I do not visit relatives during the holidays anymore. Especially if it involves air travel. It all started when I got engaged in 2000. As twenty-somethings that hadn’t quite cut the apron strings from each of our families (both ½ day plane trip from Austin, TX) we decided to spend half of our two-week break in Florida with his family and the other half in North Carolina with mine. A great plan, right? Not. The trip was clearly cursed by the travel gods as way too ambitious during the holidays. In Florida, husband-to-be spent the day in the infirmary at Disneyland before requiring emergency dental surgery. In NC, while everyone worried they’d lose power because of Y2K, I thought I was dying of the flu. Literally adding insult to injury, the airline lost our luggage on our way home.
You’d think that trip was enough to render me superstitious against Christmas travel. But fast-forward a couple years into my newlywed era when I was eager to take the show on the road again, this time to introduce my beautiful baby girl, who by then was 18 months old and teething. She also had a minor ear infection, but she had a lot of those back then and if we stayed home for every one we’d never make it out for groceries. A quick trip to the pediatrician confirmed that air travel was perfectly safe as long as we continued her antibiotics. Parents of the world, you know what antibiotics can do to a toddler’s digestive tract.
But the trip was great! And everything would have been just fine if the baggage handlers had not gone on strike while we were en route back to Austin. What should have been a 50 minute layover in Memphis turned into three days with no bags, no car seat, no stroller, no clean clothes, and worst of all, no diapers. Somehow we were able to convince the airline to provide us a hotel room, while others were provided the comfort of the airport furniture. Grateful to have a bed and bath, we still had none of the other toddler necessities listed above and no way to get them. Memphis, we learned, has no sidewalks, at least not any near our hotel. Complicate that with the fact that the city was thawing from an ice storm. Even if we found an open restaurant, walking meant risking a broken hip or being hit by a car skidding on ice. Thankfully, the hotel manager took pity and drove me to Wal-Mart for supplies. But that holiday trip did me in. Since then, I have not only stayed right in my own house at Christmas (with hoarded supplies, of course) but I have also acquired respect for and fear of the baggage handlers union.
We all have our travel horror stories, but maybe fewer of them will include the loss of luggage now that the folks of Amsterdam Airport Schipol figured out a way to leverage Integrated Service Management to create a smarter luggage processing system.
Could the days of me pining away for long distance relatives at the holidays be over because of smarter baggage handling, or will the travel gods come up with some other way to make me to stay home in December?
Karl, thanks for posting tips on submitting Pulse abstracts for Energy and Efficiency topics. I'm sharing this with our Pulse blog so others can easily find the information. Note the abstract submission deadline was extended to Nov. 20, 2010.
With the emergence of the technologies that make smart grids possible, customers have new levels of information and control. At Pulse 2012 you will hear how utilities are managing their smart grid from a comprehensive, cross departmental perspective, that spans from pro-active maintenance, to modern IT enabled networks, to security and beyond!
At Pulse 2012 hear from 35+ IBM Energy and Utilities clients on topics as diverse as regulatory requirements, asset management for utility operations, smart grid infrastructure and supply chain lifecycle activities. Pulse 2012 will also be featuring the latest technology initiatives and next-generation solutions offered by IBM and our business partners, including:
Smarter Energy demonstrations that show how IBM can help utilities manage intelligent meter networks, mitigate security risk, and comply with regulatory and operational mandates using visibility, control and automation capabilities from IBM.
IBM Maximo for Utilities demonstration shows how Maximo supports work & asset management in core utility lines of business: distribution, transmission, fossil/hydro generation and nuclear power including meter asset management.
IBM Maximo Spatial demonstration is focused on the core utility lines of business: distribution, transmission, fossil/hydro generation and nuclear power including meter asset management and will show the spatial enablement of Maximo Asset Management with ESRI's ArcGIS Server.
Today in London, Jamie Thomas, Vice President of Tivoli Development and Strategy, IBM Software, discussed the critical role of technology in unleasing innovation to turn an explosion of data into new insights, transform business models for unprecedented rewards, and remove barriers between themselves and customers. Virtually everything is being enriched with new levels of computing power. The key takeaway: Now is the time to rethink IT to reinvent your business.
