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Danyel Otteson 060000ANFQ DOTTESON@US.IBM.COM Tags:  cloud-computing tivoli business-partners user references maximo software tuc user-group storage-management automation video storage mangeement user-groups asset security asset-management 1,030 Visits
Did you hear?
The IBM Tivoli Products Rock video contest dates have been extended to October 29, 2010 through the Gloabl Tivoli User Community!
If you are a client, business partner or independent consultant this is the prefect opportunity to show your pride and share your expertise through either an Interview, Technical Presentation or Product Tutorial video today!
Maybe you have thought about doing a video but the months of July and August were just too busy. Now it's September and this is the perfect time to start planning for the final submission date of October 29.
Step 2: Decide on what type of video you plan to do (interview, technical presentation or product tutorial)
Step 3: Pick a topic/product to cover
Step 4: View the "free software" and hints and tips for the type of video you will produce
Step 5: Enlist the help of co-workers/friends to produce and plan out the flow of the video (if need be)
Step 6: Produce video
Step 7: Submit video
As the Tivoli Global User Community manager I encourage everyone to submit videos before the deadline of October 29.
The prizes of an iPad, iTouch and more are great incentives to produce a video so don't delay, plan today!
Here are a few submissions for reference:
Product Tutorial video
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In addition to the Intelliden acquisition, the other big IBM Tivoli acquisition this year was BigFix. IBM announced the completion of the acquisition last month. And just this week, IBM announced that BigFix “now displays all virtual and physical assets—PCs , laptops, servers, point-of-sale and virtualized devices—in a single place.”
I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with the BigFix team in the last few months as they join the IBM family. While discussing his podcast series, Beyond the Perimeter, I took the opportunity to interview Amrit Williams, CTO of BigFix.
Question: Can you tell us a little bit about BigFix?
Amrit: BigFix is a leading global provider of
high-performance systems and security management software for enterprise
companies. The BigFix unified management platform provides real-time visibility
and control through a single infrastructure, single agent and single console
for systems life cycle management, endpoint protection, security configuration
and vulnerability management.
BigFix solutions enable customers to securely manage their global IT infrastructures faster, more accurately, resulting in improved governance, control, visibility and business agility.
Question: Why did IBM acquire BigFix? How does it fit into IBM’s product portfolio?
Amrit: IBM and BigFix are a great fit. The product portfolios are very complementary, the strategy and vision are well aligned and the companies’ respective values and focus will drive greater innovation to the market
Product and market synergies
--BigFix offers best in class endpoint management (PCs, laptops, and distributed servers) that extends the IBM portfolio, enabling their smarter computing vision from the data center to endpoints anywhere in the world.
--Our product portfolios are very complementary, as demonstrated by the many joint customers we successfully serve today.
Strategy and vision
--IBM intends to continue to evolve the rich capabilities of the BigFix platform and to innovate, integrate, and expand the combined solutions to address a broader set of market requirements than ever before.
Company values and market focus
--We share similar ideals and value around integrity and innovation.
--We both have a workforce that is provisioned and dedicated to solving the problems of the largest and most sophisticated enterprise environments in the world.
BigFix is part of the
Question: Can you explain how BigFix is different from other vendors in the market?
Conventional solutions rely on highly complex servers that must be in constant communication with numerous endpoint agents, receiving configuration and state data and transmitting instructions and content. This resource-intensive, high-overhead approach is not acceptable in today’s highly distributed, occasionally connected endpoint environment. The BigFix Unified Management Platform relies on a single intelligent agent that acts autonomously based on policies distributed asynchronously, wherever endpoints happen to be, on virtually any network, over virtually any link. When an endpoint drifts out of compliance with policy, the BigFix agent automatically and immediately remediates the issue, ensuring continuous compliance—even if the endpoint is not connected to a corporate network.
The BigFix Unified Management Platform provides 18 IT management solutions, including security configuration and vulnerability management, using a single server, console and agent. BigFix is highly scalable, with a single server managing up to 250,000 endpoints, and works on a wide variety of platforms including Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux and virtual operating systems. Competitive solutions require multiple agents per endpoint, scores of servers, and incur total costs of ownership orders of magnitude higher than BigFix.
BigFix also provides what is considered high-performance systems and security management. These high-performance attributes include:
Question: What benefits can customers expect from the acquisition?
