One of the most anticipated aspects of the #Pulse conference each year is the announcement of the Tivoli Business Partner award winners. These awards highlight innovation, commitment and achievement by our Business Partners across the globe.
Tivoli is again pleased to invite Business Partners to submit nominations for the 2011 Tivoli Business Partner Awards. Award winners will be announced Sunday, February 27, during the Business Partner Summit, unless otherwise noted.
This year, nominations may be submitted in the following award categories.
ISM Summit Cup
This award recognizes the outstanding performance and value-add provided by a Business Partner selling Tivoli software. The Business Partner exemplifies commitment to Tivoli and has demonstrated extraordinary achievement. The Business Partner continuously strives to reach a new pinnacle of success when selling Tivoli Software by leading with ground-breaking solutions which are positioned to be drivers in tomorrow's new markets at an ingenuity level that stands out above their peers.
To qualify for the ISM Summit Cup award, the Business Partner company must meet at least four (4) of the following criteria:
SVP authorized in at least 2 Tivoli product groups
Hold at least one Accreditation
Provided a beta reference in the past 2 years
Have sold in 3 or more Tivoli pillars in the past four quarters
Have executed a successful co-marketing campaign in the past 4 quarters that resulted in new leads in GPP
Have been or are a Pulse sponsor in 2009, 2010 or 2011
Nominations must include at least two customer references.
Best of Show Award
This award recognizes a visionary Business Partner who is leading the charge to manage the world’s infrastructure with IBM Tivoli capabilities and solutions in innovative, leading-edge, exciting ways. This ground-breaking solution should be showcased at Pulse in the Expo and will encompass solving the problems of today’s IT market using creative methods, becoming a driver in tomorrow’s new markets, fostering new innovation and cutting edge solutions. Final evaluation takes place at the Pulse Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The solution must be demonstrated in the Pulse Expo and final evaluations take place at the Pulse Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 27, 2011.
Integrated Service Management Excellence Award
This award recognizes those IBM Business Partners who have adopted and leveraged the latest Service Management technology to demonstrate a unique and powerful solution that delivers the visibility, control and automation needed to industrialize business and IT operations. Particular consideration will be given to those solutions that utilize several IBM Tivoli software products at the heart of their solution. The solution must deliver smarter services, and manage a dynamic infrastructure that enables improved service, cost reduction and impermeable security management of the customer IT infrastructure through a cohesive set of IT services across the entire organization. The solution must already have been deployed to at least one customer location that can be referenced.
IBM Business Partners may nominate themselves for this award category or may be nominated by a customer or an IBM sales representative. There will be one winner and two finalists.
Business Partner Innovation Award
Innovate today for a smarter tomorrow. This award recognizes a visionary Business Partner who is leading the charge to manage the world’s infrastructure with IBM Tivoli capabilities and solutions in innovative, leading-edge, exciting ways. This solution encompasses solving the problems of today’s IT market using creative methods, becoming a driver in tomorrow’s new markets, fostering new innovation and cutting edge solutions.
Nominations will be open through February 4, 2011. Business Partners can nominate their solutions by completing and submitting this form. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of having your solution considered for one of these awards. Submit your nomination today.
The Pulse Blog welcomes guest blogger, Beverly Lowry to share Sandy Carter's personal invitation to IBM Business Partners to Pulse.
While 2010 is coming to a close, extensive planning is in the works for Pulse 2011 to ensure it is a unparalleled experience for our Business Partners. The Business Partner Summit, Business Partner Cafe, Solution Expo, networking opportunities, and one-on-one meetings will all focus on helping Business Partners refine their strategy to design and deliver outstanding business services to their customers.
The exclusive Business Partner Summit will be held in conjunction with Pulse on Sunday, February 27. 92% of Business Partners surveyed at the 2010 Summit said it was a valuable use of their time. This year's Summit will include executive insights to Tivoli’s strategy and direction, along with many sessions designed to help you maximize performance and solidify how you and IBM can go to market together to drive business results. You will hear from industry, solution, sales, and marketing experts who will provide critical business information to help you identify where you can grow your business in 2011. Then the session-packed Pulse conference will provide the foundation of product and solution knowledge to jump-start that growth!
