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?
The above 19 countries were not in attendance at Pulse 2011 but are here now! We are thrilled to welcome them and the rest of the international attendees, that make up over one-third of our total audience of 8000 that have traveled from 79 countries worldwide!!!
Please join us in the North Pavilion at the MGM Grand Hotel at 4:30 pm today for the International Connection Reception, hosted by Joao Perez, Vice President of Sales, IBM Security.
*** 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.
The Pulse blog is pleased to present today's guest blog by Kristof Kloeckner, General Manager of Rational Software, IBM Software Group
Based on discussions and interactions with clients, a common theme has emerged - the gap between development and operations groups (people, processes and technologies). This gap diminishes business agility, the ability to respond to market demands quickly with new applications or solutions. It can also lead to quality problems with deployed applications resulting in higher costs, service disruption and service quality issues. Some of the root causes for these challenges are:
Lack of visibility across the teams hinders collaboration and causes inconsistent manual handoffs as well as configuration and infrastructure mismatches
Deployment requirements are difficult to validate and it is tough to mimic production in dev and test environments
Moving applications from development to staging to production is a complex series of steps. Deployment engineers often execute manual steps which are not repeatable, and prone to error
It is extremely difficult to integrate and automate these processes, as well as standardize maintenance and reuse given the heterogeneous nature of the environment with products from different vendors and open source tools.
Together Rational and Tivoli have been working with customers to address some of these challenges and we have introduced capabilities which include; Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) for Agile development and delivery, Deployment Planning and Automation (DP&A) for constructing deployment topologies and deployment automation and SmartCloud Provisioning for quickcloud deployment and automated provisioning.
By way of example, Danske Bank deployed these capabilities and reduced their average time of development projects from 14 months to 9 months while improving efficiency by 15%. Through automation, Sun Trust improved hand-off times by 98% while cutting deployment related issues by 93 %. And a leading tire manufacturer moved to agile processes and accelerated their development models by 30%
Based on these and other deployment scenarios, we are now working with a few select clients on a more integrated lifecycle management solution for Continuous Delivery, which we plan to make it available to a wider set of customers as part of a managed beta program in April. What does it mean to have continuous delivery? It means that the applications built by our clients are production-ready throughout the lifecycle and can be released to end users at any time, reducing the cycle times significantly. These capabilities are built leveraging open standards, enabling clients to leverage existing investments and the cloud. Some of the capabilities planned for the beta include:
A customizable common software delivery workflow spanning Dev and Ops teams
Automated release management for highly scalable, ultra-fast application deployments
Continuous integration and testing of software in production-like environments
Release readiness dashboard provides visibility and enables collaboration between dev and ops throughout the entire delivery lifecycle
We believe that these capabilities will help provide you with end-to-end feedback loop from your customers, from development, to operations, rapid release of new versions, increased velocity of change while reducing risk, leverage real-time planning, enable in-context collaboration, ensure lifecycle traceability and apply development and operational intelligence.
My Rational colleagues and I will be discussing these customer patterns and the solutions in more detail at Pulse. Looking forward to the discussion!
IBM has never been a wall flower in the business of making history. Just Google "IBM Centennial" if you have already forgotten the 2011 celebration that highlighted some of our greatest moments in leadership and invention. But this year at Pulse, YOU have the opportunity to literally help make history. Not just IBM history but the history of humanity.
Today's Pulse blog is a call to action from Jan and Grady Booch. Grady, as you may have heard, will interview the legendary co-founder of Apple, philanthropist and Dancing with the Stars alumnus, Steve Wozniak during the Pulse Day 3 general session. What you might not have heard is what else Grady is up to at Pulse.
Grady is working on a new documentary project to study how computing has changed humanity. As with any documentary or scientific study, one needs data. Loads of it. During Pulse, Grady will be onsite collecting data for this project. Grady's goals for this project include capturing over 2000 video interviews of people sharing their personal stories of how computing has changed their lives.
The project is called Computing: The Human Experience.