Amrit: In addition to what has already been mentioned, customers should expect to see BigFix integrate with a wide set of IBM solutions. The benefit from a highly integrated set of technologies that enable an organization to become more efficient, improve productivity and lower costs will help organizations rationalize disparate technologies through convergence, consolidation and automation, enabling focus on higher value activities.
Jennifer Dennis 110000CSRM JBDENNIS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  system resilience and asset ibm z service financial security management enterprise integrated-service-manage... tivoli zenterprise application 1,314 Visits
The Market Makes Demands. IBM Delivers.
For some time, the market has been screaming for impossible complex and brawny data center computing capabilities.
Today IBM announced zEnterprise - a first of a kind technology representing a new dimension in computing. zEnterprise integrates IBM's leading technologies to dramatically improve the productivity of today's multi-architecture data centers and tomorrow's private clouds.
Consolidated, simplified management is one of the key drivers for adoption of zEnterprise, and nothing does it better or more extensively than IBM Tivoli. IBM Service Management on System z is uniquely architected to extend the value of zEnterprise by:
To extend these benefits, today Tivoli announced 4 new offerings that bring visibility, control and automation to zEnterprise:
Silverstring Launches Predatar 6 for TSM to Deliver Smarter Enterprise Data Protection, Near Perfect Backup Success
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Today, IBM Tivoli Business Partner Silverstring launched Predatar version 6. Predatar is a complete systems management platform for Tivoli Storage Manager. Predatar automates monitoring, alerting and incident management processes IBM Storage solutions, including Tivoli Storage Manager.
Read the full press release from Silverstring, Ltd.
The latest version of Predatar, released today, offers full support for both Tivoli Storage Version 5 and 6 including:
Alistair Mackenzie, Managing Director at Silverstring:
“Our value add is to develop intelligent tools, put them in the hands of smart people and help our clients maximize their investment in storage and data protection.”
Dr. Brian Robertson, Head of Infrastructure at The University of Aberdeen:
“Predatar has helped my team to achieve close to 100% backup success rates and allowed the many tasks associated with managing enterprise backup to be shared collaboratively across 1st and 2nd line support. I now have good visibility of the performance of our IBM TSM infrastructure.”
What's smart about Storage? IBM Clients talk about their success:
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In response to: It's not really an endpoint, it's an entry pointJeannette,
Thanks for the added perspective. The Twitter crowd was going wild when The BigFix acquisition was announced. I hope to see more about the integration roadmap from IBM.
Danyel Otteson 060000ANFQ DOTTESON@US.IBM.COM Tags:  maximo automation contest usergroups tuc tivuser asset storage security tivoli user usergroup group community video ug 1,736 Visits
You could be a winner of an Apple iPad, or an Apple iTouch, or an Apple iPod Nano, or $100 or $50 cash just by creating a video on either
how your IBM Tivoli software product(s) have either helped you solve a problem, or improve performance or deliver business value.
The Global Tivoli user Community is hosting the "IBM Tivoli software Products Rock" video contest and YOU can be apart of the newest trend of creating your own video(s).
Are you interested but don't know how to start?
Read these questions and answers to find out more:
Q: What kind of video can I create?
A: You can do either an Interview style video, a Technical Presentation video or a Product Tutorial video. You can find an interview style guide, some hints and tips along with a link to FREE Camtasia video software located here.
Q: What are the criteria for submitting a video?
A: The submission must be of positive nature relating to IBM Tivoli software. If a third party software is highlighted it must show integration with a Tivoli product. The entry must be at least 2.5 minutes but no more then 10 minutes and can't be larger then 1GB. The acceptable formats are Windows Media Video (.WMV), .AVI (windows), .MOV (mac), .MP4 (ipod/psp), .MPEG, .FLV (adobe flash)
Q: What are the contest dates?
Q: Who will be judging?
For complete instructions, rules and guidelines on how to create and submit your video(s) please click here.
As the Global Tivoli User Community for IBM Tivoli I encourage you to get your video cameras out and show your IBM Tivoli pride! Happy Video Shooting!
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Denny O'Brien 120000NV9S email@example.com Tags:  itm tbsm taddm video integration media tutorials tivoli 1,327 Visits
The message from IBM Tivoli customers and business partners is clear. Both groups want more information on how to integrate Tivoli products – and the quicker and easier they can do it, the better.
