You might have heard the news today that the Austin City Limits Festival, one of the crown jewels of my hometown’s economy, announced the schedule for the three day September music festival. From Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Wonder to newer favorites Coldplay and Arcade Fire, ACL 2011 will offer the best of the best.
And if the best roadshows always include a gig in Austin, then Pulse Comes to You is no exception. This year, Pulse makes a stop in the Live Music Capital of the World, which has also earned the moniker Silicon Hills for a concentration of diverse technology innovation and the beauty of the Central Texas Hill Country.
Leading the lineup at Pulse Comes to You in Austin is a keynote on Integrated Service Management for a Smarter Planet, followed by four tracks of break out sessions including Managing the Virtual World, Compliance – Protecting the Organization, Optimizing Your IT Investment, and Managing Your Assets. The all day June 9 event at the Westin Domain starts at 8:30 am, includes lunch at noon, and wraps up with a networking reception at 4:00 pm. Register for this free event today.
Sorry there won’t be any Pulse Palooza at PCTY Austin, but they don’t call Austin the Live Music Capital of the World for nothing. Go to the Austin Chronicle and see what’s happening in A-Town after hours!
Not that any of you are going to be tempted to hop up on stage during a PCTY Austin session, snatch the mike from the speaker, and insult them while praising another speaker. . . but if you were, well, we don’t cotton to that around here. Just saying.
Pulse 2012 is your gateway to discover cutting edge industry specific solutions bringing together industry experts from different part of the world to provide you insights on current business scenarios and help you identify valuable industry solutions for your business: government, telecommunications, energy & utilities, healthcare, retail, banking, insurance, travel & transportation, manufacturing and chemicals & petroleum.
At Pulse, you will also find industry specific demonstrations that illustrate the broad business value of IBM industry solutions. And you can experience industry round tables where you gain an opportunity to meet peers for discussion and an exchange of views. Hosted by IBM client executives, industry round tables are a great way to share best practices and industry challenges and solutions, to offer valuable knowledge and practical advice on the topics and solutions that matters most to you and your Industry.
Want to know more? Keep visiting ibm.com/blogs/pulse for future updates, news and discussions happening around the IBM Pulse conference.
1: the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions ; specifically : the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business 2: the establishment or use of a computer network
I got this definition of networking from the Merriam Webster's website. It says networking is noun. Although I was an English major with pretty decent grades, this seems a bit illogical to me. I mean, networking implies that you actually have to do something like shake hands with a colleague, call a prospect on the phone, tag friends in a facebook picture, ask contacts to endorse you on LinkdIn, or send out a tweet via Twitter.
The point is, you can't do nothing and be networking. So just add the little word "am" in front of networking, as in, "I am networking at Pulse."
You have a verb, and it's logical! See how easy it is? Here are a few great opportunities for networking at Pulse:
Pulse 2009 Networking Receptions Pulse is an unparalleled opportunity for networking with like-minded professionals. Attendees can meet new contacts or catch up with familiar faces at one of our networking receptions. You must be registered for Pulse 2009 to attend a Pulse networking reception. Here are a few already planned that you might want to attend:
International Connection Conference Center Level 1, Rooms 113-114 Sunday, February 8, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
Pulse attendees can meet others from their country or geographical region. Members of the Pulse Team will be on hand to welcome and provide guidance for navigating the conference to make it a productive and enjoyable experience. Attendees can also talk with representatives from the IBM organizations and discover IBM resources that can have a positive impact on your business. Sign up for the International Connection Reception by emailing Sheila Boyle with the subject ICR-YES to email@example.com
IBM Service Management for Business Leaders Conference Room 311 Monday, February 9, 6:00 PM -7:30 PM Appetizers, beer and wine A convergence of key economic and technology trends compels today's business and IT leaders to place unprecedented focus on service management. Join Kristin Hansen for a continuation of these conversations from the IBM Service Management for Business Leaders session and more at a special Pulse reception. Catch up with established colleagues or develop new acquaintances. Attendees who attend sessions in the IBM Service Management for Business Leaders stream are invited to this reception.
IBM ISS Business Partners MGM Grand Room 314 Monday, February 9, 6:00 PM -7:30 PM Mediterranean Tapas Bar All registered Reseller and Systems Integrator BPs are invited to join hosts by Dan Powers, Jay Leary, Bob Kalka, and Marc Van Zadelhoff for a special reception for networking and noshing. To register, please contact Kathy LeNoir at firstname.lastname@example.org.
