*** I would like to extend a big thanks to my colleagues on the Smarter Industries team for providing all the guest blogs on Smarter Industries at Pulse 2012 ***
Smart Financial Service Industries are creating a customer-focused enterprise and streamlining operations while regulating risk and compliance. At Pulse 2012, learn how to fundamentally and cost-effectively change the economics of IT and speed the delivery of innovative products and services.
Speaker sessions confirmed for Pulse include presentations from CitiBank, Bank of China and Banco do Brasil. At Pulse 2012, you will gain insights in the most critical banking and financial services industry topics, including:
Leveraging IBM SmartCloud provisioning to meet business needs
Delivery of Business Service Management
Simplifying Endpoint Management in the distributed banking environment
Highlights from the 2011 IBM Security X-Force trend and risk report
Building an enterprise grade cloud and discussions in application performance management
Pulse 2012 will also feature the latest technology initiatives and next-generation solutions offered by IBM and our business partners, where clients can experience demonstrations addressing important topics for banking and financial service organizations like Lease Accounting for Assets and Facilities, Endpoint Management for Automation & Cloud, Effective Governance for Identity and Access Management and Virtualization Security Solutions.
We look forward to seeing you at Pulse next week! Register Now before online registration closes on Thursday, and save $200 off onsite registration.
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!
And any other awesome firm that is willing to collaborate with IBM by showcasing your business and technology leadership at Pulse.
The benefits are simple, but long reaching. We estimate over 7000 people will pass through the Pulse Expo. And with them, limitless opportunities to progress and develop leads in an environment super charged with the brightest talent, sharpest skill and most focused energy in the industry. If you were there last year, you know what I am talking about and are probably already committed to a Pulse 2012 sponsorship.
Although half of the sponsorship opportunities are still available as of today, they are being scooped up faster than previous years. Friends, now is the time to lock in your Pulse 2012 Expo Sponsorship. Book before December 16 and save a hefty $5K, unless you are a Pulse 2011 Sponsor Alumnus, then you save $10K. These are going fast, and it's no wonder. Just don't say I didn't tell you about it.
Pulse 2012 is your gateway to discover cutting edge industry specific solutions bringing together industry experts from different part of the world to provide you insights on current business scenarios and help you identify valuable industry solutions for your business: government, telecommunications, energy & utilities, healthcare, retail, banking, insurance, travel & transportation, manufacturing and chemicals & petroleum.
At Pulse, you will also find industry specific demonstrations that illustrate the broad business value of IBM industry solutions. And you can experience industry round tables where you gain an opportunity to meet peers for discussion and an exchange of views. Hosted by IBM client executives, industry round tables are a great way to share best practices and industry challenges and solutions, to offer valuable knowledge and practical advice on the topics and solutions that matters most to you and your Industry.
Want to know more? Keep visiting ibm.com/blogs/pulse for future updates, news and discussions happening around the IBM Pulse conference.
Pulse kicked off the IBM Tivoli Business Partner Summit Sunday with almost 1000 Business Partners. IBM executives Al Zollar, Doug Brown, Sandy Carter, Joao Perez, Faye Chandler, Laura Sanders, and Bill Kribbs shared made special appearances and discussed IBM's new approach to Integrated Service Management. . Special sessions on the latest hot topics included social media, speed partnering, and a "Cool Cloud Cash Workshop" hosted by Sandy Carter with "Cloud Computing for Dummies" author Judith Hurwitz.
IBM Tivoli 2010 Business Partner awards were also announced as follows:
Pirean wins IBM Tivoli 2010 Business Partner Service Management Solution Award for outstanding business partner solution delivering the visibility, control and automation required to industrialize business and IT operations. Founded in 2002, Pirean is a leading systems integrator and consultancy delivering real-time business and service assurance through solutions for infrastructure and application management. Pirean worked with a major UK Government Agency to address significant Service Management challenges. The customer had no accurate view of the IT estate, limited KPI reporting and time consuming SLA management. Through a detailed process of discovery of the existing environment, Pirean was able to review and document process in line with ITIL best practice (ISO20000) – and by leveraging the integrated IBM portfolio, design a solution from a technology perspective to ensure that process was followed. The solution includes customer specific customizations to each Screen within Tivoli Service Request Manager and CCMDB, as well as implementing workflows that guide the user through the defined service management process. The solution delivered has already demonstrated the ability to introduce increased structure and control through workflows, and dramatically improved configuration management through the discovery tools and provides a level of compliance management previously not available.
