I’m going to predict that the people who know me
are going to LOL when they read this blog because I don’t tweet. This is ironic
because I am a certifiable Internet JUNKIE! For proof of this, I met by best
friends online and talk to them more than the people in my house. And when I do
see my online BFFs in person, we have our lifeline laptops with us to
feed the monkey when it demands to be fed. (Yes, we've chatted with each other on the Internet while sitting side-by-side. Mmm-hmmm. Nerds, I tell ya.)
But Twitter has never been my thing. I often wonder if I
need to be indoctrinated at some social media therapy center so that I can keep
my job as marketing communications specialist.Tiffany Winman, feel free to reply with any recommendations here or on
my Facebook Wall.
Ahh, Facebook. Definitely more my speed. Perhaps there is a way to tweet via Facebook
that I just haven’t learned yet. Tiff?
Ok, ok. So I have tweeted some for Pulse, if not much from my own neglected Twitter account. Tiffany, our social media guru, taught me
how to use a few cool tools, like HootSuite, which updates status with Twitter
and Facebook at the same time – which I loooove. A working IBMer mom of two
littles, I am all about multi-tasking. You know, two tweeting birds: one stone.
Check it out if you have the Twitter and/or Facebook Junkie Monkey on your
Take from me (or don't): there is no shame in being
clueless as to just what the heck the Twitter fuss is all about. But, if you
are attending Pulse this year, you should care.
This conference is going to be huge. Pulse will be host to
over 5000 attendees and feature over 300 client and IBM Business Partner
presentations. So while your ticket to Pulse can provide a glimpse of what the
near future will look like from the most uber-intelligent Tech and Business
experts, you are still going to miss a lot because it is impossible to be in
more than one place at a time.
Unless you use Twitter. Twitter is the closest thing to time
travel that we have right now. And if aren't planning to travel to Pulse the old-fashioned way by plane, you can use Twitter to beam yourself up to Vegas.
First Things First. Get a
Twitter Account, Already!
painless and only takes a minute. Do it now, K? THX!
your tweets ensures that your input is included in search results on your
subject matter. And you want this. People don’t tweet because they want to be
wallflowers. So they use hashtags.
wanted to know what a hashtag was but were too busy to Google it? A hashtag is
just a tag included inline with your status update.
tags are called hashtags because they are preceded by the "#"
character. The “#” prefix is
called the hash (mark) and in Twitter messages it is immediately followed,
without a space, by topic or issue you want to tag for others to find.
Together, you have a code called a “Hashtag.”
even ask me why it is a hashtag and not a poundtag. IDK.
the following HASHTAGS in your tweets during Pulse:
Introducing Dean Kamen, who will deliver the Guest Keynote at Pulse 2011, "The Future Belongs to Inventors"
As an inventor and physicist, Dean Kamen has dedicated his life to developing technologies that help people lead better lives. As an inventor, he holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. The array of products and technologies invented and developed by Mr. Kamen and the engineering team at DEKA is extremely broad. Two notable breakthrough medical devices invented and developed by DEKA are the HomeChoice™ portable dialysis machine, marketed by Baxter Healthcare, and the iBOT™ Mobility System, a sophisticated mobility aid developed for Johnson & Johnson. With the Segway™ Human Transporter, Mr. Kamen aspired to improve upon the most basic form of transportation, walking, by allowing people to go farther, move more quickly, and carry more without separating them from their everyday walking environment.
Among Mr. Kamen’s proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology. In 2009, its flagship program, the FIRST Robotics Competition, will reach more than 42,000 high-school students on close to 1,700 teams in 40 regional competitions, seven district competitions, and one national championship. The FIRST Robotics Competition teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way.
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!
And any other awesome firm that is willing to collaborate with IBM by showcasing your business and technology leadership at Pulse.