System z Clients Tabu Ultra Lounge at the MGM Grand Monday February 9, 2009, 6:30 PM Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres System z clients are invited to a special reception hosted by Dot Alexander and Karl Freund. Continue conversations from the sessions, catch up with familiar colleagues, or establish new acquaintances. Attendees are asked to present their conference badges for admission.
IBM Storage Clients MGM Grand Conference Center Ballroom 309 Monday, February 9, 2009, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres IBM Storage clients are invited to mingle and network with storage peers from around the world as well as IBM Storage executives. Don't miss this opportunity for quality discussions as well as some fun! Please confirm your attendance by January 30, 2009 with your IBM Sales Representative.
Super Women's Group MGM Grand, Third Floor Convention Foyer Tuesday, February 10, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres Join host Laura Sanders, Vice President, Tivoli Development for the Super Women's Group Reception at Pulse 2009. Enjoy refreshments while you mix and mingle with other women in technology! RSVP by February 1, 2009 for the Super Women's Group Reception by adding it to your schedule with the Pulse Agenda Builder.
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.
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.
If you missed the Pulse Opening session you missed a movie, a play, results from the 2008 CEO Survey with some insights of future industry trends, and some powerful inspiration . . . here is the recap:
Over 4000 experienced the excitement of unlocking innovation with the Visibility, Control, and Automation of IBM Service Management at the Pulse Opening Session! Al Zollar opened the session with a mini movie about Tivoli.After the movie, Al introduced Steve Mills who took the stage to provide insight on how only IBM can provide short and long term solutions with the breadth and depth of the unmatched IBM portfolio of solutions. Then Al Zollar took the stage again to address the industrialization of IT, explaining how IBM Service Management helps ensure cost effective, quality service delivery that is business aligned and environmentally aware. Then Chris OConnor took the stage to moderate to moderate the Demonstration of Values, the story of fictitious corporation VCA Bike and Motorcycle that demonstrated how Tivoli can help businesses utilize existing resources to overcome business challenges in a tough market, launch new products on time within budget. Liz Smith then shared results from the 2008 CEO Survey, which collected input from over 1000 CEOs and Public Sector leaders worldwide to find out what they see as next major business impacts are and how that affects the enterprise of the future. Liz then introduced and explained the five entry points to Service Management: Discover, Monitor, Protect, Industrialize and Integrate.
Concluding Day One General Session was Lance Armstrong, seven-time winner of the Tour de France, but perhaps even more widely known as an individual dedicated to helping researchers cure cancer, inspiring all of us to have the courage to rise above lifes challenges. Lance candidly shared his personal story of how he discovered that cancer was the best thing that ever happened to him in showing him that his life would only get better. And did it ever get better! Following his record-breaking athletic career, Lance redirected his passion for his work in becoming a leader and activist on behalf of cancer survivors around the world. Inspiring more than 50 million people across the globe to wear the yellow LiveStrong wristbands in support of people living with cancer, even more to volunteer in our own communities to affect positive change in the world.
Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know that Pulse 2012 Call for Speakers will open next Monday on September 19. I wanted to give you a heads up to get your ideas flowing and submit your session proposal as soon as you're ready, which you can do at ibm.com/pulse
Also, mark your calendar for the live Q&A webcast on September 28 where you can ask the IBM subject matter experts anything you want to know about presenting at Pulse. Follow @IBMPulsefor details about the webcast and other Pulse updates.
Here is a sneak peek at the Pulse 2012 includes the five major streams, and their respective tracks:
Cloud and Smarter Flexible Infrastructures
These sessions will explore keys to innovation with agility
with a robust service delivery platform that includes change management,
provisioning, monitoring, scheduling, virtualization, cloud computing
Service delivery and process automation
Service availability & performance Mgmt
Collaborative development & operations
Cloud and new models for service delivery
Smarter Physical Infrastructure These
sessions will highlight industries where IBM Maximo Asset Management
and TRIRIGA help increase asset lifespan, ROI/ROA, labor efficiency and
supply chains, space planning, and project and portfolio management.
EAM Best Practices
EAM Implementation & Upgrades
EAM Extended Usage
EAM Technical Sessions
Maximo Utility Working Group (MUWG)
EAM Industry Case Studies
Integrated Workplace Management
Security and Compliance
These sessions will address key security and compliance
challenges and demonstrating how IBM security intelligence solutions can
enable secure business amidst the emergence of cloud, mobility, social
business, and big data.
Securing Emerging Technologies
Securing the Infrastructure and Mitigating Threats
Managing Compliance and Audit for a Secure Organization
These sessions will explore the expanding role of mobile technologies
across the enterprise, and the vital role of visibility, control and
automation in the deployment and adoption of new services.