Softential, Inc. wins IBM Tivoli 2010 Business Partner Innovation Award for leading the charge to manage the world’s infrastructure with IBM Tivoli capabilities and solutions in innovative, intelligent, and exciting ways. Founded in 2000, Softential provides Service Management solutions for businesses that need to monitor and manage their services, IT infrastructure and workflow. Softential's product OpsAssure is a new enhanced integration and visualization of relevant CMDB data (asset and GIS information) and Google Maps; and dynamic weather information (from N.O.A.A); essentially forging new capabilities as called for in IBM’s Smart Planet initiative. OpsAssure provides integrations with IBM Tivoli Business Automation products (Netcool OMNIbus, Netcool Webtop and Netcool Impact). Working with client Cox Communications, Softential used their OpsAssure solution to help Cox better obtain fault and event information to Cox across service areas in the context of real-time weather data (obtained periodically from NOAA) and its affect on Cox’s service availability and QOS. Cox benefits from having this unprecedented visibility into its service areas both in normal operating conditions as well as when faced with adverse weather. As a result, Cox is able to reduce outage durations and ensure customer satisfaction. FINALISTS: generationE, the Createch Group
eSolutions wins the Smarter Planet Award for its dedicated work with clients to manage instrumented, interconnected and intelligent infrastructures with better visibility control and automation.
Alcatel Lucent wins the Network Equipment Provider Award for its contribution to Tivoli’s success in 2009.
StorServer wins the Application Specific License Award for its contribution to Tivoli’s success in 2009. Winner:
Pulse 2010 Best of Show Award for showcasing a solution at the Pulse conference that solves problems in today’s IT market by using creative methods, drives new markets, and fosters new innovation and cutting edge solutions. TBD until Monday
The CIO Summit, International Forum Reception, Maximo User Groups sessions, and the opening of the Pulse Solution Expo were also part of today's big events. The first day of general sessions starts tomorrow.
Your infrastructure is already expanding, whether you like it or not. The question is: will you have the ability to see it, control it and automate it across cloud, smart physical infrastructure, enterprise mobility and data analytics?
Attend the Day 1 Opening General Session and find out how to gain the Visibility, Control and Automation you need to achieve “Business without Limits.” You’ll hear from customers who are already starting to achieve Business without Limits. IBM Tivoli General Manager, Danny Sabbah, and Robert LeBlanc, who heads up IBM’s Software Middleware Group, will also be sharing their insights and vision. Also featured will be performances by the highly acclaimed revolutionary a cappella group, Naturally 7!
DAY TWO, March 6, 2012
The destination is “Business without Limits.” But how do you get there? Attend the Day 2 General Session for an in-depth look at Visibility, Control and Automation in action! A panel of IBM customers will share what they’ve learned on the journey to achieving Visibility, Control and Automation across their entire infrastructure. IBM Tivoli’s VP of Strategy and Development, Jamie Thomas, and VP of Open Standards, Angel Diaz, will outline a “roadmap” for optimizing your infrastructure. You’ll also hear about IBM’s broader roadmap around Smarter Computing, from IBM Senior VP and Group Executive Software Group, Steve Mills. And you won’t want to miss featured performers, “America’s Got Talent” finalists, illuminate!
DAY THREE, March 7, 2012
What innovations in analytics and computing technology will the future bring? Join us for the Day 3 General Session and you’ll get an exciting glimpse into the innovations of the future. Find out how the advanced analytics used in Watson are being put to work in businesses around the world. Discover what the data center of the future will look like, in the year 2020 and beyond. Finally, you won’t want to miss our featured guest speaker, co-founder of Apple Computer and Innovator, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Steve Wozniak!
This week, we launched the brand new Pulse Conversations Online portal so that you can now follow some of the conversations around Pulse on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Livestream, YouTube, Flickr, FourSquare and more all in one place.
Take a moment today to register your blog feed and social profile information for accounts such as Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook to network with others around Pulse conversations and make yourself known as a thought leader! Simply use #ibmpulse in your tweets and ibmpulse in your blogs for your social content to appear in the Pulse Conversations portal. See the Welcome tab for a list of other keywords you can use.