The benefits are simple, but long reaching. We estimate over 7000 people will pass through the Pulse Expo. And with them, limitless opportunities to progress and develop leads in an environment super charged with the brightest talent, sharpest skill and most focused energy in the industry. If you were there last year, you know what I am talking about and are probably already committed to a Pulse 2012 sponsorship.
Although half of the sponsorship opportunities are still available as of today, they are being scooped up faster than previous years. Friends, now is the time to lock in your Pulse 2012 Expo Sponsorship. Book before December 16 and save a hefty $5K, unless you are a Pulse 2011 Sponsor Alumnus, then you save $10K. These are going fast, and it's no wonder. Just don't say I didn't tell you about it.
Every year, about this time, the creative juices start to flow as we start to gear up for IBM Pulse. Which stream will have the most interesting success stories? Which industry will produce the most creative abstract for a client presentation? What will energize clients to participate at Pulse? Who will get their 5 mins of fame at Pulse? All good questions! Let's see if I can help to answer them.
For years the Enterprise Asset Management track has been one of the largest at Pulse. This year, under the Smarter Physical Infrastructure stream, EAM will have 84 sessions. New this year will be 24 sessions under the "Industry case studies" track, which will no doubt produce some interesting submissions. Last year we had an agricultural industry submission that drew rave reviews. Refer here to see the diversity of industries in Latin America that were covered......from the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA) story to Cristal Chile a bottle manufacturer .
Maximo Asset Management solutions have a broad industry presence and we hope that by having 24 sessions dedicated to industry case studies we will be able to touch as many industries as possible. Have you submitted your proposal yet? Click here to submit.
Another incentive that we created this year in order to solicit your creativity, is the 'If only I had Maximo" home video campaign. If you are anything like me, as I encounter the daily tasks of maintaining a household, I'm constantly wishing I had Maximo to help with the maintenance, upkeep and warranty records for my house. I mean who wouldn't want an automated work order generated directly to take care of all of the machinery around the house and implement preventive maintenance schedules?
Of course Maximo isn't for home use, but we created this campaign (click here) to see if we had any creative folks out there who were looking for 5 mins of fame at Pulse. We think that this will also be a good way to expand our social media presence and get the community more engaged. How many of you are following our blog ? Are you a member of our community? We continue to grow and are always posting the latest & greatest activities for Maximo.
Take a look at our latest video which I filmed on a local goat farm.........can you see the similarities to the CNA story?
I hope this has inspired you to create your own home video & submit it for your 5 mins of fame at Pulse. Reminder of the link.
With two weeks this weekend (edited 11/4/11) to pull your Pulse 2012 session proposal together, we thought it might be helpful to share some examples of abstracts from accepted proposals from last year. Keep in mind that this year's theme is Business Without Limits and we are seeking to understand how you gained visibility, control and automation to deliver better business outcomes. Scott Hebner talks a bit about our plans for Pulse 2012 in this video invitation, but let us know @ibmPulse if you have any questions. Don't forget to register during early bird registration by December 16 if you do not plan to speak at Pulse and attend the conference complimentary. Early Bird registration can save you up to $700 off registering onsite.
Examples of Paper Proposals at Pulse 2011
Session title: Citi's Initial Experiences in Creating a Global Development Cloud
Session abstract: In 2010, Citi embarked on a project to create a cloud computing environment for its global application development organizations. This presentation by the executive responsible for the development project provides insights to Citi's experiences in the areas of defining the business problem being solved, defining user requirements, technology and product selections, and challenges experienced in getting the cloud into production in late 2010.
Session title: How Aetna Achieved Major Savings in Storage Management with Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 4.2 -- WIth an Update on TPC Future Directions from IBM
Session abstract: Come to this session to hear how Aetna achieved a fifty percent reduction in the time needed to manage their storage environment by upgrading to Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) 4.2. This savings was achieved through a combination of deploying TPC's storage resource agent technology, reducing problem determination time through TPC's enhanced topology views, and accelerating decision-making as a result of improved data availability, quality and accuracy provided by TPC. Thanks to these improvements, Aetna was able to reassign several full-time employees to new strategic initiatives. In addition, this session will give a preview of IBM's strategy and future plans for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center.
