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.
This Just In! An early Labor Day present for all you Pulsers!
The Pulse 2011 Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) track will focus on:
Extending asset lifespan,
Increasing equipment uptime and output quality
Optimizing labor efficiency
Improving the management of asset-related parts, material inventory, space planning, and cost control measures
Special focus will be given to best practices, implementation and upgrades.
We’ll also be taking a deep look into how Maximo’s industry specific functionality is addressing the needs of a multitude of markets. The track will also be composed of a series of functional and technical sessions blanketing everything from mobile to scheduling to service provider.
Critical topics will include asset convergence, application consolidation, prevent safety and regulatory risk, improve compliance management, lean and connected supply chain, informed and collaborative workforce, real-time insight into all physical and IT assets, pro-active vs. reactive maintenance, streamline work order tracking and labor reporting, remote access to asset and work management processes, facilities management, and space planning.
The Pulse 2011 EAM will include the following seven tracks:
Asset Management Best Practices
What is your maintenance management strategy for production, facilities, and transportation assets? In this track we are looking for certain techniques, processes, activities, and or incentives deemed to be extremely effective/efficient in delivering world-class maintenance at your plant or facility. Presentations should highlight quantitative and qualitative ROI and Return on Asset (ROA) data such as equipment uptime, inventory carrying costs, labor utilization, and regulatory compliance. Other areas may include training, application consolidation, integration to condition monitoring, and organizational structure and function distribution.
In this track we are looking for IBM Maximo Asset Management version 7 customers to share their implementation or upgrade story from legacy versions. We are particularly interested in hearing about the planning, tools and tasks involved, post implementation/upgrade review, and the improvements you have leveraged in architecture, functionality, security, and scalability.
Introducing IBM Maximo Asset Management 7.5
This track showcases the new functionality that will be delivered in IBM Maximo Asset Management version 7.5. We are specifically looking to secure clients that have served as development partners and wish to share their experiences and input in shaping this release via agile methodologies. Presentations and discussions on collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams, and process adaptability throughout the life-cycle of the project are welcomed as well as discussions on how rapid delivery and high quality software aligns with your end-user needs and your company’s business objectives. These sessions may be teamed with IBM Maximo Asset Management development staff and or be in a panel format.
Maximo Technical Sessions
The technical sessions are designed to be co-presented by an IBM Maximo subject matter expert and a Maximo client or group of users on a panel to provide a dual perspective: learning and training from the Maximo presenter, and real-world experiences from the client. Areas of interest may include: workflow, reporting, migration, monitoring, archiving, and integration. Clients submitting an abstract will be mapped with the appropriate subject matter expert.
Maximo Utility Working Group (MUWG)
IBM is pleased to announce that the Maximo Utility Working Group (MUWG) will once again be integrated into the Pulse curriculum. Celebrating its 13th year, the MUWG agenda will focus on electric, gas, water and wastewater presentations and incorporate the new Maximo Supply Chain Users Group presentations. Waves of change brought by deregulation, globalization, restructuring, increasing competition, and new environmental/regulatory requirements have brought new challenges to this industry and put business operations at center stage.
Asset Management for Your Industry
Asset management in a smarter planet continues to drive the need for significant breadth and depth of capabilities for various industries. In this track we would like to hear from a multitude of industries: Energy, Manufacturing, Transportation, Chemicals & Petroleum, Mining, Life Sciences, Telecom, Finance, and Public Sector – including State, Local, and Federal Government users, to highlight how you have addressed your industry specific challenges with IBM Maximo Asset Management. We are particularly interested on new possibilities to bring together business and IT assets and identifying how you can reduce costs, lower risks and improve service.
In this track we are looking to highlight how you are using asset management to make your building or facility smarter in a reliable, cost effective, and greener/sustainable manner. This may be in the form of managing space usage and occupancy, increasing energy efficiency, and providing reliable operations and improved maintenance. We are particularly interested in hearing how you are using IBM Maximo for Space Management, Maximo for Data Center Infrastructure Management, IBM Maximo Asset Management, Maximo for Energy Optimization, and Maximo for Service Providers.
Hey Kids! It’s be a while since I posted on the Pulse blog. What’s been keeping me away? New job responsibilities outside [*GASP!*] the scope of social media. More on that another time. Today I have more important things to share with you.
