Every year, about this time, the creative juices start to flow as we start to gear up for IBM Pulse. Which stream will have the most interesting success stories? Which industry will produce the most creative abstract for a client presentation? What will energize clients to participate at Pulse? Who will get their 5 mins of fame at Pulse? All good questions! Let's see if I can help to answer them.
For years the Enterprise Asset Management track has been one of the largest at Pulse. This year, under the Smarter Physical Infrastructure stream, EAM will have 84 sessions. New this year will be 24 sessions under the "Industry case studies" track, which will no doubt produce some interesting submissions. Last year we had an agricultural industry submission that drew rave reviews. Refer here to see the diversity of industries in Latin America that were covered......from the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA) story to Cristal Chile a bottle manufacturer .
Maximo Asset Management solutions have a broad industry presence and we hope that by having 24 sessions dedicated to industry case studies we will be able to touch as many industries as possible. Have you submitted your proposal yet? Click here to submit.
Another incentive that we created this year in order to solicit your creativity, is the 'If only I had Maximo" home video campaign. If you are anything like me, as I encounter the daily tasks of maintaining a household, I'm constantly wishing I had Maximo to help with the maintenance, upkeep and warranty records for my house. I mean who wouldn't want an automated work order generated directly to take care of all of the machinery around the house and implement preventive maintenance schedules?
Of course Maximo isn't for home use, but we created this campaign (click here) to see if we had any creative folks out there who were looking for 5 mins of fame at Pulse. We think that this will also be a good way to expand our social media presence and get the community more engaged. How many of you are following our blog ? Are you a member of our community? We continue to grow and are always posting the latest & greatest activities for Maximo.
Take a look at our latest video which I filmed on a local goat farm.........can you see the similarities to the CNA story?
I hope this has inspired you to create your own home video & submit it for your 5 mins of fame at Pulse. Reminder of the link.
Business Partners are invited to join IBM in Las Vegas, Nevada February 27 - March 2, 2011, for Pulse 2011. There are activities throughout the event that are geared to help Business Partners "Be Bold. Be Tivoli." in 2011.
Pulse 2011 Introduction and Client Speaker Overview
LIVE EVENT: October 18, 2010 at 10 am ET
Hosted by Jennifer Throop, IBM Tivoli Marketing with
Introduction by Jen Jones, IBM Tivoli Marketing
Pulse will return to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas February 27 through March 2, 2011, bringing 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.
Attend the Pulse 2011 Introduction and Client Speaker Overview LIVE Virtual Event to learn more about Pulse 2011 and how sharing your expertise at the Premier Service Management Event can help broaden your sphere of influence. This virtual event will provide the information you need to know to prepare your proposal to present at Pulse 2011.
When you come down for your morning coffee at 6:30 am and your Droid is already buzzing and beeping away you know something unusual is happening.
While my brain struggled to solve this pre-caffeination riddle, I fumbled around in the dark for a mug and the Droid begging for attention. I was slightly aware that the offending sounds could indicate a range of situations from the sinister (an alien space ship hovering over my roof) to the miraculous (Mom won the lottery and is splitting winnings with me - YAY!).
Urgent or not, I wasn't capable of absorbing more than every fifth word I read until imbibing my daily dose of jet fuel. I'm quite certain there will never be any technological advancement smart enough to alter this habit.
By the time I managed half a cup and revved up the ThinkPad, there were at least 10 more notifications - all accompanied by the hashtag #pctyuk. And since none of the tweets indicated any buildings on fire, I felt confident that PCTY UK was a smashing success.
Here are a few highlights that demonstrate WHY the topic of Pulse, Integrated Service Management, is garnering so much buzz. I could tell you all day long, but our clients and business partners are much more qualified and therefore, credible, than this humble IBM blogger.
On the other hand, if you DO want to hear from IBM Top Brass on why IBM believes organizations need a smarter business infrastructure that integrates business, operations, IT and services, look here and register for the closest Pulse Comes to You event in 2010:
We have many more PCTY dates scheduled around the world not listed
in this blog. Too many to list! Check the Pulse Comes to You
Website for the location nearest you. Let us know you plan to come
when you visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ibmpulse.
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.
