Cloud & Service Management blog
Rebecca Swindell 270003U1MK REBECCA.SWINDELL@UK.IBM.COM Tags:  infosec ibm pulse xforce robert_freeman 1,138 Visits
Rebecca Swindell 270003U1MK REBECCA.SWINDELL@UK.IBM.COM Tags:  colin_proctor pulse mark_baker smarter_buildings iibm john_mcclelland trirgia public_sector_connect claire_penny derek_mackay colin_mair 2,557 Visits
On Tuesday IBM were Sponsors at the New Ways of Working, Scotland event, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow- http://newwaysscot2012.publicsectorconnect.org/.
The conference aimed to help those working in the public sector, specifically addressing the problem of improving “services whilst managing with reduced budgets”. The sessions looked into how the need for a greater flexibility of work styles, has created “new ways of working” that mean work can be carried out “anytime and anywhere”.
Having previously attended the fantastic Government Property event run by the same company (Public Sector Connect) I was sceptical about whether this event could live up to the high standard they had set. I needn’t have worried! The sessions were highly educational and enlightening. This blog will cover what I thought were the key learning’s from the day – so I hope you find it interesting.
The plenary session was opened by Colin Mair, Chief Exec of Improvement Services, who discussed the theme of why we need “New Ways of Working” and what it means. He spoke about the need to manage resource constraints, decrease overheads, increase flexibility and optimise capacity through sharing services, all the while meeting the public’s expectations, and increasing the value of the public pound in Scotland.
Next up was Derek MacKay – the minister for local government & planning, who wanted the audience to remember that the current budget costs should not be seen as restrictive but instead should be viewed as an impetus for change. He continued that if we continued to do what we have always done, we will get what we have always got. He emphasised the need for joint, collaborative working. Derek talked about the four pillars of Public Sector reform – prevention, closer integration and partnership, improved performance and a workforce focus. There is a new for “radical change”, alongside job security. He spoke about how successful reform is dependent upon managing the culture within and between organisations, which is part of the mantra of “working smarter”. Other things that would come under this umbrella include flexibility, new technology, new office designs, and co-location, all being implemented with an open mind. He concluded by saying there were “big challenges ahead, but immense opportunities too”.
The next plenary speaker was John McClelland CBE - Scottish Further & Higher Funding Council, who talked about how these new ways of working must be citizen driven, but unfortunately this is not always the case. These changes should be “pull and not push”, and the public sector has the opportunity to reset the bar. John talked about the need for online services, and how it is growing exponentially, and these services have to be seamless. He spoke about how, from an adoption of new technologies point of view, a lot more could be done, for instance in Cloud Computing. The deployment of ICT, with the exception of the health service, has been disappointing, with very little sharing of services and deployment. John thought there needs to be a paradigm shift in doing things differently. ICT should be seen as a productivity tool to save more and work more efficiently.
John was followed by Colin Proctor, director of Scottish Futures Trust, continued discussing the theme of new ways of working, stating that we now have a window of opportunity to push the boundaries, and it is a time for accountability. Property should be a major consideration; we should be aiming to do more – with less property. He believed that a 25% reduction in property is readably achievable, especially if the public sector can leverage investment in buildings from the private sector. Colin talked about the 3 Cs – Corporate, Collaborative and Commercial, which he mixed with another C – Commonsense! He talked about thinking about the long term game, and the need to act strategically. He urged the audience to think about a move to open working and efficient space planning by eliminating duplicate desks and space hungry and inflexible systems (incidentally all of which IBM can help you with, by using the Tririga platform!!) . He concluded by talking about the need for employees to be able to work anytime, anyplace and anywhere, which means a wider home and mobile working team. He suggested 10 desks to 8 people ratio as a starting point. This will save costs in business miles savings, time spending commuting and reduce carbon emissions.
Dr Claire Penny ran the IBM work session to a packed room. She wanted to address the question of whether
ICT is a “help of hindrance”. Claire
began by looking at the iGov survey, which looked at real estate management
challenges and pain points, in which 54% of central government respondents did
NOT see ICT as an inhibitor to realising property savings. She took the
audience through IBMs’ real estate history – especially looking at the acquisitions
we have made such as Tririga and MRO. Claire continued by looking at how IBM has
approached its own real estate transformation, working towards common systems
and process and minimal vacancy. She gave the recent West London strategic rationalisation
project as an example of where IBM have identified 12, 500 m² of office space
that could be vacated.
Claire finished the session by looking at the capabilities of IBMs latest Smarter Buildings acquisition – Tririga. This product is split into modules of – Real Estate Portfolio Mgmt, Space & Facilities Mgmt, Operations & Maintenance Mgmt, Capital Project Mgmt and Energy & Environmental Sustainability. These modules can be implemented separately, or part of a complete IWMS. Claire concluded the session by discussing what some of IBMs clients are using Tririga for – the main points being – improving the utilisation of their portfolio, operate in an environmentally sustainable way, simplify & improve user experience, simplify processes, & align their portfolio rapidly to meet changing business needs. She gave the example of GE, who reportedly save $925M in the first four years of using the product!
