The Pulse blog is pleased to present today's guest blog by Kristof Kloeckner, General Manager of Rational Software, IBM Software Group
Based on discussions and interactions with clients, a common theme has emerged - the gap between development and operations groups (people, processes and technologies). This gap diminishes business agility, the ability to respond to market demands quickly with new applications or solutions. It can also lead to quality problems with deployed applications resulting in higher costs, service disruption and service quality issues. Some of the root causes for these challenges are:
Lack of visibility across the teams hinders collaboration and causes inconsistent manual handoffs as well as configuration and infrastructure mismatches
Deployment requirements are difficult to validate and it is tough to mimic production in dev and test environments
Moving applications from development to staging to production is a complex series of steps. Deployment engineers often execute manual steps which are not repeatable, and prone to error
It is extremely difficult to integrate and automate these processes, as well as standardize maintenance and reuse given the heterogeneous nature of the environment with products from different vendors and open source tools.
Together Rational and Tivoli have been working with customers to address some of these challenges and we have introduced capabilities which include; Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) for Agile development and delivery, Deployment Planning and Automation (DP&A) for constructing deployment topologies and deployment automation and SmartCloud Provisioning for quickcloud deployment and automated provisioning.
By way of example, Danske Bank deployed these capabilities and reduced their average time of development projects from 14 months to 9 months while improving efficiency by 15%. Through automation, Sun Trust improved hand-off times by 98% while cutting deployment related issues by 93 %. And a leading tire manufacturer moved to agile processes and accelerated their development models by 30%
Based on these and other deployment scenarios, we are now working with a few select clients on a more integrated lifecycle management solution for Continuous Delivery, which we plan to make it available to a wider set of customers as part of a managed beta program in April. What does it mean to have continuous delivery? It means that the applications built by our clients are production-ready throughout the lifecycle and can be released to end users at any time, reducing the cycle times significantly. These capabilities are built leveraging open standards, enabling clients to leverage existing investments and the cloud. Some of the capabilities planned for the beta include:
A customizable common software delivery workflow spanning Dev and Ops teams
Automated release management for highly scalable, ultra-fast application deployments
Continuous integration and testing of software in production-like environments
Release readiness dashboard provides visibility and enables collaboration between dev and ops throughout the entire delivery lifecycle
We believe that these capabilities will help provide you with end-to-end feedback loop from your customers, from development, to operations, rapid release of new versions, increased velocity of change while reducing risk, leverage real-time planning, enable in-context collaboration, ensure lifecycle traceability and apply development and operational intelligence.
My Rational colleagues and I will be discussing these customer patterns and the solutions in more detail at Pulse. Looking forward to the discussion!
With showtime less than two weeks away, I am getting a lot of questions about Pulse, and what we will be streaming over the internet from the conference. So for today's blog, I'll do my best summarize the highlights and where to get more information for your viewing pleasure.
In a nutshell, we are streaming all three days of general sessions as well as the stream keynotes on the Pulse website. We will also stream exclusive interviews with key presenters, including Steve Mills, Manoj Saxena, Jamie Thomas, Marie Wieck and others. You definitely don't want to miss day three when Grady Booch interviews Steve Wozniak in the general session, which . . .
wait for it . . .
includes LIVE Q&A we'll pull from the @ibmpulseTwitter stream!
2:30 pm - 2:40 pm Interview with Kristoff Kloeckner, General Manager of Rational Software
Tuesday, March 6
8:00 am to 9:30 am General Session, live from the Grand Garden Arena
9:30 am - 11:00am General session, Day 2 replay
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm Steve Mills, IBM Senior VP Software interview
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm IBM Champion interview
Wednesday, March 7
9:00 am - 10:30 am General Session, Live from the Grand Garden Arena
Over the next two weeks, while we complete the rest of the Pulse Livestream schedule, think of what you want to ask co-founder of Apple Computer, Steve Wozniak so you're ready on Wednesday March 7. Do not tweet your question before the live Q&A session kicks off from Pulse. Do make sure to follow @ibmpulse so you can join the conversation during Livestream events and all throughout the week.
As I mentioned, this schedule is not complete and any of it subject to change.
Today's healthcare providers and payers are building sustainable healthcare systems, while collaborating to improve quality, outcomes and personalized care and increasing consumer value and access. Join us at Pulse 2012, a premiere IBM Service Management event, from March 4-7 in Las Vegas, to explore these issues and learn how IBM solutions are helping healthcare providers and payers achieve business without limits to address important topics like new service delivery models such as Cloud, physical and digital convergence in facilities management, demands from the growth of mobility, and managing and securing data.