Rethinking IT in terms of reinventing business might seem a daunting endeavor with so many factors impacting the organization:
While all of these factors influence one another, technology has become the number one external factor impacting organizations according to IBM’s latest CEO study. Over 60% of CIOs view cloud as critical to their plans to speed up service delivery. At the same time, organizations are increasingly leveraging mobile devices, further extended by BYOD policies. Over 700 million smart phones and tables will ship this year, a whopping 34% more than in 2011. Not to mention over 20B machine-centric devices already deployed that are essential to enabling business operations and business models.
The net? Efficient service delivery will generate 2.7 zetabytes of digital content in 2012 – an increase of 50% in one year.
Business and IT leaders must determine the impact of this data storm to their organization before mapping out a custom transition plan. You need a plan that will ensure the infrastructure is optimized to anticipate and react with agility to rapid changes, wherever they come from.
What won’t change from organization to organization are the four major challenges required for transformation to continuous innovation:
Speed up service delivery from months to minutes
Increase sales and promotions
Recognize and repair issues before impact
Shrink time to secure critical data
IT Leaders: do you have a plan to transform the IT shop from a cost center into a strategic hub for identifying growth opportunities?
CxOs: are you confident that your business is engaged in continuous innovation as you address changing priorities to keep from being left behind?
Governments are facing increased challenges from budget constraints and lack of resources while service to citizens becomes more demanding. Pulse 2012will explore these issues and more, to help attendees learn how to optimize government infrastructure and deliver ultimate business value to citizens.
Pulse 2012attendees will hear from diverse clients like City of Cambridge, Boston College, Tulane University, City of Dubuque and NC State University who will discuss today's government challenges, on topics ranging from leadership and innovation in smarter cities, to managing assets in a regulatory environment and moving to the Cloud to achieve significant benefits.
Pulse 2012will also be featuring the newest technology initiatives and next-generation solutions offered by IBM and our business partners, including:
IBM Solutions for Smarter Cities demonstration which will show how IBM’s solutions can help improve city operations and incident response, reduce crime and traffic congestion, increase worker productivity and reduce water consumption.
IBM's Smarter Buildings demonstration which focuses on IBM Intelligent Building Management. The solution provides key analytics through a consolidated, role-based view of data in two key areas — energy and facilities management — helping building owners, operators and managers increase building management effectiveness and energy efficiency, with lower operating costs.
IBM TRIRIGA Facilities Management solution is a visual interface to manage space used by enterprises to identify under-utilized facilities, increase space utilization and streamline move management.
IBM TRIRIGA Lease Accounting for Assets and Facilities which delivers advanced analytics and financial controls to accelerate preparedness and compliance for the new lease accounting standards.
We look forward to seeing see you at Pulse!
Keep visiting our blog ibm.com/blogs/pulse for more updates. For more information on our energy and utilities industry solutions, visit http://ibm.co/zBczoE
Attending the Pulse 2009 conference in Vegas was one of the highlights of my year. How could I ever top all the great people, topics, demos, products, solutions, services, innovations, fun, and excitement at Pulse? Honestly, I don't think it's possible. You just had to be there! However, if you'd like to get a taste of the experience or extend your own Pulse experience, I recommend some of the links below:
Pulse on Twitter: Learn and share real-time buzz, insights, comments and questions around Pulse-related topics.
-Use #ibmpulse in Twitter search to see tweets of others. -Use this Twitter feed to syndicate alerts to iGoogle or MyYahoo. -Send a direct message to @ibmpulse if you want to catch my attention or ask me to syndicate something out to the larger Pulse community.
Pulse on Facebook: Get Pulse alerts, post to the Pulse wall, see who else is coming to Pulse, and network with the Facebook community.
Pulse on YouTube: View and comment on live stories with Pulse attendees. Share your own videos by friending Pulse.