The final session was a panel debate – which included IBM’s Dr Claire Penny, Mark Baker – Aberdeenshire Council, Harjinder Gharyal & John Dawson – Glasgow City Council, and was led by Simon Haston, Change Champion: Improvement Service. Lots of interesting questions were asked by the audience, all around the theme of new ways of working. Claire specifically spoke about how IBM approaches flexible working, whilst still maintaining important security standards for our mobile devices. The question was posed, what are the critical success factors for new ways of working? Many interesting opinions given, with our expert explaining she thought leadership and a clear strategy were key.
If you are interested in learning more why not come to Pulse Comes To You on 30th May at The Grange, Tower Hill – where our customers & prospects can learn more about the entire Tivoli portfolio. Please register here - http://ibm.co/JgmnZD.
Rebecca Swindell 270003U1MK REBECCA.SWINDELL@UK.IBM.COM Tags:  john_paul_ballerini pulse gpj tweetwally xforce vijay_dheap touchscope marc_van_zadlehoff infosecurity pcty 2,747 Visits
It’s now just one week until the biggest security event of the year – Infosec!! Once again IBM will be attending, this year we will be giving NINE speaking sessions.
Our Key Note Session -
Presentation Title: 2011 was the year of the
Security Breach...what are the security & risk trends for 2012?
Workshops over the three days:
Workshop Title: The Advanced Persistent Threat in 2012
Speaker - Robert Freeman, Manager, X-Force Advanced Research Strategy, IBM
Synopsis - In years past, there was a common misperception that Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) was just a problem for governments and government contractors. In 2011, there were many high-profile security breaches that were influential in affecting this misperception. Organizations of different sizes and focus areas face the threat of operationally sophisticated, targeted attacks to their computer networks. These attacks are amongst the greatest challenges facing network security professionals and researchers alike. To meet this challenge, IBM X-Force thinks it is important to consider new perspective and approaches to network hardening, breach detection and incident response. One needs to think beyond thinking like an attacker and see it as the game that it is. We have been on the forefront of understanding these threats and this talk will provide updated information from IBM X-Force on this threat and the mindset required to meet the APT challenge.
Workshop Title: Providing Your Business, Total Security Intelligence
Speaker: Steve Durkin, EMEA Channels Director at Q1 Labs, an IBM Company
Synopsis: As the world becoming more digitised and interconnected, more doors are being opened to emerging threats and leaks. Security is needed to be made a top concern, from the boardroom down. A report published by Verizon on Business Data Breaches in 2011, found that 48% of total data breaches were caused by insiders and 48% of breaches involved a misuse of an insider’s privileges. All organisations, no matter the size or industry, need to put security first, allowing for the analysis of people, data, applications and infrastructure to be carried out easily and intelligently and providing instant information and visibility into business risks.
Workshop Title: Securing Mobile Devices in the Enterprise
Speaker: Vijay Dheap, Security Systems Product Manager - IBM Mobile Security Solutions
Synopsis: Enterprises want to fully capitalise on the business value of mobility but still have significant concerns about the security implications. To address these challenges, mobile security needs to be viewed and understood holistically from securing the device and the data on the device to secure access to enterprise systems and application security. In this session we will highlight the spectrum of requirements that Mobile Security covers, describe how some organisations have gotten started and introduce the concept of mobile security intelligence. Given the innate dynamic nature of mobility, an intelligent, adaptable mobile security solution is required to provide an enterprise with the necessary visibility, and control in managing threats and risks without degrading user experience.
Workshop Title - Infrastructure Protection - Towards an Optimised Security Position
Speaker - Simon Smith, CISSP - Client Technical Professional, IBM Security Systems
Synopsis - As the nature of the threat to business
changes it is important that companies review their position with regard to
security and particularly how mature their detection and prevention
capabilities are. This session looks at
some of the technology that can be used for Infrastructure protection and how
this might be integrated with other systems and data sources to provide a more
optimised solution. We will discuss the
way that a company can move from a basic security position, through proficient
and finally to optimised, giving the capability to be pre-emptive with
protection and use Security Intelligence and Analytics to provide better
protection and thus stay ahead of the threat.
Workshop Title: Application Security Hacking 101
Speaker: John Smith - IBM Application Security Specialist
Synopsis: Despite a decreased share of the vulnerability disclosures in 2011 (X-Force
Trends and Risks report, 2011) Web Application vulnerabilities still represent the single largest category of issues. This session will examine some of the common types of attacks and show how they work and how to defend against them.
Workshop Title: Integrated, Intelligent Security Analytics for the Enterprise
Speaker(s): Rob Ford - Architect - IBM Security Services, Global OM&D
Jef Gielkens - Managed Security Services Executive, Europe IBM Security Services
Synopsis: In a hyper-connected era can we ever achieve strong security? The answer is yes, but it requires some fundamental changes on how information and events are aggregated from the enterprise. The very strengths of these interconnected networks — their speed and openness, the easy access anywhere on the globe — also create a myriad of vulnerabilities. This session focuses on how you can enhance the levels of security intelligence and visibility provided by your existing security infrastructure, by leveraging the benefits of Security focused Cloud Based Data Analytics and protection technologies, in an efficient manner.