View this video from Sandy Carter, vice president, IBM Software Business Partners and Midmarket, as she extends a personal invitation to Pulse 2011 and the Business Partner Summit on Sunday, February 27. Then register to join us at Pulse!
The Pulse Blog welcomes guest blogger, Jeannette Fetzer, IBM Security Portfolio Manager, who gives a bit of insight on what Security content her team is preparing to share with you at Pulse.
There will be more security than ever at IBM Pulse 2011 event in Las Vegas, NV this coming February. Not to worry, that doesn't mean there will be guards outside of each session to inspect the contents of your laptop bag, it means that the agenda will be jam packed with security content.
We'll have over 30 security sessions in three tracks at the Pulse, where security leaders from organizations like your own ( maybe even you! ) will share their experiences using IBM products and services to address today's security challenges. The tracks include:
Understanding and Addressing Emerging Security Threats
Building the Secure Infrastructure
Managing Compliance and Audit Requirements for a Secure Organization.
The event will also feature IBM security leaders sharing best practices for managing security and compliance given the current threat landscape. This is an opportunity to mingle with security professionals from a variety of industries as well as the IBM security strategy, research and development team members.
How are you addressing today's security challenges with IBM security solutions? Do you have some experiences and best practices you'd like to share? We invite you to submit a proposal to speak at this exciting event. There are many different types of speaking opportunities. You may present alone, jointly with an IBM rep or Business Partner, or as part of a client panel.
Check out the Pulse website (www.ibm.com/pulse) for more information on the event, the benefits of speaking at the event and information on how to submit a session proposal. We are still accepting proposals for presentation at Pulse. Submit your proposal to present at Pulse today at IBM.com/pulse!
Security Portfolio Manager, IBM
Take it from Linus, one of the most sincere advocates of security, if
not one of the foremost experts you'll have the luxury of networking
with at Pulse:
It's been said that central Texas only has two seasons: summer and football season. If you’ve spent any time in a Texas summer, you might understand our zeal for the latter. Contrary to some folklore, Texans like a lot of other stuff about autumn. Here are a few more seasonal treats that inspire this Texan to put out the welcome mat for autumn, even as summer huffs the last of it’s dragon breath well into November.
Not catching on fire just stepping outdoors!
Football! (Mack Brown could help make this a little more inspiring.)
Road race season!
Pulse planning season! (I have a fun job!)
Turkey and dressing!
Daylight Savings Time!
Let’s pause for a moment because Daylight Savings Time alone can bring tears of joy to my eyes. Allow me to elaborate.
For starters, the sun comes up earlier. This is huge for runners. It’s harder for coyotes and mountain lions to stalk us after daybreak. An earlier dusk means I am alert enough to not only notice, but also enjoy our famous sunsets. And – best of all: the aliens that live with me my children are tricked into an earlier reboot
Ok, so what does all this have to do with Pulse? Nothing! But while I am celebrating being tricked into feeling like autumn gives me more time, let’s celebrate a real treat of extra time for you:
Pulse 2011 call for speakers has been extended to November 23, 2010. I promise that’s no trick, unless you were planning to submit a paper to the Enterprise Asset Management track. In that case, your extension treat expires on November 16.
Need Help Getting Started?
No problem! Here are a few suggestions to help you get started on the path to joining our agenda as a featured expert.
Do you have knowledge gleaned from experience about the following? If you do, please attend this morning's LIVE Virtual Event.
tailored by industry that address unique service delivery challenges
including security, storage and compliance requirements.
lifecycle management that bridge workflow across line of business,
enterprise architecture, software development and testing, IT operations
(data center, security, storage, and network operations), and business
operations (production and facilities) to ensure successful “go-live”
and continual improvement of applications and services.
dashboards that enable audiences from executives and business operations
to IT managers to see the service and gain insight into service health,
integrity (security and storage), and business activity.
management of service requests and problems spanning business and IT
that enable work orders to be automatically routed to the right support
Asset management that supports both enterprise and IT
assets across all asset classes with a single process model and a single
Automated management of heterogeneous physical
virtualized and cloud environments across distributed systems,
mainframes and storage that ensure security, increase speed and save
Security and storage management that ensure effective
access, identity and threat management, and scalable management of
growing data volumes generated by smart assets and technology.
