I was unable to make the Business Partner Summit because I got into town too late - but I heard I missed one heckuva a time. Thanks to Felicity Carson for providing the following summary of the largest Tivoli Business Partner Summit to-date
Over 500 Tivoli Business Partners showed their commitment to IBM service management by attending the Pulse Business Partner Summit, making it the largest gathering of Tivoli business partners to date. Al Zollar opened the keynote address and thanked our valued partner community for their outstanding contributions to the Tivoli revenue and growth numbers. Alan Ganek, Bill Kribbs and Joao Perez presented the three key themes (Business, Skills and Revenue) to further empower our partners for growth.
The highlight of the Summit Keynote was the Tivoli Deployment Accreditation initiative where the first set of 85 Tivoli accredited business partners were announced. The Tivoli Deployment Accreditation initiative recognizes business partners who have made a significant investment in skills and certification by providing three levels of accreditationnamely A Level, AA Level and AAA Level. Titan Solutions and Streamfoundry (USA)
Absolutely now get the value of becoming a Tivoli Accredited business partner. Synnex and Ingram (Canada) said This event has delivered an opportunity for IBM Business Partners targeting similar markets gain value from sharing experiences
The Business Partner Summit concluded with a spectacular VIP Backstage Party for provided an excellent opportunity to relax and unwind and network with peers, executives and subject matter experts. Attendees from Apruycus (Netherlands) Love the worldwide village aspect and the opportunity to meet with business partners from Hong Kong, and around the world.
Al Zollar and Michele Grieshaber congratulated and recognized the accredited partners as well as the winners and finalists of the first ever Tivoli 2008 Business Partner Awards. Finalists and winners were selected from more than 40 outstanding nominations:
IBM Tivoli 2008 Business Partner Innovation Award
IBM Tivoli 2008 Service Management Award
Finalist: Toshiba Solutions Corporation
Finalist: Deloitte & Touche
In addition, over 50 business partners requested more guidance on Webcollage program that will enable them to directly syndicate Tivoli web content to their web sites.
If you were at the Pulse 2008 conference
and visited the Expo floor, you may have seen big red button logos
with the words "IBM Tivoli Accredited Business Partner" on some of our
Business Partner booths. You can get glimpses of these logos in the top right corner of the pictures below.
So what does this logo mean? It means that IBM recognizes those IBM Business Partners who are committed to helping mid-market businesses
optimize their operations and network infrastructures via systems
management, asset protection, data recovery and more with tailored
Tivoli solutions. Often, these Business Partners are our front-line
local experts and heroes who provide services in solution assessment,
customization, deployment, training and support.
had the pleasure of informally chatting with some of these heroes
while at the Pulse conference and hearing their stories about Lance
Armstrong, John Wood, tigers, Hummers, talent recruitment videos,
awards, and heart-stopping Pulse acoustics.
Maybe you remember the Red Shirts scurrying around the
Swan and Dolphin during Pulse 2008, some murmuring into walkie- talkies like
007, others barking at them like marines on a mission. Well, folks, theyre
neither double agents nor the marines, but they were the Tivoli
boots-on-the-ground doing their best to make the conference everything we
promised it would be. Maybe you were even run over by a fast-moving Red Shirt
as you approached to ask where to purchase one of those highly fashionable
smocks. Months of maniacal focus on ones goal can make one behave like, well,
a maniac, if ones not very careful. But I digress . . .. If you ever wondered
where you can get one of those Pulse 2008 shirts, query no more. While we cant
offer them in red as that color is reserved for maniacs, um I mean conference
staff, you can get your version in black. Here are the details:
To place your order please contact Lois
Cavanaugh @ 913.319.4449 or
*Please note that this offer is available for
US residents only*
My apologies if you were a Red-Shirt runover-ee, and my
sincerest apologies if I was the runover-er. Id give you the Pulse 2008
Redshirt off my back to make amends if I werent positive youd be mistaken for
conference staff at Pulse 09 in Las Vegas and given a walkie-talkie to answer to.
You know who you are. You are always the first in line for everything. And it pays off. Or at least it usually does. I don’t know if you ever got that iPhone but I know you saved $600 on Pulse 2008 registration. And even though Pulse 2009 registration won’t open until later this month, I bet you’ll be the first to get your sneak peek at what we’ll be showcasing at the conference February 8-12.