We will also have a smoothie bar on the stand (F40), so if you are attending, why not come along to the stand at grab a FREE refreshing fruit drink! You will also get the chance to talk one on one with our many experts – perhaps getting a demo of our latest products/solutions, use our Touchscope technology to browse key IBM Security pieces of collateral, or check out our Tweetwally, which will show all the twitter conversations during the day.
To join in our Twitter activity on the day – please use #infosec12 with #IBM. You can follow me @RSwindell, or our main security account @IBMSecurity.
Several of our security experts are on Twitter – John Paul Ballerini - @jpballerini, Bharat Bhusan - @_bharat_, Tom Mellow - @vintage1951, Glenn Ambler - @gambler2073, Marc Van Zadelhoff - @mvzadel and Nick Coleman - @teamsecurity. Darren Argyle - @D_Argyle
One of the experts – Vijay Dheap (@dheap) - recently shared his views with me, on what he saw the main topics of conversation at the event being. With many organisations needing to for address the speed of mobile adoption in the workplace, what their options are and how to get started. He added that the most mature organizations have one or more solutions deployed and trying to be more proactive in designing their security posture – of course all of which our IBM experts at the event would be able to help with.
Vijay also has a blog that I am sure you would find interesting - http://ow.ly/aj7Z9
If you are not attending the event, but keen to speak to IBM about their sessions, then please visit –email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to send the decks to you, and put you in touch with one of our experts!
We also have Pulse Comes To You on 30th May at The Grange, Tower Hill – where our customers & prospects can learn more about the entire Security Systems and Tivoli division. Registration is now open at - http://ow.ly/aiP1C
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ email@example.com Tags:  pulse service-management cloud pulse-2012 simulator ibmcloud 1,678 Visits
As you know, the team held a Cloud Service Management Simulator Workshop at Pulse 2012 and I was in the room for a portion of the session (look for me in the background at 1:03) and I know that the attendees had their eyes opened.
The team cut together a pretty cool trailer to give you an idea of what goes on at one of these simulator sessions.
If it looks like chaos, that's because there is a good bit of chaos in the process of role-playing the real-world interaction between IT and business when they are not aligned properly.
The goal is to keep the company profitable. That lasts for about 3 minutes...
But here's the thing. As the workshop progresses, the transformation occurs and balance is achieved (and money starts to be made).
Every service management practitioner should bring their co-workers to this workshop. It is an experience that will help drive your company towards innovation.
Watch the video to see what I mean, and for more information on the simulator, send an email to tivmktg [at] us [dot] ibm [dot] com.
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  pulse service-management keynote pulse2012 woz watson smarter-computing booch 2,083 Visits
After a pretty rockin' concert from Maroon 5 (who are better than Maroon 4!), it was time for the last day of general session keynotes.
As a reminder, all the general session keynotes (and a ton more) can be found on the Livestream site.
Another one of my livestream videos has been posted. This video is me talking with CTO of Industrial Sector Dr Naguib Attia about service management and Industrial sector.
I will also point you to the IBM Pulse 2012 press kit that has some great client success stories and exciting new announcements.
Now, onto the general sessions.
The intro video from IBM Research (@IBMResearch).
The video, which you really need to watch on the Livestream, showcases our "5 in 5" (five technology innovations that will occur in the next five years).
Today's keynote are about the future of innovation (and BTW, Visibility. Control. Automation (VCA)™ provides that innovation).
First to the stage was Erich Clementi (Sr. Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services) to talk about service aggregation.
Smarter Computing is offering new opportunities that will impact the infrastructure due to the unprecedented scale in everything and the way consumability (everything everywhere every time) is changing how IT needs to respond and react.
The boundaries of IT are changing, the infrastructure is changing. Anywhere. Anytime and any device is the new reality.
Erich remarked that the industrializatin of IT supported services (think Ford assembly line) will open up new options in sourcing services. This will reinvent all sorts of services born on the cloud to be more complex and with richer options.
The hybrid cloud will be critical because customers are going to run workloads where it meets the best fit. So these hybrid clouds need to be interconnected, integrated, seamless, secure, auditable and dependable.
This is changing the role of the CIO.
There was an interesting comment Erich made that James Governor (@monkchips) and I were talking about on Twitter. "We are confronted by the infrastructures our clients have, not the ones we wish they have." James responded (and I tend to agree), "make them change. the status quo is not acceptable."
Erich showed how CAPEX utilization is actually a minor benefit of going to the cloud whereas things like the standardization from being on the cloud provide the greater value to customers and it's in OPEX where the bigger savings come in.
There is an existing world that will need to be re-factored and re-thought out to get to the cloud.