Integrated Service Management is helping businesses prepare for changes that are impacting the organization. Smart SOA makes business processes easy to change, but those changes put demands on the infrastructure. Because a Dynamic Infrastructure is adaptive, it can support those business processes. Integrated Service Management anticipates how business processes shift their pressures on the infrastructure, enabling the infrastructure to adapt quickly, and making the changing world a smarter world. And that is why Integrated Service Management willbe in attendance at Impact 2010, May 2 - 7, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV.
One of the Integrated Service Management highlights includes a Day 3 keynote from IBM Fellow, David Lindquist, Cloud Computing Models Including Components from Shared Middleware & ISM.
What is Integrated Service Management?
Don't forget, you can request 1:1 meetings with IBM executives and technical experts.
Other Impact/Tivoli?Integrated Service Management Highlights:
5,300 registrants, including 120 AR/PR leaders
6 breakouts to feature Tivoli products
3 Tivoli/ISM Solution Center Pedestals
2 z Pedestals
1 Inner Circle Program session
E2E Management of SOA Environments Tivoli in the Product Technology Center
Sessions with Integrated Serivce Management at Impact 2010
Common WebSphere Datapower Architectural Patterns and ESB/Security Gateway Choices Speaker Bill Hines , IBM Mon, 3/May
A Journey from Legacy Mainframe to a SOA Distributed System–Year I & II Speaker : Nei Mueller OAG Texas Nei Mueller, OAG Texas, IT Architect Tue, 4/May
How KLM/AirFrance reduced operational costs by automating application deployments Ronald Bosch, KLM; Coert Baart, XebiaLabs Tue, 4/May
Enterprise SOA Governance & SLA management at Kaiser Permanente Speaker Manish Vipani Kaiser Permanente and I. Heritage IBM Tue, 4/May
Investigating CICS Performance Issues using CICS PA for z/OS Speaker : Emyr James IBM Tue, 4/May
CICS Web Services Workload Management and Availability Speaker : Arndt eade IBM Tue, 4/May
Inner Circle Tivoli Application Management for WebSphere Future Directions (ICV-1050A ) Speaker: Adrian Mitu, IBM, Program Director, Tivoli Product Management Thu, 6/May
Securing CICS Web Services Speaker : Will Yates IBM Thu, 6/May
ISM Solution Center Pedestals @ Impact Integrated Service Management provides visibility, control & automation across business infrastructure to deliver innovative capabilities to clients
Industries: Helps clients deliver innovative services to customers through integrated management of the technology infrastructure.
Design & Delivery: Helps clients with product and service innovation by integrating the processes of design, delivery and management of software engineered into devices and services.
Data Centers: Helps clients improve efficiency of IT operations while improving effectiveness of the business services delivered and managed by IT.
Pedestals B4 - Integrated Service Management - Security B5 - A hands-on Service Management Experience B6 - Optimized performance for better business results Z10 - Tivoli Service Management for the Enterprise Z9 - Security Management for System z
But, you just went to Pulse, how can you convince your boss that you will get awesome ROI out of your trip to Impact too?
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.
I’m going to predict that the people who know me
are going to LOL when they read this blog because I don’t tweet. This is ironic
because I am a certifiable Internet JUNKIE! For proof of this, I met by best
friends online and talk to them more than the people in my house. And when I do
see my online BFFs in person, we have our lifeline laptops with us to
feed the monkey when it demands to be fed. (Yes, we've chatted with each other on the Internet while sitting side-by-side. Mmm-hmmm. Nerds, I tell ya.)
But Twitter has never been my thing. I often wonder if I
need to be indoctrinated at some social media therapy center so that I can keep
my job as marketing communications specialist.Tiffany Winman, feel free to reply with any recommendations here or on
my Facebook Wall.
Ahh, Facebook. Definitely more my speed. Perhaps there is a way to tweet via Facebook
that I just haven’t learned yet. Tiff?
Ok, ok. So I have tweeted some for Pulse, if not much from my own neglected Twitter account. Tiffany, our social media guru, taught me
how to use a few cool tools, like HootSuite, which updates status with Twitter
and Facebook at the same time – which I loooove. A working IBMer mom of two
littles, I am all about multi-tasking. You know, two tweeting birds: one stone.
