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Kathleen Holm 2700009BHX KHOLM@US.IBM.COM Tags:  asset-management service-management facilities-management 1 Comment 2,390 Visits
Kimberlee Kemble 120000GMAV KEMBLE@US.IBM.COM Tags:  service-management asset-management facilities-management 1 Comment 2,477 Visits
In April 2010, IBM conducted an online survey of over 6400 adults working full- or part-time in office buildings in 16 major US cities. The survey showed that "US office buildings have failed to keep pace with the revolution in automation that pervades modern life. While cars, transportation systems, electrical grids and other systems are being instrumented and interconnected to be more efficient and user friendly, the majority of office buildings remain rooted in the past. As a result, this intelligence gap is taking a measurable toll in lost productivity and unnecessary spending."
It starts with a better way of managing those buildings: IBM Maximo Asset Management.
Maximo delivers holistic, end-to-end tracking and monitoring of all assets, at every point in their lifecycles. It helps make building facilities management simpler, faster and less expensive—thus essentially transforming buildings into smart buildings, capable of delivering their full potential to your organization. Specifically, Maximo can:
Of course, there are many more examples of how Maximo can help you manage your facilities more efficiently and cost effectively, all of which enable a shift from facilities maintenance to facilities management, from a reactive stance to proactive stance, resulting in improved asset performance, longer asset life and ultimately more sustainable - and, dare I say - smarter buildings.
For more information on how Maximo can make your buildings smarter, read this Service Management in Action article.
Signing off for this week,
Your friendly roving Integrated Service Management reporter
Kimberlee Kemble 120000GMAV KEMBLE@US.IBM.COM Tags:  service-management security integrated-service-manage... x-force 1 Comment 2,707 Visits
It almost goes without saying, but, hey, I'll say it anyway...Security is top of mind for everyone these days, no matter your industry, no matter the size of your organization - and even on a personal level, too. You certainly don't have to be a security manager to be concerned about security, particularly internet security.
Case in point: Which of the following internet vulnerabilities is keeping you up at night these days?
5. Remote access
Perhaps a more precise answer would be "All of the above plus a few more."
So, how can you stay ahead of these types of threats - understanding what the most critical and recurrent vulnerabilities are and what you can do to prevent them? One excellent source of emerging information is the IBM X-Force Research and Development team. For more than a dozen years, these security specialists have tracked well over 40,000 different vulnerabilities, from Trojan horses to malware to Web spoofing, and documented them in the world's largest and most comprehensive threat database.
The IBM X-Force researches and monitors the latest internet threat trends, develops security content for IBM customers, and helps advise customers and the general public on how to respond to emerging and critical threats. Twice a year, the team releases a detailed report discussing the latest security complexities. These reports are far more than just abstract information. They are actionable intelligence, designed to lead to more comprehensive security and a better business outcome. Take a look at the latest report.
For more information about how the IBM X-Force research can help your organization (and perhaps even keep you from losing sleep worrying about security threats), check out this Service Management in Action article.
Signing off for this week,
Your friendly roving Integrated Service Management reporter
Conversations at CIOsynergy: How a dynamic infrastructure frees up time for CIOs to focus on innovation
Kathleen Holm 2700009BHX KHOLM@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ciosynergy dynamic-infrastructure ibm service-management al-zollar 2,133 Visits
Al Zollar, will be collaborating with thought leaders at CIOsynergy on May 6. One of the topics Al will be talking with other CIOs about is how building a dynamic infrastructure can help CIOs free up more of their time to focus on innovation and driving competitive advantage.
CIOs in every industry are all too familiar with the operational and financial challenges that growing infrastructure complexity and rising energy costs are creating for their organizations.
There is increased complexity across the board, and that is a trend that will continue. Creating competitive advantage now means dealing with complexity better than your competitors. And that means the ability to work across your organizations technology siloes to harness technology to support breakthrough innovations. It also means creating a flexible and dynamic infrastructure to support those innovations.
It’s an approach that allows CIOs to:
That means CIOs will be better able to align IT with business goals and help pave the way for creating the
Find out more about building a dynamic infrastructure.
