Pulse Daily News for Tuesday, March 6
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.
- Integrative platform architecture, which you can see at The IBM Interoperability Center, is also located in the Solution Expo.
Watch the replay at ibm.com/pulse. Read more about the general session: Turbo Todd, the Cloud and Service Management Blog on the IBM Software Blog
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.
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.
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.
Watch the replays at ibm.com/pulse.
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.
Complete Your Conference Evaluation for a Free T-Shirt
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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.
- Watch Pulse videos on ibm.com/pulse
- View Pulse Photos on Facebook and Flickr
- Answer the Social Pulse Question of the Day
- 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!
- Read blogs from Turbo Todd, Cloud and Service Management, Asset Management, Storage, System z, and IBM Software.
Tuesday Preview: Don't miss these events!
- General Sesssion 8:00 a.m. in the Grand Garden Arena (Livestreamed)
- 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.
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