For the past few years, IBM has been sending camera crews around the world to record as much as we can at our events. At some of the larger events, we also stream some of our sessions and interviews live. This is a key component of events today, in that it opens up the event to a much larger audience. Hint, hint.
For the first time, we are streaming live from Pulse Comes to You in London next week on May 30. The event will be attended by over 400 IBM clients and business partners, but we can expand that audience to virtually as many that want to be the first to hear our news next Wednesday. If you are still sleeping while we stream in real time, you can watch the replay while you have your morning coffee.
And if after reading the rest of this post you think my new professional assignment is the consequence of bad spelling, you might be right I'm just getting ready to ride in a car on the wrong side of the road.
Here’s what’s on the agenda:
Key Note 1: Optimising the World's Infrastructure
Jamie Thomas, Vice President of Tivoli Strategy and Development.
Jamie will discuss the critical role of technology in unleashing innovation, including cloud, mobile enterprises, smarter physical infrastructures and security.
Key Note 2: Independent Analyst view of Service Management & Security
Will Cappelli, Gartner
Key Note 3: IBM Watson goes to Work
Dale Lane, Software Developer – DeepQA (Watson), Emerging Technologies.
Dale will talk about the work that has been done to apply Watson’s technological breakthroughs to real-world problems, as well as some of the plans for Watson's future.
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!
Keep visiting our blog ibm.com/blogs/pulse for more updates. And for more information on our energy and utilities industry solutions, visit ibm.co/zaCzh0
Yep, right on the heels of the most fantastic event in the world (This IS the Pulse blog, ok? We do play favorites here. ) comes SXSW where seemingly millions of young, bright twenty-something techies show the world what the future will look like. And I don't mean the future of 20 years where Watson will be in everyone's hospital, library, or favorite consumer brand headquarters. I'm talking about the next 3-9 months. Did you know that you couldn't even "Like" something on Facebook until last April? And how many of you checked in anywhere at Foursquare or Gowalla until June, maybe July 2010?
Anyway, I'm going to make my prediction about which whippersnapper entrepreneur will be crowned prom king or queen of SXSW and it's GroupMe co-founder Jared Hecht. Your first question is no doubt, "Pulse blogger, do you have a crystal ball?" And my answer would be, "No, I have a bug I clearly caught at SXSW yesterday that confined me to my bed today." This is why I have time to blog. I will now share the secret to becoming the darling of SXSW 2011:
Everyone knows that all you have to do to get elected most popular is give away stuff everyone wants. In some circles you might call that earmarking. GroupMe calls it grilled cheese. Here's how it worked: GroupMe set up a mobile kitchen right outside the Austin Convention Center and gave away free grilled cheese sandwiches and soda to those who sported the GroupMe logo which consists of a pound sign + smiley face.
Here's the part where I quote CNN because I am too lazy (and queasy) to describe this social media toddler rising star in my own words:
"GroupMe, which lets users create “private social networks” with their friends over text messages" and "It’s the rage of SXSWi this year, which is saying something considering this place helped launch Twitter and Foursquare. Here’s the gist: Phones can send a single text message to several people, but you can’t “reply all” to those messages as you could on e-mail, Hecht said. Hence, GroupMe – and competitors like Beluga, kik and Fast Society – lets users create “groups” of friends and co-workers who they can chat with over text. Send a message to the group and all of its members get the text, either in the app, where it uses a phone's data plan, or as a standard SMS.
" Get the whole CNN story.
And now you're wondering if I am sick because I indulged in the free sandwich. I did not. It's not that I am above accepting a free meal. But I live with two very small aliens who refuse to eat food unless it is made of cheese: cheese pizza, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese . . . My palate has matured moved on from grilled cheese so I passed, went inside and paid $14 for a shaved turkey sandwich. So no, I am not featuring GroupMe in the Pulse blog because I am "drinking the koolaid" (which will now be referred to here as "eating the grilled cheese"). But I can totally see the value in GroupMe since I can barely text the one person who shares responsibility for my aliens to pick up a quart of milk without misspelling 80% of the words.
Let's check back next year to see how many of you are "eating the grilled cheese."
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.
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:
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.”
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.