Learn more about Integrated Service Management and how it can help CIO's better align IT with business goals.
Jennifer Dennis 110000CSRM JBDENNIS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  pulse deployment software process test scott jamie virutalization development service bala products cost john services risk smarter control thomas lifecycle rsdc tivoli hebner integrated rational rajaraman cloud innovate wiegand management 3,366 Visits
Learn all about the latest strategies and smarter software for design and development innovation through next generation service delivery from the Integrated Service Management track at Innovate 2010, June 6-10. The Integrated Service Management track at Innovate is a continuation of the discussion and training of the Software Delivery Lifecycle Management stream at Pulse 2010, which showcased how clients, IBM and IBM Business Partners use software delivery lifecycle management solutions to help realize greater value from software investments and optimize business outcomes at reduced cost and risk.
The Integrated Service Management track kickoff will be hosted by Jamie Thomas, Vice President of Tivoli Strategy and Development, formerly of worldwide development, client support and product management for the Rational software brand. Jamie will be joined by Bala Rajaraman, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Software, Tivoli and John Wiegand, Distinguished Engineer, Rational Analysis, Design and Construction.
At Innovate 2010, IBM clients and partners will learn innovative approaches to optimizing the service lifecycle, driving better efficiencies and lowering their TCO. Attendees of the Integrated Service Management track will also learn how to leverage the existing tight integrations with Rational solutions. Specifically, clients can find out how to:
Kathleen Holm 2700009BHX KHOLM@US.IBM.COM Tags:  rational service-management tivoli design-and-delivery 2,039 Visits
As the world becomes more intelligent, instrumented and interconnected, designing and delivering the systems and application software for innovative new products and services becomes more and more complex.
For example, today’s cars contain a 100 million lines of code that are connected to the dealer, to a smart traffic system, to an insurance provider, and to a smartphone, which alone could run 100,000s of new applications.
The complexity of these systems of systems has exploded overnight as every single service and interaction between the multiple systems needs to be managed, monitored, and maintained across the entire service lifecycle.
Current models of design, development, operations, and deployment do not scale and are not cost effective. In addition, there is a huge gap between design, delivery, and operations, inhibiting the efficient delivery of services.
Both development and operations see a number of challenges in their IT and product delivery organizations:
Integrated Service Management—which includes Rational and
Integrated platform. Improve the speed of cross-domain tasks, such as closed loop resolution on problem fixes, and resolutions resulting in an average of 80% reduction in downtime and lost revenue. IBM Rational Team Concert™ and IBM Tivoli Service Request Manager unifies the view of incident tracking and defect management, while IBM Rational Performance Tester and IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager together pinpoint root causes.
Lifecycle process automation. Accelerate the development, test, and deployment cycles; reduce operational risk; and improve audit posture. Rational Asset Manager catalogs templates and deployment reference architectures tailored by industry, which invoke the build-test-deploy workflows resulting in greater consistency, predictability, and faster time to market. IBM Rational Build Forge®, IBM Rational Automation Framework for WebSphere®, and IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager provide an automated test and deployment workflow reusable across application and data center provisioning environments significantly reducing the manual effort in test and build set up and tear down.
Attend Innovate2010 and to learn more about Integrated Service Management for Design and Delivery. Register today.
Kathleen Holm 2700009BHX KHOLM@US.IBM.COM Tags:  al_zollar service_management ciosynergy 1 Comment 2,045 Visits
Al Zollar, General Manager of Tivoli Software, will be attending CIOsynergy,
Some of the insights Mr. Zollar will be sharing come from the CIO study
The CIO study underscores the fact that the role of the Chief Information Officer is changing dramatically. In addition to being IT experts, today’s most successful CIO’s are also business leaders who are actively engaged in setting strategy, enabling flexibility and change, and solving business problems, not just IT problems.
As the lines between business and IT blur, CIO’s recognize the critical role service delivery plays in how their companies do business and generate revenue. And, as the world becomes more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent, the way services are designed, delivered and managed is rapidly changing too.
Physical assets are being transformed into smart, digitally-aware assets that can receive and emit data and connect with one another, allowing people, systems and objects to communicate and interact in entirely new ways.