Check it out if you have the Twitter and/or Facebook Junkie Monkey on your
Take from me (or don't): there is no shame in being
clueless as to just what the heck the Twitter fuss is all about. But, if you
are attending Pulse this year, you should care.
This conference is going to be huge. Pulse will be host to
over 5000 attendees and feature over 300 client and IBM Business Partner
presentations. So while your ticket to Pulse can provide a glimpse of what the
near future will look like from the most uber-intelligent Tech and Business
experts, you are still going to miss a lot because it is impossible to be in
more than one place at a time.
Unless you use Twitter. Twitter is the closest thing to time
travel that we have right now. And if aren't planning to travel to Pulse the old-fashioned way by plane, you can use Twitter to beam yourself up to Vegas.
First Things First. Get a
Twitter Account, Already!
painless and only takes a minute. Do it now, K? THX!
your tweets ensures that your input is included in search results on your
subject matter. And you want this. People don’t tweet because they want to be
wallflowers. So they use hashtags.
wanted to know what a hashtag was but were too busy to Google it? A hashtag is
just a tag included inline with your status update.
tags are called hashtags because they are preceded by the "#"
character. The “#” prefix is
called the hash (mark) and in Twitter messages it is immediately followed,
without a space, by topic or issue you want to tag for others to find.
Together, you have a code called a “Hashtag.”
even ask me why it is a hashtag and not a poundtag. IDK.
the following HASHTAGS in your tweets during Pulse:
Melissa, welcome back, and happy new year! Thanks for the color
commentary on what folks can expect around System z at Pulse. I'm
especially looking forward to Barb's presentation on the value of
Ria, thanks for posting tips on submitting Pulse abstracts for Cloud Computing. 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.
Hoping to capitalize on some clever Internet trend or hilarious current event for my next blog, I discovered something called the Top 20 Marketing Trends of 2009 on Google. This list managed to be both dull yet somewhat intriguing all at once. Dull because it was a list, which I find inherently boring. Intriguing because I wanted to see just how “on” it’s predictions were. Did it predict what was obviously already a trend, or did it predict something altogether fresh that emerged in March or June?
The truth is, I don’t know because I never made it past trend #1: Recession Marketing. The author writes,
“Expect a lot of marketing messaging related to the recession. Don’t be surprised to see lots of offers that “save you money” throughout the year. With fewer purchasing dollars available, how will your marketing message be distinctive and stand out?”
I confess that the word “Recession” kinda makes me shudder. It’s like the Bogeyman. Spooky and invisible. Now that I have your attention, Recession seems to say, let me infect you with anxiety and paralyze you with pessimism.
On the other hand, the Recession has inspired all of us to pause and ponder our situation. It is always wise to think, but thoughts alone never saved nor earned a penny and the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, right?
So let’s give the Bogeyman the boot!
If you are managing a dynamic infrastructure as executive leadership, security, operations, storage, production, delivery, facilities or communications service, the way to do this is to reduce cost and risk to the business and amp up the service quality and delivery. You probably already knew that, but did you know that IBM Service Management can provide the visibility, control, and automation for your business to lead a successful transition through the recession?
Where to Begin
Pulse 2010 will be THE epic mashup of education, innovation and networking around service management. If you only choose one event in 2010, Pulse is the one you can’t afford to miss where you will learn new, proven ways of deploying service management solutions, which could have an ROI benefit 10 times higher than the conference cost.
Immediate Savings,Options and Deadlines
The most valuable opportunities to get started with this business of reducing costs and improving service are only available for a few more weeks. And since you, loyal customers, keep telling us that your top priority is to figure out ways to preserve capital and cut operational expenses, this is one opportunity you must not let pass.
Free Admission to Pulse: Clients Speakers attend FREE. We are accepting your proposals until November 2. Submit a 100-word abstract of your successful application of service management here.
Save up to $600 on Pulse:Register by November 16 and save $500 on a full conference badge for the Premier Service Management Event. Register as part of a group of 5 or more from the same organization and save an additional $100!
If your management needs more proof that Pulse is a wise investment, fill out this Business Justification Form and present them with the facts.
Get thee to Pulse and we can all say bye-bye to this notion of Recession Marketing and the Bogeyman.
