Every year, about this time, the creative juices start to flow as we start to gear up for IBM Pulse. Which stream will have the most interesting success stories? Which industry will produce the most creative abstract for a client presentation? What will energize clients to participate at Pulse? Who will get their 5 mins of fame at Pulse? All good questions! Let's see if I can help to answer them.
For years the Enterprise Asset Management track has been one of the largest at Pulse. This year, under the Smarter Physical Infrastructure stream, EAM will have 84 sessions. New this year will be 24 sessions under the "Industry case studies" track, which will no doubt produce some interesting submissions. Last year we had an agricultural industry submission that drew rave reviews. Refer here to see the diversity of industries in Latin America that were covered......from the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA) story to Cristal Chile a bottle manufacturer .
Maximo Asset Management solutions have a broad industry presence and we hope that by having 24 sessions dedicated to industry case studies we will be able to touch as many industries as possible. Have you submitted your proposal yet? Click here to submit.
Another incentive that we created this year in order to solicit your creativity, is the 'If only I had Maximo" home video campaign. If you are anything like me, as I encounter the daily tasks of maintaining a household, I'm constantly wishing I had Maximo to help with the maintenance, upkeep and warranty records for my house. I mean who wouldn't want an automated work order generated directly to take care of all of the machinery around the house and implement preventive maintenance schedules?
Of course Maximo isn't for home use, but we created this campaign (click here) to see if we had any creative folks out there who were looking for 5 mins of fame at Pulse. We think that this will also be a good way to expand our social media presence and get the community more engaged. How many of you are following our blog ? Are you a member of our community? We continue to grow and are always posting the latest & greatest activities for Maximo.
Take a look at our latest video which I filmed on a local goat farm.........can you see the similarities to the CNA story?
I hope this has inspired you to create your own home video & submit it for your 5 mins of fame at Pulse. Reminder of the link.
On behalf of the IBM team, thank you for making Pulse 2012 a huge success! If you missed something or just want a recap of some key highlights, visit youtube.com/ibmpulse. Then mark your calendar for the local Pulse event in your neck of the woods. Pulse Comes to You and Business without Limits days are half and full-day mini-conferences highlighting the best of Pulse. Business without Limits days offer deeper dives into Cloud, Smarter Physical Infrastructure, Security or Leveraging Mobility. Attending these events can enhance and extend the ROI of Pulse 2012 to help you react to changes in the organization with agility, reduce vulnerability throughout the service lifecycle, and continuously improve the business impact of the technology.
But you don't have to take it from me! Take it from IBM client Jacob Braun of wakadigital, who stopped by the Take Your Social Pulse booth during Pulse 2012 in Las Vegas and said, "The ROI of this event is simply immeasurable."
The following Pulse Comes to You events are open for registration.
IBM is proud to announce that Michael Phelps will address the audience at Pulse 2009 in Las Vegas, NV.
On August 16, 2008 Michael Phelps etched his name in Olympic history by winning his eighth gold medal of the Beijing Olympic Games, surpassing Mark Spitz for the most gold medals in a single Olympics. Seven of his eight wins set new world records, and with the addition of his six gold medals from the 2004 Olympics, Phelps has now won the most Olympic gold medals in history.
Phelps has been making waves in the world of sports since he was young. He tied the record for the most medals at a single Olympics in the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games when he earned six gold medals and eight medals overall. Already a sports legend at the age of 22, he has been named World Swimmer of the Year for three out of the last four years (2003, 2004, and 2006).
Although he is young, he has already had a lifetime of experiences—in the pool and out. He founded “Swim with the Stars”—the first ever Olympic Swimming Tour that travels the country to give kids the opportunity to learn from the best. He is also a national spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Phelps is the illustration of dedication and passion, practicing 365 days a year. His results speak for themselves.
Today's Pulse blog is submitted by David Boye, IBM Program Manager for Tivoli Storage.
Interested in sharing your story about IBM's storage solutions at Pulse this year? The Pulse 2012 Call for Papers is in full swing! We encourage you to speak about how your storage management solutions help you maximize and protect information. Your session can address best practices or your companies' implementation story.
Your presentation might also outline insight into trends and dynamics that are shaping your industry. If you choose to follow this approach, describe any background materials you will be using to illustrate your point. Details are good! A thorough description of the best practices, value proposition, or technical aspects you plan to discuss will help us understand and evaluate the proposal.