As a result of the interconnection of these instrumented and intelligent devices, great breakthroughs in service innovation are creating new opportunities for people and businesses worldwide.
With these new opportunities also comes increased complexity and risk. And this puts new requirements on our business and technology infrastructures.
CIOs are faced with important objectives that often seem to clash: How can we support the introduction of new services while avoiding the disruption of existing services? How can I reduce costs while improving services? How will I balance the need to influence business strategy with the need to provide top-notch IT support? To respond to these conflicting objectives, successful CIO’s are blending three pairs of roles that seem contradictory, but are actually complimentary. At any given time, a CIO is:
Integrated Service Management can help CIO’s achieve their dual focus of IT expert and business leader. Integrated Service Management helps the:
Find out more about the changing role of the CIO.
Read the CIO Study.
Learn more about Integrated Service Management and how it can help CIO’s excel as business leaders and IT experts.
Kathleen Holm 2700009BHX KHOLM@US.IBM.COM Tags:  service-management service_delivery integrated_service_manage... 1,130 Visits
We’ve been talking a lot at
Increasingly, physical assets are being transformed into smart, digitally-aware assets that can receive and emit data and connect with one another, allowing people, systems and objects to communicate and interact in entirely new ways. The ability to interconnect smarter products and information technology is making it possible for industries to deliver new, innovative services to customers—smarter services which fundamentally change the economics of delivery services.
For example, smarter energy services leverage new smart meter technology to better manage energy distribution across the grid. Smarter energy service has resulted in a 14% reduction in CO2 power plant emissions and reduced homeowner costs up to 10%. Smarter traffic service leverages smart tolls and communication systems to better manage traffic flow, resulting in 20% less traffic, a 12% drop in emissions.
Underpinning these smart business services is a Service Delivery Chain that must be aligned and integrated across processes, roles, and assets.
Integrated Service Management provides a holistic approach to designing, managing and delivering smart services. It connects processes, roles and assets together making everything occur in a seamless flow- A customer places an order, the system checks inventory, delivery gets scheduled, inventory is replenished; to quickly pulling together and making sense out of any kind of information and data;. to finding and fixing complex problems with little or no human help; to making collaboration a fundamental part of how work is done; to creating an infrastructure that helps reduce costs, improve service and manage risks.
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ email@example.com Tags:  software smarter-planet article ibm 1,883 Visits
Writer Darryl K. Taft does a good job of providing an overview of IBM's software business in this interesting eWeek article, "Software: The Driving Force Behind IBM's Business Transformation"
While this article has been posted numerous times on Twitter and the like, I felt it was worth a post here on the Service Management blog in case folks missed it.
In particular, it's worth noting how IBM Software Group follows the Glengarry Glen Ross (IMDB) mantra of, "Always be closing."
By that, I mean that we continue to look at the market and the requirements of our customers, and we continue to innovate how we build our products, how we manage internally and how we do business.
We rest. But not much... :-P
Senior Vice President and Group Executive Steve Mills said it best in this article:
Later in the article, Stephen Stokes an analyst at AMR Research said:
Our customers and the market will ultimately decide the outcome, but I would agree with Stephen and think we're positioned FTW on this one.
Kathleen Holm 2700009BHX KHOLM@US.IBM.COM Tags:  service-management cloud cloud-computing 1,577 Visits
In the interview, Judith talks about how customers are looking at both internal and external clouds as a way to optimize their use of IT technology from a real business perspective.
One of the initial areas customers are looking at implementing Cloud is test and development. Rather than investing in new servers and tools, it makes economic sense to use a Cloud infrastructure for pilots. Plus when you give developers temporary resources, you often don't get them back!
Check out this podcast to hear more of Judith Hurwitz's thoughts on Cloud computing.
