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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.
Come to Pulse to find out what President Obama already knows from his post-inaugural meeting with IBM Chairman, Sam Palmisano: building a smarter planet through a dynamic infrastructure is the fast track to rebuilding a vibrant, globally competitive economy.
“ 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."
-President Barack Obama
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Everyone is a winner at Pulse 2009! Why is that, you ask? Because Pulse 2009 will be held February 8-12, 2009 at the legendary MGM Grand in fabulous Las Vegas! We'll open registration and issue a call for speakers in September, 2008. So mark your calendars and reserve your place at the table.
Personally, I thought Pulse 2008 was exhilarating, but true-to-form, Tivoli wants to up the ante. The best way to do that is to get you all involved in the Pulse 2009 game plan. You want more coffee in between sessions? You want a better parking situation? You want more sessions on Green or Cloud Computing? You want to see Lance Armstrong or Hootie, again? Well, friend, add your two cents to the kitty and sweeten the pot for us all. Here's what to do:
1. How can we improve the Pulse conference for 2009?
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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:
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:
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!
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The descriptions of our streams and tracks are not yet posted on the website, but you can read about them here, then submit your proposal to any of the following tracks at
Then register for the LIVE #ibmpulse 2012 Webcast 9/28 where you can get all the details on speaking at Pulse, including whether or not you are eligible for a free pass!
Stream 1: Cloud and Smarter, Flexible Infrastructures
Businesses rely on their data center technologies to enable rapid innovation and the agility needed to respond quickly in today's highly competitive environment. Change management, provisioning, monitoring, scheduling and other key IT processes require a robust platform that can deliver services in a variety of ways, including virtualization, cloud computing and other delivery options. This stream will bring together clients, end users, systems integrators, IBM Business Partners and service management experts from across IBM to share best practices, roadmaps, real-world experiences, implementation examples and more.
Track 1: Service Delivery and Process Automation The ability to quickly transform a business requirement into a business service is fundamental to the success of today's organizations. This track focuses on how IBM Tivoli can help create an effective approach to managing service requests, incidents, change and configuration, and provisioning with an integrated set of IT service management solutions. Submit to this track
Track 2: Service Availability and Performance Management If you're in operations, you understand the pressure to ensure high service availability and performance. This track will illustrate how IBM solutions provide the visibility and control required to manage critical business services in dynamic conditions in ways that are cost-effective and seamless to clients. Presentations will emphasize best practices and implementations – highlighting the use of common integrations, such as navigation, workflows, visualization and reporting. Submit to this track
Track 3: Storage Management IBM offers an extraordinary range of systems, storage, software and services based on decades of innovation -- all designed to maximize and protect information, a critical business asset. This track will explore how storage management solutions can address this challenge through a wide range of presentations that include best practices, implementation stories and case studies. Submit to this track
Track 4: Collaborative Development and Operations This track covers collaborative development and operations across the lifecycle in the context of service management, focusing on the principles of ITIL and other IT process methodologies. Key topics will include organizational collaboration, application performance, automated deployment and cloud computing. Ideal for architects, developers, process, and operations managers this track will highlight success stories and panels from clients and industry experts on how organizations can accelerate the delivery of high quality applications and services. Submit to this track
Track 5: Cloud and New Models for Service Delivery
Cloud computing and new delivery models are transforming the client experience and the economics of service delivery. This track will explore how private and public clouds can be securely harnessed – whether you choose to build your own, leverage prepackaged solutions, or have cloud delivered as a service. Sessions will explore how clients can successfully secure, visualize, and ensure the performance of virtualized and hybrid environments.
Stream 2: Smarter Physical Infrastructures
This stream will highlight key topics such as Enterprise Asset Management, Integrated Workplace Management Smarter Buildings, and industry-specific challenges that span integrated physical and digital infrastructures. Topics will focus on managing asset lifespan, energy efficiency, space planning and real estate portfolio management.
