonstrates partner expertise in some of Microsoft’s most in-demand products to provide customers with data warehousing solutions that manage and help secure their critical data using cost-effective, flexible and high-performance applications. Attaining the Intelligent Systems competency demonstrates partner expertise in developing end-to-end intelligent systems solutions. With access to marketing and support, partners can develop solutions for customers that connect industry devices to back-end systems and drive business intelligence.
The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.
About IDV Solutions, LLC

IDV Solutions, LLC empowers organizations to take command of risk by delivering command center software that is used to protect assets, ensure continuity of operations and optimize performance. Its Visual Command Center® software is an enterprise platform for risk awareness and response used in organizational functions such as business continuity, security, supply chain and operations to mitigate or eliminate the impact of risk. By helping organizations in the Global 2000 and government transform their command centers, they are able to excel at managing operational risk. For more information, please visit