How’s that, you say? With the new IBM Service Management Jams FREE weekly live webcast events. Each ISM Jam offers a glimpse into the strategy and technology you’ve come to expect at Pulse, including the latest in thought leadership, solution deep dives and real-world experiences from those of you that manage IT, service delivery and operational infrastructures of every kind – across every major industry. Bring your questions and come prepared for a lively discussion because each of the ISM Jams are hosted by IBM Service Management experts and include 30 minutes of live Q&A.
So stay tuned for Pulse Early Bird Registration and jump-start your Pulse experience in 2009 with the ISM Jams each Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. ET.
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.
That is how many thousands will flock to Pulse in
Las Vegas Feb 8-12, 2009
It equals the sum of its proper divisors 1, 2 and 3.
That is how many ways you can save on Pulse
None of the above
All of the above
If you answered
"2. It equals the sum
of its proper divisors 1,
2 and 3.",
you are incorrect because some answers are more correct than others. And since
this is the Pulse blog and not the Math blog, the most correct answer is is
"5. all of the above"!
But anyway, the
real value of a multiple choice is when it saves you money, right? And who
couldn't use it these days? This blog entry reveals the multiple options you
can choose from to save big on Pulse registration. Take your pick from the
savings options here and register for Pulse 2009 today at
Pulse 2009 has set aside a limited number of guest passes for
Pulse 2009. Contact your IBM rep to find out if you qualify for a guest pass to
on the Early-Early Bird Rate
The Early-Early bird rate has been extended for 2 more weeks so
you can take advantage of the $1495 rate. Use the PULSE09EEBX code when
registering, but hurry – it expires November 10, 2008.
Government employees can attend Pulse at the discounted rate of
$1395. There is no code - simply indicate that you are a government employee on
the registration page. All government employees will be asked to present their
government issued id at check in.This
discount cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions.
Pulse 2008 Alumni
Did your attend Pulse 2008? If the answer is yes, then you are
eligible for an alumni discounted rate of $1595.Simply use PULSE09ALUM as the promo code on the
registration page.This discount cannot
be combined with any other discounts or promotions.
Five or more clients from the same
organization can receive $100 off the current registration price. To obtain a
special code for this discount, call (888) 987-6545 or (781) 251-7864, 9-5 p.m.
EST, Monday-Friday. The discount must be arranged prior to registration and is
taken at the time of registration.
Okay, okay. IBM Service Management might not be
saving the world the same way heroes in a Hollywood movie would. But unseen
heroes do exist. They may not be glamorous or even know they are heroes. You
might know some of them. You might even be one of them. And right now, they are
out in force doing their best to help businesses survive the [now official] recession.
I'm not talking about the Fed, or Congress, or anyone on Wall Street. Who then?
Not just who, but what. As in who does what.
Stay with me. I'll cut to the chase now.
In a nutshell, the digital and physical
infrastructures of the world are converging to the point that global
integration impacts every aspect of business. To run sustainable businesses,
companies need to work smarter and integrate smart choices into day-to-day
operations. IBM Service Management is made up of the smartest heroes,
technology and strategies that can help your business survive the these tough
economic times. Quite a leap in logic? Oh, ye of little faith! Miracles can
happen when you've got purpose and
innovation on your side. Want to know more? Come to Pulse for four
action-packed days at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Over 200 IBM
clients, IBM executives and industry experts, aka "the Heroes" will
showcase how IBM Service Management can deliver quality service on any scale,
while addressing some of the most prominent global fascinations, including:
What’s really going on with cloud computing
a smarter planet requires a dynamic infrastructure
Delighting Your CEO with Exceptional Service Management
Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Value with Governance for Service Management
Achieving Converged Management of Business and IT Infrastructure
Inhabiting the Smarter Planet:How a
Dynamic Infrastructure Reduces Cost, Improves Services, and Manages Risk
Last Mile to SOA Success:Service
"Out of Space, Power, and Money" -- Addressing Emerging Energy and
Drowning in Data? -- Meet Tougher Service Level Requirements with Less
Tame the Explosion of Information with IBM Information Infrastructure
Balancing Risk with Opportunity: Security Trends and Strategies for Business
Customer Panel: Tales from the Cutting Edge of Service Management
Breaking Down the Barriers between Dev and Ops
Taking the Next Steps on Your SM Journey
Visit the Pulse Web to register while there’s
still time to save on registration. The Early Bird registration special of
$1795 ends Friday, December 5, 2008. Then stick around and learn more about the
following streams of our agenda:
The holidays are over. Did ya have a good one? Great! Glad
to hear it. Me too. Now it’s time to get back to work. And that means getting
back to the future. As in the immediate, impending future.