Today's healthcare providers and payers are building sustainable healthcare systems, while collaborating to improve quality, outcomes and personalized care and increasing consumer value and access. Join us at Pulse 2012, a premiere IBM Service Management event, from March 4-7 in Las Vegas, to explore these issues and learn how IBM solutions are helping healthcare providers and payers achieve business without limits to address important topics like new service delivery models such as Cloud, physical and digital convergence in facilities management, demands from the growth of mobility, and managing and securing data.
Over 300 client-driven speaker sessions are confirmed for Pulse including presentations from The Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Utah, and WellPoint. Pulse will help you learn how to fundamentally and cost-effectively change the economics of IT and speed the delivery of innovative products and services by building skills and gaining insights in critical healthcare topics, including:
Smarter Hospitals and Healthcare
Effective Compliance Management
Operational Excellence through Asset Reliability
Pulse 2012 will also be featuring the latest technology initiatives and next-generation solutions offered by IBM and our business partners, where clients can experience demonstrations addressing important topics for healthcare providers like Smarter Hospitals, Maximo Mobile Suite, and Delivering Effective Governance for Identity and Access Management.
More than 7,000 attendees will take part in Pulse 2012. Register now to secure your space at http://ibm.com/pulse
We look forward to seeing you at Pulse 2012!
Keep visiting our blog ibm.com/blogs/pulse for more updates. And for more information on our energy and utilities industry solutions, visit ibm.co/zaCzh0
Okay, okay. IBM Service Management might not be
saving the world the same way heroes in a Hollywood movie would. But unseen
heroes do exist. They may not be glamorous or even know they are heroes. You
might know some of them. You might even be one of them. And right now, they are
out in force doing their best to help businesses survive the [now official] recession.
I'm not talking about the Fed, or Congress, or anyone on Wall Street. Who then?
Not just who, but what. As in who does what.
Stay with me. I'll cut to the chase now.
In a nutshell, the digital and physical
infrastructures of the world are converging to the point that global
integration impacts every aspect of business. To run sustainable businesses,
companies need to work smarter and integrate smart choices into day-to-day
operations. IBM Service Management is made up of the smartest heroes,
technology and strategies that can help your business survive the these tough
economic times. Quite a leap in logic? Oh, ye of little faith! Miracles can
happen when you've got purpose and
innovation on your side. Want to know more? Come to Pulse for four
action-packed days at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Over 200 IBM
clients, IBM executives and industry experts, aka "the Heroes" will
showcase how IBM Service Management can deliver quality service on any scale,
while addressing some of the most prominent global fascinations, including:
What’s really going on with cloud computing
a smarter planet requires a dynamic infrastructure
Delighting Your CEO with Exceptional Service Management
Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Value with Governance for Service Management
Achieving Converged Management of Business and IT Infrastructure
Inhabiting the Smarter Planet:How a
Dynamic Infrastructure Reduces Cost, Improves Services, and Manages Risk
Last Mile to SOA Success:Service
"Out of Space, Power, and Money" -- Addressing Emerging Energy and
Drowning in Data? -- Meet Tougher Service Level Requirements with Less
Tame the Explosion of Information with IBM Information Infrastructure
Balancing Risk with Opportunity: Security Trends and Strategies for Business
Customer Panel: Tales from the Cutting Edge of Service Management
Breaking Down the Barriers between Dev and Ops
Taking the Next Steps on Your SM Journey
Visit the Pulse Web to register while there’s
still time to save on registration. The Early Bird registration special of
$1795 ends Friday, December 5, 2008. Then stick around and learn more about the
following streams of our agenda:
The Pulse blog is pleased to present today's guest blog by Danny Sabbah, General Manager of Tivoli Software, IBM Software Group
Pulse 2012 is fast approaching, and this year we’ve evolved the conference to focus more on education, information exchange and interaction – which is what you’ve asked us to do.
Pulse will feature IBM experts and industry leaders across three general sessions and over 400+ breakout sessions across our four streams - 75% of which are lead by your peers! Not to mention plenty of networking opportunities with your peers at the Executive Summit, Business Partner summit, and receptions.
