did April go?Seems everyone crawled out
from the blanket of winter and stepped into a very hectic schedule.I know I did.Among the events were two key user conferences which are summarized
below. In case we did not see you this
year, we hope you will plan to attend next April.
- Automated Operations Technical Council
2010 Automated Operations Technical Council (AOTC'10) occurred in PhiladelphiaApril 12-17, 2010
and was a great success.AOTC is the
annual event for people who are interested in maximizing their investment in
automation, high availability, and business continuity.It's focus is on technical presentations
delivered by both IBM
technical specialists and automation customers that provide practical how-to
knowledge that customers can take back to the office and use.Customers from around the world shared their
experience using automation to enhance their business, along with best
practices and questions about automation.Experts from the product development lab in Germany
and the US,
the Software Migration Project Office, and other technical organizations shared
product details, demonstrations, and automation tools and techniques.The agenda included detailed information
about upcoming product vision, briefings about operating system and hardware
directions, numerous customer experience presentations, and the very popular
live version of the online user forum, which allowed participants the
opportunity to ask questions of developers and fellow automation specialists in
an open and lively format.Attendee
feedback included: "It’s the most beneficial event in the automated
operations field to get first hand information and best practices in automated
conference with good speakers, interesting subjects, and good people to discuss
with. I found many topics to take back and reassess how we have used System
Automation."For more information
about this year's event, see www.ibm.com/training/conf/us/aotc. Planning is
already underway for AOTC in 2011 and we hope that you will plan to join then.
2010 -- the 22nd Annual Tivoli Workload Scheduler (TWS) User Education Seminar
-- was held in Carefree, Arizona
on April 18-21, 2010.
This year ASAP was all about making the quantum leap to Tivoli Workload
Scheduler (TWS) 8.5.The four-day
conference kicked off with a keynote presentation by Kendall Lock, Director of
Rome Lab, who engaged the conference audience with examples and challenges
about how workload automation can be applied to cutting edge business projects
and act as the key driver for business processes.The conference continued with nearly 70
technical sessions about workload automation and related topics that were
presented by technical specialists from the IBM
Rome lab, customers, and business partners.Some of the attendees had this to say about the ASAP conference:
"[Just one] conversation probably save me 20 hours of work.That class alone made the conference worth
[participating in ASAP]", "The presentations were certainly relevant,
covering several things from the basics of best practices to new features and
useful hints such as the agentless 'agents'.", and "I came away with
three aha's that I could apply immediately to my TWS packages."Mark your calendar now and plan to join us at
the next ASAP on April
10-13, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Watch the www.twsusers.org web site for more
Surely you have heard the buzz around Pulse. We are now 10 days from the opening bell and hopefully you all will be there to meet in person, share best practices, and learn something. Just a few of the “special for this event” highlights:
Meet the Experts! Talk one-on-one with Product Experts Architects Developers Services Support Product Management Session Speakers Two Experts on hand at all times Walk up during open hours Schedule a Meeting Submit a question to a Kiosk Schedule Sunday, 2/21/10 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Monday, 2/22/10 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Tuesday, 2/23/10 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Expos will include a live z10 with demos dedicated to System z software. New, improved and integrated software will be demonstrated to see and discuss. Our business partners will be actively sharing successes and capabilities.
There are 22 sessions within the Pulse curriculum with system z content, many presented by businesses like yours. There will also be 2 z Expo theatre session, and 2 Birds of a Feather sessions. AND, a system z reception on Monday evening.
Good news for all is that the “Call for Papers” for Pulse 2010 has been extended by popular demand. November 20th is the revised deadline so there is more time to finalize creative input. I spoke with Marcus Boone, product manager for Tivoli’s system z portfolio, regarding suggestions for Pulse participation. He is anxious to hear from those customers who can share real-world experiences on how an integrated approach to service management on System z is creating real benefits. Virtualization projects with savings, new Linux workload projects or best practices in the very complex world of ‘always available’ are good examples. Marcus believes Pulse 2010’s emphasis on alternative forms of customer participation, such as roundtables, panels and open discussions to support a topic will be both more interesting and more meaningful to all.
Top 10 Ways to Participate in Pulse 2010 “Integrated Service Management” 10 – Come and attend interesting presentations 9 – Attend and enroll in a workshop 8 – Attend with a colleague 7 – Quiz the experts 6 – Present on a topic 5 – Share a best practice 4 – Share details of a project 3 – Share a technique 2 – Participate in a panel discussion or roundtable 1 – All of the above!
Pulse 2010 will be held February 21-24 in always exciting Las Vegas and feature the best of the best in Service Management. There will be announcements, presentations, demonstrations and receptions. Analysts and experts will address specialized topics for business leaders, technicians, and executives. Get smart, get certified and get connected. Plan to participate now. Call for papers and session contributors ends November 2.