Erich left the audience with three interesting thoughts:
Helene Armitage (GM of IBM System Software and Systems Growth) was next to present on innovations and Smarter Computing.
(I worked with Helene when she was in charge of AIX development it was her leadership with AIX, in my opinion, that helped get us back in the game in the early 00's with pSeries).
Helene did a very nice transition from Erich's keynote to talk about how these are the systems that are powering the things Erich discussed previously.
Consumer behavior is what is driving what happens in the IT data center and influencing hardware design. Consumers are creating data that is being captured and driven and running in the back-end systems in these data centers.
We need to evolve what is there today, but the rate and pace of change will continue to grow and the requirements for hardware will be driven by consumers. Where the consumers go, the IT department has to follow.
Smarter Computing systems are designed for data, delivered in the cloud and tuned to task. Helene used a good healthcare example. The data explosion in general, let alone healthcare (which Manoj will discuss), is phenomenal.
Everything is instrumented and capturing data. Data growth will be at 50x by 2020. An estimated 80% of the world's population will have a mobile device in the coming years.
The social implications of this data explosion will affect how hardware requirements are written. Enterprise systems with performance, scalability, reliability and availability will be critical.
Flexible systems to manage the data and remain secure will be important (and Helene gave a mention of RAS in this instance).
Helene also left the audience with three things (it's a day for lists):
Helene handed the stage to Manoj Saxena (GM of IBM Watson, @manojsaxena).
(I call IBM Watson "he," though I was corrected on Twitter and IBM Watson could very well be "she")
Jeopardy was not the end, it was just the beginning of putting IBM Watson to work.
IBM Watson is currently focused on Healthcare (and now) Financial Services Sector jobs and is a key enabler for Smarter Planet and the new problem of data explosion.
Consider that 90% of data was generated over the past 2 years. 80% is unstructured and only 20% of it is used by traditional systems.
Those companies that can effectively use this "Big Data" are more successful.
Manoj is breaking down how IBM Watson does its magic. It not only reads Big Data, it understands it. IBM Watson is a filter, that's what makes it so good
Healthcare is a great place to start with IBM Watson because of the data explosion. Doctors can not keep up with this explosion and as a result, 1 in 5 diagnosis in the US are incorrect.
Between 44,000 - 98,000 people die every year because of being misdiagnosised, so it is crucial to get this right. (another sobering thought about how what we do impacts lives).
1 in 4 people will die of cancer and 20-44% of errors occure in the first diagnosis. So better diagnosis and treatment is far more complex than Jeopardy answers, but IBM Watson is learning about what it needs to do.
IBM Watson is going after cancer as a medical assistant. It's being packaged with "adviser cartridges" for different areas of different industries and will be in the cloud (public, private or hybrid - whatever works for the customer).
IBM Watson is about selling business outcomes.
The keynote sessions concluded with Grady Booch (IBM Fellow) interviewing The Woz.
Better than Frost/Nixon if you ask me! Here are some of the highlights (and it's all on the Livestream).
That wraps up another year of Pulse! Can't wait to see y'all next year in 2013!
Additional Related Links:
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ email@example.com Tags:  pulse service-management pulse2012 keynotes 1,554 Visits
* this is the third day of Pulse, but the second day of general sessions.
As a reminder, all of the general sessions (as well as a bunch of other programming) can be found on the Livestream site, including myself and Derek Botti talking about Smarter Hospitals in Healthcare.
Today's general session keynotes started with an excellent video with our Business Partners. Business Partners are one of the biggest value that IBM has as a vendor in the market. They are what make IBM who we are (them, and our customers).
Scott made mention, and this is pretty cool, that we have co-founded cloud-council.org/, a cloud open standards customer council.
Steve Mills (Senior Vice President for Group Exec for SW IBM Software & Systems) started with some excellent discussion about how Smarter Planet solutions are increasing demands on IT, but IT budgets are growing less than .8% per year.
The rate and pace of change and complexity is increasing, not decreasing. The stats Steve showed on his chart were mind boggling.
Steve then made a very interesting move and used a chart from last year that shows IT operating costs are greater than the asset costs themselves. So much of that money goes into labor and physical infrastructure.
Sprawl is driving cost and IBM is actually at the forefront of doing massive consolidations for our own data centers.
We're still on the journey, which consists of virtualiztion, consolidation, service management (W00T!) and of course cloud.
Some of the numbers that Steve showed: 5,700+ servers consolidated. 15,000 applications reduced to 4,500. IBM has 110 pedabytes of operational data and 92% of our servers are now virtualized in strategic hosting environments.
Much of this was accomplished with System z and Linux (mainframe, ftw!).
The IBM Integrated Service Management Program used by our team led us to better VCA in our own data centers (hint, hint).
To quote Steve, "Linux runs like a 'scalded dog' on the IBM mainframe."
IBM uses Tivoli for our own data center consolidation and it's working quite well. Linking back to some of the thoughts yesterday, cloud is about better economics and that's achieved through sharing.