And if you are interested in participating in a panel discussion related to your area of expertise, make a note of that in your submission.
Speaking at Pulse is a great way to increase your profile among a group of elite professionals and maximize your conference experience. And....clients and Business Partners who present at Pulse are eligible for complimentary admission to the conference (one per company, per session).
Some ideas for your Storage presentation could include:
Storage and Cloud: Discuss the role of storage in the cloud services and how your IBM storage solutions can restore operations quickly following any type of data disaster, while ensuring optimal utilization and performance of storage resources in the Cloud.
Application Protection: Discuss how to secures business critical application data for a wide variety of databases, mail programs, ERP solutions, and application servers, ensuring reliability and data integrity.
Backup and Recovery: Talk about how your company protects data by storing backup copies on offline and offsite storage, and employs multiple smart-data techniques to make data backups.
Business Continuity Service Level Protection: Discuss your requirements and implementation of IBM solutions for high data availability and quick recovery from downtime in order to stay competitive.
Storage Virtualization: Talk about how your company was able to reduce the complexity and costs of managing SAN-based storage environments. Discuss how IBM storage virtualization solutions helped you address this.
IBM has never been a wall flower in the business of making history. Just Google "IBM Centennial" if you have already forgotten the 2011 celebration that highlighted some of our greatest moments in leadership and invention. But this year at Pulse, YOU have the opportunity to literally help make history. Not just IBM history but the history of humanity.
Today's Pulse blog is a call to action from Jan and Grady Booch. Grady, as you may have heard, will interview the legendary co-founder of Apple, philanthropist and Dancing with the Stars alumnus, Steve Wozniak during the Pulse Day 3 general session. What you might not have heard is what else Grady is up to at Pulse.
Grady is working on a new documentary project to study how computing has changed humanity. As with any documentary or scientific study, one needs data. Loads of it. During Pulse, Grady will be onsite collecting data for this project. Grady's goals for this project include capturing over 2000 video interviews of people sharing their personal stories of how computing has changed their lives.
The project is called Computing: The Human Experience.
I asked the Booch’s to give me a quick summary of the project to extend an invitation for your participation and this is what they shared with me.
Because the story of computing is the story of humanity. Computing is a story of ambition, passion, invention, creativity, vision, avarice, and serendipity, powered by a refusal to accept the limits of our bodies and our minds. From the abacus to the iPad, from Gutenberg to Google, from Enigma to GPS, we have created computers to count the uncountable, remember beyond our own experiences, and see the invisible as well as the unforeseeable. In just one or two generations – an imperceptible time in the timeless sweep of the universe – we have created a technology that has the power to extend us, to transform us, to define us, perhaps even to destroy us.
As a part of this project Grady has created a YouTube channel
and he would love to have you share the story of your human experience with computing. Computing: The Human Experience will have a video booth for you to record your 2-3 minute story. And we will post many of them on Computing's YouTube channel.
Some ideas to get you started:
How has computing changed who you are?
What is your first memory or experience of computing?
What are your hopes for your children in this digital world we live in?
Come be a part of telling the world that computing is more than machines and software - it is about people!
Welcome to Pulse 2012! 8,000 attendees from around the globe are here to learn how they can change the economics of IT and speed the delivery of innovative products and services.
The theme of this year's Pulse is "Business without Limits" and with hundreds of sessions including topics from cloud, mobility, smarter physical infrastructure and security, your options at Pulse are nearly limitless too!
Check the Pulse SmartSite to search for sessions on the subjects that matter to you and watch the Pulse website for the latest resources from Pulse, including live video of the event, the current Livestream schedule, a video library, picture gallery, and keynote slides.
Danny Sabbah opened the Pulse 2012 Solution Expo opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony, which officially kicked off Pulse 2012.
It was a full house at the Solution Expo, which features the newest technology and next-generation solutions from IBM and IBM Business Partners.
Visit the Pulse 2012 Sponsors, including Diamond Sponsors Toshiba and
Trend Micro, in the Expo today!
The Solution Expo will be open from 12- 7 p.m. on Monday, 12 - 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and 12 - 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
While many of us were settling in to Pulse,
IBM Business Partners were taking in a full day of strategy sessions!