Session title: How Tata Consulting Helps Drive Efficiency Gains with Maximo at an International Paint Company
Session abstract: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is a leading global IT services organization and an IBM Premier Business Partner. TCS IBM-certified experts provide full service consulting and implementation of IBMs Maximo and Tivoli suite. TCS has several success stories in deployment of Asset Management solutions. One such implementation was for a leading global industrial paints manufacturer, for which TCS integrated multiple versions to a single global instance of Maximo 6. It was deployed over 20 sites, and made available in various languages supporting multiple operations including Maximo Mobile Inventory Manager. Complex workflows were configured for purchase order and work order approvals, which in turn called functions to automatically print and email the approved records. The system was integrated with multiple enterprise systems in various operating units like Oracle Apps, APPX & SCADA. The solution resulted in high system availability, less failures and improved stability.
Session abstract: Upgrading mission-critical software that runs a 24x7 distributed scheduling operation in a large enterprise, with thousands of endpoints, is a daunting task. This presentation will highlight some of the challenges that were overcome in order to upgrade the MetLife job scheduling environment from a legacy Tivoli Workload Scheduler (TWS) 8.2.1 infrastructure to a modern TWS 8.4 infrastructure, while minimizing risk and avoiding downtime. Fix Pack 5 fixes/enhancements will also be covered in this presentation.
Proposals will include a 100-word abstract that outlines a unique organizational experience based on, but not limited to, one of the following scenarios:
Cloud deployment and management: share your journey with cloud and discuss techniques for deploying, managing and securing your cloud environment
Asset Management: how has your organization achieved greater efficiency in asset management by managing traditional IT, physical, and emerging smart assets
Service availability and performance; advancements in increasing service availability and quality including visibility of services and the networks, systems and applications supporting them
Service provider networks and services; how you leveraged IBM solutions to deploy and manage new next generation services (4G, cloud)
Stories about innovation and transformation; including smart buildings, smart grid, smart healthcare; and how IBM helped your organization deliver new types of products and services
Service delivery: Discuss how IBM solutions helped you achieve greater levels of collaboration across development and operations; how automation has helped you achieve greater levels of agility
Security, risk and compliance; how your organization has improved its security, risk or compliance posture with automated threat, identity, access and security controls.
Industry-specific implementations that explore how your organization implemented an industry-tailored service architecture and how this played a role in innovation and/or service delivery
Virtualization: discuss your solutions for provisioning, scheduling, storage and optimization of hybrid, virtualized environments and their impact on efficiency and cost-savings
Your abstract should include:
Initial business challenges and objectives
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
The Pulse Blog welcomes guest blogger, Rob Bloom, IBM Maximo Asset Management Marketing Manager, who gives an overview of the Enterprise Asset Management track kickoff.
The Enterprise Asset Management track kickoff is always a key event for EAM-focused Pulse attendees. Whether it’s smarter assets, sustainable building operations, aging infrastructure, aging workforce, reporting and analytics, mobility, or operational software consolidation, Maximo is the solution of choice. And, you will hear directly from Bill Sawyer, Vice President, Tivoli Maximo Operations who will kick things off.
Next, Bill Cheng, Vice President, Maximo Asset Management Solutions, will moderate a Maximo Innovation Customer Panel featuring several long standing clients from a multitude of industries. The panel is followed by Kristian Steenstrup, Vice President and Gartner Fellow who will discuss how intelligent assets lead to an intelligent EAM strategy, requiring better data acquisition, improved coordination, and timely reaction to intelligence.
The event concludes with the annual IBM Maximo Maintenance Best Practice Awards, recognizing organizations that have delivered exceptional innovation, ROI, return on assets (ROA), user empowerment and best practices through their use of IBM Maximo Asset Management. This is always an exciting part of the kickoff, check here for highlights on last year's winners.