Steve is a fan of Business Analytics - one version of the truth and finding the problem quicker and information-centric decision making (360 degree view of our clients) thru master data management (System z plays a key role here). System z - tuned to task, designed for data and managed with cloud tech! Cost reduction, new service delivery with hybrid cloud.
He also posted quite a few client references. Like Nationwide Insurance who consolidated and run 680 Linux system images with $15M cost savings over 3 years with 85-9% server utilization.
It's worth checking out the Livestream to see some of these amazing client references (like how 75% of data stored is duplicative and how HealthNow is saving $5M per year by eliminating duplicate/incorrect mailings).
Next up, Bob Picciano (General Manager, Software Sales for IBM Software Group) and he was joined with some of our customers for a round table discussion. With him were:
For Rogers, cloud meant accelerating time to market to get services to their customers (which is important since they try to be the first to market with new services). It has also increased productivity and has made the QA process more efficient with standardization playing a key role.
Key risks as they moved to the cloud were the unknown effect of migration. What changes would need to be made once they migrated? How would legacy environments be taken into account. Also, the "hype curve" and the negativity associated with cloud (with security in particular) was something that they had to work through. But as much of a challenge as the cultural shift was, at the end of the day it's about results from the people and processes. Not the technology used to get there (like Steve Mills talked about).
With GE, they're trying to consolidate and optimize their office campuses and the challenge there is keeping up with the business units.
At GE - if you're not with me, you gotta catch up.
The team that works on their smarter physical infrastructure needs to make sur that they're in-line with the business needs but they're also managing the risk. Financial risk, environmental risk as well as ensuring that they can accommodate growth.
At Erie 1 BOCES, endpoint management with "bring your own device" (BYOD) has turned their job into the wild wild west. Even worse, with the economic crisis in education, there are changes that are being forced that haven't happened before in their industry.
Sharing, for example (which Steve talked about) has become the norm. Because they share, they now have a more robust network and are trying to consolidate to use the resources to collectively find solutions.
Jill and her team are trying to manage the endpoints consistently and effectively and keep the teachers in the classrooms (which was an extremely sobering point).
Not to be outdone, Tony from Equifax started with a very real fact. "We have everyone in this room's data."
So, security is pretty important to them since their business about all the data that they have (and bringing greater analytics to this data).
Security is a race. Nobody can do everything first. So the key is having a plan. IBM has been a key partner for Equifax in putting this plan together.
Tony talked about what David discussed; bringing the business into the conversation early. Asking them first - what do you want from your security?
As the transformational journey of security occurs, it's important to know what to expect: that there will be a massive increase in security getting worse.
Greater visibility means that you start to see everything (which is ultimately a good thing).
For 2012, Equifax is looking for real-time proactive intelligence with security. Security Intelligence facts Tony gave: past breaches are usually found 60% found months, years after they occurred. 86% of breaches are not found by the company. In the case of 100% of breaches the information about the attack vector was in the logs.
IBM Security is helping Equifax get the real-time/gamechanging security intelligence they need and the Security Intelligence that understands and changes baselines.
Then Bob asked about what next year's key topics might be. Here were some of what was mentioned:
(our customers are awesome!)
Jamie Thomas (VP of Strategy and Development, IBM Tivoli) was the third speaker.
Some of the content contained in Jamie's keynote can also be found in the announcement roundup blog post.
Jamie reiterated what a number of the keynotes talked about with regard to the market transformations happening around IT. Cloud. Smarter Physical Infrastructure. Mobile. Security.
IBM SmartCloud Foundation, which is our portfolio for cloud, has the levels of Visibility. Control. Automation™ (TM). to create "clouds done right."
Jamie started to talk about the product portfolio and the new announcements specifically:
IBM SmartCloud Control Desk which is reducing the complexities around end-to-end processes for service desk and providing a holistic view to the complexities of service desk and smarter physical infrastructures (bringing together the front-office with the back-office).
IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and IBM SmartCloud Monitoring have both been key offerings for our cloud portfolio and they are working together (see "Service Health for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning" on the ISM Library) to effectively manage the complexities of virtualization.
The bringing together of development and operations is also an important part of the portfolio and the plans to provide a beta of the IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery (and some useful workload patterns) and given emphasis with this thought - Infrastructure as code.
One of the announcements that is sure to be important for storage managers is the IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center. It integrates with TSM and is a crucial part of making storage more cost effective.
The hybrid cloud support that we talked about at Pulse 2012 is now part of our portfolio as well as the IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices.
Q1 Labs, and the recent QRadar integration with our security portfolio was discussed and it is sure to help address some of the issues brought up during the customer roundtable.
A plug was given to the 3 million interactions happening on Service Management Connect and it is becoming the place to stay updated on the latest development plans.
Jamie focused on our IBM Smarter Buildings solutions and the power of the Maximo and TRIRIGA portfolioS (which was also reinforced during so many of the sessions discussing smarter physical infrastructure).
Finally, Jamie gave an update on the cows in Brazil (from last year's general session keynote). 2 million more cows are being tracked with Maximo, though there might have been a bit of turnover...