Judith Hurwitz on Cloud
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  maximo healthcare service-management asset-management pulse2010 integrated-service-manage... 1,652 Visits
At Pulse 2010, my friend Cathy and her team put together an awesome little video demonstration of their new real time asset location solution for the Healthcare industry. The solution uses Maximo software to monitor and manage patients, staff and physical assets in a hospital. Check it out:
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ email@example.com Tags:  integrated-service-manage... juniper netcool partners pulse service-management 1,828 Visits
The good folks at El Reg have the article, "IBM plugs Netcool into Juniper's Space"
Our partners are one of the most valued assets IBM has, both to the company itself and more importantly to our customers. Our partners carry the value of our integrated service management solutions to our customers and I am pleased that Juniper is now a part of our valued partner ecosystem.
If you are at Pulse, stop by the Juniper booth and check out their stuff.
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  pulse2010 integrated-service-manage... service-management 1,594 Visits
If I had a penny for every time the word “Pulse” has been said around the IBM offices over the past month…I’d have a lot of copper!*
Seriously. “Pulse fever” is in full effect. It’s happening right now. As I write this, our customers, our valued business partners and many of my colleagues have converged on Las Vegas and are having a service management jam fest that makes Woodstock look like band practice in some dude’s basement on a Wednesday night.
So, one of the things that I have been working on is compiling the new and exciting announcements that are happening in and around the event.
We can start with the post Tiffany “Lois Lane” Winman's wrote on the Pulse conference community blog about the Keynote featuring Tivoli General Manager Al Zollar and former Vice President Al Gore.
The following are some of our announcement highlights as well as some helpful links. Please feel free to post comments on this blog.
Press Kit for Pulse 2010: this includes a video for smarter buildings and facilities with the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, as well as "Galveston National Labs Employs IBM Software to Help Fight Infectious Disease" and "Tennessee Valley Authority Goes Live With IBM Software To Streamline Fleet Operations." [Update: Todd Watson has full coverage of the press conference which includes some additional details on these and other products]
Integrated Service Management
This is something that the entire IBM team has been working on for quite some time. Kathleen Holm discussed this yesterday and the only thing that I would add is that it is an exciting time to be working in service management. Companies such as IBM are helping customers expand their capabilities outside of the confines of the data center and assisting them all of their intelligent assets. Integrated Service Management is much like the “web 2.0” of service management (but without the funny t-shirts), and IBM continues to be in a leadership position in this space.
As you may have read last week, the IBM Corporation was proud to announce the acquisition of Intelliden, a leading provider of intelligent network automation software. Pulse is a great way to welcome our new IBM brothers and sisters to be a part of our Integrated Service Management solution, and looking at what they have achieved so far with Network Change and Configuration Management (NCCM) I know that they are going to be a valuable contribution to our customers and to the IBM company.
When In Austin Or La Gaude, Visit Our Solution Experience Labs
If you are a customer and want to see our Smart Grid solution, there are two labs that you can go to; one here in Austin, TX and the other in La Gaude, France. The Smart Grid solution is an end-to-end Energy and Utilities lab environment with a focus on Advanced Meter Management to help customers address security challenges.
Smarter Buildings With Our Partners, Johnson Controls
Above, I discussed the press releases we did around smarter buildings and facilities with some of our customers. In addition to those, Todd Watson has a great post about what IBM is doing with Johnson Controls to create smarter buildings. The long and short of it is that IBM is working with Johnson Controls energy efficiency building technology to provide advanced business analytics to help our customers address inefficiencies (press release).
Ricoh Intelligent Device Management
Todd also discussed our announcement with Ricoh. It's “…an advanced device and printing management system which infuses office devices with real-time tracking and monitoring to help firms significantly reduce their print-related costs, improve service and cut back on carbon footprints.” (press release)
The Open Process Automation Library (OPAL) are some great “ready to deploy” solution integrations and references that extend our software’s “out of the box” deployments. The interface to the website is smooth, easy to search and best of all there are now 1,800 entries. If you are a customer, you gotta check this site out.
Storage Software for Data Centers
In addition to a brand spanking new information retention solution, IBM Information Archive (see the wiki), IBM also announced new versions of the popular Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Storage Manager Fastback and Tivoli Storage Manager Fastback for Workstations. The links above are to the announcement letters for all of these products unless otherwise noted.