Hosted by Ernest Jones
and sponsored by Arrow ECS, Gemini Systems, and Innovise ESM,
the Tivoli Business Partner Summit featured a wealth of advice on how to embody this year's theme of Be Bold. Be Tivoli. Be Limitless.
Ernest was followed by Brendan Hannigan, GM of the IBM Security Division, and
Jamie Thomas, VP of Tivoli Strategy and Development, who shared product roadmaps and her perspectives on the Tivoli marketplace. Tivoli General Manager Danny Sabbah shared insights, Mark Register hosted an interactive panel of partners and clients, and Lou Attanasio described
the keys to "Excelling at Selling." They were joined by special guest speaker
Alison Levine overcame a life-threatening heart condition to become the first American woman to accomplish the Adventure Grand Slam
(successfully climbing all seven summits and reached the North and South Pole). Alison inspired the crowd on how they, too, can become limitless through leadership, teamwork, innovation, and dealing with change.
Partners also had a choice of six breakout sessions. IBM Business Partners can find the presentations for those breakouts on the PartnerWorld Tivoli Knowledge Center.
A highlight of the Business Partner Summit each year is the Tivoli Business Partner Awards. Congratulations to this year's winners:
ISM Summit Cup: Sirius Computer Solutions
Business Partner Innovation Award: Flagship Solutions Group, Inc.
Data Protection Excellence Award: Fritz & Macziol Software und Computervertrieb GmbH
Integrated Service Management Excellence Award: Softential
Smarter Planet for Asset Management Award: Interloc Solutions
Value Added Distributor Innovation Award: Tech Data Azlan
ISM Library Solution Excellence Award: Front-safe A/S
Service Management Partner Connect Award: Gulf Breeze Software Partners
The Pulse International Connection Reception provided a fun and festive event for Pulse attendees from 79 countries.
Host Joao Perez greeted the entusiastic crowd and shared the top five countries most represented at Pulse outside of the US: Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia. Overall, 34% of all Pulse attendees are from outside the United States.
Hands-on Labs and Certification Testing also opened Sunday.
With more labs this year than ever, participants took part in exercises about a wide variety of IBM software products. Lab titles are listed in your pocket agenda and full lab descriptions are available
here and in the Pulse SmartSite.
For Certification testing, the choices are nearly unlimited: you can take any of the certification tests IBM offers right here at Pulse!
The Hands-on Labs and Certification rooms are located in the Studio Ballrooms A and B, near the Grand Garden Arena entrance. Follow the signs to take part in these valuable opportunities.
Win an Apple iPod Touch! For each session you attend while at Pulse, you will find a session survey on the Pulse SmartSite.
Submit your session surveys for a chance to win. Each day there will be a drawing, and the
winner receives an Apple iPod Touch, sponsored by Alliance Tech, Inc. Each survey submitted
is an entry to win, so complete your surveys today!
IBM Endpoint Manager for Core Protection, powered by Trend Micro, provides easy-to-use antivirus and data loss prevention that protects sensitive data while controlling operating costs.
Pulse 2012 Platinum Sponsors:
Pirean are internationally acclaimed experts in the consultancy, implementation, enhancement and support of IBM Tivoli Software. The World's most accredited Tivoli partner for 2010 and 2011, Pirean’s unrivalled Software and Services portfolio guarantees to deliver first-class Security and IT Service Management Solutions for high-performing organizations globally. (Booth P317)
PowerPlan is an enterprise software company providing asset-centric accounting, tax and budgeting solutions. Companies leverage PowerPlan and Maximo to help generate cash, mitigate compliance risk and enable a cost management culture. The world’s most demanding asset-intensive companies trust PowerPlan to manage over $2 Trillion in assets. For more information visit www.powerplan.com (Booth P318)
As physical and digital
assets converge, the planet is getting smarter. Cities are more instrumented,
interconnected and intelligent, using sensors to monitor, manage and increase
efficiency of traffic and energy systems, conserving water and power, and
creating renewable energy resources.
Some of these
implementations are already a present day reality, while others are on track to
make impact within 5 years:
At Pulse 2010, over 300 IBM
clients representing every industry will show you how they are adapting these agents of change head on with the help of integrated service management from
Here are a few sessions on
these topics.Sign up for any of these sessions today (requires only an IBM.com password - you do NOT have to be a Pulse registered attendee to create a Pulse schedule online)!
