We love our planet, Mother
Earth. Don’t we? As for me, having been born and brought up in a place so close
to nature, away from bustle of city, and having studied ‘Environment and
Resource Economics’ as one of the subjects in my Post Grad, these things have
always been the driving forces behind my love and fascination towards Mother
Earth. And, since Mother Earth is inseparable from the technological revolution
and innovations happening around us, it gives me a proud feeling to be an IBMer
who works towards Big Blue’s mission of a Smarter Planet.
Visibility, Control and Automation™ is how
IBM defines service management which, when obtained for the smarter business infrastructures and end-to-end service
chain, can take any business to its zenith and contribute in making our
Mother Earth a Smarter Planet.
IBM’s Tivoli® Software places
IBM in a unique position to help the clients provide smarter solutions and the
expertise needed to design, build and manage a infrastructure that enables them
to improve service, reduce cost and manage risk.
Not long ago, while surfing
through our case study database, I stumbled upon a Tivoli success story that
caught my attention and I’m happy to share the same with our readers here.“Schweizerische
Bundesbahnen (SBB) Leverages rail system and network transparency to keep
trains on schedule”. Wow, the title looked so fascinating to me and that might
be because I’ve had many not-so-good-train-experiences, delay in arrival or
departure and the likes (which I always dislike).
(SBB), or Swiss Federal Railways, is Switzerland’s leading transportation
company.SBB transports over 800,000
passengers and more than 220,000 tons of cargo each day, maintains 3,011
kilometers of track that connects more than 800 rail stations and also a large
construction organization that engages in roughly 5,000 construction programs
each year. However, due to inefficient monitoring systems, a one day system
problem in 2005 had stranded nearly 200,000 passengers, costing almost US$5
million. Hence, SBB was looking for a more aggressive service management
strategy to prevent future events of this type and operate 9000 trains a day
without any hassles.
customizable user interfaces that increase network transparency, and helps
support staff to be better informed about infrastructure health. 2.Leverages proactive management and automated
alert systems to recognize and repair more than 50 percent of issues before
they can impact operations. 3.Increases the availability of SBB’s train
network by approximately 2,000 minutes per month - therefore saving
approximately US$2.3 million each year.
Martin Schaeren, Head of BU
Service Management, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), is all praise for IBM, “Trying to manage 3,000 kilometers of track
is a particularly daunting task. But, by leveraging our new IBM solution, we’re
able to see our entire infrastructure clearly and respond to problems before
they can affect our operations.”
Well, a commendable success
story indeed. We, the IBMers, sincerely, wish that all the railway systems of
our world become ‘smarter’, sooner than later. What say?
I’m a big fan of IBM’s mission of Smarter Planet. As
an IBMer based out of Bangalore, India, I get inspired by Big Blue’s rich history
and the impact it has been creating on the world’s business systems.
This week, India is celebrating the “Joy of Giving
Week” (JGW), a pan-India initiative started in 2009 to celebrate a “festival of
giving” to the needy and to our society, through various forms of giving: time,
skills, resources, money etc. JGW is held annually for a week, starting on a
Sunday and ending on a Saturday. These dates also contain Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on the 2nd of October.
Donation boxes are kept in IBM offices across all
the locations. Interestingly, as I was making a list of things to be donated to
bring in smiles into a few innocent faces, a thought occurred to me….. and then
my joy knew no bounds. I realized that to be associated with IBM, which works
towards giving back to our Earth with a mission of making it a Smarter Planet
through innovations in products and services, is a joy in itself. A joy of
giving to the world we live in, for our smart and sustainable living.