While it was not a part of the general session keynotes, IBM released a new study surrounding cloud computing. "The Power of the Cloud: Driving business model innovation" is live and available for download.
Additional Related Links:
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  pulse service-management smartcloud announcements pulse2012 2,748 Visits
IBMers are hyper-aware of our clients and the issues that they address when they're on the job. So much so, that I've said in past blogs that the majority of conversations I have with my colleagues start with, "How does [blank] beneift our customers?"
To that end, everything we do revolves around questions like - how can we give our customers what they need to get their job done and stay innovative in their industry?
Questions like that get answered at conferences like Pulse 2012. It's where we continue to deliver value to our customers.
And, as mentioned in yesterday's blog about the general session keynotes from Danny Sabbah, not technology just for technology's sake. Providing real business value.
This year, we had a number of exciting announcements, many of them were collected in Announcement Letter on February 28.*
This particular blog is going to focus on the specific announcements we made around cloud, starting with SmartCloud Foundation.
IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center
Storage is "the next big line item" for IT, which is why the idea of improving storage efficiency has always been a hot topic.
Storage virtualization brings the promise of not only improving efficiency, but also providing levels of data mobility that are crucial to delivering modern services to customers.
The ideal solution for storage virtualization should be able to do both the virtualization/provisioning as well as the actual management.
And IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center does both and it's one of the most impressive things being shown on the Expo Center floor here at Pulse 2012. Not to worry though, the team has information on the website and the team talks about this as well as all storage information on our @ibmstorage Twitter account and the Storage blog.
IBM SmartCloud Monitoring and IBM SmartCloud Provisioning
If you were following our SmartCloud announcements last year, you saw these two solutions make a big splash in the market and we're continuing to add value to both of these solutions.
Today. As in right this second, you can go to the ISM Library and download the "Service Health for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning" that will integrate provisioning and monitoring so that you easily monitor what you've provisioned and be able to identify and react to issues in your environment.
To help further simplify how you provision, we've released a statement of direction for SmartCloud Provisioning that may provide enhancements with image lifecycle management.
New features that may provide the ability to control image sprawl, an Image Construction and Composition Tool as well as highly automated self-service deployment of virtual machines.
All of which translate into spending less time wrestling your virtualization and cloud environments to ground and more time working on innovation.
IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices (New)
Yesterday's general session keynote emphasized mobile.
Between "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) and organizations embracing using their own mobile devices for their employees, mobile is the new platform of choice. (which means it's probably time to ditch my IBM 5100)
As you know, our IBM Endpoint Manager solution is built on BigFix technology and it's been invaluable to our overall service management strategy for Visibility. Control. Automation.(TM) (VCA)
The best part about this mobile device manager is that it works with the existing Endpoint Manager solution. Meaning that you're managing all of yoru endpoints from the same place.
IBM Security Identity and Access Assurance 1.2
Last week, IBM Cloud Security Solutions was the award winner of SC Magazine's "Best Cloud Computing Security."
On January 31, we announced an update to one of the key pieces of this portfolio; IBM Security Identity and Access Assurance 1.2.
Security was one of the three areas of focus with regard to increasing complexity and new features deliver improved identity and access governance with open authentication standards, role modeling and lifecycle management, and a virtual appliance delivery method all simplify deployment and provides faster time to value for security while reducing risk.
IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery
Continuous Delivery is a topic that we have discussed quite a bit on this blog (it has also been known as "collaborative development and operations" or "DevOps").
The challenge of getting services to users is balanced by ensuring that speed does not come at the expense of governance and increased risk.
The strategy to bring development and operations teams together is often stalled when the tools each team are using don't work well together.
Per the announcement letter, "IBM plans to provide an extensible architecture for delivering and managing the entire application lifecycle, creating an environment that brings development and operation teams together with collaboration, automation, and analysis."
IBM SmartCloud Control Desk
With IBM SmartCloud Control Desk, IBM plans to deliver a solution for service catalog, service desk, and IT Infrastructure Library™ (ITIL™) V3 based processes for incident, problem, change, configuration, release, and IT asset management.
This service desk offering will assist customers in process control center for managing change & configuration, assets, incidents/problems, service requests, SW licenses and more.
Software As A Service (SaaS) - IBM SmartCloud Solutions
The innovations happening with Smarter Planet, are quite simply staggering. One of the most interesting, and most visible, areas is in the Intelligent City solutions.
You've seen these solutions in market and in any number of places in the past, but now Intelligent Operations, Intelligent Transportation and Intelligent Water also have SaaS offerings that allow customers to quickly get started, since there is no hardware to procure or installation services to contract.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - IBM SmartCloud Enterprise - Object Storage
Last quarter, we announced SmartCloud Enterprise, and this quarter we have added a very compelling new feature; object storage.
Object storage enables you to upload and share files of any size from anywhere in the world; supporting millions of users, billions of objects, and exabytes of data.
It's a nice bookend to the SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center in that it gives customers options on how to solve their storage issues.