Track 1: EAM Best Practices In this track we will discuss and highlight techniques, processes, activities, and or incentives deemed extremely effective in delivering world-class best practices at your organization. Sessions will highlight quantitative and qualitative ROI and Return on Asset (ROA) data such as equipment uptime, inventory carrying costs, labor utilization, regulatory compliance, and maintenance operations. Submit to this track
Track 2: EAM Implementation and Upgrades This track will feature customers sharing their implementation or upgrade stories from legacy versions to the latest release including planning, tools and tasks involved, post implementation/upgrade review, and the improvements they have leveraged in architecture, functionality, security, and scalability. Submit to this track
Track 3: EAM Extended Usage Sessions in this track are designed to showcase the value of Maximo and TRIRIGA through their functional add-ons. Areas of interest for Maximo may include mobile, scheduling, linear, spatial, asset configuration manager, service provider, service request manager, and HS&E. Areas of interest for TRIRIGA may include request central, workplace reservation manager, strategic facility planning, viewer, application builder, and mobile to name a few. Submit to this track
Track 4: EAM Technical Sessions These technical sessions are designed to be co-presented by an IBM subject matter expert and a client or group of users in a panel setting. 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. Submit to this track
Track 5: Maximo Utility Working Group (MUWG) IBM is pleased to announce that the Maximo Utility Working Group (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 and new regulatory requirements have brought new challenges. Share your story on how you are leveraging Maximo to address these issues and other key challenges at your plant. Submit to this track
Track 6: EAM Industry Case Studies In this track we would like to hear from a multitude of industries: Energy, Manufacturing, Transportation, Chemicals & Petroleum, Mining, Life Sciences, Telecom, Facilities, Finance, and Public Sector – including State, Local, and Federal Government users, to highlight how you have addressed your industry- specific challenges with TRIRIGA and IBM Maximo Asset Management, more specifically by using one of Maximo’s industry solutions. Submit to this track
Track 7: Smarter Buildings This track features IBM solutions for Smarter Buildings that allow building owners and managers to analyze and optimize real estate and facilities operations. IBM solutions for Smarter Buildings help customers create energy, operationally and space efficient buildings and helps them do so in a sustainable manner. Submit to this track
Track 8: Smarter Cities This track features IBM Smarter Cities solutions that allow customers to synchronize and analyze efforts among sectors and agencies as they happen, giving decision makers consolidated information that helps them anticipate—rather than just react to—problems so they can manage growth and development in a sustainable way. Submit to this track
Track 9: Integrated Workplace Management This track features solutions from TRIRIGA, an IBM company, that provide customers with advanced intelligence to help them make strategic decisions regarding space usage, evaluate alternative real estate initiatives, generate higher returns from capital projects, and assess environmental impact investments. Submit to this track
Stream 3: Security and Compliance
The boundaries of today’s business infrastructures are being extended and sometimes obliterated by the emergence of cloud, mobility, social business, big data and more. Where does your business ecosystem start and end? Whom do you trust and whom do you not? We’ll address these key security and compliance challenges in this track, demonstrating how IBM’s security intelligence solutions can become the enabler of a business without limits.
Track 1: Securing Emerging Technologies Embracing new technologies, such as virtualization, cloud, and mobile computing, is an important aspect of how organizations stay competitive. However, the same technologies that can accelerate efficiencies can also pose new security challenges. This track will highlight how IBM can help you stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape and at the same time leverage the innovations made possible by emerging technology. Submit to this track
Track 2: Securing the Infrastructure and Mitigating Threats A secure infrastructure is not a static infrastructure. Every day, organizations have to face new security challenges, and the most successful organizations will be the ones that can not only react to these new challenges, but also anticipate them. In this track, we’ll review some of the latest threat research and provide insights on how you can mitigate those threats, and optimize your infrastructure at the same time. Submit to this track
Track 3: Managing Compliance and Audit for a Secure Organization Regulatory and industry requirements—which are often disconnected or even contradictory—are increasing, making it difficult for enterprises to keep up without draining valuable resources. This track will focus on what it means to effectively manage compliance and audit in a world where the only constant, is constant change. Sessions will feature best practices and user experiences with designing, enforcing and monitoring security policies for users and their activities, information, systems and processes. Submit to this track
Stream 4: Leveraging Mobility
This track will explore how mobility is playing an increasing role across the enterprise. From standard voice and data services to business critical applications, mobility technologies are becoming critical to business operations. This stream will explore challenges around delivering and managing wireless mobility technologies, highlighting how visibility, control and automation play a vital role in the deployment and adoption of new services.