& Transportation sessions
Multilingual Global Implementation and Deployment - Bombardier Transportation
Visualization of Assets in
Maximo Provides Smarter Asset and Work Management at Amtrak
Asset Management "Keys
to Success" at McCarran Airport
INTTRA Supports Its Global
Supply Chain with a World-Class IT Infrastructure from IBM
Smarter Port and Marine
Terminal Asset Management at Maher Terminals
How Maximo Improves Uptime
and Reliability of Rolling Stock at NedTrain
How Maximo/ACM is Used to
Successfully Address the Challenges of Complex Configuration Management
Requirements and Regulations for a Commercial Airline - Delta Airlines
SNCF National French
Railway: Our experience on ITM, Netcool and TBSM deployment
A Multi-Sector Municipal
Maximo Implementation: Water, Wastewater, Streets, Fleet, Facilities and More -
City of Henderson
Smarter Management of
Wastewater Assets at San Francisco Public Utilities
An integrated approach to
server deployment- CenterPoint Energy
Enterprise Software in the
New Smart Grid
Smarter Meter Management
with Maximo at Baltimore Gas & Electric
Maximo: It's Not Just For
Maintenance - Lower Colorado River Authority
A Multi-Sector Municipal
Maximo Implementation: Water, Wastewater, Streets, Fleet, Facilities and More
Maximo Utilites Birds of a
Innovative Asset Location
Hierarchy At Lakeland Electric
Is Your Utility
Infrastructure Smart Grid Ready?
MRO Inventory Optimization:
Not Just Less Inventory, But the Right Inventory- NRG Energy
Smarter Water Project at the
District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
Day 1 General Session Defines Business Without Limits With instrument-like beats, opening act Naturally 7 and the story of healthcare company
Wellpoint set the tone for the Pulse 2012 Day 1 general session. Vice President of Infrastructure George Zaruba described the bold steps they have taken to optimize their business relationships,
services and processes using their infrastructure to competitive advantage. Host Scott Hebner then took the stage, welcoming the crowd of 8000 to Pulse and encouraging
them take advantage of “opportunity highway” available to help IT drive business transformation. Speeding the delivery of innovation while managing risk and cost,
he said, requires visibility, control, and automation. "You’ll need to see in real time how your business is operating, as you cannot control what you cannot
see--and you cannot automate what you don’t control. And if you cannot automate, costs skyrocket and innovation stagnates." Next, Robert LeBlanc addressed the
changes and challenges of a smarter planet, articulating why we are seeing such rapid growth in Cloud, Smarter Physical Infrastructure, Enterprise Mobility and Security
Intelligence. He emphasized the need for dexterity around customer relations, understanding clients and giving them what they need to drive value and transform the economics
of innovation, speed service delivery and optimize agility. He also described how IBM is investing to ensure proper visibility, control and automation across this highly dynamic environment,
enabling organizations to better see and understand their business in real time, transform while controlling risk and become more efficient, cost effective and agile.
After an impressive rendition of "In the Air Tonight" by Naturally 7, Danny Sabbah described how the convergence of mobility,
embedded intelligence, and ever increasing security threats, along with increasing requirements for standardization and automation, are driving us to a new technology model: cloud computing.
He described cloud as a “convenient way to normalize your infrastructure and have much greater
visibility, control and automation, which makes it easier to tie investments directly to business outcomes.” and provided evidence by successes at the Australian Open.
(watch the video), Citi and True Value.
But all cloud implementations are not equal. Successful cloud implementations, he noted, are resilient, with integrated and embedded security intelligence, choice and flexibility in hybrid environments, enterprise-class, workload-aware optimization, and built-in analytics.
He then outlined some of the transformations IBM is making to help clients achieve visibility, control and automation, including the SmartCloud Foundation, Endpoint Management for Mobile Devices,
and acquisitions of Worklight and Q1 Labs, plus two new additions you can take part in at Pulse:
A new Tivoli User Community site that provides information and opportunities for feedback and collaboration is available in the Tivoli User Community Lounge in the Solution Expo.
Stream Keynotes Cloud and Data Center Optimization In this session, moderator Mike Hill described how Cloud enables innovation while managing change and complexity, enabling businesses to build new relationships with clients and create business value.