Over 300 client-driven speaker sessions are confirmed for Pulse including presentations from The Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Utah, and WellPoint. Pulse will help you learn how to fundamentally and cost-effectively change the economics of IT and speed the delivery of innovative products and services by building skills and gaining insights in critical healthcare topics, including:
Smarter Hospitals and Healthcare
Effective Compliance Management
Operational Excellence through Asset Reliability
Pulse 2012 will also be featuring the latest technology initiatives and next-generation solutions offered by IBM and our business partners, where clients can experience demonstrations addressing important topics for healthcare providers like Smarter Hospitals, Maximo Mobile Suite, and Delivering Effective Governance for Identity and Access Management.
More than 7,000 attendees will take part in Pulse 2012. Register now to secure your space at http://ibm.com/pulse
We look forward to seeing you at Pulse 2012!
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IBM has never been a wall flower in the business of making history. Just Google "IBM Centennial" if you have already forgotten the 2011 celebration that highlighted some of our greatest moments in leadership and invention. But this year at Pulse, YOU have the opportunity to literally help make history. Not just IBM history but the history of humanity.
Today's Pulse blog is a call to action from Jan and Grady Booch. Grady, as you may have heard, will interview the legendary co-founder of Apple, philanthropist and Dancing with the Stars alumnus, Steve Wozniak during the Pulse Day 3 general session. What you might not have heard is what else Grady is up to at Pulse.
Grady is working on a new documentary project to study how computing has changed humanity. As with any documentary or scientific study, one needs data. Loads of it. During Pulse, Grady will be onsite collecting data for this project. Grady's goals for this project include capturing over 2000 video interviews of people sharing their personal stories of how computing has changed their lives.
The project is called Computing: The Human Experience.
I asked the Booch’s to give me a quick summary of the project to extend an invitation for your participation and this is what they shared with me.
Because the story of computing is the story of humanity. Computing is a story of ambition, passion, invention, creativity, vision, avarice, and serendipity, powered by a refusal to accept the limits of our bodies and our minds. From the abacus to the iPad, from Gutenberg to Google, from Enigma to GPS, we have created computers to count the uncountable, remember beyond our own experiences, and see the invisible as well as the unforeseeable. In just one or two generations – an imperceptible time in the timeless sweep of the universe – we have created a technology that has the power to extend us, to transform us, to define us, perhaps even to destroy us.
As a part of this project Grady has created a YouTube channel
and he would love to have you share the story of your human experience with computing. Computing: The Human Experience will have a video booth for you to record your 2-3 minute story. And we will post many of them on Computing's YouTube channel.
Some ideas to get you started:
How has computing changed who you are?
What is your first memory or experience of computing?
What are your hopes for your children in this digital world we live in?
Come be a part of telling the world that computing is more than machines and software - it is about people!
Telecommunications industry plays a prominent role at IBM Pulse 2012
Smart communications clients are transforming operations to achieve new levels of business and service excellence while being asked to build out smarter networks at the same time. Join us at Pulse 2012, and explore the keys to innovation and agility with a robust service delivery platform. At Pulse you will hear how effective network and service assurance enables control of the entire communication and content management infrastructure, and the strategies for next-generation service quality and delivery.
Speaker sessions confirmed for Pulse include presentations from Bharti Airtel, Dutch Cloud, IMImobile, Rogers Communications, TIM Brazil and U.S. Cellular. Pulse 2012 will help clients learn how to speed the delivery of innovative products and services, and change the economics of your operations by building skills and gaining further insight in important communications topics, including cloud as a platform for new services, building smarter networks, how advanced visibility, control and automation drive smarter operations, as well as Service Provider trends and directions.
Pulse 2012 will also be featuring the latest technology initiatives and next-generation solutions offered by IBM and our business partners, where clients can experience demonstrations addressing important topics for communications providers like Smarter Networks and LTE, Intelligent Site Operations for Smarter Networks and Managing the Network in Today’s Mobile World.
The Pulse blog is pleased to present today's guest blog by Danny Sabbah, General Manager of Tivoli Software, IBM Software Group
Pulse 2012 is fast approaching, and this year we’ve evolved the conference to focus more on education, information exchange and interaction – which is what you’ve asked us to do.
Pulse will feature IBM experts and industry leaders across three general sessions and over 400+ breakout sessions across our four streams - 75% of which are lead by your peers! Not to mention plenty of networking opportunities with your peers at the Executive Summit, Business Partner summit, and receptions.
Pulse provides a unique opportunity for you to learn more about the capabilities you need to transform IT economics and speed service delivery, including strategies and actions to help gain value from cloud computing, mobility, security, and smarter physical infrastructures. While on the surface these sound like buzz words, I’m certain that we have the depth and best practices for you to successfully implement these initiatives in your organization and tie them to real business outcomes.