Back To Visibility. Control. Automation.™ (VCA)
This is a lot of "stuff" with regard to features and functions. But what does it mean for you, as a customer?
I keep going back to the Danny Sabbah general session keynote because it really hit home the message so well.
"Providing information on all platforms is table stakes these days."
Cloud done right is about mobile + cloud. The infrastructure must deliver value back to the business. We must simplify, standardize and automate.
Cloud done right is about delivering VCA:
Cloud computing and VCA means less time (and resources and money) working on your infrastructure issues and more time being innovative.
To find out more about any of these solutions, contact your IBM sales rep contact your IBM sales rep or one of our Business Partners using the Business Partner Locator website.
* some of the new announcements are statements of direction and they are noted as such here and in the announcement letter. (and see the announcement letter and the bottom of this blog as the standard disclaimers apply).
Additional Related Links:
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ email@example.com Tags:  service-management pulse2012 pulse keynotes 2 Comments 2,199 Visits
As a reminder, all of the general session keynotes (and more!) can be found on the Livestream site.
This morning was kicked off with the band Naturally 7, who were amazing. During one of the speaker changes, they did "In The Air Tonight" and rocked the drum solo.
The opening video (which was pretty awesome) started with the fact that we have 8,000 attendees from 79 countries and then talked about how one of the things that is affecting all of us is that lower cost technologies are literally changing the planet we live on.
This is leading to a Smarter Planet where infrastructure is everywhere.
Our first customer speaker from WellPoint echoed this sentiment and both he and Scott Hebner (VP of Marketing for IBM Tivoli Software) how Visibility. Control. Automation™. (VCA) is critical to turning this "infrastructure is everywhere" reality into a successful future of innovation
Robert LeBlanc (Senior Vice President, IBM Software Middleware Group) continued this conversation about VCA.
He had a great line from one of our customers, "If you can't get excited about the change and challenges of this industry, I don't know what you're doing here."
The three things driving business imperatives are dexterity, reinventing customer relationships and uncovering new profit opportunities. Analytics followed by mobility, virtualization, cloud and then security are keys to driving these technology shifts.
Achieving desired business outcomes is about VCA.
One thing that you'll hear a lot about at Pulse is that cloud is about more than virtualization. You'll hear that message a lot, because it's true.
Technology for technology's sake doesn't work. It has to impact the business. Cloud computing has the potential to add that value. As does mobile.
Mobile + Cloud (which Danny Sabbah talked in detail about) will have the biggest impact on our customers. Two statistics that Robert gave were the fact that data has surpassed voice and that last year more smartphones shipped than PCs.
How do you manage and secure all of those devices? VCA. Specific to security, it's about security and compliance; people, data, applications and infrastructure.
And, of course, assets and facilities (smarter physical infrastructures) will play a critical role as everything becomes interconnected, intelligent and instrumented.
Robert closed out with an interesting comment - data for data's sake isn't important. It's what you do with it. It's ensuring Visibility. Control. Automation.
Applying analytics is one of the ways IBM does this across VCA:
Applying IT analytics to improve business outcomes. Taking an Open/integrated approach to service management and leveraging the cloud to unify the service value chain.
Next up was Dr. Danny Sabbah (General Manager, IBM Tivoli Software) and he put cloud and mobile into context.
Danny hit the ground running, talking about the three dominant transformations happening in technology; Smarter Physical Infrastructure. Mobility. Security.
The intersection of these three has caused a lot of complexity (and confusion) for our clients.
The way to tame that complexity is Visibility. Control. Automation.
The lines of business are doing what they need to so they can compete which means that our clients must simplify, standardize and automate to get this to work efficiently and add value back to the business.
It's about going beyond virtualization. It's about Mobile + Cloud. Together.
Tennis Australia built a smarter physical infrastructure capturing and using the data in real-time. This helped build out the relationship with their customers (in this case, tennis fans).
The video (included in the Livestream) with Tennis Australia is great and the nice thing about them is that what they did is applicable to any industry. In fact, the best comment they made in the video was that, "Providing information on all platforms is table stakes these days."
Danny let that sit for a minute. Table stakes. Meaning that you need to go beyond just offering up the data and provide value at levels that won't happen with just virtualization.
It's about mobile + cloud. The infrastructure must deliver value back to the business.
CIOs are the key to driving this innovation. Technology is about real outcomes and not just playing with the latest toys.
We must simplify, standardize and automate.
Danny mentioned the over 3,000 customers we have helped with this type of transformation and one of the best examples was helping an infrastructure delivery that used to take 40 days reduce to just 20 minutes.
Our customers (you) need to be resilient to velocity of change. Have security intelligence. Be able to have the choice/flexibility (mobile, hybrid) to be workload aware and utlitize analytics.
It's cloud done right. It's IBM SmartCloud Foundation.
Danny took the time to talk about the Worklight acquisition and more specifically the big announcements we made with the integration of Q1 Labs and QRadar into our security portfolio (see the press release from Feb 22).