Track 1: Service Assurance for Communications Service Providers This stream will explore how effective network and service assurance enables control of the entire communication and content management infrastructure. It will discuss strategies and methods for gaining greater visibility into how key network and application elements impact service quality and delivery. Sessions will highlight best practices and client experiences across service quality management, event and performance management and other OSS/BSS functions. Submit to this track
Track 2: Cloud Service Providers Communications service providers (CSPs) around the world are looking for smarter ways of doing business. This track will explore the challenges around the deployment of a cloud services environment. It will feature customers who have expanded their portfolio of offerings to cloud and highlight how CSPs can quickly and cost-effectively create, manage and monetize public and private cloud services. Submit to this track
Track 3: Mobility and Endpoint Management This stream will explore how mobility is playing an increasing role across the enterprise – spanning the broad array of mobile devices, endpoints and networks that support enterprise mobility. From hot topics such as endpoint management and security and mobility technologies from Lotus, this track will cover how progressive companies are leveraging technology to enable companies to conduct business in entirely new ways. Submit to this track
Submit your proposal a line with any of the above tracks at http://bit.ly/oaAv2b
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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.
Bookmark this page: http://ibm.co/JgmnZD to stream the Pulse UK live from anywhere in the world. Or you could attend the old fashioned way and show up in person.
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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.
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On behalf of the IBM team, thank you for making Pulse 2012 a huge success! If you missed something or just want a recap of some key highlights, visit youtube.com/ibmpulse. Then mark your calendar for the local Pulse event in your neck of the woods. Pulse Comes to You and Business without Limits days are half and full-day mini-conferences highlighting the best of Pulse. Business without Limits days offer deeper dives into Cloud, Smarter Physical Infrastructure, Security or Leveraging Mobility. Attending these events can enhance and extend the ROI of Pulse 2012 to help you react to changes in the organization with agility, reduce vulnerability throughout the service lifecycle, and continuously improve the business impact of the technology.
But you don't have to take it from me! Take it from IBM client Jacob Braun of wakadigital, who stopped by the Take Your Social Pulse booth during Pulse 2012 in Las Vegas and said, "The ROI of this event is simply immeasurable."
The following Pulse Comes to You events are open for registration.
Asia Japan, Tokyo IBM 5/18/2012
Asia Australia, Sydney IBM 5/31 - 6/1/12
Europe Sweden, Stockholm IBM 5/24/2012
Europe Germany, Frankfurt IBM 5/24/2012
Europe UK, London IBM 5/30/2012
Coming soon to Asia!
China, Shanghai IBM 5/24/2011
China, Virtual IBM 5/26/2012
China, Guangzhou IBM 5/26/2012
Korea, Seoul IBM 6/19/2012
Indonesia, Jakarta IBM 8/7/2012
Philippeans, Manila IBM 8/14/2012
Singapore, Singapore IBM 8/16/2012
Thailand, Bangkok IBM 8/21/2012
Vietnam, Hanoi IBM 8/23/2012
Singapore, Singapore TBA
Coming soon to Europe!
Italy, Rome 5/15/2012
Europe Benelux IBM 6/7/2012
Denmark, Copenhagen IBM 5/22 - 23/112
Finland, Helsinki IBM TBA
France, Paris TBA
Russia, Moscow 10/24/2012
Stay tuned for more dates coming soon for North and South America and around the globe.
Pulse Daily News for Wednesday, March 7
While the Pulse opening general session focused on strategy, Day 2 provided a roadmap to the opportunity highway: visibility, control, and automation in action. "America's Got Talent" performers I-Luminate lit up the stage with their exciting integration of dance and technology. Host Scott Hebner welcomed the group, described the session's focus on implementation, and recognized the importance of IBM Business Partners to supply critical capabilities, skills, and expertise. Steve Mills followed with a wrapup of the broader IBM roadmap around Smarter Computing. He shared the journey IBM has taken internally and with clients to meet the demands smarter planet solutions are placing on IT, including applying the breadth of IBM solutions, or "eating our own cookie" to deliver faster time to value and lower operating costs.
Bob Picciano hosted a panel of clients featuring Peter Bews, Director for Cloud Computing for Rogers Communications, David Kontra, Global Real Estate Portfolio Executive for GE, Jill Holbrook, Associate Director Technology Infrastructure, Erie Board of Cooperative Education Services and Tony Spinelli, Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Equifax. They discussed the challenges companies are facing today, what innovative new strategies they are taking advantage of and how IBM is helping them make use of Cloud, Smart Physical Infrastructure, Mobility and Security and Compliance.
Jamie Thomas then described new additions to the IBM portfolio and the roadmaps IBM is putting in place to help clients succeed (accelerators, progression paths, etc.). With a focus on standards Jamie will also preview what to expect from IBM as we move forward in time from a technology perspective and oriented around Visibility, Control and Automation. Read about the announcements here.
Watch the replay at ibm.com/pulse. Read more about the general session on the Cloud and Service Management Blog and Turbo Todd.