In addition, within the Solution Expo we are introducing an Interoperability Center. We added the Center, based upon your feedback, to demonstrate IBM’s open platform for integrating service delivery across IBM, partner and third-party solutions. The demonstrations will be in the context of real business scenarios, including: cloud, smarter buildings, continuous development, and more.
Pulse is focused on achieving “Business without Limits”, and the curriculum and networking events are designed to provide you with the ideas, actions, and best practices to deliver on the three business imperatives:
Better focus from technology investment on business outcomes
Streamline execution to reduce unnecessary cost and risk
React with speed and agility to shifting competitive landscapes
So on behalf of IBM and our Business Partners, I hope you accept the challenge to attend Pulse and take away actions to drive business impact for your organization. It’s a 3 day education and networking opportunity that you will not want to miss!
Governments are facing increased challenges from budget constraints and lack of resources while service to citizens becomes more demanding. Pulse 2012will explore these issues and more, to help attendees learn how to optimize government infrastructure and deliver ultimate business value to citizens.
Pulse 2012attendees will hear from diverse clients like City of Cambridge, Boston College, Tulane University, City of Dubuque and NC State University who will discuss today's government challenges, on topics ranging from leadership and innovation in smarter cities, to managing assets in a regulatory environment and moving to the Cloud to achieve significant benefits.
Pulse 2012will also be featuring the newest technology initiatives and next-generation solutions offered by IBM and our business partners, including:
IBM Solutions for Smarter Cities demonstration which will show how IBM’s solutions can help improve city operations and incident response, reduce crime and traffic congestion, increase worker productivity and reduce water consumption.
IBM's Smarter Buildings demonstration which focuses on IBM Intelligent Building Management. The solution provides key analytics through a consolidated, role-based view of data in two key areas — energy and facilities management — helping building owners, operators and managers increase building management effectiveness and energy efficiency, with lower operating costs.
IBM TRIRIGA Facilities Management solution is a visual interface to manage space used by enterprises to identify under-utilized facilities, increase space utilization and streamline move management.
IBM TRIRIGA Lease Accounting for Assets and Facilities which delivers advanced analytics and financial controls to accelerate preparedness and compliance for the new lease accounting standards.
We look forward to seeing see you at Pulse!
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With the emergence of the technologies that make smart grids possible, customers have new levels of information and control. At Pulse 2012 you will hear how utilities are managing their smart grid from a comprehensive, cross departmental perspective, that spans from pro-active maintenance, to modern IT enabled networks, to security and beyond!
At Pulse 2012 hear from 35+ IBM Energy and Utilities clients on topics as diverse as regulatory requirements, asset management for utility operations, smart grid infrastructure and supply chain lifecycle activities. Pulse 2012 will also be featuring the latest technology initiatives and next-generation solutions offered by IBM and our business partners, including:
Smarter Energy demonstrations that show how IBM can help utilities manage intelligent meter networks, mitigate security risk, and comply with regulatory and operational mandates using visibility, control and automation capabilities from IBM.
IBM Maximo for Utilities demonstration shows how Maximo supports work & asset management in core utility lines of business: distribution, transmission, fossil/hydro generation and nuclear power including meter asset management.
IBM Maximo Spatial demonstration is focused on the core utility lines of business: distribution, transmission, fossil/hydro generation and nuclear power including meter asset management and will show the spatial enablement of Maximo Asset Management with ESRI's ArcGIS Server.
2012 is the year of Cloud Computing at Pulse. That means that IBM has defined Pulse as the most essential Cloud-focused event for 2012 in every industry for professionals in roles ranging from:
IT VP/Director/Manager, Service Architect, Systems Administrator, Storage Manager, Data Center Manager, to Business Transformation Managers, and
Network Managers, Network Operations Center (NOC) Managers, Operational Support Systems Personnel, Desktop and Mobile Systems, to Endpoint/Desktop Managers and
Chief Information Officers, Security Officers, Director / Manager of Security Operations, Security Analyst, to Security Administrators.
Cloud keynotes and breakout sessions at Pulse will reveal that Cloud is significantly downsizing the barriers to new technology applications, making them as equally available to small businesses and individuals as governments and large enterprises.
From the end user perspective, nobody knows how Cloud does this.
And that is the point.
Cloud provides the end user a simple and elegant interface to a vast IT infrastructure. Understanding its complexity is not required in order to realize its financial benefits. Possibly the most impacting benefit of cloud applications is enabling organizations to expand investment in delivering new services instead of just maintaining the existing infrastructure.
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.