You will walk away with:
An overview of the EAM curriculum at Pulse 2011, plus a chance to hear firsthand about the IBM’s Asset Management strategy and roadmap from key IBM executives
Learn about the customer experience through the Maximo Innovation Customer Panel and the annual Maintenance Best Practice Awards.
Thought leadership from one the industry's most respected research analysts
Stop by the Pulse 2010 Expo and say hello to our Sponsors. We are honored to have these great companies partner with us at Pulse!
And now, a few words from our sponsors ;-)
Alcatel-Lucent - Diamond Execute your transformation with Alcatel-Lucent; the
world’s largest Tivoli Assurance integrator, with over 130 customers deployed in
the telecom, transport and energy markets. Come see us (D302) to discuss how to
assure your business performance, your time to revenue, your assets and how to
enhance your customer experience.
Pirean - Diamond Pirean -
AAA Accredited and industry leading consultancy, development and support
services for IT Security and Service Management built on IBM Tivoli Software. As
proud sponsors of Pulse 2010 we invite you to join us at booth D301 to find out
more about our Smarter Tivoli Solutions and Services portfolio.
generationE Technologies - Platinum generationE Technologies presents
Transform Your Business by Taking Automation to the Next Level, a
Pre-Pulse Webcast. on February 17th at 11 a.m. Eastern time.Learn about Orchestrating Tivoli Event and Incident Response with Resolve
Runbook Automation. Register here. As a Platinum Sponsor, we are
hosting a customer reception at PULSE. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit booth P305.
- Gold The convenient truth is that
people like great prizes from EDI! Maximo users - come get a carbon credit from
EDI at booth G-312 for your chance to receive one of many great prizes to warm
Gold ESRI has provided mapping
technology to IBM users for over 20 years. Today IBM users are improving the
performance of their organizations by implementing ESRI GIS technology to manage
mobile and fixed assets more efficiently. Visit ESRI at booth G308 in the
Solution Center to see the smarter planet from a new perspective. . www.esri.com
Gulf Breeze Software Partners - Gold No matter which Tivoli applications you're
deploying, Gulf Breeze Software Partners can help you make the most out of your
investment. We have helped customers deploy fully integrated solutions comprised
of ITM, ITCAM, Maximo, NetCool/OMNIbus and TBSM, so we can help you make it all
Gold For over a decade Syclo’s SMART
Mobile Suite has been the #1 selling mobile solution.Why? We’ve taken
our deployments in 750 organizations and developed prebuilt, preintegrated,
feature-rich industry applications. Regardless of connectivity, device or number
of users our mobile works. Visit us in PULSE booth G307 and at maximo.syclo.com
Actuate - Silver Get up to speed on BIRT, the reporting technology in Maximo and Tivoli
Common Reporting. See a demonstration of a Maximo dashboard with KPIs, where
BIRT and Actuate reports co-exist, business users can perform self-service
reporting, and information can be delivered to non-Maximo users at the Actuate
and Reporting House Booth #S220.
APC by Schneider Electric - Silver Attend APC’s Session: Monday Feb 22nd, 4:30PM EXPO Floor
Theater and receive a Free APC JUMPDRIVE Managing Data Center Efficiency with
IBM and APC’s Integrated Software Platform. Attend this session and learn about
the integration of APC's Data Center management platform and IBM's Tivoli
Monitoring for Energy Management. Speaker, Soeren Brogaard Jensen, VP of
Enterprise Software, APC by Schneider Electric.
Enfora - Silver How do you start to connect and manage high value assets that sit beyond
your enterprise network or turn ‘dumb’ assets into intelligent assets?
Enfora, a leader in wirelessly networking geographically dispersed assets, will
demo a new Maximo External Adapter (MEA) that enables asset management from a
wide area wireless network (WWAN).