Maroon 5 braved high winds to make it to Pulse Palooza, where they put on a fantastic show! The Grand Garden Arena was packed with excited fans.
Women's Networking Reception
Earlier Tuesday evening, Jamie Thomas welcomed the women of Pulse, as they enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking.
Grady Booch Describes Computing: The Human Experience
IBM Fellow Grady Booch provided an overview of Computing: The Human Experience to a packed house Tuesday afternoon. He described this rich yet tragic connection between computing and conflict and the implications in the future of war.
Tuesday was a busy day at the Solution Expo, and not just at the EDI booth, where the Ace of Cakes made a repeat visit. The Expo is open from 12:00 to 4:00 today, so come take advantage of it!
Service Management Connect
Take a tour of Service Management Connect, which Jamie Thomas announced during the general session. Learn how you can participate in the product development process, made transparent with open access to release plans, milestone code, and sprint demos. Help make IBM products better by communicating your priorities and collaborating with other users. Learn more
Client Connections and Hospitality Lounge
It's not too late to be connected to another IBM client! Stop by the Client Hospitality Lounge and sign up to meet one-on-one with an IBM client reference. Learn how other companies are using an IBM solution to make smarter business decisions, brainstorm new ideas, or discuss a particular challenge you’re having. If you are or would like to become a IBM client reference, stop by and sign up. Response has been positive: “Telling our story helps make a phenomenal product even better." says Jason Brock, CLS Asset Management Lead, Battelle and "IBM's reference program helps us connect w/& learn from others so we don't have to reinvent the wheel" tweeted Karen Dietz, @ChoiceHotels
Meet the Experts
Meet the Experts, which changed its format to a roundtable format this year, has had a steady stream of participants. The most popular topics include Maximo, BigFix, Q1 Labs, and Storage Virtualization. Sessions will continue through Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., including repeats of popular sessions.
If you could double your capacity without increasing costs, wouldn't you? To hear more about how to achieve the economies and efficiencies Steve Mills described in Tuesday's keynote, visit the Smarter Computing booth and talk to experts about IBM systems and sofware that can address today's challenges.
IBM's most famous game show contestent is at Pulse! Play Jeopardy against Watson and learn more about him, including the history and how Watson is being used to meet real-world needs, including the partnership Wellpoint's George Zaruba described in Monday's general session. Watson can be found in the Smarter Computing zone in the Solution Expo.
Complete those Evaluations!
Speaking of Watson, get a free Watson t-shirt! Remember to complete your session and overall conference surveys on the Pulse SmartSite--there are prizes involved! Once you have completed your overall conference survey, stop by the registration desk to pick up your Watson shirt. For each session survey you complete, you are registered for a drawing for a free Apple iPod Touch.
While you are in the Solution Expo, be sure to take the time to visit the Tivoli Accredited Partners in the Solution Expo. They are highlighted in the Pulse conference guide and they have Accredited signs in their booths. These partners have invested heavily in Tivoli deployment skills so that they can ensure a successful implementation of service management solutions in your business. Accredited partners are great resources for you to chat with and get new ideas on how to improve your business!
Visit Platinum Sponsor Pirean and Help One of Three Charities
Gartner predicts that by 2014, 90% of organizations will support corporate applications on personal devices. Everyone is talking about “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD), and most businesses will need to review their policies to accommodate it. We are all too familiar with hearing about the security challenges that organizations will need to overcome, but what do employees think about BYOD? Pirean would really like to find out! Drop by the Pirean booth P317 in the expo hall to answer a few short questions and we’ll make a donation on your behalf to Hope for the Warriors, St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Habitat for Humanity. The results of the survey, along with people’s chosen charities are displayed real-time on the displays at the Pirean booth, plus as soon as your answers are submitted you’ll be able to watch them update!
Find More and Contribute to the Conversation:
Wednesday Preview: Don't miss these events!
Late-breaking news including new, updated and cancelled sessions can be found in the Pulse SmartSite under Daily News.
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Enlighten Us: How Are Your Bright Ideas Helping to Build a Smarter Planet?
Pulse will return to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas February 27 through March 2, 2011 to bring over 6000 attendees the best practices, solutions and expertise needed to help organizations design, deliver and manage new, innovative business services - smarter services that drive unique client value and competitive advantage.
Over 300 client presentations will demonstrate how Integrated Service Management helped organizations gain an end-to-end view of business services across boundaries to effectively manage risk and compliance, change the economics of delivering service and achieve common business objectives. We invite you to submit your proposal to present at Pulse 2011!