The last two years of Pulse have provided awesome opportunities for networking and the latest education around service management, security, storage, asset management, automation, network operations, Cloud Computing, Energy Management, and much more.
But come on! The real question on everyone's mind is: Who will be the special guests at Pulse??? How can IBM top past guests such as Lance Armstrong, Magic Johnson, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Smashmouth?
Stay tuned to learn more. In the meanwhile, check out the good times at Pulse with these links:
Cartman's Adventures at Rational Software Conference In this cartoon short, Cartman leads the South Park gang down to the Rational Software Conference in the Sunshine State to - well - pick a fight with some techni-brains over the virtues of incrementally adopting model-driven software development and then skinny-dip in the famous fish fountain in the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel . . . Click here to read the rest of the blog.
It's been three years since the first IBM Tivoli conference arrived in Australia. This year, the annual gathering of Tivoli professionals is changing its name to Pulse ANZ to ring in a new era: one that will showcase more than just Tivoli, but everything Service Management. This means new content, new insights and a completely new look and feel.
Acquire, maintain and optimise your IT skills at Tivoli University 2009 - coming to Sydney 26 - 28 May.
Whether you're new to the Tivoli family or a Tivoli Technical User Conference alumni, this is a must-attend event that helps you increase your technical skills and knowledge on the latest products, technologies, best practices and solutions.
Pulse Comes to You brings the excitement, education, and experience of our global conference. Pulse 2009 to your city! Attend Pulse Comes to You to learn how a dynamic infrastructure through service management can intergrate your business and IT to make you - and the planet - smarter.
Why you don't want to miss Pulse Comes to You in the UK! Register for Pulse Comes to You and hear IBM Subject Matter Experts, Customer and Business Partner speakers across 5 different tracks.
Thanks to the Pulse Japan team and attendees for making Pulse Japan on April 15 at the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka such a wonderful success! Over 1200 IT Managers, System Administrators, CIOs, LOBs, Facilities Managers, and IBM Business Partners, and IBM employees attended the event to participate in the following activities:
Keynote: Outclass Your Business with "Dynamic Infrastructure"
by Kazuo Iwano, COO, Future Value Creation Team, IBM Japan, Ltd.
Keynote: Service Management for Surviving Against Severe Business Environment - Approach for "Cost Reduction" and "Enhancement of Competitiveness"
by Yoshihisa Hino, Director, Tivoli Software Japan Sales Leader, IBM Japan, Ltd.
Guest Speaker: Challenging Spirit and Leadership
by Mr. Yuhichiro Miura, Adventure Skier
4 Breakout Sessions
"Strategic IT Investment for "Competitiveness Improvement" Track,
"Infrastructure Construction for Effective Cost Reduction" Track,
"Tivoli Solution Update for Effective Cost Reduction"Track,
"Enterprise Asset Management (Maximo)" Track
Exhibitions and Demos: "Service Management Solution Cafe"
IBM and 19 IBM Business Partners provided 33 booths in the areas of:
- Service Management Area
- Enterprise Asset Management(EAM)
The pictures below provide a snapshot of the experience, education, and excitement.
I hear the "Talk to me about smarter xx solutions" button, "Match your Pulse" networking game, and "Pulse Wall" were big hits! I'd like to see some pictures of those. If anyone has any, let us know or simply upload them to our Pulse Flickr group.
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.
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!
Just got out of Day 1 of Pulse General Session Kickoff. I was unable to get a stable connection in the Theatre, so I’ve had problems in uploading media to the two channels below, but keep checking since I should have cool stuff I’ll be discussing throughout the conference uploaded soon:
Laura Sanders and Alan Ganek, in comedy style mode, discussed demos of how Tivoli products help with Dynamic Infrastructure. I got a kick out of their Sunny and Cher-like comedy. They started off with a Pizza video that they wove through the whole demo discussion. Alan quipped, “There has to be some way to bring intelligence to your door, Laura.” Laura slammed him back on the petitions she received requesting that he not sing on stage. And several hecklers from the audience threw in “and dancing!”
Jim Haney, Harley Davidson CEO, spoke on how important Tivoli products are for delivering a superior experience.