Further, I love my job which is working on our Tivoli Success Stories for our IBM Client References.Many of
these stories talk about the work that we are doing with our customers and
their implementation of Smarter Planet solutions.Our customers, using these solutions, are
having a significant impact on making our lives better and more fulfilling. And, YES.....I can see the ‘Joy of Giving’ being passed on from IBM to our clients and
to the world :)
Eureka! Eureka! I’m
feeling like Archimedes for having found
amazing success stories in our Tivoli Success Story database. This might sound
like an exaggeration; but to tell you the truth, I can’t help but to celebrate
as each new day has been unfolding a new discovery (read: learning) pertaining
"Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack has
proven to be an outstanding solution for ADC and helps us to readily meet HIPAA
requirements regarding timely access to data.” — Ned Euwer, Systems and Network
Engineer, The Austin Diagnostic Clinic
Well, the quote by
Ned Euwer, above, must have already given you a glimpse of what the success
story is all about. Yes, it’s about how our product ‘Tivoli Storage Manager
Fastback’ helped our client, ‘The Austin Diagnostic Clinic ,’ to overcome their
business challenge of maintaining
the availability of electronic medical records and develop a disaster-recovery
plan that would help staffs quickly restore services in the event of a
The Austin Diagnostic Clinic (ADC), founded in 1952, operates medical
clinics in Texas. A leading influence in healthcare, ADC allows its patients to
gain access to a network of more than 110 physicians representing 23 medical
specialties across six offices located throughout Austin and Central Texas. To
support this major healthcare network, ADC’s IT operations encompass 110
servers, with 80 running Microsoft® Windows® 2003 Server and 30 running Windows
2000 operating systems. Numerous applications, the largest being an electronic
medical record (EMR) system, help ADC to deliver high quality care while
reducing healthcare costs. And, according to Ned Euwer, ADC’s entire operation
is dependent on having medical records available 24x7 and the loss of EMR would
cost them up to half a million dollars per day.
Hence, given the
impact of data loss, ADC’s challenge lied on addressing its backup and recovery issues. Apparently, this is where
our IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack (formerly FilesX Xpress Restore) came
as just the perfect solution to overcome ADC’s challenge. Today, IBM Tivoli
Storage Manager FastBack software has been integral to the organization’s consolidation
initiative, that helped IT staff to recover much needed floor space in its data
center and reduce power consumption, by protecting 43 servers and approximately
2.5 terabytes of data, covering e-mail, file and print services, domain
controllers and the organization’s core applications and image stores. The
software is also installed for disaster recovery at a remote-campus facility to
help IT staff protect the organization against site disasters. The key benefits
include: Addressing stringent recovery objectives, Rapidly restoring data
and services, Reducing backup windows, Protecting operations in the event of a
disaster, and Helping simplify operations.
Interestingly, ADC staff can also set up new test systems within a day
so that the testing of new applications and services can begin sooner. This has
decreased testing time by up to 75 percent with testing processes now completed
in just one month as compared to between three and four months, which, I find,
is highly commendable given that “Health is Wealth”.
Since, our health and well being is the primary driver for our growth
and development, it makes sense that we would wish to live in a world of highly
organized healthcare system. Use the comments section to discuss your thoughts
on this success story or discuss how "Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack" is helping
you organize and manage your environment.
Festive jingles of December are already
here reminding us how quickly the year 2010 has flown off, with 2011 being just
a few days away. As I leave behind 2010, I would like to label it as one of my
most memorable years, mainly, because I became one of the employees of IBM, the
company which I’ve always admired for its rich history, innovative present and
a smart future.
December is also a month to plan
New Year’s resolutions and start executing them from Jan 1st; some
work some fail. I would want my 2011 to be a year of success, happiness and
satisfaction so that when it ends I can proudly say, “Yes, I did it”.
This, however, is on a personal
level but when ‘I’ becomes ‘We’, as in Organizations, how do we work out our
resolutions? I guess the perfect management of
service/asset/resource/information/time in a smartest possible way would top
When I say this, I feel happy
that I’m associated with the Organization which is leading the world in
providing smarter solutions with its varied products.
To be precise, as a Client
Reference Specialist* for Tivoli, I feel
proud to be associated with Tivoli Software-the service management brand of IBM
software group without which IBM Smarter Planet
strategy is incomplete, as Tivoli provides much of the software to facilitate
the management of all the smart processes, networks and grids that will bring
the smart strategy to completion. Tivoli Case Studies for Smarter Planet give an interesting insight on how IBM is successfully
providing smarter solutions to various sectors of economy.