Phil Riedel, a solutions architect in the Tivoli Integration Center of Competency organization is helping meet that demand. He recently produced a video tutorial on how to integrate IBM Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager (TADDM) with IBM Tivoli Business Service Manager (TBSM). In the video, Riedel walks through a scenario that demonstrates integration between the two products in seven minutes. The video is available in the Tivoli Media Gallery at:
In addition to the video on TADDM and TBSM integration, several new video tutorials have been recently added for IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.2.2:
- Configuring Collections for Capacity Planning
- Configuring the Granular Warehouse GUI for Virtualization
- How to Configure Summarization and Pruning
- Granular Warehouse Overview
- Specifying Filter Criteria for Historical Collections
To access more video tutorials for Tivoli products, visit the Tivoli Media Gallery: http://www.ibm.com/tivoli/media.
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The Global Tivoli User Community is doing it again...Ask the Expert Online Jam session!
Do you have a question on IBM Tivoli Products?
As the Global Tivoli User Community manager for IBM, I endorse this event and ask you to participate.
The "Ask the Experts Online Jam" is a valuable opportunity for the YOU to connect with 70+ real world IBM experts on a range Tivoli products. These experts, many from IBM development, are recruited to answer your questions for a concentrated period of 12 hours. (8am eastern - 8pm eastern USA)
The June 15th Ask the Experts Online Jam will included the following products:
IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager (ITCAM) for Transactions, IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM), Tivoli Asset Management for IT, All IBM Maximo Asset Management products - Enterprise Asset, Change and Configuration Management Database (CCMDB), Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager (TADDM),Tivoli Netcool Impact, Tivoli Netcool Performance Manager and Flow Analyser, Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus, Tivoli Network Manager and NetVIew/d, Tivoli Access Manager (TAM), Tivoli Access Manager Enterprise Single Sign On (TAM ESSO), Tivoli Identity Manager (TIM), Tivoli Provisioning Manager, Tivoli Service Request Manager (TSRM), Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), Tivoli Storage Manager Fastback, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC), FastBack, NetView for z/OS, OMEGAMON
Here's how it works in brief:
Step 1: You have a question - usually fairly technical;
Step 2: You will find the expert that is best suited to answer the question by browsing for an expert by pre-defined category and product specific;
Step 3: You will fill in a field on the "Ask the Experts online Jam" web application to submit the question.
Step 4: You will receive an email answer to his/her questions and the Ask the Expert JAM web application is updated for other members to see.
To participate in this online jam session you must be a registered member of the TUC. Please register now!
What time is the ATE Jam session?
Those in the Indian Standard Time zone can begin submitting your questions at 3:30 pm IST on June 15th but they may take up to 2 hours to be answered as the experts do not begin answering questions until 8am eastern USA.
India: 3:30 pm June 15th to 5:30 am IST June 16th
New York: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm EST; June 15th
London: 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 am GMT; 15/16 June
Sydney: 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 am 15/16 June
To find the time in your city check out the World Clock meeting planner website.
Don't know what kind of questions to ask?
Click here for more information and to view the archives from previous ATE Jams.
The IBM Support portal continues to improve the online service available to customers. On May 19th, the newest release of this rapidly evolving support portal, added many new updates including n.fluent , providing a key in linkage in our significant online resources now available in many local languages. This change comes on top of the recent announcement of the recognition that IBM wins ASP Top 10 Best Web Support for 2010 award for IBM Support Portal The usage and value that is delivered, grows every month, providing a rapid complete resource for customer to find the very latest infomation and solutions. To follow the latest news on the emerging IBM Support Portal updates, you can subscribe to the IBM Developerworks Blog, the IBM Electronic Support community
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One of the hottest topics at the
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Denny O'Brien 120000NV9S firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  wikis netcool monitoring tbsm best-practices 812 Visits
Tivoli wikis provide best practices and scenarios for using Tivoli products. This content is developed by Tivoli subject matter experts, and authors range from IBM developers to business partners and customers. Here are some of the recent best practice and scenario contributions to Tivoli wikis:
Access all Tivoli wikis from Tivoli Wiki Central.
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In response to: Welcome!Heath, congratulations on the new Tivoli Netcool blog. I'm really looking forward to hearing your team talk about Consolidated Operations and more! :)
a picture can speak a thousand words, just how many can be captured
in videos and other multimedia? That's the question we asked within
IBM Tivoli while exploring new methods for delivering technical
information to customers.
And the answer at which we kept arriving was clear: multimedia can improve the time to value for our customers. In other words, by placing more emphasis on multimedia, we can reduce the time that it takes for customers to make Tivoli products useful. That's why, on March 31, we launched the Tivoli Media Gallery, the new centralized home for multimedia about Tivoli products.
