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Brian Bryson is the lead for Pulse 2010 track, Quality Management for Applications & Services. I talked with him to find out what kind of proposals he is hoping to see and I’ve included his comments below.
Any type of content that addresses the federation or unification of development and operations teams would be great. We want to hear about what organizations have done to bridge the gap between these teams.
We believe there are great gains to be had in better aligning development, testing and operations i.e. better quality and faster delivery of new products and services, faster problem resolution and improved business flexibility. We’re interested in presentations that talk about:
This is the first time Rational has had significant presence at Pulse, so we’re looking for a broad array of development topics—case studies, tips and tricks, process and strategy, and overview presentations—that will help operations professionals better understand and appreciate the challenges of software and service development. This kind of understanding will help create tighter integration across teams which will result in faster repair and replacement cycles, higher quality services, and faster delivery time.
Re: Who are good candidates for submitting abstracts?
We are looking for a good mixture of customer presentations. That’s our number one priority. The customers are living with and addressing the daily challenges of service delivery and upkeep and we would like to hear how they have tackled those challenges.
Business partners also are great candidates. They are out there working with the tools and forming the bridge between IBM and the customer. They have a great depth of experience and a unique perspective. We would like to hear more about the challenges they have addressed.
We would also like to hear from the developers behind the tools. This is a great opportunity to connect the customers with the people building the tools to share information and ideas that will help make the tools better.
Re: What makes a good presentation
What I think makes a great proposal is being able to say up front, “At the end of this presentation, the audience will walk away knowing this.”
A gold star presentation tells the before and after--here was our situation, here’s what didn’t work, here’s what we did, here are the measured net results. It wraps the story up with quantifiable proof i.e. it took two weeks less to produce a patch fix, or the cycle time for new applications was reduced by 20%.
A short, well structured presentation with a clearly stated purpose or exit criteria is what we’re looking for.
Re: Benefits of submitting an abstract for Pulse
Just being present in community of practitioners-- developers, partners, clients, people using the tools—is a huge benefit. Speaking invites collaboration. When you present, you get a seat at the table. It improves your stature in the community and you get feedback from your peers, industry experts and the developers behind the tools—and, as you all know, it never hurts to have the Email address for the guy who developed the tool you are using!
Click here to submit your proposal and plan to join us at Pulse 2010.
Matt Holitza is managing the Pulse 2010 track--Change Management for Applications and Services. I talked with him about the kinds of proposals he would like to see and have included his comments below.
What are some hot topics in the area of Change Management for Applications and Services?
We’re looking for presentations that show how consolidation of change management across development and operations can allow teams in both organizations to collaborate together to rapidly produce high quality products and services.
We’d also like to see stories about solutions that improve automation of application deployment to help support more rapid, less error-prone delivery of new applications.
In addition, we hope to include presentations that provide insights about application and service development. The Pulse audience will be primarily made up of operations professionals. The more we can educate and share information about development best practices, the easier it will be to build bridges with operations. We would like to see Pulse attendees go home and talk about how to improve alignment across development, test and operations to simplify the deployment of high-quality products, applications and services.
What are the benefits of speaking at Pulse?
The benefits of speaking at Pulse are many. Sharing information with your peers is invaluable—not only will you enhance your profile with your fellow practitioners; you will also gain insights about changes processes and solutions that will help you more effectively react to customer needs and deliver better quality software. In addition, you will hear first hand how automation can help you improve the efficiency of team and speed time to market. You will also receive a full conference pass ($1,995 value).
Who would make a good candidate?
We hope to hear from customers, partners, product managers, IBM Global Business Services, distinguished engineers, and anyone with cross product implementation stories. Presentations with documented benefits resonate well with our attendees.
What kinds of products will be featured?
Some of the product pairings that will be highlighted in the Change Management for Applications and Services track include:
How can I learn more?
Visit the Pulse 2010 Call for Papers page to learn more about proposal requirements and how to submit your proposal.
In response to: IBM Tivoli Foundations- A quick overviewMid-sized organizations will benefit from the IBM Tivoli Foundations offerings - service management solutions designed and priced to meet the needs of mid-sized organizations. You can learn more at: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/governance/action/08202009.html
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I wanted to better understand the new
Tivoli Foundations Application Manager offers turn-key performance and availability monitoring for mid-market companies. It allows them to restore a service that is experiencing performance and/or availability problems with the shortest mean time to recovery possible.