GenesisSolutions - Silver GenesisSolutions (Booth #S419), a proud sponsor of IBM Pulse 2010, will
be co-presenting with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals on a successful Maintenance
Excellence program consisting of RCM, planning & scheduling, critical
spares, calibration, automation and controls. Additionally, we will be
presenting with Port of Seattle on “Putting Maximo Work History to Work”.
Lighthouse Security Group -
Gateway™ is an industry-leading, next-generation platform for Enterprise
Identity and Access Management (IAM). A cloud-computing alternative to
conventional on-premise Tivoli IAM infrastructure, Lighthouse Gateway
considerably reduces Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) while providing clients with
an ease of management, quick time to market, and compliance with industry
regulations. For more information and a preview, please visit www.DiscoverLighthouseGateway.com
Materna - Silver As a leading European ICT company MATERNA provides solutions for IBM’s
Dynamic Infrastructure strategy. Our solution “Training in a Cloud” exemplifies
how to combine service management, virtualization, automation and client
management into one ready for use service. MATERNA provides an integrated
understanding of how to implement cloud services.
Panduit - Silver Visit Panduit booth (S222) and learn how Panduit’s Physical
Infrastructure Manager™ Software Platform and intelligent PanView iQ™ System
Hardware work together to provide local or remote management and monitoring of
connectivity, ensuring network reliability to support service level agreements
and reduce network costs.
Predatar - Silver Predatar™ reduces operational costs and risk, whilst improving visibility
and service levels across TSM and storage infrastructures. Predatar™ automates
tasks required to manage, improve, and control costs of TSM and storage
environments; including deep problem discovery, management visibility, capacity
planning, recovery planning, TSM licence discovery and knowledge sharing.
Predatar™ proudly sponsors Pulse 2010. To learn more about the benefits of
Storage Management Automation, visit us at stand S224 or seewww.predatar.com
The above 19 countries were not in attendance at Pulse 2011 but are here now! We are thrilled to welcome them and the rest of the international attendees, that make up over one-third of our total audience of 8000 that have traveled from 79 countries worldwide!!!
Please join us in the North Pavilion at the MGM Grand Hotel at 4:30 pm today for the International Connection Reception, hosted by Joao Perez, Vice President of Sales, IBM Security.
The Pulse blog is happy to present a guest blog today from Heather Hinton, IBM Distinguished Engineer. Thanks, Heather!
Future Security -- How Can We Keep up With the Ever-Advancing and Changing Threat Landscape?
As part of role in protecting IBM & SO clients, we focus on simple solutions, basics/first principles. This is even more true as cyber attacks become more sophisticated and more targeted - simple solutions are how we can provide the most comprehensive base solution, simple solutions that help motivate and enforce good behavior by our users. The reality is that every organization will get infected with malware - you are all infected statistically to at least 10% of your population. So your solutions must focus on minimizing opportunities for infection and then really minimizing opportunity for spread of infection/detection (teaser - this is where some of the advanced techniques such as our QRadar family really shine) and remediation of infection. Without the fundamental basis, the advanced solutions are like putting a bank-level security vault as your front door and a waxed-paper window covering beside it.
Join me along with Martin Borrett, Tom Cross, Jack Danahy and Josyula Rao on Tuesday March 6th at our Pulse session 2076 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in room 318 for a panel discussion sponsored by the IBM Institute for Advanced Security. We’ll be discussing research and approaches to help evolve security thinking to become more agile, de-perimeterized and business-process centric.
Heather Hinton, PhD
IBM Distinguished Engineer
When people ask me what Tivoli does or what is service management, my first impulse is to launch into this:
IBM Service Management represents an evolutionary leap forward in managing services. IBM Service Management provides the integrated Visibility, Control and Automation™ that you need across business and technology assets to help overcome roadblocks to innovation. It enables you to better achieve your business objectives and maximize the value from all of the assets that support your operation.
