On Sunday, March 4, 2012, the IBM Pulse 2012 conference
kicked off with the Business Partner Summit. Every year, the conference plays host to over 8,000 attendees come from around the world to learn about the latest technology that is helping businesses fundamentally and cost-effectively change the economics of IT and
speed the delivery of innovative products and services.
The Pulse 2012 Business Partner Summit
Traditionally, the Business Partner Summit is a day dedicated to IBM Business Partners, focused on providing executive insights into IBM Tivoli strategy and direction. This year was no exception, and the 2012 Business Partner Summit opened with a breakfast hosted by several IBM executives, including Ernest Jones, Brendan Hannigan and Jamie Thomas. Attendees received an introduction to the new IBM Security Systems division and upcoming Business Partner opportunities in security, as well as an overview of the IBM Tivoli market and solutions roadmaps.
Following the breakfast meeting, attendees were able to select from seven breakout session topics for deep dive discussions on strategic solutions, Tivoli’s direction, and how to leverage IBM and Tivoli resources. If you missed a session or are interested in accessing the presentation materials, you can now view the session presentations on PartnerWorld
After lunch, attendees were treated to a keynote from guest speaker Alison Levine, as well as a discussion hosted by Lou Attanasio on the future of IBM's Tivoli portfolio and the characteristics of successful Tivoli Business Partners. A highlight of the Summit was an interactive Business Partner/client panel hosted by Mark Register, with representatives from Business Partners Sirius Computer Solution and Icaro Technologies, and customers CPS Energy and BP Global Services Brazil. The panel discussed how skills are key to driving more opportunity and the importance of being able to implement solutions with functionality from across the Tivoli portfolio.
The 2012 IBM Tivoli Business Partner Awards
The 2012 IBM Tivoli Awards were presented to Business Partners by IBM executives Jamie Thomas and Shaun Jones. Winners and finalists included:
ISM Summit Cup
Winner: Sirius Computer Solutions
Finalist: USER Rendszerház Kft.
Business Partner Innovation Award
Winner: Flagship Solutions Group, Inc
Finalist: Computerized Facility Integration, L.L.C.
Data Protection Excellence Award
Winner: FRITZ & MACZIOL Software und Computervertrieb GmbH
Finalist: STORServer, Inc.
Finalist: Solutions II
Integrated Service Management Excellence Award
Finalist: GC System a.s.
Finalist: Visiant Arcares SpA
Smarter Planet for Asset Management Award
Winner: Interloc Solutions
Finalist: Electronic Data, Inc.
Finalist: Cohesive Information Solutions, Inc.
Value Added Distributor Innovation Award
Winner: Tech Data Azlan
Finalist: Avnet Technology Soltutions GmbH
Finalist: Arrow Enterprise Computer Solutions
Best of Show Award
Winner: Interloc Solutions
Finalist: DataSplice, WorkTech and Solufy
Finalist: Derdack GmbH
Application-Specific License Excellence Award
ISM Library Solution Excellence Award
Winner: Front-safe A/S
Service Management Partner Connect Award
Winner: Gulf Breeze Software Partners
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!
Let the 2012 IBM Pulse Conference Begin
The day ended with a highly successful "Meet the Experts" networking event in which attendees were able to connect with others of similar interests, followed by the grand opening of the Solution Expo, which signified the end of the Business Partner Summit and start of the full conference.
If you're attending the conference, don't forget to stop by the Business Partner Cafe
, on the Expo floor, which features a group of IBM subject matter experts who can answer your questions about the product
portfolio, IBM Business Partner programs, technical and sales
enablement, and marketing resources. In addition, there are also plenty of informal spaces where you can host an impromptu meeting.