For a cheat sheet on Pulse social networks, see the slide below:
1: the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions ; specifically : the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business 2: the establishment or use of a computer network
I got this definition of networking from the Merriam Webster's website. It says networking is noun. Although I was an English major with pretty decent grades, this seems a bit illogical to me. I mean, networking implies that you actually have to do something like shake hands with a colleague, call a prospect on the phone, tag friends in a facebook picture, ask contacts to endorse you on LinkdIn, or send out a tweet via Twitter.
The point is, you can't do nothing and be networking. So just add the little word "am" in front of networking, as in, "I am networking at Pulse."
You have a verb, and it's logical! See how easy it is? Here are a few great opportunities for networking at Pulse:
Pulse 2009 Networking Receptions Pulse is an unparalleled opportunity for networking with like-minded professionals. Attendees can meet new contacts or catch up with familiar faces at one of our networking receptions. You must be registered for Pulse 2009 to attend a Pulse networking reception. Here are a few already planned that you might want to attend:
International Connection Conference Center Level 1, Rooms 113-114 Sunday, February 8, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
Pulse attendees can meet others from their country or geographical region. Members of the Pulse Team will be on hand to welcome and provide guidance for navigating the conference to make it a productive and enjoyable experience. Attendees can also talk with representatives from the IBM organizations and discover IBM resources that can have a positive impact on your business. Sign up for the International Connection Reception by emailing Sheila Boyle with the subject ICR-YES to email@example.com
IBM Service Management for Business Leaders Conference Room 311 Monday, February 9, 6:00 PM -7:30 PM Appetizers, beer and wine A convergence of key economic and technology trends compels today's business and IT leaders to place unprecedented focus on service management. Join Kristin Hansen for a continuation of these conversations from the IBM Service Management for Business Leaders session and more at a special Pulse reception. Catch up with established colleagues or develop new acquaintances. Attendees who attend sessions in the IBM Service Management for Business Leaders stream are invited to this reception.
IBM ISS Business Partners MGM Grand Room 314 Monday, February 9, 6:00 PM -7:30 PM Mediterranean Tapas Bar All registered Reseller and Systems Integrator BPs are invited to join hosts by Dan Powers, Jay Leary, Bob Kalka, and Marc Van Zadelhoff for a special reception for networking and noshing. To register, please contact Kathy LeNoir at firstname.lastname@example.org.
System z Clients Tabu Ultra Lounge at the MGM Grand Monday February 9, 2009, 6:30 PM Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres System z clients are invited to a special reception hosted by Dot Alexander and Karl Freund. Continue conversations from the sessions, catch up with familiar colleagues, or establish new acquaintances. Attendees are asked to present their conference badges for admission.
IBM Storage Clients MGM Grand Conference Center Ballroom 309 Monday, February 9, 2009, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres IBM Storage clients are invited to mingle and network with storage peers from around the world as well as IBM Storage executives. Don't miss this opportunity for quality discussions as well as some fun! Please confirm your attendance by January 30, 2009 with your IBM Sales Representative.
Super Women's Group MGM Grand, Third Floor Convention Foyer Tuesday, February 10, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres Join host Laura Sanders, Vice President, Tivoli Development for the Super Women's Group Reception at Pulse 2009. Enjoy refreshments while you mix and mingle with other women in technology! RSVP by February 1, 2009 for the Super Women's Group Reception by adding it to your schedule with the Pulse Agenda Builder.
You might have heard the news today that the Austin City Limits Festival, one of the crown jewels of my hometown’s economy, announced the schedule for the three day September music festival. From Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Wonder to newer favorites Coldplay and Arcade Fire, ACL 2011 will offer the best of the best.
And if the best roadshows always include a gig in Austin, then Pulse Comes to You is no exception. This year, Pulse makes a stop in the Live Music Capital of the World, which has also earned the moniker Silicon Hills for a concentration of diverse technology innovation and the beauty of the Central Texas Hill Country.
Leading the lineup at Pulse Comes to You in Austin is a keynote on Integrated Service Management for a Smarter Planet, followed by four tracks of break out sessions including Managing the Virtual World, Compliance – Protecting the Organization, Optimizing Your IT Investment, and Managing Your Assets. The all day June 9 event at the Westin Domain starts at 8:30 am, includes lunch at noon, and wraps up with a networking reception at 4:00 pm. Register for this free event today.