Tivoli Foundations Application Manager also delivers real-time information allows an organization to visualize service performance and health across their network, server, middleware and application components enabling them to effectively manage risk and improve service quality.
Tivoli Foundations Application Manager helps clients optimize their resource allocation and reduce cost by giving them the ability to identify underutilized resources and reallocate them to support new business operations. At the same time, risk is reduced by anticipating resource over-utilization and generating proactive events and reports against resources that do not have the capacity to address growing business needs.
Tivoli Foundations Application Manager comes with out-of-the box best practice monitoring policies that track IT Infrastructure health against pre-defined thresholds. This allows organizations to quickly and proactively identify and respond to problems and issues before critical applications and customers are impacted. Overall service is improved by restoring the service or application that is experiencing performance problems with the shortest mean time to recovery possible using autonomic capabilities to fix problems before human intervention is even needed. Reducing problem determination time decreases cost and allows organizations to spend more resources focusing on business innovation and creating competitive advantage.
Tivoli Foundations Service Manager provides service desk capabilities that allow mid-size companies to handle help desk calls, track problems, and make changes that prevent existing problems without creating new ones. It also provides a self-service, searchable knowledge base that delivers fast answers to common IT problems.
In addition, Tivoli Foundations Service Manager delivers dashboards that provide real-time performance views and out-of-the box content including workflows, templates, key performance indicators (KPIs), queries and reports targeted for mid-size clients.
The Tivoli Foundations Service Manager appliance-based service desk solution helps mid-market clients reduce their costs by optimizing the productivity of operations personnel through its built-in problem solving tools, providing operations a way to increase the efficiency of its service support functions. The robust self-help portal which is populated with best practice resolutions to common problems, gives end-users a way to quickly resolve problems on their own without having to involve any additional personnel.
Managing risk is key to small and mid-market clients that have extremely limited IT skills in-house. The Tivoli Foundations Service Management solution ensures process compliance by integrating standards-based incident and problem management processes resulting in a repeatable and consistent service support process.
Tivoli Foundations Service Manager delivers streamlined standards-based incident and problem management processes that enable rapid service restoration and improved overall service quality. It provides real-time visibility to end users on priority, urgency, and impact of problems, incidents, and service requests. These built-in survey capabilities allow organizations to track and trend overall end-user satisfaction with their operations and creates a closed loop environment where overall service quality can continually be improved.
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In response to: Will the real Seamus McManus please stand up?FYI, the recent IBM Service Management Jam on Cloud Computing, "Cloud Computing: Innovation that drives IT and operations efficiencies" is the #1 most popular of the 41 Jams aired to date. Cloud Computing Jam link: http://bit.ly/9mt8N Jams page link: http://bit.ly/ultmC
Service Management in an Uncertain Economy
with Gartner VP and ex-IBMer David Williams and Tivoli GM Al Zollar.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET; 16:00 - 17:00 GMT
Audience: service management and asset management practitioners
Sign up by 11 a.m. ET: http://bit.ly/m5Uot
Upcoming Jams in the Series:
Note: Replays available within 24 hours and for one year.
In response to: Growing up z - 2nd InstallmentOutside-in-Design teams gotta love you: "Until we learn to manage the applications in the same way they are used, that is from the customer's perspective, we will continue to struggle with the reputation of IT as being a stumbling block to business instead of a driver of business." So, how about Cloud computing? This is top of mind lately as I've been working on the launch of the new Cloud computing community https://www.ibm.com/communities/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=fa3a3fd5-6d7b-48b9-b13b-ba25f3325dda What role does something as historically old school as System z have to play in this big, bright new world?
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Recent IBM news on “Smarter Cities” is invoking fond memories of one of my favorite courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Politics of design taught by Professor Langdon Winner. Some of my favorite discussions during this course focused on urban theory and planning and environmentally and ethically responsible innovations. A few of my favorite personal readings included:
The concrete connection between
While innovations and technologies always fascinate me, personally I’m most interested in the political, socio-cultural aspects of Palmisano’s statement below:
“All the ways in which the world works come together in our cities. They are the proverbial melting pot -- not only for immigrants, but for systems, blending them together to engender new forms of commerce, of culture, of science, of life and of society. Which is why cities -- more than states, provinces or even nations -- are likely to be the crucible for human progress and evolution in the coming century.”
Smart cities require smart people and deliberate thinking. How will
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Two great IBM
conferences were held in
You can follow much of the online excitement of the conference via RSC2009 on Twitter and a Twitter search on #rsc2009. I'm really looking forward to the great software development reality TV drama series I mentioned on a previous blog.