I’m not talking about getting back into the gym so you can
sport a great shape in time for spring break. I’m talking about getting back to
preparing for your future, as in securing the longevity of your business in
One of the easiest ways you can ramp up momentum for a fast
start in 2009 is by planning your personal agenda for Pulse in Vegas from February 8-12.What I mean is that
whether or not you’ve registered for Pulse 2009 yet, you are invited to create
a virtual schedule of the Pulse conference sessions with our Online Agenda Builder.You can select which sessions
you want based on what is most relevant and enhancing to the objectives
associated with your role in your business and industry. The Online Agenda Tool
enables you to explore the Pulse agenda, which you can organize by track,
topic, speaker, time of day, labs, expo . . . whatever! Did I mention that you
don’t have to be a registered attendee to use this tool?
Don’t you always get jazzed when planning a trip? Of
course you do. But we know it’s tough out there. Taking exciting trips is
something many of us delay until we feel better about spending money. That’s
exactly why we’ve invited 200 expert clients speakers to share how they
leveraged the hardware, software and services of IBM Service Management, for everything from the IT
convergence with business, to incident and problem management. IBM Executives
and industry leaders will share how IBM Service Management can deliver quality
service on any scale, while addressing some of the most prominent global
fascinations, including what’s really going on with cloud computing why a
smarter planet requires a dynamic infrastructure. You’ll get more service
management bang for your buck for years to come in four action-packed days this
Pulse is a one of a kind opportunity that is knocking now
– right at the time you need it. Anyone with a stake in Chemicals & Petroleum, Electronics, Manufacturing,
Telecommunications, Energy & Utilities, Retail, Banking, Insurance,
Defense, Travel & Transportation, Energy & Efficiency, Virtualization,
Business Resiliency, Storage & Information Infrastructure, and Managing
System Z should consider attending Pulse a top priority.
Still not convinced? Check out your options with the Pulse
Online Agenda Tool. This simple and free exercise is sure to give you
inspiration and motivation for the New Year, and justification for making the
trip that could jump start recovery or secure long-term survival.
So this week, the United States had a big moment. You know, the one right before Barack Obama was supposed to surrender his Blackberry. Yep, the oath. Well, technically we had two moments since he re-took the oath on Wednesday. But today is Friday, and as Mr. President has rolled up his sleeves to get to work on all his campaign promises and more, we humble IBMers continue ours.
With less than 15 days away from the second annual Pulse conference, some of us are just a tad anxious as we close in on the home stretch to February 8th. After all, Pulse 2008 was such a smashing success and we promised to make Pulse 2009 even more fantastic. That was a big promise. One we intend to make good on.
But I confess: we had a little help. From the world.
Amazing that a world with all its problems from global warming, to economic crisis to dwindling food, water, and energy resources would have the bandwidth to offer our little show a hand.You know what they say: “You want something done, give it to a busy world, right?” Or something like that, anyway.
The world may be getting busier, but it’s also getting smarter. And more instrumented and more interconnected.This realization led us to build Pulse through the lens of a busier, more challenged, but smarter planet. That’s when the Pulse team had a little moment of our own – our “light- bulb” moment, if you will.
Joining the Pulse News Network for the duration of the conference are television journalists, Forrest Sawyer and SuChin Pak, who will be breaking all the big stories at Pulse, and they’ll want to know:
“Where you when you experienced the moment?”
See the three-part, Pulse News Network interview with Al Zollar:
“Smarter infrastructure is by far our best path to creating new jobs and stimulating growth. We at IBM were asked to map this out by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team and our research shows that a $30 billion stimulus investment in just three areas -- smart grids, health-care IT and broadband -- could yield almost one million new jobs within one year.”