Tom Rosamillia, General Manager of IBM WebSphere Software, spoke on how SOA and Service Management together help deliver the Dynamic Infrastructure vision and invite folks to learn more at the upcoming IMPACT conference in May.
John Brandt, from the MPI Group, spoke about how Convergence is a great opportunity moving forward. As a community strategist, a key point he kept reinforcing that resonated with me was that Customers are rarely buying a brand. For instance, they are not buying beer, but relationships and community. Yup!
He says we all should be asking three main questions: What do your customers really want? Can employees deliver real innovation? Do your processes drive consistent measurable progress?
Repeated theme throughout the entire morning was: Who will lead the charge for a Smarter Planet and Dynamic Infrastructure: You! You! You! Rich Esposito, VP of IBM IT Strategy and Architecture Services, specifically called out CIOs, stating they are in a bittersweet spot--being challenged to align with both the demands of the business and the world. He said they are in the best position to lead the journey and transform the waters. The good news is that being a good citizen strategically also helps in lowering total costs in managing IT and business infrastructure in the long run!
Tocontinue on my last blog entry…I also got a behind the scenes look at how the conference was coming together in the Expo and general session areas.
Based on the site map below, you will notice that there are three main areas that Pulse attendees will spend much of their time during the conference.
In the Pulse registration and breakout areas (ConferenceCenter)
In the Pulse Solution Expo (Marquee Ballroom)
In the Pulse general sessions and Pulse Palooza (Grand Garden Arena)
After a very long walk down a winding hallway, you will find the registration area in the MGMConferenceCenter. The Pulse Solution Expo is somewhat close, but requires you to step outside and walk to a nearby adjacent building.
The Pulse general sessions and Palooza area is a very different story since it is located in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, which resides closer to the casino. If you can find witchcraft eatery, then you can find the Grand Garden Arena. See pictures below.
When I was checking out the Pulse online area where attendees can check announcements and messages and complete Pulse surveys, I discovered that AllianceTech has a daily drawing for an iPod Touch giveaway based on the completion of Pulse session surveys. Learn more by visiting the laptops against the wall across from the Pulse registration area.
I arrived in Vegas for the Pulse conference on Friday. I was able to register for the MGM at the airport right next to baggage claim and catch a round-trip shuttle for only $15. This saved me any lines when I actually arrived at the hotel. Sweet!
However, while following the tweets around Pulse, I noticed a pretty big difference in responses to hotel rooms depending on whether one was staying at MGM Grand or Signature.
While folks staying at the MGM Grand commonly report that the hotel rooms are adequate (even without the extra Signature features), but are missing coffee pots! Coffee in hotel rooms should be standard practice. One saving grace is that there are numerous Starbucks throughout MGM Grand.
So far I only have 2 personal complaints with my stay at the MGM Grand: The smoke in the casinos really hurts my eyes and throat, and my youthful gang of neighbors across the hall kept me up until 6 am with their loud, crazy antics! I just don’t like the competition. ;) Thank goodness they are checking out tomorrow.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.
Last year at Pulse, our customers repeatedly told us their favorite thing about the conference was meeting the technical experts and gurus who build, use, and provide services for IBM products. If this is on the top of your "todo" list, check out the following opportunities to network and engage with some pretty cool technical people at Pulse.
View some videos of customers and experts at Pulse
Meet the Experts is an opportunity for IBM clients and Business Partners to engage in informal discussions with the technical leaders responsible for designing, coding, testing and supporting the broad portfolio of Tivoli software products. In this one-on-one format, Pulse attendees can gain additional information and clarification regarding messages delivered in the keynote and breakout sessions. Meet the Experts will take place in the Solution Expo in the Marquee Ballroom.
Sunday 06:30 p.m. – 08:30 p.m.
Monday 12:30 p.m. – 08:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:30 p.m. – 06:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:30 p.m. – 03:30 p.m.
Pulse Expo Theater
Expo theater presentations complement all the excitement and activity in the solution center. We've built a solid schedule of quick, 20-minute sessions from IBMers and IBM Business Partners to enhance your Pulse learning and education experience even further. Look for the topics and schedule in the Solution Expo Addendum.
Sunday 07:00 p.m. – 08:30 p.m.