CLIENT SPEAKER BENEFITS
Pulse 2011 client speakers will receive complimentary registration to the conference, and the first 50 to submit a proposal will receive a FREE hotel accommodations upgrade* to a Celebrity Spa Suite at the MGM Grand if the proposal is accepted!
*The speaker pays for the basic room and will be awarded the upgrade if they submit one of the first 50 papers to be accepted.
Client Speaker Benefits include:
HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
Proposals will include a 100-word abstract that outlines a unique organizational experience based on, but not limited to, one of the following scenarios:
Your abstract should include:
PULSE 2011 CALL FOR PAPERS OPENS SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
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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 @ibmpulse Twitter stream!
Sunday, March 4
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Opening Show with hosts Scott Laningham and Todd Watson
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Meet the Experts of the Interoperability Center
Monday, March 5
8:00 am to 9:30 am General Session, live from the Grand Garden Arena
10:00 am - 11:00 am Cloud Keynote, live from the Grand Garden Arena
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Security keynote, live from the Grand Garden Arena
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Smarter Physical Infrastructure Keynote, replay
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Mobility keynote, replay
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.
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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
Visit the Pulse SmartSite to add this session to your Pulse schedule.
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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.
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Pulse Daily News for Monday, March 5
Welcome to Pulse 2012! 8,000 attendees from around the globe are here to learn how they can change the economics of IT and speed the delivery of innovative products and services. The theme of this year's Pulse is "Business without Limits" and with hundreds of sessions including topics from cloud, mobility, smarter physical infrastructure and security, your options at Pulse are nearly limitless too! Check the Pulse SmartSite to search for sessions on the subjects that matter to you and watch the Pulse website for the latest resources from Pulse, including live video of the event, the current Livestream schedule, a video library, picture gallery, and keynote slides.
Danny Sabbah opened the Pulse 2012 Solution Expo opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony, which officially kicked off Pulse 2012. It was a full house at the Solution Expo, which features the newest technology and next-generation solutions from IBM and IBM Business Partners. Visit the Pulse 2012 Sponsors, including Diamond Sponsors Toshiba and Trend Micro, in the Expo today! The Solution Expo will be open from 12- 7 p.m. on Monday, 12 - 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and 12 - 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
While many of us were settling in to Pulse, IBM Business Partners were taking in a full day of strategy sessions! Hosted by Ernest Jones and sponsored by Arrow ECS, Gemini Systems, and Innovise ESM, the Tivoli Business Partner Summit featured a wealth of advice on how to embody this year's theme of Be Bold. Be Tivoli. Be Limitless. Ernest was followed by Brendan Hannigan, GM of the IBM Security Division, and Jamie Thomas, VP of Tivoli Strategy and Development, who shared product roadmaps and her perspectives on the Tivoli marketplace. Tivoli General Manager Danny Sabbah shared insights, Mark Register hosted an interactive panel of partners and clients, and Lou Attanasio described the keys to "Excelling at Selling." They were joined by special guest speaker Alison Levine overcame a life-threatening heart condition to become the first American woman to accomplish the Adventure Grand Slam (successfully climbing all seven summits and reached the North and South Pole). Alison inspired the crowd on how they, too, can become limitless through leadership, teamwork, innovation, and dealing with change. Partners also had a choice of six breakout sessions. IBM Business Partners can find the presentations for those breakouts on the PartnerWorld Tivoli Knowledge Center.
A highlight of the Business Partner Summit each year is the Tivoli Business Partner Awards. Congratulations to this year's winners:
The Pulse International Connection Reception provided a fun and festive event for Pulse attendees from 79 countries. Host Joao Perez greeted the entusiastic crowd and shared the top five countries most represented at Pulse outside of the US: Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia. Overall, 34% of all Pulse attendees are from outside the United States.
Hands-on Labs and Certification Testing also opened Sunday. With more labs this year than ever, participants took part in exercises about a wide variety of IBM software products. Lab titles are listed in your pocket agenda and full lab descriptions are available here and in the Pulse SmartSite. For Certification testing, the choices are nearly unlimited: you can take any of the certification tests IBM offers right here at Pulse! The Hands-on Labs and Certification rooms are located in the Studio Ballrooms A and B, near the Grand Garden Arena entrance. Follow the signs to take part in these valuable opportunities.
