For the past 7 months I have been leading a team of communicators all focused on introducing Pulse to the world, more specifically IBM clients and business partners. As I am preparing to leave for Orlando, I just cant believe that all the months of preparation are over and now its time to deliver what weve been promising as the Service Management event of the year. By the way if you or someone you know has not of heard of Pulse, I want to know your hiding place so I can visit when its time to invite the world to Pulse 2009. But for now, allow me the final indulgence of sharing what I find most exciting about Pulse 2008. . .
Pulse 2008 includes a compelling agenda of comprehensive education and unique networking opportunities. There will be everything from a full day dedicated to our business partners that includes an award ceremony, to industry user group meetings and analyst panels, to a social event a la speed dating with the best and brightest Tivoli technologists. There will be many announcements, including the launching of the 5 Entry Points to Service Management to help organizations jump start Service Management in their organization. I am also very intrigued by the buzz I have been hearing about the Tivoli-turned-IBM Software Group-wide initiative to build the greenest data center possible. I felt pretty good about reducing my carbon footprint when I started working from home and switched to curly light bulbs, but I can only imagine the difference a Fortune 500 corporation can make by mobilizing its forces to combat the global climate crisis.
Who wouldnt be jazzed about hearing what seven-time tour de France champion and cancer activist Lance Armstrong has to say? Why, I just realized that in addition to us both being Austinites, athletes, and parents, now Lance and I have Pulse in common too wait theres one more: I also hate cancer. Then theres John Wood, who left a wildly successful career at Microsoft to bring literacy to the third worlds children. This is one speech I have got to hear . . . I really want to know what motivates someone to trade in use of a private jet for a yak. And of course everyone has a favorite Hootie and the Blowfish tune theyll probably play mine at Pulse since I pretty much like all of them.
In addition to all of that I have already mentioned there will be so much more to experience. To help keep you informed during the event, we are deploying online community and social networking tools in a way that we have not done before at a conference. A bunch of us on the Pulse team will be blogging so come back and visit the Pulse blog often. We're looking forward to your comments. And be sure to sign up for the Pulse Twitter for mini-blogs throughout the conference. I really hope folks will take advantage of our online community and social networking tools during and after Pulse. This is really a topic for a separate blog but incase you were wondering, here are a few benefits the new online functionality can provide:
Make it easier to do business with IBM and community experts
Identify important business and IT trends and opportunities
Innovate and collaborate on business ideas and solutions that matter
Create long-term face-to-face and online connections
Facilitate knowledge transfer and skills training
Discover and leverage the wisdom of the community
See you all at Pulse, and remember . . . what happens in Orlando winds up on the Pulse Blog!