Monday 01:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m.
Tuesday 01:00 p.m. – 06:00 p.m.
Wednesday 01:00 p.m. – 03:30 p.m.
Labs provide an excellent opportunity to get deep technical hands-on experience with Tivoli's service and asset management products. Choose from over 60 lab exercises in the area of Asset Management, Business Application Management, Service Management, Service Provider Solutions, Security Management, Server, Network and Device Management, and Storage Management. Take the self-paced lab exercises at your convenience when they fit into your agenda schedule. Lab proctors are available to assist you with the exercises and any technical questions. Five lab rooms with a total of 200 workstations are available for your convenience.
Labs will be open
Rooms 301-305 (Conference Center, Level 3) Sunday, February 8 10:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday, February 9 10:30 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday, February 10 10:30 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday, February 11 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Thursday, February 12 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Use the following Pulse community resources to stay in touch, in tune, and in sync before, during, and after Pulse.
àPulse blog: For getting conference announcements, live blogging updates, and daily highlights right from the Pulse kiosk or your laptop.
àPulse community: For managing your contacts at Pulse, real-time forum topics, and feedback on the conference and sessions. Recommend meetups, advertise your activities at Pulse!
àPulse on Twitter: For contributing to real-time buzz, insights, comments and questions from Pulse attendees and organizing spontaneous meetups online or via your cell phone.
-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.
àPulse on Facebook: For getting Pulse alerts, posting to the Pulse wall, seeing who else is coming to Pulse, and social networking with the Facebook community.
àPulse on YouTube: For viewing and commenting on live stories with Pulse attendees. Share your own videos by friending Pulse.
àPulse on Flickr: For sharing those exciting, great, and educational photo moments at Pulse.
àPulse forum: We provide a number of Pulse discussion topics on the Pulse community on ibm.com.
However, due to some technical difficulties we’re having in our beta environment at the moment, we replicated these same questions on the Tivoli Group on LinkedIn in case you encounter any problems. Thanks for your patience as we work out the kinks. You can find these topics on LinkedIn:
If you’re going to be at the Pulse conference this year, stop by the Tivoli User Community Networking area at the end of aisle 100 in the Pulse Expo to learn more about using some of these new networking tools, record a live story at Pulse, or just chat. Hope to see you there!
Q: What special benefits do TUC members get for the Pulse conference?
Danyel: Tivoli User Community members get a discount of $600 off the full conference rate, for a purchase price of $1595 for members.
Also, the first 25 members to visit the User Community Networking Area get a special gift.
Q: What benefits do TUC members get by attending Pulse? Danyel: As user community members, we always like to hear our peers speak at meetings. While at Pulse, user community members can choose from 200 user/client breakout sessions -- 70% of all content is clients speaking.
Free Certification testing, labs and meeting of the experts are all activities that help enhance our skills and knowledge. If members are looking for indepth training, they can go deeper with pre-conference and post-conference sessions.
Both pre- and post-conference sessions include expert instruction on configuration and management of specific Tivoli, Tivoli Netcool and Maximo products.
Pulse attendees also get 20% off training courses for the rest of the year!
Q: What Pulse activities are special to TUC members?
Danyel: All members are invited to visit the "User Community Networking Area" in the Pulse Expo (at the end of aisle 100) to meet other members and learn what is new. While in the Expo, TUC members can pick up a special button that will identify their specific user group. We are also displaying Tivoli User Community shirts that can be ordered online. What could be cooler than showing your pride for the user community by wearing User Community logo merchandise? Don't miss out! I look forward to meeting old and new TUC members in Vegas!
So this week, the United States had a big moment. You know, the one right before Barack Obama was supposed to surrender his Blackberry. Yep, the oath. Well, technically we had two moments since he re-took the oath on Wednesday. But today is Friday, and as Mr. President has rolled up his sleeves to get to work on all his campaign promises and more, we humble IBMers continue ours.
With less than 15 days away from the second annual Pulse conference, some of us are just a tad anxious as we close in on the home stretch to February 8th. After all, Pulse 2008 was such a smashing success and we promised to make Pulse 2009 even more fantastic. That was a big promise. One we intend to make good on.
But I confess: we had a little help. From the world.