Well, I’m yet to put on my
thinking hat and zero in on some of the smartest possible resolutions for the New
Year. If you’ve already done yours, how smart are your New Year’s Resolutions? Let’s
Think and comment below :-)
It started out a bit frenetic and confusing. Nobody knew what to do or where to go, and panic seemed to set in every time the loud horn blared, indicating another failure had occurred.
No, I wasn't attending a Green Mountain Derby Dames roller derby tournament.
Rather, I was present at an ISM Simulator Workshop session in Washington DC.
My role was to videotape the workshop, with the intent of scaling it down into a 2-3 minute snippet that captures the essence of the session. And as I observed the 16 participants in 'Round 1', it all started to make sense.
The participants were playing the roles of employees at a hypothetical shipping company. They were broken out into four teams, representing four different parts of the company - senior management, line of business owners, service desk personnel
and technical services.
On the screen at the front of the room was a birds-eye projection of the company, including a series of dashboards and schedules, which provided the participants with essential real-time information such as service level data, shipments completed, locations where outages were occurring, and the amount of money that the company was making (or losing!) at any given moment.
The goal of the 'game' was to maximize profits for the company in the face of systems that were continuously breaking down. To do so, each team had to establish its own processes, and effectively collaborate with the other teams so as to create an efficient overall system.
The first round was anything but efficient, as the teams tried desperately to get their own houses in order while they watched all the missed shipments, unresolved outages, and lost revenue on the screen. The sense of frustration was obvious, but the group pressed on.
At the end of the round, the facilitator conducted an assessment of the business by reviewing bottom line data with the group, and discussed best and worst practices that the teams had implemented. Clearly, there was a better way to run this business, and the group was determined to figure it out in short order.
Somewhere in the middle of Round 2, I began to sense that the group was turning the corner. There were a lot more 'aha" moments, a lot less shouting across the room, flip charts were being utilized, and there seemed to be a great deal of relevant information being shared across the different teams.
After three hours and three rounds, the group was both exhausted and exhilarated. They were able to implement an efficient process that yielded a positive bottom line.
But more importantly, they now had a much more tangible understanding of the role that Service Management plays in aligning IT with the business.
I had a chance to interview several of the participants after the session, and they were all effusive in their praise for the workshop. Clearly, the workshop far exceeded their expectations, and they were anxious to share their experience, and apply some of the best practices at their own organizations.
As a new member of the ISM marketing team, the workshop was also a great experience for me. Besides meeting some very interesting IBM customers and partners, I now have a much firmer grasp of the value of Service Management.
Incidentally, we will be running a simulator workshop for customers at Pulse on Sunday, February 27th. If you are interested in attending, please contact David Ojalvo as soon as possible, because seating is limited to the first 20 respondents.
If you are not able to get with us at Pulse, fear not...the ISM Simulator Workshop is portable in nature, and can be hosted at any customer site for a group of your employees. It's a great educational and team building exercise! For more information on this, visit our web page, and contact your local sales rep.
We didn't waste too much time with closing the deal on July 20th, 2010 and then cut to January 25th of this year and we announced Tivoli EndPoint Manager, built on BigFix technology (Announcement Letter: 211-048) would be electronically available on February 01.
There's a great press release that gives a high-level view of what this offering is all about (also on PRNewswire) and Angela Reese wrote a great blog about it as well.
Basically, this solution allows customers to manage and secure physical and virtual endpoints.
IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager solution is positioned as the endpoint lifecycle management engine for integrated solutions that enforce efficient configuration compliance, optimize change management processes, and enable a self-request software management service for the end users.
IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager solution monitors and enforces security and compliance at the enterprise endpoints, providing a single management platform for endpoint security and compliance.
Together with other IBM security offerings such as the Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign On, the IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager solution provides comprehensive endpoint management and access control.
If you're coming to Pulse (and if you're reading this blog, you really should be coming to Pulse), you'll hear about this solution in a few of our sessions as well as be able to see it in the expo center.
And if you can't wait, here's a good whitepaper with more information.