General Manager sessions
Al Zollar, General Manager of IBM Tivoli Software, will participate in three executive sessions:
Software Lifecycle Track Presentation
“Enhancing The Application Life Cycle with Tivoli Composite Application Manger (ITCAM)”-- Todd Kindsfather
Abstract: Discover how IBM Rational and
“Bridging the chasm between build, deployment and production”--Rich Johnston
Abstract: Today’s IT departments have more systems to manage, more locations to support and more mission-critical applications to build, deploy and maintain than ever before. In many organizations, the processes employed to move applications from build, to deploy, to production phase can be manual, time-consuming and error-prone. The data, tools, and workflows are not well integrated or automated resulting in inefficient processes which inevitably lead to slower time to market, long resolution cycles and even loss of revenue. This session offers a chance for attendees to discuss issues, challenges and solutions for bridging development and IT operations across different aspects of the application and service lifecycle.
Service Management pedestals
Abstract: The inability to quickly identify application performance bottlenecks can lead to system downtime and unnecessary cycles spent firefighting defects. See how ITCAM can provide monitoring data from operations needed to better understand performance characteristics prior to relase and speed correction of defects.
Ped 2: "Integrating the Service Management Lifecycle across Development & Operations: Optimize Application Performance in Production"--Todd Kindsfather
Abstract: Integration across application development and configuration management tools is critical for complete component life-cycle managmenet. With a Tivoli/Rational integrated solution, customers can experience total application management from development to deploymentt to operation.
For those who can’t
attend the conference in
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The IBM Impact 2009 conference wrapped up last week and was a huge success. It has set the bar for all future IBM and IT events yet to come! While lots of great events and activities took place at the conference, of notable attention was the use of social media around the conference. See the Impact communities page for a list of social media tools such as blogs, Twitter, Flickr, widgets used.
James Taylor and Andy Piper won the Impact social media game for being the most active in the social media environments.
The Impact team displayed Twitter conversation on the #ibmimpact hashtag in various places throughout the event and the tag made it into the top Twitter trends on Day 1 of the conference.
Social bookmarks tagged with impact09: This list of bookmarks gives a good sense of what the public was talking about at Impact. Use these instructions to add your own favorite bookmarks to the list. Just make sure to tag your bookmark with "impact09".
Also, Mary Hall provides a summary of key IBM Business Partner activities at the event.
As a Tivoli-er, I was keen on following the Service Management conversations around IBM Impact.
WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance
A big focus was on the WebSphere Cloudburst Appliance, a new IBM SOA appliance for deploying and managing SOA in a private cloud. It integrates with Tivoli data center management software and Rational development tools. It also ensures security of data and environments via an encrypted vault concept.
Al Zollar on Service Management, SOA, and a Smarter Planet
I really enjoyed watching the tweets during Day 2 of the conference when the Twitter crowd gave Al Zollar, General Manager of IBM Tivoli Software, a warm welcome during his keynote on Service Management, SOA, and a Smarter Planet. A few of the tweets included:
Fabian Marquez: "Al Zollar from Tivoli did a great job explaining Dynamic Infrastructure and Service Management."
James Governor: "Al Zollar from Tivoli talking about Vertical industry service management ie new IBM Service Management Solution for Healthcare."
Matthew Perrins: "Al Zollar is looking cool !! And got the crowd back already."
Al will be giving an encore of his talk as he keynotes at the Pulse Comes to You Event on May 19 in New York. Pulse Comes to You (PCTY) is a worldwide tour. Check the PCTY Website for a free event near you.
Globe with SO@titude at Impact 2009--by Andy Piper
IBM is a finalist for Best Security Company!: Join us at the SC Magazine Awards Presentation and Dinner
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IBM customers: Join IBM on April 21 for the exciting SC Magazine awards presentation and dinner! RSVP to Karen Krieger at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
Time: 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
We are very excited since IBM is a finalist in several categories:
As part of the IT security industry's leading global awards program, the SC Awards U.S. was organized to honor the professionals, companies and products that help fend off the myriad security threats confronted in today's corporate world.
SC Awards hones in on the achievements of the guys and gals in the trenches, the innovations happening in the vendor and service provider communities, and the passionate work of government, commercial and nonprofits working to help the industry.
Join in the awards excitement and cheer us on!
Can’t make it? Stay up to date with real-time announcements on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ibmsecurity