Clients Ryan Kean, Director of Enterprise Platform Tech Services for The Kroger Company and Doug Rommel, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for American Greetings, described
how they are utilizing cloud to remain competitive, reduce costs, and obtain the business transformation needed to evolve IT. IBM leaders Dave Lindquist, IBM Fellow & Tivoli Vice President;
Paul Loftus, GM of Cloud Managed Services for GTS; and Marie Wieck, GM of IBM AIM described benefits of IBM’s cloud technologies that provide continuous application delivery, workload awareness,
hybrid integration and management, and orchestration across a standards-based infrastructure. The audience was encouraged to take part in the wide array of cloud activities at Pulse, including
more than 50 sessions and 15 demos that feature cloud, plus BOFs, Meet the Experts, and Expo Theater sessions.
Smarter Physical InfrastructureGeorge Ahn, VP of IBM Enterprise Asset Management, hosted over 2000 people with a full dose of humor. He noted that companies are looking for return on assets
and with limited resources, it is about how we deploy them, which can be greatly improved by the use of IBM EAM products. David Kontra of General Electric highlighted how they incorporated
the IBM TRIRIGA product almost 10 years ago and how it has helped them to manage their properties and leases all around the world. Their new focus is "Leveraging technology to drive cost-effective
execution, enhanced employee experience and productivity through innovative workspace solutions," which is more manageable thanks to IBM TRIRIGA products. Ken Bodine from Michelin explained the benefits of EAM to their corporation. Previously, each plant had their own operations with no way to globally track business needs. By standardizing, they have improved safety, improved products and lowered costs.
Finally, Rick Nicholson, Group Vice President, IDC Energy Insights took the audience through a series of Smarter Physical Infrastructure mega-trends encompassing everything from what it means to be "smart"
(intelligent devices, pervasive broadband networks, big data/analytics/social media/cloud services) to how asset and facility management play a vital role across multiple industries.
Mobility Forrester Analyst Christian Kane described how IT managers must proactively embrace new technologies that benefit their business. Bob Sutor, Kevin Cavanaugh and Wing To outlined how IBM Enterprise Mobile Platform helps to build, connect, and run back-end systems in support of mobile applications. They discussed the major issue many businesses face with employees owning their own devices and how to maintain system security on the devices.
The platform helps manage and secure devices and provides new ways to transform your business while creating new opportunities through visibility, control and automation over all devices.
Security Brendan Hannigan, GM Security Solutions, and Sandy Bird, CTO of the IBM Security Systems Division (and co-founder of Q1 Labs), outlined how
IT is at a crossroads, with organizations facing a threat landscape that is increasingly complex and that requires a fundamentally different approach to security.
Clients want an integrated view of security and existing point products are not meeting their needs. IBM’s industry-leading security Intelligence solutions with real-time processing and predictive analytics capabilities
help tackle difficult security challenges such as insider threat and advanced persistent threat. Critical controls are becoming more optimized and integrated across key security
domains such as identity management, application security, and advanced network security.
IBM has committed major resources to and organized around helping to comprise a broad, integrated framework of products and solutions to help organizations meet
current and emerging threats.
Service Assurance for Service Providers
Moderator Peter Bews from Rogers Communications hosted an open panel discussion. He was joined on the stage by Martijin van Zoeren of Dutch Cloud BV, Frank Gillett of Forrester Research, Craig Farrell of
IBM Communications Sector, and Giovanni Lanfranchi and Denis Kennelly of IBM Tivoli. Panelists discussed the unique challenges service providers face, including how to deal with today’s financial challenges,
how to deliver innovative new services on an aggressive schedule, how to differentiate themselves based on quality of service, and the potential benefits delivering services on a cloud infrastructure.
Cloud Tours Take a tour of the cloud solutions you are hearing about at Pulse! Register now for an IBM SmartCloud guided tour. You will be guided through six pre-selected demonstrations that cover key cloud technologies at IBM.
Tour experts will also be available to answer questions and give pointers on the technologies you are interested in. Experience the capabilities that IBM can deliver and learn how IBM can help you
successfully implement cloud. Sign up for your tour at the IBM Information Desk near the IBM SmartCloud Zone in the Solution Expo.
In the Expo: Livestream Stage The Livestream Stage was bustling with activity. Steve Mills recognized IBM Champions, Bob Picciano provided his views of Monday's events,
Wing To, Bob Sutor, Kristof Kloeckner and more provided their insights. Watch them now on the Pulse website.