QUESTION: How do you overcome the challenges of securing the data of people, processes, and technology across an organization today?
QUESTION: How do you approach sensitive data protection, data loss prevention, and enterprise encryption services? Do you focus in on critical areas or step back and attempt to address the enterprise as a whole?
QUESTION: Is replacing the security applications with the newest and highest rated product a cost effective or appropriate approach? Is it necessary or reasonable to attempt to change the security culture in an organization?
Consider your best laid plans to secure the data in your enterprise. Did you discover something simple yet amazing, or did you crack a complicated code to achieve results?
Here’s what a few of the Pulse 2010 client presenters told us after presenting a panel of unique expert experience from three diverse organizations, including a consulting firm, a gas and electric company, and a healthcare organization.
If securing the data center isn’t in your realm of expertise, here are some other topics in which there is a high demand for discussion leaders at Pulse 2011.
Service architectures tailored by industry that address unique service delivery challenges including security, storage and compliance requirements.
Service architectures tailored by industry that address unique service delivery challenges including security, storage and compliance requirements.
Service lifecycle management that bridge workflow across line of business, enterprise architecture, software development and testing, IT operations (data center, security, storage, and network operations), and business operations (production and facilities) to ensure successful “go-live” and continual improvement of applications and services.
Service dashboards that enable audiences from executives and business operations to IT managers to see the service and gain insight into service health, integrity (security and storage), and business activity.
Unified management of service requests and problems spanning business and IT that enable work orders to be automatically routed to the right support staff.
Asset management that supports both enterprise and IT assets across all asset classes with a single process model and a single data model.
Automated management of heterogeneous physical virtualized and cloud environments across distributed systems, mainframes and storage that ensure security, increase speed and save costs.
Security and storage management that ensure effective access, identity and threat management, and scalable management of growing data volumes generated by smart assets and technology.
Proposals will consist of a 100-word abstract that outlines a unique organizational experience and should include:
Initial pain points or problems
Statistics about your deployment layout and company
The IBM solution/products applied by your organization
How the IBM solution/products help address the pain points
As a bonus, all clients who present at Pulse will have the conference registration fee waived ($1995 value). In addition, the first 50 clients accepted to present at Pulse will receive a complimentary hotel upgrade. Client must pay for the basic room rate.
When you come down for your morning coffee at 6:30 am and your Droid is already buzzing and beeping away you know something unusual is happening.
While my brain struggled to solve this pre-caffeination riddle, I fumbled around in the dark for a mug and the Droid begging for attention. I was slightly aware that the offending sounds could indicate a range of situations from the sinister (an alien space ship hovering over my roof) to the miraculous (Mom won the lottery and is splitting winnings with me - YAY!).
Urgent or not, I wasn't capable of absorbing more than every fifth word I read until imbibing my daily dose of jet fuel. I'm quite certain there will never be any technological advancement smart enough to alter this habit.
By the time I managed half a cup and revved up the ThinkPad, there were at least 10 more notifications - all accompanied by the hashtag #pctyuk. And since none of the tweets indicated any buildings on fire, I felt confident that PCTY UK was a smashing success.
Here are a few highlights that demonstrate WHY the topic of Pulse, Integrated Service Management, is garnering so much buzz. I could tell you all day long, but our clients and business partners are much more qualified and therefore, credible, than this humble IBM blogger.
On the other hand, if you DO want to hear from IBM Top Brass on why IBM believes organizations need a smarter business infrastructure that integrates business, operations, IT and services, look here and register for the closest Pulse Comes to You event in 2010:
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!
3 reasons not to miss the event:
The top reason: In his opening speech Al Zollar, the internationally renowned and experienced General Manager of IBM Tivoli Software, will be presenting the next steps towards Integrated Service Management for successful enterprises. Find out more about how you can integrate resources and processes to create new innovative business services – for a digitized, interconnected and smarter world.
The second reason: In many client presentations, well-known businesses will be sharing their experience with IBM Service Management solutions and providing valuable insight into applications in practice. For the first time ever, you can look forward to a special series of presentations with a technical focus on the afternoon of the conference.
The third reason: In addition, you can seize this unique opportunity to talk to the international speakers and IBM experts and discuss the latest topics, trends and developments with your colleagues in other business enterprises.