Service Assurance for Communications Service Providers
Cloud Service Providers
Mobility and Endpoint Management
Clients and Business Partners selected to deliver a Pulse education
session may be eligible for a complimentary full conference pass valued
at USD $1,995. After legal review of applicable laws, IBM will determine
eligibility for a complimentary pass on an individual basis. Conference
registration includes meals, education sessions, EXPO Solution Center,
and networking events Sunday evening through Wednesday. Travel and
living expenses are not included and will not be reimbursed. The
complimentary pass for delivering an education session at Pulse is
limited to one client or Business Partner per company per session. IBM
will inform individuals of eligible status and provide any additional
required documentation. IBMers are not eligible for a free pass to
Pulse for presenting a session.
And here's a video I think you'll like if you are concerned about things we will address at Pulse.
It’s a big day for Seamus. There has been a very important addition to his family today.
No, not the McManus family. The Cloud Family.
What’s that? No, Cloud is not the maiden surname of Mrs. Seamus McManus. Allow me to clarify: I’m talking about Cloud Computing. Yes, that’s right. Our Seamus is the father of Cloud Computing. I know the Pulse fans know all about it from the session "Aligning IT to Business - Competitive Advantage of Cloud Computing" that was featured at Pulse 2009 and Pulse Comes to You local events.
I have been thinking of Seamus a lot lately in anticipation of the arrival of this new addition christened, IBM CloudBurst. I really wanted to congratulate him, you know, pay my respects. And invite him to the webcast scheduled in honor of the arrival next Thursday. It’s going to be a big hit. BTW – you’re all invited, too.
So I did what anyone would do when looking for someone.
I looked Seamus up on Facebook.
To my dismay, my search netted eleven, yes - eleven Seamus McManuses. Who knew the name Seamus McManus was all that common? I only know of one.
I also know this: If Seamus were a female, I would have found her on the first try. I know this for a fact because me and most of my lady friends of the hitched marital status include our maiden names on our Facebook profiles so long lost buddies can find us. It works. My BFF from 1st grade that I haven’t spoke to in about 20 years recently found me. No, she didn’t write LYLAS on my wall . . . yet.
Alas, most of the Seamus’s on Facebook have the cartoon instead of a personalized picture, so I still haven’t been able to connect with our hero. Can you imagine if my well-intended sentiments on the bouncing baby . . . . nebula? . . . (I don’t even know) went to the wrong guy? Embarrassing.
So will the real Seamus McManus please stand up?
Ok everybody. Let’s all give him a round of applause. Well done!
(And upload a personalized photo on your FB profile, already!)
It has been gorgeous Friday here in sunny Austin, Texas at a nice 65-70 degrees. It’s only fair to give props when props are due, especially since I have used this blog to gritch about the oppressive heat last summer, which ended yesterday I think.
So! Onto the real reason I brought you here:
Did you know that you peeps only have like two weeks left to get your proposals in to present at Pulse? I know you all have an IBM story to tell. Maybe you don’t think anyone would want to hear it or maybe you are concerned that you don’t have time to prepare. Or maybe you just don’t think that there is good reason to bother.
Nonsense, I say to thee!
First of all, this offer isn’t just for high-ranking executives or big business partners. We also need the folks who actually hands-on run the stuff we sell your company. Does it work? Did it get you out of a fix? Did it prevent you from being in a fix? Did it save more money than it cost? That sort of thing.
And thirdly, do you realize what an opportunity this is? You will be immortalized!
Seriously, we promote the heck out of the good stuff people say at Pulse. Why on earth wouldn’t we? We might even interview you on camera (if you let us) and put you on our YouTube channel and Tweet, Facebook, and of course blog about you. Client presentations from Pulse are wildly popular. My colleagues ping me weekly with, “I need So-and-So’s presentation from Pulse 2009 for a meeting with [client, executive, press, you fill in the blank]!” We’ll make you famous (sort of).
Here are some more goodies for our speakies:
One full conference pass ($1995 value).*
Use of our exclusive Client Speaker VIP Lounge.
Networking opportunities with over 5000 industry experts, press and analysts.
A profile of your success story in the Pulse agenda/curriculum guide.
EAM papers are eligible for the Maximo best practices award.
What are you waiting for? The deadline is November 2 and the clock is ticking!
It's been said that central Texas only has two seasons: summer and football season. If you’ve spent any time in a Texas summer, you might understand our zeal for the latter. Contrary to some folklore, Texans like a lot of other stuff about autumn. Here are a few more seasonal treats that inspire this Texan to put out the welcome mat for autumn, even as summer huffs the last of it’s dragon breath well into November.