But its even easier than that. We do what any good business must: save customers time and money, while enabling them to delight their own customers. For instance, the gecko and the hairdo keep telling you every day of your life how easy it is to save with them. What they don't tell you is that those savings would be impossible without loads of data housed in systems run on software that organizes chaos to help make business sense. That's what we do. Of course, there is a lot more to the story and we hope you'll come to Pulse for the rest.
Here's a little something to dance in your head while you score holiday gifts online this season:
At Pulse, we're going to showcase what we do best. We're also going to bring brand new solutions, roadmaps for forthcoming development, sessions with domain experts and real human clients, and solution demos that show you how to save money and keep customers coming back to you.
We'll have some fun too. I'll tell you more about that later.
Pulse 2012 is March 4-7 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Early Bird registrationcan save you up to $700 but the offer expires on December 16.
Everywhere I look in Las Vegas during the IBM Pulse Conference, people are engrossed with their cell phones, iPads, or other mobile devices. While eating dinner, walking down the sidewalk, or waiting in line, more and more of our life is intertwined with the magic and draw of mobility power.
This year, the Pulse conference enables mobility lovers in several new ways:
Access the Pulse SmartSite anytime, anywhere to manage your Pulse agenda and activities via a web browser or HTML 5 web-enabled smartphone including Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile, and Blackberry Storm2.
Check-in on FourSquare three times and receive a special gift from the User Community Networking area in the Pulse Solution Expo.
Visit and bookmark Pulse-related information quickly with QR codes used throughout signage and handouts during the conference. I recommend downloading mobile barcode reader software prior to Pulse if your phone doesn't already have an app.
This week, we launched the brand new Pulse Conversations Online portal so that you can now follow some of the conversations around Pulse on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Livestream, YouTube, Flickr, FourSquare and more all in one place.
Take a moment today to register your blog feed and social profile information for accounts such as Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook to network with others around Pulse conversations and make yourself known as a thought leader! Simply use #ibmpulse in your tweets and ibmpulse in your blogs for your social content to appear in the Pulse Conversations portal. See the Welcome tab for a list of other keywords you can use.
For a cheat sheet on Pulse social networks, see the slide below:
In getting ready for Pulse 2011 I've been talking with folks from different IBM teams who will be at the conference on February 27 through March 2.
Maria ("Mary") Tafuri, Worldwide Program Director of the IBM Software Accelerated Value Program for IBM Tivoli Software, recently recapped for me what the IBM Software Accelerated Value Program is about and what her team will have going on at Pulse this year.
By way of introduction, Mary has been the Tivoli Accelerated Value Program Director since early 2010. She joined IBM in 1996, and has extensive experience in the areas of customer and product support, strategy planning, and business model initiatives. Mary also has worked as an IBM manager in a number of different countries and with many international clients, experience which serves her well in her current worldwide role.
Can you give me a quick refresher on the IBM Software Accelerated Value Program?
Mary: I'd be glad to! The IBM Software Accelerated Value Program is a technical advisory service that complements and enhances IBM's standard Subscription and Support. The program matches clients with an IBM Accelerated Value team of experts who partner with the client and deliver ongoing services -- on-site assistance, best-practice sharing, skill-building activities, and diagnostic coaching -- that maximize the client's software investment at all points along the life cycle of the software. In fact, the Accelerated Value Program's name comes from the fact that it helps clients accelerate from software purchase to software return-on-investment.
What will the IBM Accelerated Value Program have going on this year at Pulse?
Mary: We're pretty excited about what we have planned this year. First, we'll have an Accelerated Value Program Red Carpet Lounge located near the front of the Solution Expo hall where Accelerated Value clients can relax and check e-mail between sessions, and where IBM customers can learn about the Accelerated Value Program. And before everyone dives into the technical sessions starting on Monday morning, we hope they'll join us in the Accelerated Value Red Carpet Lounge for opening night VIP martinis on Sunday, February 27 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.