REGISTER NOW and ATTEND the event at 10 am ET. http://events.unisfair.com/index.jsp?eid=556&seid=8393
Pulse 2011 Introduction and Client Speaker Overview
LIVE EVENT: October 18, 2010 at 10 am ET
Hosted by Jennifer Throop, IBM Tivoli Marketing with
Introduction by Jen Jones, IBM Tivoli Marketing
Pulse will return to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas February 27 through March 2, 2011, bringing over 6000 attendees the best practices, solutions and expertise needed to help organizations design, deliver and manage new, innovative business services - smarter services that drive unique client value and competitive advantage.
Attend the Pulse 2011 Introduction and Client Speaker Overview LIVE Virtual Event to learn more about Pulse 2011 and how sharing your expertise at the Premier Service Management Event can help broaden your sphere of influence. This virtual event will provide the information you need to know to prepare your proposal to present at Pulse 2011.
Hi Carol, go to www.ibm.com/PULSE and click on the link for "Submit
a Presentation." Browse through the more recent blog entries and
you can find one for How to prepare using the online paper
submission tool. Thanks and see you at Pulse!
QUESTION: How do you overcome the challenges of securing the data of people, processes, and technology across an organization today?
QUESTION: How do you approach sensitive data protection, data loss prevention, and enterprise encryption services? Do you focus in on critical areas or step back and attempt to address the enterprise as a whole?
QUESTION: Is replacing the security applications with the newest and highest rated product a cost effective or appropriate approach? Is it necessary or reasonable to attempt to change the security culture in an organization?
Consider your best laid plans to secure the data in your enterprise. Did you discover something simple yet amazing, or did you crack a complicated code to achieve results?
Here’s what a few of the Pulse 2010 client presenters told us after presenting a panel of unique expert experience from three diverse organizations, including a consulting firm, a gas and electric company, and a healthcare organization.
If securing the data center isn’t in your realm of expertise, here are some other topics in which there is a high demand for discussion leaders at Pulse 2011.
Service architectures tailored by industry that address unique service delivery challenges including security, storage and compliance requirements.
Service architectures tailored by industry that address unique service delivery challenges including security, storage and compliance requirements.
Service lifecycle management that bridge workflow across line of business, enterprise architecture, software development and testing, IT operations (data center, security, storage, and network operations), and business operations (production and facilities) to ensure successful “go-live” and continual improvement of applications and services.
Service dashboards that enable audiences from executives and business operations to IT managers to see the service and gain insight into service health, integrity (security and storage), and business activity.
Unified management of service requests and problems spanning business and IT that enable work orders to be automatically routed to the right support staff.
Asset management that supports both enterprise and IT assets across all asset classes with a single process model and a single data model.
Automated management of heterogeneous physical virtualized and cloud environments across distributed systems, mainframes and storage that ensure security, increase speed and save costs.
Security and storage management that ensure effective access, identity and threat management, and scalable management of growing data volumes generated by smart assets and technology.
Proposals will consist of a 100-word abstract that outlines a unique organizational experience and should include:
Initial pain points or problems
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
As a bonus, all clients who present at Pulse will have the conference registration fee waived ($1995 value). In addition, the first 50 clients accepted to present at Pulse will receive a complimentary hotel upgrade. Client must pay for the basic room rate.
"You are never going to get past the complexity and risk you deal with on a daily basis, unless you are driving and enabling change. Someone needs to be the thought leader…that someone is you!"