I asked the Booch’s to give me a quick summary of the project to extend an invitation for your participation and this is what they shared with me.
Because the story of computing is the story of humanity. Computing is a story of ambition, passion, invention, creativity, vision, avarice, and serendipity, powered by a refusal to accept the limits of our bodies and our minds. From the abacus to the iPad, from Gutenberg to Google, from Enigma to GPS, we have created computers to count the uncountable, remember beyond our own experiences, and see the invisible as well as the unforeseeable. In just one or two generations – an imperceptible time in the timeless sweep of the universe – we have created a technology that has the power to extend us, to transform us, to define us, perhaps even to destroy us.
As a part of this project Grady has created a YouTube channel
and he would love to have you share the story of your human experience with computing. Computing: The Human Experience will have a video booth for you to record your 2-3 minute story. And we will post many of them on Computing's YouTube channel.
Some ideas to get you started:
How has computing changed who you are?
What is your first memory or experience of computing?
What are your hopes for your children in this digital world we live in?
Come be a part of telling the world that computing is more than machines and software - it is about people!
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
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.
Your infrastructure is already expanding, whether you like it or not. The question is: will you have the ability to see it, control it and automate it across cloud, smart physical infrastructure, enterprise mobility and data analytics?
Attend the Day 1 Opening General Session and find out how to gain the Visibility, Control and Automation you need to achieve “Business without Limits.” You’ll hear from customers who are already starting to achieve Business without Limits. IBM Tivoli General Manager, Danny Sabbah, and Robert LeBlanc, who heads up IBM’s Software Middleware Group, will also be sharing their insights and vision. Also featured will be performances by the highly acclaimed revolutionary a cappella group, Naturally 7!
DAY TWO, March 6, 2012
The destination is “Business without Limits.” But how do you get there? Attend the Day 2 General Session for an in-depth look at Visibility, Control and Automation in action! A panel of IBM customers will share what they’ve learned on the journey to achieving Visibility, Control and Automation across their entire infrastructure. IBM Tivoli’s VP of Strategy and Development, Jamie Thomas, and VP of Open Standards, Angel Diaz, will outline a “roadmap” for optimizing your infrastructure. You’ll also hear about IBM’s broader roadmap around Smarter Computing, from IBM Senior VP and Group Executive Software Group, Steve Mills. And you won’t want to miss featured performers, “America’s Got Talent” finalists, illuminate!
DAY THREE, March 7, 2012
What innovations in analytics and computing technology will the future bring? Join us for the Day 3 General Session and you’ll get an exciting glimpse into the innovations of the future. Find out how the advanced analytics used in Watson are being put to work in businesses around the world. Discover what the data center of the future will look like, in the year 2020 and beyond. Finally, you won’t want to miss our featured guest speaker, co-founder of Apple Computer and Innovator, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Steve Wozniak!
Though you may still be in a Tryptophan cloud, you can get a Cyber Monday deal on IBM Cloud stuff by registering for Pulse today! Don't wait until March 4, and don't even wait until December 16 (when this offer is over for good). Do these three minute steps right now save an extra $700 on your Cyber Monday savings adventure!
With two weeks this weekend (edited 11/4/11) to pull your Pulse 2012 session proposal together, we thought it might be helpful to share some examples of abstracts from accepted proposals from last year. Keep in mind that this year's theme is Business Without Limits and we are seeking to understand how you gained visibility, control and automation to deliver better business outcomes. Scott Hebner talks a bit about our plans for Pulse 2012 in this video invitation, but let us know @ibmPulse if you have any questions. Don't forget to register during early bird registration by December 16 if you do not plan to speak at Pulse and attend the conference complimentary. Early Bird registration can save you up to $700 off registering onsite.
Examples of Paper Proposals at Pulse 2011
Session title: Citi's Initial Experiences in Creating a Global Development Cloud
Session abstract: In 2010, Citi embarked on a project to create a cloud computing environment for its global application development organizations. This presentation by the executive responsible for the development project provides insights to Citi's experiences in the areas of defining the business problem being solved, defining user requirements, technology and product selections, and challenges experienced in getting the cloud into production in late 2010.