Also in the Accelerated Value Red Carpet Lounge every afternoon from Monday, February 28 through Wednesday, March 2, we'll be hosting a series of technical sessions and discussions with Tivoli software experts covering all Tivoli product segments. These sessions will be a great opportunity for IBM customers to meet one-on-one with top Tivoli experts. Also, I will be holding an informal Q&A and discussion session from 4:30 to 5:30 PM on Monday afternoon, but I'll also be available at other times throughout Pulse -- just talk to one of us in the lounge to find a time that works for you.
I encourage attendees to stop by the Accelerated Value Lounge to check the schedule for sessions they're interested in. Also you can keep an eye on our IBMSoftwareValu Twitter feed before and during Pulse for session topics and times. Also, on a completely non-technical note, throughout Pulse we'll also be having random drawings and giving away gift cards to visitors at the lounge, just for the fun of it.
How can IBM customers learn more about the Accelerated Value Program?
One of the most anticipated aspects of the #Pulse conference each year is the announcement of the Tivoli Business Partner award winners. These awards highlight innovation, commitment and achievement by our Business Partners across the globe.
Tivoli is again pleased to invite Business Partners to submit nominations for the 2011 Tivoli Business Partner Awards. Award winners will be announced Sunday, February 27, during the Business Partner Summit, unless otherwise noted.
This year, nominations may be submitted in the following award categories.
ISM Summit Cup
This award recognizes the outstanding performance and value-add provided by a Business Partner selling Tivoli software. The Business Partner exemplifies commitment to Tivoli and has demonstrated extraordinary achievement. The Business Partner continuously strives to reach a new pinnacle of success when selling Tivoli Software by leading with ground-breaking solutions which are positioned to be drivers in tomorrow's new markets at an ingenuity level that stands out above their peers.
To qualify for the ISM Summit Cup award, the Business Partner company must meet at least four (4) of the following criteria:
SVP authorized in at least 2 Tivoli product groups
Hold at least one Accreditation
Provided a beta reference in the past 2 years
Have sold in 3 or more Tivoli pillars in the past four quarters
Have executed a successful co-marketing campaign in the past 4 quarters that resulted in new leads in GPP
Have been or are a Pulse sponsor in 2009, 2010 or 2011
Nominations must include at least two customer references.
Best of Show Award
This award recognizes a visionary Business Partner who is leading the charge to manage the world’s infrastructure with IBM Tivoli capabilities and solutions in innovative, leading-edge, exciting ways. This ground-breaking solution should be showcased at Pulse in the Expo and will encompass solving the problems of today’s IT market using creative methods, becoming a driver in tomorrow’s new markets, fostering new innovation and cutting edge solutions. Final evaluation takes place at the Pulse Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The solution must be demonstrated in the Pulse Expo and final evaluations take place at the Pulse Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 27, 2011.
Integrated Service Management Excellence Award
This award recognizes those IBM Business Partners who have adopted and leveraged the latest Service Management technology to demonstrate a unique and powerful solution that delivers the visibility, control and automation needed to industrialize business and IT operations. Particular consideration will be given to those solutions that utilize several IBM Tivoli software products at the heart of their solution. The solution must deliver smarter services, and manage a dynamic infrastructure that enables improved service, cost reduction and impermeable security management of the customer IT infrastructure through a cohesive set of IT services across the entire organization. The solution must already have been deployed to at least one customer location that can be referenced.
IBM Business Partners may nominate themselves for this award category or may be nominated by a customer or an IBM sales representative. There will be one winner and two finalists.
Business Partner Innovation Award
Innovate today for a smarter tomorrow. This award recognizes a visionary Business Partner who is leading the charge to manage the world’s infrastructure with IBM Tivoli capabilities and solutions in innovative, leading-edge, exciting ways. This solution encompasses solving the problems of today’s IT market using creative methods, becoming a driver in tomorrow’s new markets, fostering new innovation and cutting edge solutions.
Nominations will be open through February 4, 2011. Business Partners can nominate their solutions by completing and submitting this form. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of having your solution considered for one of these awards. Submit your nomination today.