- Al Zollar, Tivoli General Manager, Pulse 2010
One of the reasons we hope you'll join us at Pulse 2011 is that we need you to share your expertise with the rest of our attendees in how you transformed business to deliver increased value to your clients with integrated service management strategies and technologies. The Pulse agenda will consist of five streams and thirteen tracks that will make up the most robust and complete Integrated Service Management curriculum tailored specifically for:
IT Director/Managers , Service Architects, Systems Administrators, Storage Managers, Data Center Managers, Business Transformation Managers, Plant/Facility Managers, Maintenance Supervisors, Production Personnel, Supply Chain Managers, Infrastructure Managers, Operations Managers, Network Managers, Infrastructure Managers, Network Operations Center (NOC) Managers, Operational Support Systems Personnel, Chief Information Security Officers, Director / Manager of Security Operations, Security Analysts, Security Administrators, C-Level Executive Controller, Strategy & Technology Executives, Solution Executives, VPs of Infrastructure, and IT Architecture Directors Development Directors.
After completing your speaker profile, click "Fill out a session proposal." AGAIN, you do NOT need to be ready to submit a proposal to browse the contents of the submission tool, which includes the description and listing of the streams and a list of the tracks.
When you click "Fill out a session proposal" you can view the descriptions of the streams.
Like I mentioned before, this curriculum is quite robust or I would list it out in this blog entry. It will, however, be listed on the Pulse website at ibm.com/pulse soon.
In the mean time, click "Create a session for . . . " for descriptions of the stream's tracks and sub-tracks. When you are ready, fill out the Call for Speakers questionnaire and submit your proposal within the stream section with which the content of your proposal aligns most closely. But don't delay! The Call for Speakers closes on November 9, 2010.
If you have any questions, see your IBM representative, or post your question here and we'll provide the assistance you need.
This Just In! An early Labor Day present for all you Pulsers!
The Pulse 2011 Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) track will focus on:
Extending asset lifespan,
Increasing equipment uptime and output quality
Optimizing labor efficiency
Improving the management of asset-related parts, material inventory, space planning, and cost control measures
Special focus will be given to best practices, implementation and upgrades.
We’ll also be taking a deep look into how Maximo’s industry specific functionality is addressing the needs of a multitude of markets. The track will also be composed of a series of functional and technical sessions blanketing everything from mobile to scheduling to service provider.
Critical topics will include asset convergence, application consolidation, prevent safety and regulatory risk, improve compliance management, lean and connected supply chain, informed and collaborative workforce, real-time insight into all physical and IT assets, pro-active vs. reactive maintenance, streamline work order tracking and labor reporting, remote access to asset and work management processes, facilities management, and space planning.
The Pulse 2011 EAM will include the following seven tracks:
Asset Management Best Practices
What is your maintenance management strategy for production, facilities, and transportation assets? In this track we are looking for certain techniques, processes, activities, and or incentives deemed to be extremely effective/efficient in delivering world-class maintenance at your plant or facility. Presentations should highlight quantitative and qualitative ROI and Return on Asset (ROA) data such as equipment uptime, inventory carrying costs, labor utilization, and regulatory compliance. Other areas may include training, application consolidation, integration to condition monitoring, and organizational structure and function distribution.
In this track we are looking for IBM Maximo Asset Management version 7 customers to share their implementation or upgrade story from legacy versions. We are particularly interested in hearing about the planning, tools and tasks involved, post implementation/upgrade review, and the improvements you have leveraged in architecture, functionality, security, and scalability.
Introducing IBM Maximo Asset Management 7.5
This track showcases the new functionality that will be delivered in IBM Maximo Asset Management version 7.5. We are specifically looking to secure clients that have served as development partners and wish to share their experiences and input in shaping this release via agile methodologies. Presentations and discussions on collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams, and process adaptability throughout the life-cycle of the project are welcomed as well as discussions on how rapid delivery and high quality software aligns with your end-user needs and your company’s business objectives. These sessions may be teamed with IBM Maximo Asset Management development staff and or be in a panel format.
Maximo Technical Sessions
The technical sessions are designed to be co-presented by an IBM Maximo subject matter expert and a Maximo client or group of users on a panel to provide a dual perspective: learning and training from the Maximo presenter, and real-world experiences from the client. Areas of interest may include: workflow, reporting, migration, monitoring, archiving, and integration. Clients submitting an abstract will be mapped with the appropriate subject matter expert.