Also at the Livestream stage, two hundred people who earned tickets by “taking their Social Pulse” were treated to an I Scream Social,
redeeming the tickets for ice cream bars today at the Livestream Stage in the Solution Expo. The Social Pulse Team will be doing it again tomorrow at 3:30,
so stop by a Pulse Social Bar today, take your Social Pulse and get your ticket for ice cream! See the pictures on Facebook.
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Find More and Contribute to the Conversation:
Hear a Meet the Experts session where Don Cronin, Program Director Tivoli Technical Strategy, and Mike Kaczmarski, IBM Fellow and Tivoli Technical Architect on the Interoperability Center discuss it in detail.
Today's Twitter topic of the day is: Life without cloud would be like ___________. Join in at #ibmpulse
Our favorite comment from yesterday's Twitter topic: If you had to, how would you define instrumented endpoints to a 5th grader? @tomhawesome tweeted @ibmPulse Jimmy, your mom can now see how much time you spend playing angrybirds.. and homework all from her phone.
Tivoli User Community members: Social Media 101 is available for Tivoli User Community (TUC) Members in the Solution Expo from 3-3:30 p.m.
Get ready for Wednesday's special guest speaker. Tweet your questions with #askwoz and they might be answered in Wednesday's general session!
Hands-on Labs and Certification, 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Studio Ballroom B
Hear Visa describe Best Practices for Cloud Computing Multi-Tenancy, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., CC Room 123
Social Pulse I Scream Social, 3:30 p.m. at the Pulse Social Bars
Hear more about Computing: The Human Experience from Grady Booch, 03:30 - 04:30 p.m., CC Room 101 and take part in the project by visiting the video booth, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m, CC 3rd floor Social Pulse Bar
Birds of a Feather Sessions, 6:00 p.m., various locations
Cloud on z Birds of a Feather
Business Partners: Visit the BP Cafe in the Solution Expo, 12 - 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and 12 - 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Mobile Security Panel featuring AT&T, Medibank, 10:00 - 11:00, CC Room 318
Next Generation Security Information and Event Management, 10:00 - 11:00, CC Room 319
Pulse Palooza, featuring Maroon 5! 7:00 p.m. in the Grand Garden Arena.
Late-breaking news including new, updated and cancelled sessions can be found in the Pulse SmartSite under Daily News.
With two weeks this weekend (edited 11/4/11) to pull your Pulse 2012 session proposal together, we thought it might be helpful to share some examples of abstracts from accepted proposals from last year. Keep in mind that this year's theme is Business Without Limits and we are seeking to understand how you gained visibility, control and automation to deliver better business outcomes. Scott Hebner talks a bit about our plans for Pulse 2012 in this video invitation, but let us know @ibmPulse if you have any questions. Don't forget to register during early bird registration by December 16 if you do not plan to speak at Pulse and attend the conference complimentary. Early Bird registration can save you up to $700 off registering onsite.
Examples of Paper Proposals at Pulse 2011
Session title: Citi's Initial Experiences in Creating a Global Development Cloud
Session abstract: In 2010, Citi embarked on a project to create a cloud computing environment for its global application development organizations. This presentation by the executive responsible for the development project provides insights to Citi's experiences in the areas of defining the business problem being solved, defining user requirements, technology and product selections, and challenges experienced in getting the cloud into production in late 2010.
Session title: How Aetna Achieved Major Savings in Storage Management with Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 4.2 -- WIth an Update on TPC Future Directions from IBM
Session abstract: Come to this session to hear how Aetna achieved a fifty percent reduction in the time needed to manage their storage environment by upgrading to Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) 4.2. This savings was achieved through a combination of deploying TPC's storage resource agent technology, reducing problem determination time through TPC's enhanced topology views, and accelerating decision-making as a result of improved data availability, quality and accuracy provided by TPC. Thanks to these improvements, Aetna was able to reassign several full-time employees to new strategic initiatives. In addition, this session will give a preview of IBM's strategy and future plans for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center.