Within the Tivoli Media Gallery, you can find many different multimedia types, ranging from quick 1-5 minute video tutorials that walk you through a complex task to demos that highlight specific product features. You can even find podcasts from Tivoli subject matter experts.
The Tivoli Media Gallery centralizes all of the multimedia that is hosted by the 25 external product and solution wikis available from Tivoli Wiki Central, and it also consolidates links to media that is hosted by other sites. This includes popular resources from within IBM and beyond:
Most of the multimedia that you find in the Tivoli Media Gallery is original content created by IBM professionals. This ranges from a ten minute demo on the Tivoli Service Availability and Performance Management solution to a one minute video tutorial on how to create a connection to the Tivoli Workload Scheduler engine.
Those are just two examples of the type of content that you might find in the Tivoli Media Gallery. To see more, visit the Tivoli Media Gallery at http://www.ibm.com/tivoli/media.
Larry Bietz 270001JUVU firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  portal_tools tivoli-support tivoli service-management 581 Visits
Social networking support is less formal in many ways, and the tools for measuring these things do not exist. We also confirm entitlement for confirmation of product license, to establish verification of the time, labor and testing that is done to isolate and validate results. In this way we confirm that the solution provided is known to be a complete answer that works.
Product assistance from forums, blogs, wikis are not to be considered formal support, but can be very efficient in providing a more casual exchange that of course is inclusive to a larger audience of clients and their interaction. It is the collaboration in discussion that offers the unique benefit and value.
We need to collect input from customers about the types of product situations they are able to share in a public exchange, and examples that will define how a support focused social networking area should be grouped. As an example, we have Developerworks forums today that are used extensively, very much driven by the end users. We have Developerworks wiki's that are not updated by the customer, but provide an important extension to product knowledge learned after GA and can be included in future product publication versions. Is there another option for exchange that adds value and further extends the business benefit as defined by our users?
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Pulse 2010 was a great session. So many thoughts, ideas and very smart people defining for how we all make a smarter planet.
You could feel change happening in every corner of the day. We talked to many people, not yet aware of the IBM Support Portal and their interest in the IBM Support Portal was also positive and clear. We have personalized your support experience, making significant improvement in how you can find or request assistance with your product questions. So now the next steps are ready to be taken.
So what about social networking for product support? I ask many attendees, did they or how do they use social networking for business? Do they see the oppurtunity for it being a part of the standard support options? What areas could we improve their support and collaboration for supporting a smarter planet using social networking? I have found good information on 'How twitter will change the way we live?' Thought provoking virtural collaboration from universities, rapid idea sharing and debates, enabling a connected society to interact in a virtual unified way. The comparisions to life's analogies begins to form, but at the end of the day how and what do we measure for success? What operationally qualifies the investment and actions to make social networking a high contributor to the success of supporting our customers even better?
I completed this week excited for the future as all the software products are ready, but still very reflective on the question, how can we harness and improve the customers online support experience using social networking? What are the best places to use that strength of collaboration? We are stronger together, customers, partners and IBM building an understanding for intergrated service management, with a combination of methods new and old, hybrid solutions that lead to combination's of composite product installations. Final solutions that takes strong skill to understand, leverage and support. I'd like to hear your comments. Share them here, or drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. These are very interesting times.
Larry Bietz 270001JUVU email@example.com Tags:  tivoli-support portal_tools tivoli service-management 644 Visits
Yesterday, Pulse got underway with the solutions expo officially opening and a full house of customers and partners joining us, in Las Vegas It was a full day, but very well attended. The level of interest and engagement has been intense, with good questions and comments from the audience. My task the next several days is to staff a demonstration pedestal (#16) with James Pierce, and others covering the IBM Support portal and applications.
It has been good meeting with our users, many who have not explored the new site. Their feedback has been initial surprise and then impressed with the final solution the support portal now provides. Everyone we spoke to sees the value this new single support site offers, and wanted to understand how to get access use it. It has been surprising how many had not discovered the new site, so our presence here has been good for getting the message to the community.
If your at Pulse, please stop by the expo solutions center and look the support team pedestal up. We are at #16 and will also be presenting three sessions on Tuesday afternoon,
#1480- (3:30-3:50) Electronic Support- Avoid Problems & Resolve the Tough Ones Fast
Learn about IBM's portfolio of online support tools and resources that provides comprehensive technical information to ensure smooth operations of your mission critical applications.