Pulse provides a unique opportunity for you to learn more about the capabilities you need to transform IT economics and speed service delivery, including strategies and actions to help gain value from cloud computing, mobility, security, and smarter physical infrastructures. While on the surface these sound like buzz words, I’m certain that we have the depth and best practices for you to successfully implement these initiatives in your organization and tie them to real business outcomes.
In addition, within the Solution Expo we are introducing an Interoperability Center. We added the Center, based upon your feedback, to demonstrate IBM’s open platform for integrating service delivery across IBM, partner and third-party solutions. The demonstrations will be in the context of real business scenarios, including: cloud, smarter buildings, continuous development, and more.
Pulse is focused on achieving “Business without Limits”, and the curriculum and networking events are designed to provide you with the ideas, actions, and best practices to deliver on the three business imperatives:
Better focus from technology investment on business outcomes
Streamline execution to reduce unnecessary cost and risk
React with speed and agility to shifting competitive landscapes
So on behalf of IBM and our Business Partners, I hope you accept the challenge to attend Pulse and take away actions to drive business impact for your organization. It’s a 3 day education and networking opportunity that you will not want to miss!
If you ever read this blog before, you already know that many of the guest celebrity speakers that have joined the Pulse or PCTY agenda have written at least one book. While the subject matter of the books by our guest speakers are mainly biographical with commentary on business, culture, and politics, none of our past speakers have been primarily fiction writers. This makes a lot of sense because we don’t do fiction at Pulse. On the contrary, we make great effort to demonstrate the reality of how Integrated Service Management is helping to build a smarter planet today.
Our colleagues in India are getting innovative with the recipe this week at PCTY in Delhi and Mumbai and are hosting guest speaker Chetan Bhagat, the best selling English language novelist in India’s history.
As a big fan of the first amendment to the US Constitution and the innate desire for humans to communicate thoughts, given the choice between resting idle or reading what is handed to me, I’ll read anything from a toddler’s board book to an electronics catalogue. However, like a moth to the flame, the fiction junkie in me is drawn to made-up stories of all genres. Naturally I am intrigued by the choice in celebrity guest speaker at PCTY India.
If you are lucky enough to attend PCTY in Delhi or Mumbai this week, give us your feedback on anything from the latest analyst insights, industrial expertise, technology and service offerings presented by the Tivoli team in India, and of course guest speaker, Chetan Bhagat, who plans to deliver a satirical speech about, “Riding out the Tough Times.”
I haven’t yet read anything by Mr. Bhagat, but I do know that I care not to ride out any tough time without the accompaniment of satire.
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.
Whether you’ve already taken a spin with IBM, or you’ve been sitting it out waiting for a better partner, take the next step in deepening your understanding of what Integrated Service Management means for a smarter business infrastructure. . . deep in the heart of Texas!
At these events, you will hear how integrated service management from IBM is the way to optimize your infrastructure and manage complexity and risk. It's the way to deliver new, innovative services and dramatically change the economics of service delivery. It's the way to build a smarter planet.
Ready? Here we go . . .
Step One: Register for Houston or Austin or both of these complimentary one-day events.
Step Two: Implement service management solutions and apply best practices suited to enable IT, Line of Business, and C-level roles deliver quality services, manage risk and compliance, optimize business investments and accelerate business growth. Steve Mills can explain how in more detail.
Here’s a brief sample of what you’ll learn about at Pulse Comes to You in Houston and Austin:
Want to learn more before the event? Check out client sessions from Pulse at pulse.vportal.net including:
*** I would like to extend a big thanks to my colleagues on the Smarter Industries team for providing all the guest blogs on Smarter Industries at Pulse 2012 ***
Smart Financial Service Industries are creating a customer-focused enterprise and streamlining operations while regulating risk and compliance. At Pulse 2012, learn how to fundamentally and cost-effectively change the economics of IT and speed the delivery of innovative products and services.