If you’re one of thousands of people flying into McCarran International Airport today for Pulse 2009, then you already know that we are about to explore building a smarter planet through a dynamic infrastructure with IBM Service Management. Are you ready? Good! The next thing on your agenda should be to visit The Top Six Pulse Social Networking Tools so you can decide how you want to keep in touch with friends, colleagues and clients during Pulse.
If you are not one of the lucky ones with this event already on your agenda, it’s not too late! Come by the MGM Grand and head over to the Pulse 2009 registration desk.
But, you ask, what is Pulse and why should you care? Good questions. We have the answers.
Pulse is a conference dedicated to building smarter IT infrastructure. You should care because smarter infrastructure is by far our best path to creating new, globally competitive jobs and stimulating growth. IBM research shows that focused investment in just three areas -- healthcare IT, smart electric grids and broadband -- could yield almost one million new jobs within one year.
“ Even as this plan puts Americans back to work, it will also make the critical investments in alternative energy, in safer roads, better health care and modern schools that will lay the foundation for long-term growth and prosperity, and will invest in broadband and emerging technologies, like the ones imagined and introduced to the world by people like Sam and so many of the CEOs here today, because that's how America will retain and regain its competitive edge in the 21st century."
“Tivoli did a bang up job at Pulse 09 in Las Vegas. IBM Software Group’s narratives for vertical industries have rarely felt so crisp, and I have watched the company for 14 years now.” - James Governor, Redmonk
Did you miss Pulse
2009, this past February? If you did, you'll have a chance to see what Mr. Governor was talking about whenPulse Comes to You.
The convergence of the
physical and digital have inspired us to devise innovative products and
services inconceivable just 10 years ago. And now, new opportunities are
available for your business to create new services fueled by the billions
of smart devices in the world.Come
to your local Pulse event to see how we’re taking concepts and systems that
we created for managing digital assets and adapting them to manage physical
Whether you attended
the Pulse 2009,or you plan to
attend Pulse Comes to You or the global event in 2010, we welcome your
input on how to enhance the overall experience. Please post your
suggestions to the Pulse 2010
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of select instructor-led on-line courses and 50% off Tivoli certification
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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!)
While diligently working on a very productive Friday afternoon (seriously!), I ran into an old friend online. I know what you’re thinking, “Jen’s been wasting time on Facebook again.” But it’s not like that, ya’ll. While planning out a strategy for Pulse 2010 communications, I decided to try and get to know some of the new friends that www.facebook.com/ibmpulse has made lately. It’s important to know your audience before blasting off something awkward in social cyberspace that provokes an encore performance from Keyboard Cat.
One of the new Pulse friends had posted a really neat little video that sings the praises of Geekdom called I AM A GEEK by the Society for Geek Advancement. Now, I’m not exactly sure when it became cool to be a geek, but the tables have indeed turned. Never mind snarky little Mac commercials that pick on poor old beige PC. Those, IMHO, are so 2000-late.
As I watched this video, I was filled with pride and an instant kinship with the geeks it profiled. If I hadn’t been so distracted by my growling tummy, I would have even gotten a little misty [enter Keyboard Cat].
Only a geek can understand how I became BFFs with pals I met online. And not just because they read the same mystery series I read, but specifically because we share the same favorite character in that series. I suddenly felt like Rudolph and Hermey (You know! That elf that wanted to be a dentist?) when they landed on the Isle of Misfit Toys.
After the video, I wanted to peruse the sponsoring website www.geekadvancement.com. There, I noticed that I was encouraged to purchase a T-shirt that says, “I AM A GEEK” so that I can “be the geek that keeps on giving.” Wha . . . ?
Maybe the cool geek thing was wearing out it’s welcome a leeeeeettle too fast. I was just about to blow that popsicle stand when I noticed some barely readable text that sent my heart a pitter-pattering as it once again filled with that warm and fuzzy feeling of familiarity. Next to the graphic of the T-shirt I was solicited to buy were the words:
“All proceeds go to Room to Read, building schools and libraries for children in developing countries around the world.”
Pulse 2008 veterans, it’s pop quiz time! Who is the founder of Room to Read and what high paying gig did he walk away from to change the world through literacy?