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Pulse Daily News for Tuesday, March 6
Day 1 General Session Defines Business Without Limits
With instrument-like beats, opening act Naturally 7 and the story of healthcare company Wellpoint set the tone for the Pulse 2012 Day 1 general session. Vice President of Infrastructure George Zaruba described the bold steps they have taken to optimize their business relationships, services and processes using their infrastructure to competitive advantage. Host Scott Hebner then took the stage, welcoming the crowd of 8000 to Pulse and encouraging them take advantage of “opportunity highway” available to help IT drive business transformation. Speeding the delivery of innovation while managing risk and cost, he said, requires visibility, control, and automation. "You’ll need to see in real time how your business is operating, as you cannot control what you cannot see--and you cannot automate what you don’t control. And if you cannot automate, costs skyrocket and innovation stagnates." Next, Robert LeBlanc addressed the changes and challenges of a smarter planet, articulating why we are seeing such rapid growth in Cloud, Smarter Physical Infrastructure, Enterprise Mobility and Security Intelligence. He emphasized the need for dexterity around customer relations, understanding clients and giving them what they need to drive value and transform the economics of innovation, speed service delivery and optimize agility. He also described how IBM is investing to ensure proper visibility, control and automation across this highly dynamic environment, enabling organizations to better see and understand their business in real time, transform while controlling risk and become more efficient, cost effective and agile.
After an impressive rendition of "In the Air Tonight" by Naturally 7, Danny Sabbah described how the convergence of mobility, embedded intelligence, and ever increasing security threats, along with increasing requirements for standardization and automation, are driving us to a new technology model: cloud computing. He described cloud as a “convenient way to normalize your infrastructure and have much greater visibility, control and automation, which makes it easier to tie investments directly to business outcomes.” and provided evidence by successes at the Australian Open. (watch the video), Citi and True Value. But all cloud implementations are not equal. Successful cloud implementations, he noted, are resilient, with integrated and embedded security intelligence, choice and flexibility in hybrid environments, enterprise-class, workload-aware optimization, and built-in analytics. He then outlined some of the transformations IBM is making to help clients achieve visibility, control and automation, including the SmartCloud Foundation, Endpoint Management for Mobile Devices, and acquisitions of Worklight and Q1 Labs, plus two new additions you can take part in at Pulse:
Watch the replay at ibm.com/pulse. Read more about the general session: Turbo Todd, the Cloud and Service Management Blog on the IBM Software Blog
Cloud and Data Center Optimization
In this session, moderator Mike Hill described how Cloud enables innovation while managing change and complexity, enabling businesses to build new relationships with clients and create business value. Clients Ryan Kean, Director of Enterprise Platform Tech Services for The Kroger Company and Doug Rommel, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for American Greetings, described how they are utilizing cloud to remain competitive, reduce costs, and obtain the business transformation needed to evolve IT. IBM leaders Dave Lindquist, IBM Fellow & Tivoli Vice President; Paul Loftus, GM of Cloud Managed Services for GTS; and Marie Wieck, GM of IBM AIM described benefits of IBM’s cloud technologies that provide continuous application delivery, workload awareness, hybrid integration and management, and orchestration across a standards-based infrastructure. The audience was encouraged to take part in the wide array of cloud activities at Pulse, including more than 50 sessions and 15 demos that feature cloud, plus BOFs, Meet the Experts, and Expo Theater sessions.
Smarter Physical InfrastructureGeorge Ahn, VP of IBM Enterprise Asset Management, hosted over 2000 people with a full dose of humor. He noted that companies are looking for return on assets and with limited resources, it is about how we deploy them, which can be greatly improved by the use of IBM EAM products. David Kontra of General Electric highlighted how they incorporated the IBM TRIRIGA product almost 10 years ago and how it has helped them to manage their properties and leases all around the world. Their new focus is "Leveraging technology to drive cost-effective execution, enhanced employee experience and productivity through innovative workspace solutions," which is more manageable thanks to IBM TRIRIGA products. Ken Bodine from Michelin explained the benefits of EAM to their corporation. Previously, each plant had their own operations with no way to globally track business needs. By standardizing, they have improved safety, improved products and lowered costs. Finally, Rick Nicholson, Group Vice President, IDC Energy Insights took the audience through a series of Smarter Physical Infrastructure mega-trends encompassing everything from what it means to be "smart" (intelligent devices, pervasive broadband networks, big data/analytics/social media/cloud services) to how asset and facility management play a vital role across multiple industries.