Yes, I love being one of
the ambassadors for IBM’s Client Reference Program, a structured platform that
gives our valued Clients many opportunities to promote their unique
capabilities and stand tall in the, otherwise very competitive, market. IT
revolution, ease of internet, change in consumer behavior etc have all added to
While I write this blog, the
two things that I had studied, during school days in Biology, are shouting
aloud from my mind; one, Darwin’s ‘Survival of the Fittest’ and two,
‘legume-rhizobial symbiosis’. Interestingly, these biological phenomenon do
have real examples in economics too. A symbiotic relationship with clients/peers,
thus, is ‘very’ crucial in surviving the Darwinian marketplace. And, what
better way than registering for IBM’s Client Reference Program? :-)
For me, it’s great being a
Client Reference Specialist for Tivoli. Working in collaboration to create
Reference Profiles for our Clients has brought in a lot of advantages. Networking
opportunities with my fellow IBMers, Business Partners and Clients from across
industries is just a ‘cake’, but the real ‘icing’ is my continuous learning
about IBM’s Tivoli software for 'Integrated Service Management' that “provides
smarter solutions and the expertise you need to design, build and manage a
dynamic infrastructure that enables you to improve service, reduce cost and
manage risk.” Yes, I’m always in an awe of how IBM’s Tivoli solutions have
helped our Clients overcome their challenges.
PS: Rebecca Wissinger in
her blog ‘IBM Client Activities at Pulse 2011’ talks about the ways IBM is
saying THANK YOU to our immensely valued, extraordinary Clients at Pulse
2011. If you are attending Pulse 2011 then you will not give her blog a
Would be something not called "RFE." Why? Where'd you think I was going with that?"
Seriously. The Request For Enhancements (RFE) is a new thing we're doing with some of our Tivoli products where not only can you create your own RFE, but you can comment on ones submitted by other customers.
You'll notice a trend of all sorts of new stuff we're announcing that are centered around building our community up with you; our customers.
Last week, I attended my first IBM Pulse conference. I really enjoyed the sights and sounds of Vegas, and met many of my Tivoli colleagues for the first time. I also probably walked the equivalent of 15 miles over the five days within the mammoth MGM facility. But what I found most valuable over the five days were my interactions with our customers and business partners.
On Day 1 of the conference, my focus was the ISM Simulator workshop that I helped coordinate. Given that the workshop was: a) taking place prior to any other Pulse activities, b) located in the bowels of the MGM hotel, and
c) three hours in duration...
...I was a bit apprehensive that all the customers and business partners who had RSVP'd would actually show up. But when people started rolling in 30 minutes before the start time, I was confident that this workshop was going to be a success.
When we got started, we had 21 participants sitting around four tables, which is all but ideal for this role playing workshop. Like other simulator workshops that I have attended, it started out a bit chaotic, as participants tried to process the firehose of information that was being thrust upon them. By the end of the three hours, they had come full circle, and were effectively working together to the tune of a $5 million profit for their hypothetical shipping company.
As I chatted with some of them after the session, and listened in on some of their video testimonials, the words I heard most often were "eye-opening", "outstanding" and "insightful".
On Monday and Tuesday, I worked on the expo floor and showed off our cool new ISM Simulator video game. The game allowed users to experience various issues affecting service management and corporate profitability in a simulated organization. At the ped, I got great feedback from customers and partners, who, by virtue of playing the game, were able to get a better grasp of the sometimes abstract concepts of service management.
You can play the IBM Service Management Mission game here.
All in all, it was a great conference, and stay tuned for the video from the workshop!
I delivered an
SM simulation for a client in the middle of a tropical paradise in Brazil
last week. It is a hard life but I guess someone has to do it. The countryside
around was stunningly beautiful, and the views driving there even more so. I
was reminded of the great Frank Keating’s reporting from an English cricket
tour of the West Indies for readers in a cold
and wet British winter; his opening line to his readers: “Another day
Frank, I was there to work, and work I did –another successful and fun game – I
always enjoy how much the delegates enjoy the experience; we should all have more
work that actually makes people happy.
We had a mix of
nationalities and cultures on the game – a real challenge but one that brings
its own extra flavours. I was thinking about those cultural variations on the drive
back to São Paulo
airport – and I realised there is much more to culture than the obvious things
My driver was a
very nice man – a pleasure to share a space with, just enough English to
converse, comfortable with silence and caring enough to return from a rest stop
with an unsolicited bottle of water for me; plus a cheerful insistence that I
try local specialties that I might not have seen before So, all-in-all, clearly
he is a man who wants me to be comfortable and survive the journey.