Amazing that a world with all its problems from global warming, to economic crisis to dwindling food, water, and energy resources would have the bandwidth to offer our little show a hand.You know what they say: “You want something done, give it to a busy world, right?” Or something like that, anyway.
The world may be getting busier, but it’s also getting smarter. And more instrumented and more interconnected.This realization led us to build Pulse through the lens of a busier, more challenged, but smarter planet. That’s when the Pulse team had a little moment of our own – our “light- bulb” moment, if you will.
Joining the Pulse News Network for the duration of the conference are television journalists, Forrest Sawyer and SuChin Pak, who will be breaking all the big stories at Pulse, and they’ll want to know:
“Where you when you experienced the moment?”
See the three-part, Pulse News Network interview with Al Zollar:
“Smarter infrastructure is by far our best path to creating new jobs and stimulating growth. We at IBM were asked to map this out by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team and our research shows that a $30 billion stimulus investment in just three areas -- smart grids, health-care IT and broadband -- could yield almost one million new jobs within one year.”
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:
Add a comment to this blog (link provided below) with your Pulse 2009 suggestions.
Send your Pulse 2009 suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org, where yours truly will personally read and respond.
Click one of the links below to provide your Pulse 2009 suggestions:
Maybe you remember the Red Shirts scurrying around the
Swan and Dolphin during Pulse 2008, some murmuring into walkie- talkies like
007, others barking at them like marines on a mission. Well, folks, theyre
neither double agents nor the marines, but they were the Tivoli
boots-on-the-ground doing their best to make the conference everything we
promised it would be. Maybe you were even run over by a fast-moving Red Shirt
as you approached to ask where to purchase one of those highly fashionable
smocks. Months of maniacal focus on ones goal can make one behave like, well,
a maniac, if ones not very careful. But I digress . . .. If you ever wondered
where you can get one of those Pulse 2008 shirts, query no more. While we cant
offer them in red as that color is reserved for maniacs, um I mean conference
staff, you can get your version in black. Here are the details:
To place your order please contact Lois
Cavanaugh @ 913.319.4449 or
*Please note that this offer is available for
US residents only*
My apologies if you were a Red-Shirt runover-ee, and my
sincerest apologies if I was the runover-er. Id give you the Pulse 2008
Redshirt off my back to make amends if I werent positive youd be mistaken for
conference staff at Pulse 09 in Las Vegas and given a walkie-talkie to answer to.
Yes, I blatantly admit it! I am one of those annoying people you hate who plays the same CD over and over and over and over again all day until you scream, "Will you please change that thing???" And I respond with, "Why?" So, what have I been listening to all day? Yup, Hootie! As I was uploading live videos from their performance at the Pulse conference, I discovered Hootie & the Blowfish has their Live in Charleston concert automatically playing on their official Web site.
I've always been a Hootie fan. My favorite songs were "Hold my hand," "Let her cry," and "Time." However, after Pulse, now I have some new favorites: "I hope I don't fall in love with you," "Desert Mountain Showdown, " and "Hey Sister Pretty." And, of course, their Pulse encore, "Keep your Hands to yourself," was pretty rocking.
Congratulations, you survived the thrilling experience of the Pulse conference in Orlando last week! :) I'm Tiffany Winman, the IBM Pulse community program manager, and I hope your Pulse experience was a magical one. ;) Now that the conference is over, you can stay in touch, in tune, and in sync--as Al likes to say--by being part of the ongoing online Pulse community. Managing contacts you made at Pulse You can manage Pulse contacts you made and help others find you by following these steps:
Send a colleague invitation to your Pulse contact (click the invitation link under the name in the person's profile)
Sharing pictures and videos You can share photos and videos on our Pulse group in Flickr. See sampling below. We know some of you still have some great Hootie and community pics out there! :) Follow these Flickr instructions if you're willing to share with the group.
Quick note to those of you who were brave enough to do a "live stories from Pulse" video moment: I'm still uploading these to YouTube, and will send out notices to our online Pulse community once I have them done. A big thank you for your participation!
Providing feedback on the conference You can also help make the Pulse conference even better in 2009 or simply have some fun by sharing your favorites at Pulse by responding to one or more of the forum topics below.