Sorry there won’t be any Pulse Palooza at PCTY Austin, but they don’t call Austin the Live Music Capital of the World for nothing. Go to the Austin Chronicle and see what’s happening in A-Town after hours!
Not that any of you are going to be tempted to hop up on stage during a PCTY Austin session, snatch the mike from the speaker, and insult them while praising another speaker. . . but if you were, well, we don’t cotton to that around here. Just saying.
Just got out of Day 1 of Pulse General Session Kickoff. I was unable to get a stable connection in the Theatre, so I’ve had problems in uploading media to the two channels below, but keep checking since I should have cool stuff I’ll be discussing throughout the conference uploaded soon:
Laura Sanders and Alan Ganek, in comedy style mode, discussed demos of how Tivoli products help with Dynamic Infrastructure. I got a kick out of their Sunny and Cher-like comedy. They started off with a Pizza video that they wove through the whole demo discussion. Alan quipped, “There has to be some way to bring intelligence to your door, Laura.” Laura slammed him back on the petitions she received requesting that he not sing on stage. And several hecklers from the audience threw in “and dancing!”
Jim Haney, Harley Davidson CEO, spoke on how important Tivoli products are for delivering a superior experience.
Tom Rosamillia, General Manager of IBM WebSphere Software, spoke on how SOA and Service Management together help deliver the Dynamic Infrastructure vision and invite folks to learn more at the upcoming IMPACT conference in May.
John Brandt, from the MPI Group, spoke about how Convergence is a great opportunity moving forward. As a community strategist, a key point he kept reinforcing that resonated with me was that Customers are rarely buying a brand. For instance, they are not buying beer, but relationships and community. Yup!
He says we all should be asking three main questions: What do your customers really want? Can employees deliver real innovation? Do your processes drive consistent measurable progress?
Repeated theme throughout the entire morning was: Who will lead the charge for a Smarter Planet and Dynamic Infrastructure: You! You! You! Rich Esposito, VP of IBM IT Strategy and Architecture Services, specifically called out CIOs, stating they are in a bittersweet spot--being challenged to align with both the demands of the business and the world. He said they are in the best position to lead the journey and transform the waters. The good news is that being a good citizen strategically also helps in lowering total costs in managing IT and business infrastructure in the long run!
At Pulse 2010, we announced Integrated Service Management, and a new Smarter Planet Theme: Product and Service Innovation, which provides organizations with an integrated means to design, deliver and manage business and IT services. In June, we're continuing the drum beat with Innovate 2010, a revamped and upgraded software and services conference, featuring hundreds of hands-on technical workshops and skill-building sessions. Innovate 2010 will feature an entire track – 16 sessions - devoted to Integrated Service Management.
Come to Innovate 2010 to see Integrated Service Management solutions that:
define an effective service strategy to gain unique competitive advantage
develop tools and processes across architecture, development, and operations for faster time to market
assure the health and performance of composite applications with faster problem identification and resolution
leverage new delivery options like virtualization, cloud computing and many more.