Forrester Analyst Christian Kane described how IT managers must proactively embrace new technologies that benefit their business. Bob Sutor, Kevin Cavanaugh and Wing To outlined how IBM Enterprise Mobile Platform helps to build, connect, and run back-end systems in support of mobile applications. They discussed the major issue many businesses face with employees owning their own devices and how to maintain system security on the devices. The platform helps manage and secure devices and provides new ways to transform your business while creating new opportunities through visibility, control and automation over all devices.
Brendan Hannigan, GM Security Solutions, and Sandy Bird, CTO of the IBM Security Systems Division (and co-founder of Q1 Labs), outlined how IT is at a crossroads, with organizations facing a threat landscape that is increasingly complex and that requires a fundamentally different approach to security. Clients want an integrated view of security and existing point products are not meeting their needs. IBM’s industry-leading security Intelligence solutions with real-time processing and predictive analytics capabilities help tackle difficult security challenges such as insider threat and advanced persistent threat. Critical controls are becoming more optimized and integrated across key security domains such as identity management, application security, and advanced network security. IBM has committed major resources to and organized around helping to comprise a broad, integrated framework of products and solutions to help organizations meet current and emerging threats.
Service Assurance for Service Providers
Moderator Peter Bews from Rogers Communications hosted an open panel discussion. He was joined on the stage by Martijin van Zoeren of Dutch Cloud BV, Frank Gillett of Forrester Research, Craig Farrell of IBM Communications Sector, and Giovanni Lanfranchi and Denis Kennelly of IBM Tivoli. Panelists discussed the unique challenges service providers face, including how to deal with today’s financial challenges, how to deliver innovative new services on an aggressive schedule, how to differentiate themselves based on quality of service, and the potential benefits delivering services on a cloud infrastructure.
Watch the replays at ibm.com/pulse.
Take a tour of the cloud solutions you are hearing about at Pulse! Register now for an IBM SmartCloud guided tour. You will be guided through six pre-selected demonstrations that cover key cloud technologies at IBM. Tour experts will also be available to answer questions and give pointers on the technologies you are interested in. Experience the capabilities that IBM can deliver and learn how IBM can help you successfully implement cloud. Sign up for your tour at the IBM Information Desk near the IBM SmartCloud Zone in the Solution Expo.
In the Expo: Livestream Stage
The Livestream Stage was bustling with activity. Steve Mills recognized IBM Champions, Bob Picciano provided his views of Monday's events, Wing To, Bob Sutor, Kristof Kloeckner and more provided their insights. Watch them now on the Pulse website. Also at the Livestream stage, two hundred people who earned tickets by “taking their Social Pulse” were treated to an I Scream Social, redeeming the tickets for ice cream bars today at the Livestream Stage in the Solution Expo. The Social Pulse Team will be doing it again tomorrow at 3:30, so stop by a Pulse Social Bar today, take your Social Pulse and get your ticket for ice cream! See the pictures on Facebook.
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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.
Why Is Computing Important?
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:
Come be a part of telling the world that computing is more than machines and software - it is about people!
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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 title: MetLife's Tivoli Workload Scheduler 8.4 Upgrade Experience
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:
Your abstract should include:
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As physical and digital assets converge, the planet is getting smarter. Cities are more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent, using sensors to monitor, manage and increase efficiency of traffic and energy systems, conserving water and power, and creating renewable energy resources.
Some of these implementations are already a present day reality, while others are on track to make impact within 5 years:
At Pulse 2010, over 300 IBM clients representing every industry will show you how they are adapting these agents of change head on with the help of integrated service management from IBM.
Here are a few sessions on these topics. Sign up for any of these sessions today (requires only an IBM.com password - you do NOT have to be a Pulse registered attendee to create a Pulse schedule online)!
Travel & Transportation sessions
Maximo Multi-Site, Multilingual Global Implementation and Deployment - Bombardier Transportation
Visualization of Assets in Maximo Provides Smarter Asset and Work Management at Amtrak
Asset Management "Keys to Success" at McCarran Airport
INTTRA Supports Its Global Supply Chain with a World-Class IT Infrastructure from IBM
Smarter Port and Marine Terminal Asset Management at Maher Terminals
How Maximo Improves Uptime and Reliability of Rolling Stock at NedTrain
How Maximo/ACM is Used to Successfully Address the Challenges of Complex Configuration Management Requirements and Regulations for a Commercial Airline - Delta Airlines
SNCF National French Railway: Our experience on ITM, Netcool and TBSM deployment
A Multi-Sector Municipal Maximo Implementation: Water, Wastewater, Streets, Fleet, Facilities and More - City of Henderson
Energy & Utility
Smarter Management of Wastewater Assets at San Francisco Public Utilities
An integrated approach to server deployment- CenterPoint Energy
Enterprise Software in the New Smart Grid
Smarter Meter Management with Maximo at Baltimore Gas & Electric
Maximo: It's Not Just For Maintenance - Lower Colorado River Authority
A Multi-Sector Municipal Maximo Implementation: Water, Wastewater, Streets, Fleet, Facilities and More
Maximo Utilites Birds of a Feather
Innovative Asset Location Hierarchy At Lakeland Electric
Is Your Utility Infrastructure Smart Grid Ready?