Speaker sessions confirmed for Pulse include presentations from CitiBank, Bank of China and Banco do Brasil. At Pulse 2012, you will gain insights in the most critical banking and financial services industry topics, including:
Leveraging IBM SmartCloud provisioning to meet business needs
Delivery of Business Service Management
Simplifying Endpoint Management in the distributed banking environment
Highlights from the 2011 IBM Security X-Force trend and risk report
Building an enterprise grade cloud and discussions in application performance management
Pulse 2012 will also feature the latest technology initiatives and next-generation solutions offered by IBM and our business partners, where clients can experience demonstrations addressing important topics for banking and financial service organizations like Lease Accounting for Assets and Facilities, Endpoint Management for Automation & Cloud, Effective Governance for Identity and Access Management and Virtualization Security Solutions.
We look forward to seeing you at Pulse next week! Register Now before online registration closes on Thursday, and save $200 off onsite registration.
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.
Pulse kicked off the IBM Tivoli Business Partner Summit Sunday with almost 1000 Business Partners. IBM executives Al Zollar, Doug Brown, Sandy Carter, Joao Perez, Faye Chandler, Laura Sanders, and Bill Kribbs shared made special appearances and discussed IBM's new approach to Integrated Service Management. . Special sessions on the latest hot topics included social media, speed partnering, and a "Cool Cloud Cash Workshop" hosted by Sandy Carter with "Cloud Computing for Dummies" author Judith Hurwitz.
IBM Tivoli 2010 Business Partner awards were also announced as follows:
Pirean wins IBM Tivoli 2010 Business Partner Service Management Solution Award for outstanding business partner solution delivering the visibility, control and automation required to industrialize business and IT operations. Founded in 2002, Pirean is a leading systems integrator and consultancy delivering real-time business and service assurance through solutions for infrastructure and application management. Pirean worked with a major UK Government Agency to address significant Service Management challenges. The customer had no accurate view of the IT estate, limited KPI reporting and time consuming SLA management. Through a detailed process of discovery of the existing environment, Pirean was able to review and document process in line with ITIL best practice (ISO20000) – and by leveraging the integrated IBM portfolio, design a solution from a technology perspective to ensure that process was followed. The solution includes customer specific customizations to each Screen within Tivoli Service Request Manager and CCMDB, as well as implementing workflows that guide the user through the defined service management process. The solution delivered has already demonstrated the ability to introduce increased structure and control through workflows, and dramatically improved configuration management through the discovery tools and provides a level of compliance management previously not available.
Softential, Inc. wins IBM Tivoli 2010 Business Partner Innovation Award for leading the charge to manage the world’s infrastructure with IBM Tivoli capabilities and solutions in innovative, intelligent, and exciting ways. Founded in 2000, Softential provides Service Management solutions for businesses that need to monitor and manage their services, IT infrastructure and workflow. Softential's product OpsAssure is a new enhanced integration and visualization of relevant CMDB data (asset and GIS information) and Google Maps; and dynamic weather information (from N.O.A.A); essentially forging new capabilities as called for in IBM’s Smart Planet initiative. OpsAssure provides integrations with IBM Tivoli Business Automation products (Netcool OMNIbus, Netcool Webtop and Netcool Impact). Working with client Cox Communications, Softential used their OpsAssure solution to help Cox better obtain fault and event information to Cox across service areas in the context of real-time weather data (obtained periodically from NOAA) and its affect on Cox’s service availability and QOS. Cox benefits from having this unprecedented visibility into its service areas both in normal operating conditions as well as when faced with adverse weather. As a result, Cox is able to reduce outage durations and ensure customer satisfaction. FINALISTS: generationE, the Createch Group
eSolutions wins the Smarter Planet Award for its dedicated work with clients to manage instrumented, interconnected and intelligent infrastructures with better visibility control and automation.
Alcatel Lucent wins the Network Equipment Provider Award for its contribution to Tivoli’s success in 2009.
StorServer wins the Application Specific License Award for its contribution to Tivoli’s success in 2009. Winner:
Pulse 2010 Best of Show Award for showcasing a solution at the Pulse conference that solves problems in today’s IT market by using creative methods, drives new markets, and fosters new innovation and cutting edge solutions. TBD until Monday
The CIO Summit, International Forum Reception, Maximo User Groups sessions, and the opening of the Pulse Solution Expo were also part of today's big events. The first day of general sessions starts tomorrow.