Session title: How Aetna Achieved Major Savings in Storage Management with Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 4.2 -- WIth an Update on TPC Future Directions from IBM
Session abstract: Come to this session to hear how Aetna achieved a fifty percent reduction in the time needed to manage their storage environment by upgrading to Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) 4.2. This savings was achieved through a combination of deploying TPC's storage resource agent technology, reducing problem determination time through TPC's enhanced topology views, and accelerating decision-making as a result of improved data availability, quality and accuracy provided by TPC. Thanks to these improvements, Aetna was able to reassign several full-time employees to new strategic initiatives. In addition, this session will give a preview of IBM's strategy and future plans for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center.
Session title: How Tata Consulting Helps Drive Efficiency Gains with Maximo at an International Paint Company
Session abstract: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is a leading global IT services organization and an IBM Premier Business Partner. TCS IBM-certified experts provide full service consulting and implementation of IBMs Maximo and Tivoli suite. TCS has several success stories in deployment of Asset Management solutions. One such implementation was for a leading global industrial paints manufacturer, for which TCS integrated multiple versions to a single global instance of Maximo 6. It was deployed over 20 sites, and made available in various languages supporting multiple operations including Maximo Mobile Inventory Manager. Complex workflows were configured for purchase order and work order approvals, which in turn called functions to automatically print and email the approved records. The system was integrated with multiple enterprise systems in various operating units like Oracle Apps, APPX & SCADA. The solution resulted in high system availability, less failures and improved stability.
Session abstract: Upgrading mission-critical software that runs a 24x7 distributed scheduling operation in a large enterprise, with thousands of endpoints, is a daunting task. This presentation will highlight some of the challenges that were overcome in order to upgrade the MetLife job scheduling environment from a legacy Tivoli Workload Scheduler (TWS) 8.2.1 infrastructure to a modern TWS 8.4 infrastructure, while minimizing risk and avoiding downtime. Fix Pack 5 fixes/enhancements will also be covered in this presentation.
Proposals will include a 100-word abstract that outlines a unique organizational experience based on, but not limited to, one of the following scenarios:
Cloud deployment and management: share your journey with cloud and discuss techniques for deploying, managing and securing your cloud environment
Asset Management: how has your organization achieved greater efficiency in asset management by managing traditional IT, physical, and emerging smart assets
Service availability and performance; advancements in increasing service availability and quality including visibility of services and the networks, systems and applications supporting them
Service provider networks and services; how you leveraged IBM solutions to deploy and manage new next generation services (4G, cloud)
Stories about innovation and transformation; including smart buildings, smart grid, smart healthcare; and how IBM helped your organization deliver new types of products and services
Service delivery: Discuss how IBM solutions helped you achieve greater levels of collaboration across development and operations; how automation has helped you achieve greater levels of agility
Security, risk and compliance; how your organization has improved its security, risk or compliance posture with automated threat, identity, access and security controls.
Industry-specific implementations that explore how your organization implemented an industry-tailored service architecture and how this played a role in innovation and/or service delivery
Virtualization: discuss your solutions for provisioning, scheduling, storage and optimization of hybrid, virtualized environments and their impact on efficiency and cost-savings
Your abstract should include:
Initial business challenges and objectives
Statistics about your deployment layout and company
The IBM solution/products applied by your organization
How the IBM solution/products help address the pain points
Today's Pulse blog is submitted by David Boye, IBM Program Manager for Tivoli Storage.
Interested in sharing your story about IBM's storage solutions at Pulse this year? The Pulse 2012 Call for Papers is in full swing! We encourage you to speak about how your storage management solutions help you maximize and protect information. Your session can address best practices or your companies' implementation story.
Your presentation might also outline insight into trends and dynamics that are shaping your industry. If you choose to follow this approach, describe any background materials you will be using to illustrate your point. Details are good! A thorough description of the best practices, value proposition, or technical aspects you plan to discuss will help us understand and evaluate the proposal.