#1479- (4:00-4:20) IBM Support Assistant- Finally an Easy Way to Resolve Problems
Explore IBM Support Assistant, a complementary serviceability software offering that enables you to efficiently resolve problems or avoid them altogether.
#1536- (4:30-4:50) IBM Support Portal- Your Support Experience is About to Get Personal
Learn how the IBM Support Portal can lower your total cost of ownership for IBM technology by giving you flexibility and choice and making you more efficient in keeping your business running.
Birds of a Feather Session # 2205 (6:00 - 7:00pm)
Accelerating Success with Tivoli Customer Support
Location: MGM Grand - 108
We look forward to seeing you there!
Danyel Otteson 060000ANFQ DOTTESON@US.IBM.COM Tags:  storage user group tivuser asset security tuc ug automation tivoli community usergroups maximo 1,037 Visits
Come join the 1000+ user community members attending Pulse 2010 next week in Las Vegas, NV.
In a recent Newsletter communication from the Global Tivoli User Community they wanted all user community members to do the following at Pulse:
" Go to the "User Community Networking Area" - the "one stop shop": meet people, pick up your specific user group button, update your TUC profile, learn how to use social media, do a video/podcast
When: Sunday 6:30 - 9:00; Monday 12:00 - 8:00; Tuesday 12:00 - 6:00; Wednesday 12:00 - 4:00
Where: Expo Solution Expo Hall"
the "What is it like to be a Tivoli customer, the good, the bad and the ugly"
BoF session - Four members of the GTUG council will be the panelist for this
session along with Bill Kribbs, VP of Tivoli Support and Services who will host
Maximo User Group meeting on Sunday or for those Italian TUC members
attend your user group meeting on Tuesday
"Find a User Community member" game - two members of the TUC each day will
have their pictures displayed on a poster boards throughout the conference and
the first 10 people to find them will get a prize
pride for the Tivoli User Community and do a 2 minute "man on the street" video
about your user group experience and/or more
As the Global Tivoli User Community Manager and Liaison to this community I encourage everyone to go to Pulse and engage in these activities.
What are you looking forward to at Pulse? Will you participate in these activities?
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On February 2nd, Tivoli officially moved to the IBM Support portal. So if you have not needed to contact support lately, you should wander over to the new landing page for support. The IBM Support portal delivers on a long standing improvement request to simplify the navigation to the product support information. It provides a logical and consistent location for support applications that are part of the IBM Online support tools.
Now hosted on a Websphere portal and portlets, clients can personalize a list of products they support and deploy. You are quickly aware of the most recent postings to your products selected in My notifications, via portlet or provided the option to quickly set-up this great feature. My notifications, lets you subscribe to daily, weekly or even both levels of email update frequency on the product information you need. Or if you prefer, RSS feeds are available at this subscription location. No need to look at multiple places around the IBM site, its consolidated in just this one application.
The portal is great at personalizing your support experience, but you must logon to save settings session to session. Registering an ID only takes 2 minutes, and if you have been using Service Request in the past, this ID and password is all you need. After using the site once, it will recognize you next time you return, even after you have restarted your browser, but you still need to logon to the portal to get access to your personalization.
The ability to search for and isolate information has also made some great changes. Just enter your keywords , or paste the data into the little search box. Yes, its small but it does hold more, and as you get to the next page with the results you can see that too. The search results page lets you toggle products on and off and if you look at the list of items in the left navigation, you will see options to isolate by operating system, version and release, even with the categories of information have selection options. The numbers next to each option, shows you how many records are in that category, so you instantly know what the option will isolate to.
It seems we have made it a bit harder to find problem reporting (Service Request), not by intention. Its located on the left navigation area, close to the bottom labeled 'Open Service Request'. Since you are normally logged on to the IBM Support portal, clicking to SR will get you right in. We do have information for data collection at the first screen after you click on 'Open Service Request', so if you need help with what data to provide, this is detail the product teams provide. Our goal is to improve our time to resolution, and having all the needed data initially, can speed it along.
If you would like to tell us how we are doing with the new support portal, the option for feedback is on the right hand side of the screen, We are very interested in your feedback, and my comments in this blog, reflect a few items that we have heard from our customers.
If your coming to Pulse, I encourage you to stop by the Support Pestal #016, to learn more or to just say hello. I will be there to answer your questions. We also have several presentation sessions on the IBM Support portal and the applications during this conference, covering IBM Support Assistant and Log Analyzer as well as all the features of the portal. Monday at the AVP lounge we also have a session at 5:00pm. Hope to see you there!