He concluded with discussion around OSLC as a specifcation to simplify integrations and increase agility. Development and Operations (Dev/Ops) continuing to be an important aspect of how we turn isolation into integration! He also mentioned the IBM SmartCloud Control Desk (mentioned in the announcement letter from Feb 28).
Danny concluded by saying that if you wanted hype and marketing. Go somewhere else. This is about cloud done right.
And with that. We're off to the stream kickoffs and a full say of sessions.
Stay tuned for a wrap-up of tomorrow's general session keynotes, right here on the blog.
In the meantime, use the links below to stay connected to everything happening at Pulse.
Additional Related Links:
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  workshop service-management simulator cloud pulse service-management-simula... 1,265 Visits
David has written about the Cloud Service Management Simulator Workshop in a previous blog and things are heating up as we get closer to Pulse.
In addition to the Sunday workshop we have a few extra seats left on Saturday for business partners and customers who wish to attend. If you are interested, please send an email to email@example.com. Both workshops (Saturday and Sunday) are from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
And for more information, watch developerWorks' Scott Laningham interview Ivor MacFarlane on what to expect in the room.
ivor macfarlane 2700022KPS IVORMACF@uk.ibm.com Tags:  service-management itil abc itsm pulse ivor 1 Comment 1,748 Visits
Just about my very first experience in IT – brought onto a project as a customer ‘expert’ – was listening to the IT guys debating how to make use of the data we already had on the old system. In my naivety at the time I had thought computers used ‘computer language’. Quickly I realised they were more like people than I had suspected – that there were lots of computer languages, and each computer spoke only one of them, and could make no sense of the others.
Now, in the interceding years (some 27 of them L) great progress has been made – we expect computers to talk to each other. This almost universal technological communication ability sometimes blinds IT people to the fact that human communication has not evolved similarly.
Until we perfect direct thought transference, all the communication we do, whether written or spoken, texted, tweeted or painted on the walls, relies on a two stage process. First you put your ideas into words (usually words and sometimes also gestures or pictures – or a combination of all three). Then someone else has to take those words etc and turn them into thoughts inside their head. There is always an ‘encrypt/decrypt’ section to human communication.
Now that can get messy, confusing and create all sorts of mistakes in delivering the message. You probably wouldn’t design it that way. In fact in a pure IT context we would be looking at ways to deliver direct communication in a standard format from one system to the other. But people don’t work that way; it is what we have and we need to work with it.
Communication isn’t just about being accurate; I think it is better measured by whether it is useful. In IT, people still manage to get the communication spectacularly wrong by not thinking about the whether the customer (or client or user) is equipped to decrypt the message. As one example, here is an error message I got on my screen the other day, apparently intended to inform me why the software couldn’t do what I had asked it to do: “Unable to contact the target back-end forwarding host (proxy target)”. I presume that made perfect sense to the person who set the software up to deliver that. They were maybe a great programmer, but evidently not a human communications specialist.
It’s easy enough just to dismiss this as one more version of ‘Computer says no’, but why is it no surprise? Maybe it’s because we still seem to think it OK to throw our jargon at others who don’t share it. Or maybe we forget they don't know what we do. Actually, to be fair this is not only an IT thing – ask anyone who has been caught on a French train having failed to quite understand the printed message exhorting them “composter votre billet”. (And if you don't already know but intend to travel on a French train, trust me, you need to find out what it means, but it isn’t a French word that they usually teach you in basic language classes. A classic case of encrypt/decrypt failure in a service management situation that has nothing to do with IT.)
The technologists amongst us love the challenge of integration, communication across platforms etc. but there is recognition that this is expensive and should be unnecessary – an area where standards and commonality help everyone. Why do we forget our most common encrypt/decrypt situation – getting a message from one mind to another.
I hope that the irresistible tide of universal cloud adoption and pervasive social media communication will solve all these troubles – and allow us to concentrate on the people issues more. But so far the social media snowball doesn’t seemed to have reduced jargon – quite the opposite. Those of at a certain age are now totally incapable of understanding what are children are saying, even when they give us access to their on-line worlds.
Actually, this is fresh in my mind now because it forms a little game we will play during my talk at Monday 5th March at Pulse – our big SM event in Vegas next month. I plan to have people encrypting and decrypting during that session. I am interested to see how they get on, and hopefully to make them realise there are some simple tools we can use to make things better. Nothing magic, and the same techniques we demonstrate in the simulator. Mostly they rely on establishing common ground – establishing communication channels and learning what will work, by finding shared understandings, and by relying on more than words alone when it makes a difference.
The best part about all that is that from the outside it might look like gossip and drinking at the bar – but we realise it is building business critical communicating platforms and channels. The message that things can be both fun and relevant at the same time is also part of the session.
So, if you are at Pulse maybe you will be able to come along at 6pm on Monday. If not I hope to get the chance to encrypt/decrypt with you at another event this year. And thank you for your efforts in decrypting this message, I hope it wasn’t too difficult – and I hope it has some resemblance inside your head to the one that was in mine.