Not catching on fire just stepping outdoors!
Football! (Mack Brown could help make this a little more inspiring.)
Road race season!
Pulse planning season! (I have a fun job!)
Turkey and dressing!
Daylight Savings Time!
Let’s pause for a moment because Daylight Savings Time alone can bring tears of joy to my eyes. Allow me to elaborate.
For starters, the sun comes up earlier. This is huge for runners. It’s harder for coyotes and mountain lions to stalk us after daybreak. An earlier dusk means I am alert enough to not only notice, but also enjoy our famous sunsets. And – best of all: the aliens that live with me my children are tricked into an earlier reboot
Ok, so what does all this have to do with Pulse? Nothing! But while I am celebrating being tricked into feeling like autumn gives me more time, let’s celebrate a real treat of extra time for you:
Pulse 2011 call for speakers has been extended to November 23, 2010. I promise that’s no trick, unless you were planning to submit a paper to the Enterprise Asset Management track. In that case, your extension treat expires on November 16.
Need Help Getting Started?
No problem! Here are a few suggestions to help you get started on the path to joining our agenda as a featured expert.
Last February, we introduced Integrated Service Management at Pulse 2010 to an audience of 5500 from 66 countries worldwide to demonstrate how a dynamic infrastructure can provide the Visibility, Control and Automation businesses need to deliver innovative services and better serve customers on a Smarter Planet. Now we are bringing Integrated Service Management around the world with Pulse Comes to You (PCTY) 2010 local events.
Integrated Service Management enables organizations to deliver innovative services by providing Visibility. Control. and Automation.™ across their business. It provides the software, best practices and expertise to manage infrastructure, people and processes in the data center, across design and delivery, and tailored for specific industry requirements. At PCTY 2010, IBM Executives and Industry Leaders will share how Integrated Service Management can help IT, Line of Business, and C-level audiences deliver quality services, manage risk and compliance, optimize business investments and accelerate business growth. More will be announced as commitments are finalized.
For additional dates already scheduled, check the Pulse Comes to You (PCTY) 2010 website.
Full days of an agenda exploring Integrated Service Management solutions for every industry across business and IT that address the full service lifecycle, both within and beyond the datacenter. Discover how to transform traditional IT, physical, and emerging smart assets into unique business value.
2012 is the year of Cloud Computing at Pulse. That means that IBM has defined Pulse as the most essential Cloud-focused event for 2012 in every industry for professionals in roles ranging from:
IT VP/Director/Manager, Service Architect, Systems Administrator, Storage Manager, Data Center Manager, to Business Transformation Managers, and
Network Managers, Network Operations Center (NOC) Managers, Operational Support Systems Personnel, Desktop and Mobile Systems, to Endpoint/Desktop Managers and
Chief Information Officers, Security Officers, Director / Manager of Security Operations, Security Analyst, to Security Administrators.
Cloud keynotes and breakout sessions at Pulse will reveal that Cloud is significantly downsizing the barriers to new technology applications, making them as equally available to small businesses and individuals as governments and large enterprises.
From the end user perspective, nobody knows how Cloud does this.
And that is the point.
Cloud provides the end user a simple and elegant interface to a vast IT infrastructure. Understanding its complexity is not required in order to realize its financial benefits. Possibly the most impacting benefit of cloud applications is enabling organizations to expand investment in delivering new services instead of just maintaining the existing infrastructure.
Telecommunications industry plays a prominent role at IBM Pulse 2012
Smart communications clients are transforming operations to achieve new levels of business and service excellence while being asked to build out smarter networks at the same time. Join us at Pulse 2012, and explore the keys to innovation and agility with a robust service delivery platform. At Pulse you will hear how effective network and service assurance enables control of the entire communication and content management infrastructure, and the strategies for next-generation service quality and delivery.
Speaker sessions confirmed for Pulse include presentations from Bharti Airtel, Dutch Cloud, IMImobile, Rogers Communications, TIM Brazil and U.S. Cellular. Pulse 2012 will help clients learn how to speed the delivery of innovative products and services, and change the economics of your operations by building skills and gaining further insight in important communications topics, including cloud as a platform for new services, building smarter networks, how advanced visibility, control and automation drive smarter operations, as well as Service Provider trends and directions.
Pulse 2012 will also be featuring the latest technology initiatives and next-generation solutions offered by IBM and our business partners, where clients can experience demonstrations addressing important topics for communications providers like Smarter Networks and LTE, Intelligent Site Operations for Smarter Networks and Managing the Network in Today’s Mobile World.