Maximo Utility Working Group (MUWG)
IBM is pleased to announce that the Maximo Utility Working Group (MUWG) will once again be integrated into the Pulse curriculum. Celebrating its 13th year, the MUWG agenda will focus on electric, gas, water and wastewater presentations and incorporate the new Maximo Supply Chain Users Group presentations. Waves of change brought by deregulation, globalization, restructuring, increasing competition, and new environmental/regulatory requirements have brought new challenges to this industry and put business operations at center stage.
Asset Management for Your Industry
Asset management in a smarter planet continues to drive the need for significant breadth and depth of capabilities for various industries. In this track we would like to hear from a multitude of industries: Energy, Manufacturing, Transportation, Chemicals & Petroleum, Mining, Life Sciences, Telecom, Finance, and Public Sector – including State, Local, and Federal Government users, to highlight how you have addressed your industry specific challenges with IBM Maximo Asset Management. We are particularly interested on new possibilities to bring together business and IT assets and identifying how you can reduce costs, lower risks and improve service.
In this track we are looking to highlight how you are using asset management to make your building or facility smarter in a reliable, cost effective, and greener/sustainable manner. This may be in the form of managing space usage and occupancy, increasing energy efficiency, and providing reliable operations and improved maintenance. We are particularly interested in hearing how you are using IBM Maximo for Space Management, Maximo for Data Center Infrastructure Management, IBM Maximo Asset Management, Maximo for Energy Optimization, and Maximo for Service Providers.
How much do you think the man who discovered Michigan J. Frog would have made if only he would sing for anyone else? Millions? Billions?
Perhaps we'll never know, but here is something we do know: there is an estimated $230 TRILLION dollars of capital assets deployed around the world that businesses depend on for real results. These devices are instrumented, interconnected and unlike Michigan J. Frog, talking to everyone all the time. But we’re not listening.
Why? Because most of them were designed with different technologies and speak different languages, and mostly we hear a bunch of noise. *croooooooaak*
To enable the interconnected infrastructures to communicate with each other so we can make sense out of what they are saying, we need to harness the power of software that can connect any type of device to any network.
When we do, then we can deliver the intelligence we expect from a smarter planet.
Check out the following video for an automobile industry scenario.
In a couple of weeks, on 9/22, we will open Pulse 2011 Call for Speakers. Many of you have already been thinking about this for a while. We hope you consider sharing your expertise in connecting the system of systems with software that is smart AND secure by design. Here's how you can prepare and submit your papers after 9/22.
Hey guys, this was meant for the Integrated Service Management
blog, but if you are considering presenting at Pulse, this would be
an excellent topic that is getting a lot of attention lately. And
for good reason: there has been a 36 % rise in vulnerability
disclosures for the first half of 2010.
When I saw Tom Cross give a talk at Innovate 2010 in June, I was first struck with the nonchalance with which he spoke of the black market business of Internet data. I could not have been more intrigued if I were watching a movie adapted from a John Grisham novel. He seemed to have some emotional distance from what creeps most of us out about our mail. And I’m not even talking about email. I mean the good old-fashioned USPS mail. I KNOW I am not the only one who has worn out a few paper shredders thanks to Citibank, Chase, and the like.
The second thing that hijacked my thought train for more than a few moments was how network vulnerabilities are created for the explicit purpose of learning cyber criminal behavior. Like signing up for as much spam as you can. Sure it makes sense to me now. But I am still vaguely uncomfortable talking publicly about threat and attacks. It seems akin to Batman and the Joker building websites to promote their plans to outsmart each the other. What was I not getting? By now I was considering slipping quietly out of the room to silence the voice in my head saying I had been foolish, very, very foolish in my confidence as a clever and vigilant consumer of Internet Things.
Realizing that I had some mental catching up to do, I stayed for the lasting impression that could keep me awake at night: just how easy it is to steal digital data. As I struggled with the impartial irony of how enormous yet simple a cat and mouse game Web App security is, visions of Tom and Jerry danced in my boggled brain.