Session title: How Tata Consulting Helps Drive Efficiency Gains with Maximo at an International Paint Company
Session abstract: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is a leading global IT services organization and an IBM Premier Business Partner. TCS IBM-certified experts provide full service consulting and implementation of IBMs Maximo and Tivoli suite. TCS has several success stories in deployment of Asset Management solutions. One such implementation was for a leading global industrial paints manufacturer, for which TCS integrated multiple versions to a single global instance of Maximo 6. It was deployed over 20 sites, and made available in various languages supporting multiple operations including Maximo Mobile Inventory Manager. Complex workflows were configured for purchase order and work order approvals, which in turn called functions to automatically print and email the approved records. The system was integrated with multiple enterprise systems in various operating units like Oracle Apps, APPX & SCADA. The solution resulted in high system availability, less failures and improved stability.
Session abstract: Upgrading mission-critical software that runs a 24x7 distributed scheduling operation in a large enterprise, with thousands of endpoints, is a daunting task. This presentation will highlight some of the challenges that were overcome in order to upgrade the MetLife job scheduling environment from a legacy Tivoli Workload Scheduler (TWS) 8.2.1 infrastructure to a modern TWS 8.4 infrastructure, while minimizing risk and avoiding downtime. Fix Pack 5 fixes/enhancements will also be covered in this presentation.
Proposals will include a 100-word abstract that outlines a unique organizational experience based on, but not limited to, one of the following scenarios:
Cloud deployment and management: share your journey with cloud and discuss techniques for deploying, managing and securing your cloud environment
Asset Management: how has your organization achieved greater efficiency in asset management by managing traditional IT, physical, and emerging smart assets
Service availability and performance; advancements in increasing service availability and quality including visibility of services and the networks, systems and applications supporting them
Service provider networks and services; how you leveraged IBM solutions to deploy and manage new next generation services (4G, cloud)
Stories about innovation and transformation; including smart buildings, smart grid, smart healthcare; and how IBM helped your organization deliver new types of products and services
Service delivery: Discuss how IBM solutions helped you achieve greater levels of collaboration across development and operations; how automation has helped you achieve greater levels of agility
Security, risk and compliance; how your organization has improved its security, risk or compliance posture with automated threat, identity, access and security controls.
Industry-specific implementations that explore how your organization implemented an industry-tailored service architecture and how this played a role in innovation and/or service delivery
Virtualization: discuss your solutions for provisioning, scheduling, storage and optimization of hybrid, virtualized environments and their impact on efficiency and cost-savings
Your abstract should include:
Initial business challenges and objectives
Statistics about your deployment layout and company
The IBM solution/products applied by your organization
How the IBM solution/products help address the pain points
I was seriously bummed this morning when Al Zollar announced that Michael Phelps would not be speaking at the Pulse conference. Al explained that another exciting keynote speaker was on the agenda for later, but wouldn’t tell us who it was. The Twitter crowd immediately started speculating who it would be--Chris Rock?
And a series of Pulse speakers proceeded to joke about the possibility of Al speaking in a Speedo as a Phelps replacement. With the anticipation building, it was hard to focus when Jim Logsdon, from Alcatel-Lucent (Diamond sponsor of Pulse), spoke about his long-term partnership with IBM.
Chris O’Connor’s discussion on why being Green is important was fascinating. He highlighted four key reasons to focus on energy and efficiency: money, risk, compliance, responsibility. He basically argued that we need to reduce wasting energy in the data center and use the cost savings to invest in better tools to save money, comply with regulations, avoid severe punishment, and act responsibly as world citizens. He definitely caught our attention—and it wasn’t just due to the totally cool green tie he was wearing. Chris used some simple math to show that we could save $750/year just on better managing two servers and $750K/year if we were dealing with a 1000 servers. The Twitter crowd really enjoyed his presentation.
Finally, the moment had arrived. We were all awaiting with excitement to hear who the new Pulse keynote speaker was for that morning. The crowd showed their excitement when Al announced it was Magic Johnson!
Magic Johnson came off as a darling to the crowd. He was very intelligent and personable—walking amongst the Pulse attendees, asking them to stand up, giving them long hugs, speaking and engaging with them directly, and encouraging personal photo opportunities. And his talk was both humorous and informative. Demonstrating a strong business acumen and industriousness, he spoke of his foundation and the unique perspective he brought to incorporating ethnic and urban consumer tastes to coffee shops, movie theatres, fitness centers, and real estate projects. He also encouraged the audience to stay positive and embrace a winning spirit in the face of current economic challenges. He was met with a standing ovation! Once again, the Twitter crowd went wild!
Thanks to IBM and to Magic Johnson! What a great treat and surprise!