A. Lance Armstrong B. Hootie and the Blowfish C. John Wood
Click the following video for the answer, kids:
I still think I'd rather donate cash to Room to Read than buy a shirt with that kind of proclamation.
With summer vacation coming to close, the kids are heading back to school, and once again it’s time to prepare for the harvest. For some, it’s a bittersweet time as kids venture out into the wildernesses of kindergarten through college. For others, it’s a welcome return to a routine of days begun without Finneas and Ferb, followed by the freedom to indulge in an intense focus on work without the whiny pitches of, “Maaahhhhmmeeeeeeeee! I need a snnnaaa-aaack” at regular intervals.
I hope you all had a good summer. Maybe you took a vacation. Me? If you’d been reading my blogs you won’t be surprised to hear that Central Texas destroyed every one of its existing heat records dating back to 1854, and along with it, my desire for my annual beach trip.
Heat exhaustion can do strange things to a person. Some see things like a mirage in a desert. Others might hear ringing in their ears. When I saw my vehicle’s thermostat register 130 F in my driveway, I listened for fire truck sirens.
Instead I heard the call of the wild, which emphatically told me to head north and keep going until I reached a glacier or something. Call of the wild? More like call of the brilliant ideas!
I was really glad I answered that call. It led me to a cabin in the North Woods of Minnesota on Lake Superior. Ok, it’s not a glacier but it used to be. After chilling for a while (under wool blankets!), I returned home recharged and ready for the harvest. For Pulse, our harvest goals include recruiting 300 Service Management experts to speak at Pulse 2010 by October 16.
Have you heard our call for brilliant ideas? It goes like this:
Hoping to capitalize on some clever Internet trend or hilarious current event for my next blog, I discovered something called the Top 20 Marketing Trends of 2009 on Google. This list managed to be both dull yet somewhat intriguing all at once. Dull because it was a list, which I find inherently boring. Intriguing because I wanted to see just how “on” it’s predictions were. Did it predict what was obviously already a trend, or did it predict something altogether fresh that emerged in March or June?
The truth is, I don’t know because I never made it past trend #1: Recession Marketing. The author writes,
“Expect a lot of marketing messaging related to the recession. Don’t be surprised to see lots of offers that “save you money” throughout the year. With fewer purchasing dollars available, how will your marketing message be distinctive and stand out?”
I confess that the word “Recession” kinda makes me shudder. It’s like the Bogeyman. Spooky and invisible. Now that I have your attention, Recession seems to say, let me infect you with anxiety and paralyze you with pessimism.
On the other hand, the Recession has inspired all of us to pause and ponder our situation. It is always wise to think, but thoughts alone never saved nor earned a penny and the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, right?
So let’s give the Bogeyman the boot!
If you are managing a dynamic infrastructure as executive leadership, security, operations, storage, production, delivery, facilities or communications service, the way to do this is to reduce cost and risk to the business and amp up the service quality and delivery. You probably already knew that, but did you know that IBM Service Management can provide the visibility, control, and automation for your business to lead a successful transition through the recession?
Where to Begin
Pulse 2010 will be THE epic mashup of education, innovation and networking around service management. If you only choose one event in 2010, Pulse is the one you can’t afford to miss where you will learn new, proven ways of deploying service management solutions, which could have an ROI benefit 10 times higher than the conference cost.
Immediate Savings,Options and Deadlines
The most valuable opportunities to get started with this business of reducing costs and improving service are only available for a few more weeks. And since you, loyal customers, keep telling us that your top priority is to figure out ways to preserve capital and cut operational expenses, this is one opportunity you must not let pass.
Free Admission to Pulse: Clients Speakers attend FREE. We are accepting your proposals until November 2. Submit a 100-word abstract of your successful application of service management here.
Save up to $600 on Pulse:Register by November 16 and save $500 on a full conference badge for the Premier Service Management Event. Register as part of a group of 5 or more from the same organization and save an additional $100!
If your management needs more proof that Pulse is a wise investment, fill out this Business Justification Form and present them with the facts.
Get thee to Pulse and we can all say bye-bye to this notion of Recession Marketing and the Bogeyman.
Ria, thanks for posting tips on submitting Pulse abstracts for Cloud Computing. I'm sharing this with our Pulse blog so others can easily find the information. Note the abstract submission deadline was extended to Nov. 20, 2010.