improve visibility into business activity and health indicators for smarter products and services to ensure continual service improvement
Sessions in the Integrated Service Management track include:
End to End Application Quality & Performance Management - Joseph P. Toomey, IBM; Bryan Chagoly, IBM
Closing the Gap between Development and Operations by Integrating Process, Tooling, and Data - Balachandar (Bala) Rajaraman, IBM; John Wiegand, IBM
Faster Releases by Development and Operations using Rational Asset Manager and Tivoli CCMDB - Derek D. Baron, IBM; Rich Johnston, IBM
How to Recover from and Avoid an Application "Heart Attack" (ROI models for Service delivery optimization and market survival) - Casey Plunkett, IBM; Michael T. Lundblad, IBM
Bridging the Deployment Gap - Deployment Planning and Automation - Daniel Berg, IBM; Hari Madduri, IBM; Leigh A. Williamson, IBM
Leveraging IT Cloud Environments to Bridge the Development/Operations Gap - Balachandar (Bala) Rajaraman, IBM; Leigh A. Williamson, IBM
Enhancing the Application Lifecycle With IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager - Todd A. Kindsfather, IBM
Effective Management and Realization of IT Architectures - Daniel Berg, IBM; Michael Elder, IBM; Jonathan Stinton, IBM
Smart Testing Service with integration between IBM Rational Build Forage and IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager - Yan Zhang, IBM; Man Sun, IBM; Allen Chia, IBM
Closing the Loop: From Support Request to ALMRequest and Back with Client Lifecycle Management on IBM Rational ClearQuest - Bertrand Durou, IBM; Christian Glockner, IBM
Transitioning to an IT Service Management (ITSM) Model - Colin ONeill, IconATG & OCSolutions
Using Rational and Tivoli Tools in IBM Systems and Technology Group Systems Test - David Mehaffy, IBM
Getting started with service strategy
Trends and developments in industry standards
Mind the Gap: converging software delivery and operations with process, training and tools - Carol Pollard, IBM; Dhiraj Gupta, Progressive Insurance; Michael T. Lundblad, IBM
Managing Smarter Services with Integrated Business Activity & Service Health Monitoring - Robert Sawyer, IBM; James Moore, IBM
Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know that Pulse 2012 Call for Speakers will open next Monday on September 19. I wanted to give you a heads up to get your ideas flowing and submit your session proposal as soon as you're ready, which you can do at ibm.com/pulse
Also, mark your calendar for the live Q&A webcast on September 28 where you can ask the IBM subject matter experts anything you want to know about presenting at Pulse. Follow @IBMPulsefor details about the webcast and other Pulse updates.
Here is a sneak peek at the Pulse 2012 includes the five major streams, and their respective tracks:
Cloud and Smarter Flexible Infrastructures
These sessions will explore keys to innovation with agility
with a robust service delivery platform that includes change management,
provisioning, monitoring, scheduling, virtualization, cloud computing
Service delivery and process automation
Service availability & performance Mgmt
Collaborative development & operations
Cloud and new models for service delivery
Smarter Physical Infrastructure These
sessions will highlight industries where IBM Maximo Asset Management
and TRIRIGA help increase asset lifespan, ROI/ROA, labor efficiency and
supply chains, space planning, and project and portfolio management.
EAM Best Practices
EAM Implementation & Upgrades
EAM Extended Usage
EAM Technical Sessions
Maximo Utility Working Group (MUWG)
EAM Industry Case Studies
Integrated Workplace Management
Security and Compliance
These sessions will address key security and compliance
challenges and demonstrating how IBM security intelligence solutions can
enable secure business amidst the emergence of cloud, mobility, social
business, and big data.
Securing Emerging Technologies
Securing the Infrastructure and Mitigating Threats
Managing Compliance and Audit for a Secure Organization
These sessions will explore the expanding role of mobile technologies
across the enterprise, and the vital role of visibility, control and
automation in the deployment and adoption of new services.
Service Assurance for Communications Service Providers
Cloud Service Providers
Mobility and Endpoint Management
Clients and Business Partners selected to deliver a Pulse education
session may be eligible for a complimentary full conference pass valued
at USD $1,995. After legal review of applicable laws, IBM will determine
eligibility for a complimentary pass on an individual basis. Conference
registration includes meals, education sessions, EXPO Solution Center,
and networking events Sunday evening through Wednesday. Travel and
living expenses are not included and will not be reimbursed. The
complimentary pass for delivering an education session at Pulse is
limited to one client or Business Partner per company per session. IBM
will inform individuals of eligible status and provide any additional
required documentation. IBMers are not eligible for a free pass to
Pulse for presenting a session.
And here's a video I think you'll like if you are concerned about things we will address at Pulse.
When people ask me what Tivoli does or what is service management, my first impulse is to launch into this:
IBM Service Management represents an evolutionary leap forward in managing services. IBM Service Management provides the integrated Visibility, Control and Automation™ that you need across business and technology assets to help overcome roadblocks to innovation. It enables you to better achieve your business objectives and maximize the value from all of the assets that support your operation.
But its even easier than that. We do what any good business must: save customers time and money, while enabling them to delight their own customers. For instance, the gecko and the hairdo keep telling you every day of your life how easy it is to save with them. What they don't tell you is that those savings would be impossible without loads of data housed in systems run on software that organizes chaos to help make business sense. That's what we do. Of course, there is a lot more to the story and we hope you'll come to Pulse for the rest.