MRO Inventory Optimization: Not Just Less Inventory, But the Right Inventory- NRG Energy
Smarter Water Project at the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
See you there!
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I was seriously bummed this morning when Al Zollar announced that Michael Phelps would not be speaking at the Pulse conference. Al explained that another exciting keynote speaker was on the agenda for later, but wouldn’t tell us who it was. The Twitter crowd immediately started speculating who it would be--Chris Rock?
And a series of Pulse speakers proceeded to joke about the possibility of Al speaking in a Speedo as a Phelps replacement. With the anticipation building, it was hard to focus when Jim Logsdon, from Alcatel-Lucent (Diamond sponsor of Pulse), spoke about his long-term partnership with IBM.
Chris O’Connor’s discussion on why being Green is important was fascinating. He highlighted four key reasons to focus on energy and efficiency: money, risk, compliance, responsibility. He basically argued that we need to reduce wasting energy in the data center and use the cost savings to invest in better tools to save money, comply with regulations, avoid severe punishment, and act responsibly as world citizens. He definitely caught our attention—and it wasn’t just due to the totally cool green tie he was wearing. Chris used some simple math to show that we could save $750/year just on better managing two servers and $750K/year if we were dealing with a 1000 servers. The Twitter crowd really enjoyed his presentation.
Finally, the moment had arrived. We were all awaiting with excitement to hear who the new Pulse keynote speaker was for that morning. The crowd showed their excitement when Al announced it was Magic Johnson!
Magic Johnson came off as a darling to the crowd. He was very intelligent and personable—walking amongst the Pulse attendees, asking them to stand up, giving them long hugs, speaking and engaging with them directly, and encouraging personal photo opportunities. And his talk was both humorous and informative. Demonstrating a strong business acumen and industriousness, he spoke of his foundation and the unique perspective he brought to incorporating ethnic and urban consumer tastes to coffee shops, movie theatres, fitness centers, and real estate projects. He also encouraged the audience to stay positive and embrace a winning spirit in the face of current economic challenges. He was met with a standing ovation! Once again, the Twitter crowd went wild!
Thanks to IBM and to Magic Johnson! What a great treat and surprise!
Pulse Daily News for Thursday, March 8
Pulse Day 3 Focuses on Innovation!
Wednesday's general session was all about future innovation. After a fun introductory video highlighting IBM Research's “5 in 5”, host Scott Hebner introduced Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President of IBM Global Technology Services, who outlined how the delivery of IT Services will evolve with cloud in support of Smarter Computing. Noting that cloud consumption requires a very different delivery model. It helps define the IT role in a new way—helping to integrate and aggregate services in order to optimize service delivery and business outcomes. Helene Armitage, General Manager of Systems Software for the IBM Systems and Technology Group, discussed the factors that are influencing system design for a smarter planet, including the consumerization of IT and data without limits.
Next, Manoj Saxena described the impact that IBM Watson will have on helping to solve some of the world's most daunting challenges. He outlined some of the history of Watson, and shared how IBM is putting Watson to work to solve industry challenges by leveraging unprecedented analytics. Watson, he said, is an enabler of the smarter planet vision--managing vast amounts of unstructured data and delivered as a cloud-based service.
The session ended with an engaging keynote conversation between special guest speaker Steve Wozniak and IBM's own Grady Booch. In this informal, fun discussion Woz shared anecdotes about everything from his early days with Steve Jobs, his commitment to education, the importance of product marketing, and the keys to happiness. It's worth watching.
Watch the replay at ibm.com/pulse. Read more about the general session in the Cloud and Service Management blog and catch Turbo Todd's interview with Woz.
While Pulse 2012 has come to an end, there are plenty of ways to extend your Pulse experience.
Save the date for Pulse 2013! March 3-6, 2013 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. We look forward to seeing you there!