Tivoli Security Information & Event Management:
Version 2.0 provides customers with a single integrated product for insider threat, audit and compliance management, and reporting. New features can be found in the announcement letter.
Tivoli Role Modeling/Management Open Beta Program
Since we’re talking about security, I should also mention that we currently have an open beta program for two exciting products; IBM Tivoli Security Role Modeling Assistant and the IBM Tivoli Security Role Management Assistant. Details on the solution and the beta are on the IBM website.
IBM Remote Managed Infrastructure Services (RMIS)
A service from IBM that assists customers with planning, implementing, configuring, testing, and basic skills instruction for selected IBM Server and Storage technology. A highly skilled IBM technical specialist can help customers implement selected server and storage products remotely (which is pretty cool, right?) (announcement letter).
IBM Managed Security Services
A new IBM service that addresses security concerns by managing computing policies at the gateway (announcement letter).
That’s all for now (as if that’s not a lot already). For those at Pulse, say hello to my colleagues. End of line.
* Actually, I wouldn’t have much copper at all. The US cent piece (aka “penny”) is composed of 2.5% copper and 97.5% zinc (US Mint)
Kathleen Holm 2700009BHX KHOLM@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibmpulse integrated-service-manage... pulse2010 pulse service-management 1 Comment 2,188 Visits
In his keynote address yesterday, Al Zollar talked about how customers are leveraging Integrated Service Management. Capital Region of Denmark in Copenhagen, is in the process of leveraging Integrated Service Management to track missing assets, improve maintenance schedules and get their company back on track.
Capital Region of Denmark is a conglomerate of hospitals with data distributed across three different storage tiers and four sites, with an online disk capacity of 500 Terabytes and backup and archive data exceeding 1.5 Petabytes.
They have solved their storage complexity issues with Integrated Service Management and are managing their entire storage infrastructure with only four people.
He also talked about how the U.S. Air Force is leveraging Integrated Service Management. The U.S. Air Force defense and intelligence network manages the operations of nine major commands, nearly 100 bases, and 700,000 active military personnel around the world. They are leveraging Integrated Service Management solutions to design and deliver a cloud infrastructure with unprecedented levels of security and resiliency.
It's not just a vision for the future--it's happening now. Integrated Service Management can help your company get past the complexity and risk you deal with on a daily basis.
Kathleen Holm 2700009BHX KHOLM@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibmpulse pulse pulse2010 service-management integrated-service-manage... smarter-planet 1,904 Visits
In his keynote today, Al Zollar described the opportunities and challenges presented by a more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent world. The proliferation of smart devices presents new opportunities to deliver new innovative services- services that wouldn’t have been dreamed of just 10 years ago. These new smart devices also add new levels of complexity that is growing due to the number of new devices and connections added each day, and skyrocketing numbers of security threats and compliance regulations.
Al Zollar outlined examples of increased complexity in a number of industries i.e. an electric company dealing with smarter meters, regular old school meters, transmission insulators, servers, and turbine buckets; a conglomerate of hospitals in Copenhagen managing data distributed across three different storage tiers and four sites with online disk capacity of 500 Terabytes and backup and archive data exceeding 1.5 Petabytes; and the U.S. Air Force managing the operations of nine major commands, nearly 100 bases and 700,000 active military personnel around the world.
He then posed the questions, How do you overcome all of this complexity? How can you possibly see everything? How can you manage and secure everything? How can you increase speed while reducing cost?
The answer—Integrated Service Management that provides the software, best practices and expertise needed to manage infrastructure, people and processes—across the service delivery chain—in the data center, across design and delivery, and tailored for specific industry requirements.
He then went on to explain how Integrated Service Management contains service architectures tailored by industry like the smart grid for energy, or electronic medical record systems for healthcare.
It has lifecycle management bridging workflow across line of business, enterprise architecture, development and testing, and IT and business operations to speed delivery of products and services and ensure continual improvement.
Integrated Service Management also includes service dashboards that allow all audiences—from executives and business operations to IT managers—to see the service and gain insight into service health.
He closed by someone needs to be the thought leader in your organization...and that someone is you! Integrated Service Management can help you achieve that goal.