And if you are interested in participating in a panel discussion related to your area of expertise, make a note of that in your submission.
Speaking at Pulse is a great way to increase your profile among a group of elite professionals and maximize your conference experience. And....clients and Business Partners who present at Pulse are eligible for complimentary admission to the conference (one per company, per session).
Some ideas for your Storage presentation could include:
Storage and Cloud: Discuss the role of storage in the cloud services and how your IBM storage solutions can restore operations quickly following any type of data disaster, while ensuring optimal utilization and performance of storage resources in the Cloud.
Application Protection: Discuss how to secures business critical application data for a wide variety of databases, mail programs, ERP solutions, and application servers, ensuring reliability and data integrity.
Backup and Recovery: Talk about how your company protects data by storing backup copies on offline and offsite storage, and employs multiple smart-data techniques to make data backups.
Business Continuity Service Level Protection: Discuss your requirements and implementation of IBM solutions for high data availability and quick recovery from downtime in order to stay competitive.
Storage Virtualization: Talk about how your company was able to reduce the complexity and costs of managing SAN-based storage environments. Discuss how IBM storage virtualization solutions helped you address this.
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.
Next week, I'll be attending my first Pulse conference, and I have a full slate of activities planned:
Sunday afternoon, I will be participating in our ISM Simulator Workshop
session. The workshop facilitator will be our own ITIL 'rock star',
Ivor MacFarlane, and the audience will be made up of IBM customers and
business partners. The workshop participants are in for a terrific
one-of-a-kind interactive learning session that will confuse, frustrate
and challenge them. Ultimately, they will come away with a better
understanding of how to significantly bring IT services into better
alignment with their business goals and strategies. And they'll also
come to realize that those goals can be much more easily pursued via
enhanced visibility, control, and automation—the overarching themes of
the modular approach IBM takes with service management.
Monday and Tuesday from 11am to noon, I will be attending the
Integrated Service Management Simulator Overview breakout session. In
this session, you can get a preview of how the simulator highlights the
challenges and business value of implementing Service Management best
practices, and learn how your organization might benefit from your own
team-building and thought-provoking simulator session.
I will be working at the ISM Virtual Simulator ped in the Best
Practices Zone. In this cutting edge video game, you can experience
issues affecting service management and corporate profitability in a
simulated organization. You will be given the opportunity to run your
own business, and will gain a better understanding of challenges facing
different people in a company, the value of processes and tools, and how
various parts of the company positively and negatively affect the
hypothetical company’s performance.
forward to seeing you at our breakout session!...and be sure to stop by
our ped and get your game on! And if you are not one of the lucky ones
attending the workshop, fear not - - we can also conduct a private
Simulator Workshop session for your employees, at your site. If you are
interested in your own session, send an email to email@example.com.
The Pulse Blog welcomes guest blogger, Beverly Lowry to share Sandy Carter's personal invitation to IBM Business Partners to Pulse.
While 2010 is coming to a close, extensive planning is in the works for Pulse 2011 to ensure it is a unparalleled experience for our Business Partners. The Business Partner Summit, Business Partner Cafe, Solution Expo, networking opportunities, and one-on-one meetings will all focus on helping Business Partners refine their strategy to design and deliver outstanding business services to their customers.
The exclusive Business Partner Summit will be held in conjunction with Pulse on Sunday, February 27. 92% of Business Partners surveyed at the 2010 Summit said it was a valuable use of their time. This year's Summit will include executive insights to Tivoli’s strategy and direction, along with many sessions designed to help you maximize performance and solidify how you and IBM can go to market together to drive business results. You will hear from industry, solution, sales, and marketing experts who will provide critical business information to help you identify where you can grow your business in 2011. Then the session-packed Pulse conference will provide the foundation of product and solution knowledge to jump-start that growth!
View this video from Sandy Carter, vice president, IBM Software Business Partners and Midmarket, as she extends a personal invitation to Pulse 2011 and the Business Partner Summit on Sunday, February 27. Then register to join us at Pulse!
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.
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