So, why did he
frighten the living daylights out of me at irregular intervals on the way?
Simply by behaving normally for his culture: using road verges to pass trucks
at high speed on the wrong side, overtaking in the middle of road works, driving
at high speed within inches of other vehicles. While this seemed reckless to my
culture, it is everyday for Brasil. It made me realise that as well as the
social variations, culture extends to acceptable risk – what would just result
in a late arrival in western Europe is met with acalculated risk to get past the slow moving
obstacles, a culture that values speed over safety perhaps? Or more likely just
the inevitable reaction to the extreme traffic volumes and conditions there. I
didn’t see it as a better nor a worse attitude, just a different one – and
there being differences left in the world is something I, for one, feel is an
unmitigatedly good thing.
many Brasilian taxi drivers before, so I was not surprised, but what did amaze
me was how quickly and unnoticed that culture got into my thinking and
unconscious actions. Back in the UK, driving home from the airport I
found myself changing lanes MUCH more than I usually would. Not too recklessly
I hope, but it took a while before I was back to my normal UK driving
So if we copy
cultural elements so quickly after so short a visit – and that copying spills
over into our next situation, do we do that with our customers too? Do we bring
the needs of the previous customer we worked with to our next, even if it isn’t
the right culture for them? Maybe this is just one more thing for us to watch
out for in our business relationships?
‘Health is Wealth’ so goes an old saying and holds true in its every logical explanation. The healthcare industry, being one of the largest, is also the fastest growing industry in the world. IBM’s significant contribution to healthcare with its wide spectrum of solution offerings through a gamut of capabilities has made IBM earn many valuable clients from the industry. For example: IBM is collaborating with Nuance to Apply IBM’s "Watson" Analytics Technology to Healthcare (press release)
Integrated Service Management for healthcare helps our clients meet their business challenges and achieve smarter healthcare system. Tivoli Case Study: Healthcare is a repository of our clients’ success stories which brings an interesting insight on various kinds of challenges that may arise in a business scenario, the solutions offered and its benefits.
Now that Pulse is in the rear view mirror, we can focus our attention on INNOVATE, Rational's flagship event for 2011.
Innovate 2011 is the event for software innovation. It is the conference totally focused on helping you transform software innovation and accelerate better business outcomes.
Need another reason to attend Innovate 2011?... You can also take part in the 'Service Management Simulator Experience', a hands-on game focusing on the challenges and business value of implementing Service Management best practices in a realistic and exhilarating scenario. Over the course of a few hours, you'll use gaming and role playing dynamics to mirror the real-world interaction between IT and the business, from both a strategic and operational perspective. In the end, you will come away with an actionable understanding of how the effectiveness of IT processes impacts your business! - For more information, visit the Simulator web page - Check out this 3-minute youtube video from a previous workshop - Read the rave reviews
- To register or if you have questions, send an email to email@example.com
BTW...Readers of this blog may recall that we also conducted a simulator workshop at Pulse this year.
Join us and the Tivoli community at Innovate 2011 – it’s a great opportunity to network with your peers and take away valuable insight that you can use today. If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, you can register here.
More than 60 IBM Product experts, (Software Engineers, Architects, Designers, Consultants, Test Specialist, etc) have agreed to be "on tap" to cover a twelve hour technical Q&A "online Jam" this Wednesday, May 11.
Bring out your questions and let's keep these experts busy!
MARK THE DATE May
11th, 2011 8AM - 8PM Eastern USA for the next Global Tivoli User
Community Ask the Experts Online Jam (ATE)!
Go hereto learn all of the details on how the
ATE tool works.
What topics will be covered during
the ATE? Application Management & Monitoring Asset Management Change & Configuration Management Cloud computing - service management solutions Network, Service Assurance & Event Management Security Management Server & Provisioning Management Service Desk & Service Catalog Storage Management Workload Management z/OS Systems Management What time is the ATE Jam session?
Eastern USA - Wednesday, May
11th, 2011 at 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM