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Danyel Otteson 060000ANFQ DOTTESON@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ug storage security tivuser usergroup contest tuc automation user usergroups tivoli maximo group asset community video 2,842 Visits
Everyone loves contests! And the IBM Tivoli Software Products Rock contest was no exception.
The ability to submit a video has closed but now the voting for the grand prize winner is in YOUR hands.
The Global Tivoli User Group (GTUG) council has narrowed their top video winners down to these three videos
1. Interview: "IBM Tivoli Software Products Rock"
Submitted by: Richard Whybrow from a major car rental company provides a glimpse of his IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) setup, operation, plus Help Desk Services Infrastructure and Systems Management.
Submitted by: Michelle Varner.A business man is making a sales call to demonstrate the value add that Tivoli products bring to a business, but has also brought along a few friends to demonstrate how those products rock.
Submitted by: Nathan Cable. This 10 minute how-to video will show you how to install the TSM backup client on a RedHat Enterprise Linux server, complete with GUI and service-based scheduler. Targeted at TSM admins who may not have extensive Linux experience, or Linux admins new to TSM.
Take a few moments to view the videos and vote for your favorite. To vote you'll need to be a member of the Global Tivoli User Community. If you are not a member already, free membership is only 2 minutes away from your ability to vote for your favorite. Become a member today by clicking here.
Voting privileges are available until November 16th. Winners will be announced on November 23, 2010.
The grand prize winner will receive an iPad so be apart of history and vote today!
Danyel Otteson 060000ANFQ DOTTESON@US.IBM.COM Tags:  user-group storage-management user-groups security tivoli tivuser asset automation user storage storage-software asset-management 2,496 Visits
A friend, co-worker, neighbor, service people or a family member?
Heroes are ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things in life and in some way have touched your life.
The dedication and support of these people who volunteer their time and energy for ultimately the greater good of the product they work with on a daily basis is incredible.
Have you ever talked to or watch a leader facilitate a user group meeting? They do it all: organize agendas, communicate to the members, attain speakers, answer questions, motivate the membership/keep the drum beat going, prepare the meeting rooms, do the post meeting activities, and so much more. So much of these tasks could not be done without their drive and passion.
Picture: The Global Tivoli User Group (GTUG) council at Pulse 2010
These user group leaders who are ordinary people do accomplish extraordinary things for the user community and so TODAY I, as the Global Tivoli User Community Manager, salute you for all of your hard work and service to keep the user community one of the strongest user communities IBM software has the privileged of supporting.
See these "heroes" in action....attend one of the 30+ user group meetings taking place in the next 7 weeks. For more information on user groups check out the Global Tivoli User Community website.
Come collaborate with me.......Who are your heroes? What have they done that makes them your hero?
Danyel Otteson 060000ANFQ DOTTESON@US.IBM.COM Tags:  tivoli video maximo storage contest usergroups ug group user security asset usergroup tuc community automation tivuser 2,932 Visits
Everyone wants one....the iPad is the hottest technology today and you too have a chance to win it for FREE.
You ask HOW?
All you have to do is enter the IBM Tivoli Software Products Rock Video contest, by producing an Interview style, Technical presentation or Product tutorial video that is no less then 2.5 minutes and less then 1GB showing Tivoli products in a positive light. Read the contest rules here.
The contest ends on Friday, October 29th so don't delay!
Check out this fun and playful video submission.....
You could be the winner of the contest and win an Apple iPad too! So don't delay and plan today.
As the Global Tivoli User Community manager I'd like to know if you plan on producing a video. With only a handful of submissions right now you have a greater chance of winning an iPad, iTouch, iPad Nano and other great prizes.
Tuesday, October 12 marked the launch of the new Tivoli Distributed Monitoring and Application Management wiki. This wiki previously used the Confluence wiki technology and was hosted by IBM developerWorks. It has now been migrated to the Lotus Domino platform, which is the same wiki technology that Lotus uses for all of its external wikis. This is the first Tivoli wiki to migrate to the Domino platform. Here is the link: http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/tivmonitorwiki.nsf
The new Tivoli Distributed Monitoring and Application wiki includes many new features that were previously unavailable to customers, including the following:
For questions or feedback about the new wiki, contact Denny O'Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Denny O'Brien 120000NV9S email@example.com Tags:  itm integration monitoring omegamon information documentation 1,434 Visits
Did you know that there is a new integrated information center for Tivoli OMEGAMON products? Check out this excerpt from an article recently published by Sharon Sabsay, an information developer with IBM Tivoli:
IBM® Tivoli® OMEGAMON® XE customers install, configure, and use a number of components and products that must work together. These tasks are well-documented, but it can sometimes be difficult to find the right information at the right time. So a new, task-oriented information center has been created to supplement the existing Tivoli OMEGAMON XE product information center. The IBM Tivoli Monitoring and OMEGAMON XE information center (http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v15r1) contains the documentation for all the IBM Tivoli Monitoring products, the OMEGAMON XE products, and their shared infrastructure components. The documentation is organized by product.
The new OMEGAMON XE Integrated Information Center (http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v42r1/index.jsp) is dedicated to the OMEGAMON XE products and their shared infrastructure. In the center, information is integrated by task, rather than separated by product. Special information developed for the center helps you get started quickly and guides you through the documentation. Use the new collaboration features to rate information, add comments to pages, and read and reply to comments added by others.
Danyel Otteson 060000ANFQ DOTTESON@US.IBM.COM Tags:  user security ug tivuser usergroups tuc community tivoli automation maximo storage asset group 2,071 Visits
Question: Do you know what the hot issues/concerns are today?
Answer:The IBM Tivoli User Community knows....and has created The Community Focus.
"The Community Focus is portal of information, a networking capability, and an on-line forum exchange on the latest hot topics around the Tivoli product portfolio; including information on new products and solutions from IBM Tivoli and relevant Business Partners."--www.tivoli-ug.org/communityfocus
Currently, there are four topics that are on focus:
Most of these topics have webcasts planned over the next couple months and here are a couple that are set:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
11:00 AM Eastern USA
Thursday, October 14, 2010
11:00 AM Eastern USA
Thursday, October 21, 2010
11:00 AM Eastern USA
Improved Facilities Management, Space Utilization and Data Center Power Capacity Enable Smarter Buildings
Thursday, November 18, 2010
11:00 AM Eastern USA
As the IBM Tivoli User Community manager I strongly encourage you to sign up for these webcasts and explore the collaboration tools and resources associated with each of these topics.
Do you agree that these are hot topics? Respond back and let me know your thoughts....
Being informed and get focused today!
Denny O'Brien 120000NV9S firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  systemz wikis tivoli media documentation 1,404 Visits
Customers have often stated that there is no shortage of good information about Tivoli products. But they do admit that they sometimes have trouble finding it.
That’s why, over the past two years, we’ve made significant strides that make it easier for our customers to find the information they need. The following links are your door to technical information about Tivoli products:
Tivoli Documentation Central: Access documentation for all Tivoli products. This includes product information centers, product and solution wikis, IBM Redbooks publications, and support technotes. Click here to access Tivoli Documentation Central.
Tivoli Wiki Central: This is your portal to product and solution wikis for Tivoli. There are currently 32 wikis available, covering more than 80 products. Here you will find best practices, scenarios, planning information, white papers, and other content written by Tivoli subject matter experts. You are also invited to contribute your content to Tivoli wikis. Click here to access Tivoli Wiki Central.
Tivoli Media Gallery: The Tivoli Media Gallery is the home for multimedia for Tivoli products. This includes demos, “How To” tutorials, podcasts, webcasts, and more. Here you have access to more than 180 videos about Tivoli products. Click here to access the Tivoli Media Gallery.
IBM System z Advisor: Are you a user of IBM System z products? If so, consider subscribing to the IBM System z Advisor monthly newsletter. The z Advisor provides you with product news and articles about IBM System z products. Click here to subscribe to the IBM System z Advisor. This landing page includes a link where you can subscribe.
Is something missing? Let us know by adding a comment.
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 1,892 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
Tiffany Winman 12000065XB email@example.com Tags:  williams acquisition ibmsoftware automation security service-management software ibm bigfix amrit cto 4,405 Visits
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 z ibm service security financial management tivoli integrated-service-manage... enterprise zenterprise application 2,493 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:
Danyel Otteson 060000ANFQ DOTTESON@US.IBM.COM Tags:  maximo automation contest usergroups tuc tivuser asset storage security user tivoli group usergroup community video ug 2,954 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!
Danyel Otteson 060000ANFQ DOTTESON@US.IBM.COM Tags:  user ug tivoli group security storage community tivuser automation usergroups maximo usergroup tuc asset 1,696 Visits
Denny O'Brien 120000NV9S firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  itm tbsm taddm video integration tutorials media tivoli 2,073 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.
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
Tiffany Winman 12000065XB email@example.com Tags:  management netcool switches hubs automation network software routers service-management acquisition ibm ibmsoftware black intelliden 3,038 Visits
One of the hottest topics at the