Here's a little something to dance in your head while you score holiday gifts online this season:
At Pulse, we're going to showcase what we do best. We're also going to bring brand new solutions, roadmaps for forthcoming development, sessions with domain experts and real human clients, and solution demos that show you how to save money and keep customers coming back to you.
We'll have some fun too. I'll tell you more about that later.
Pulse 2012 is March 4-7 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Early Bird registrationcan save you up to $700 but the offer expires on December 16.
If you missed the Pulse Opening session you missed a movie, a play, results from the 2008 CEO Survey with some insights of future industry trends, and some powerful inspiration . . . here is the recap:
Over 4000 experienced the excitement of unlocking innovation with the Visibility, Control, and Automation of IBM Service Management at the Pulse Opening Session! Al Zollar opened the session with a mini movie about Tivoli.After the movie, Al introduced Steve Mills who took the stage to provide insight on how only IBM can provide short and long term solutions with the breadth and depth of the unmatched IBM portfolio of solutions. Then Al Zollar took the stage again to address the industrialization of IT, explaining how IBM Service Management helps ensure cost effective, quality service delivery that is business aligned and environmentally aware. Then Chris OConnor took the stage to moderate to moderate the Demonstration of Values, the story of fictitious corporation VCA Bike and Motorcycle that demonstrated how Tivoli can help businesses utilize existing resources to overcome business challenges in a tough market, launch new products on time within budget. Liz Smith then shared results from the 2008 CEO Survey, which collected input from over 1000 CEOs and Public Sector leaders worldwide to find out what they see as next major business impacts are and how that affects the enterprise of the future. Liz then introduced and explained the five entry points to Service Management: Discover, Monitor, Protect, Industrialize and Integrate.
Concluding Day One General Session was Lance Armstrong, seven-time winner of the Tour de France, but perhaps even more widely known as an individual dedicated to helping researchers cure cancer, inspiring all of us to have the courage to rise above lifes challenges. Lance candidly shared his personal story of how he discovered that cancer was the best thing that ever happened to him in showing him that his life would only get better. And did it ever get better! Following his record-breaking athletic career, Lance redirected his passion for his work in becoming a leader and activist on behalf of cancer survivors around the world. Inspiring more than 50 million people across the globe to wear the yellow LiveStrong wristbands in support of people living with cancer, even more to volunteer in our own communities to affect positive change in the world.
It’s a big day for Seamus. There has been a very important addition to his family today.
No, not the McManus family. The Cloud Family.
What’s that? No, Cloud is not the maiden surname of Mrs. Seamus McManus. Allow me to clarify: I’m talking about Cloud Computing. Yes, that’s right. Our Seamus is the father of Cloud Computing. I know the Pulse fans know all about it from the session "Aligning IT to Business - Competitive Advantage of Cloud Computing" that was featured at Pulse 2009 and Pulse Comes to You local events.
I have been thinking of Seamus a lot lately in anticipation of the arrival of this new addition christened, IBM CloudBurst. I really wanted to congratulate him, you know, pay my respects. And invite him to the webcast scheduled in honor of the arrival next Thursday. It’s going to be a big hit. BTW – you’re all invited, too.
So I did what anyone would do when looking for someone.
I looked Seamus up on Facebook.
To my dismay, my search netted eleven, yes - eleven Seamus McManuses. Who knew the name Seamus McManus was all that common? I only know of one.
I also know this: If Seamus were a female, I would have found her on the first try. I know this for a fact because me and most of my lady friends of the hitched marital status include our maiden names on our Facebook profiles so long lost buddies can find us. It works. My BFF from 1st grade that I haven’t spoke to in about 20 years recently found me. No, she didn’t write LYLAS on my wall . . . yet.
Alas, most of the Seamus’s on Facebook have the cartoon instead of a personalized picture, so I still haven’t been able to connect with our hero. Can you imagine if my well-intended sentiments on the bouncing baby . . . . nebula? . . . (I don’t even know) went to the wrong guy? Embarrassing.
So will the real Seamus McManus please stand up?
Ok everybody. Let’s all give him a round of applause. Well done!
(And upload a personalized photo on your FB profile, already!)