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Larry Bietz 270001JUVU firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  tivoli-support service-management tivoli portal_tools 2 Comments 1,715 Visits
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 email@example.com. These are very interesting times.
Larry Bietz 270001JUVU firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  service-management portal_tools tivoli tivoli-support 2 Comments 1,263 Visits
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!
Danyel Otteson 060000ANFQ DOTTESON@US.IBM.COM Tags:  community pulse usergroups security group user ug automation tivuser asset tivoli tuc maximo storage 1 Comment 2,417 Visits
In the February Global Tivoli User Community Newsletter, David Murray, a member of the community and a Global Tivoli User Group (GTUG) council member wrote a couple paragraphs as to why Pulse is so valuable to him and to others. As the Global Tivoli User Community manager I encourage you to take a few moments and read his personal words:
Pulse Is Coming!!!!!
Author: David Murray, President of the Carolinas TUG and member of the Global Tivoli User Group council
The end of February we have the chance to attend Pulse which is the IBM Tivoli technical conference. This is an exciting opportunity to meet and talk to the Tivoli leadership as well as find out the direction of the Tivoli portfolio. Pulse is also a great opportunity to see other companies present on their implementations of the Tivoli portfolio along with many discussions on best practices and gotchas. These presentations and discussions can be very helpful for any company that ventures into the Service Management arena. Seeing what other companies have done and the successes they have had can greatly influence the success of any company starting down this road. Another great opportunity is the networking of Service Management professionals that will be there. I have developed many friendships that I still stay in touch with over the many years. I believe that any company would find value in attending Pulse and all that goes on at the conference.
Following Pulse the GTUG council will have it's yearly face to face meeting. The GTUG council works all year long on behalf of the user groups worldwide. However this meeting is an intense two day meeting to help provide direction and resolve users concerns for basically the entire Tivoli portfolio. We discuss the requirements that we have undertaken as well as meeting with the Tivoli leadership to help make the Tivoli products more functional, productive, and profitable. I highly recommend that at your next user group meeting you reach out to your GTUG representative to get an update on the proceedings. If you have questions please don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com . We work hard to make Tivoli products better and as always appreciate your input.
Why are you attending Pulse? Please share your thoughts.
Meet me at Pulse as I'll be "hanging out" at the User Community Networking Area in the EXPO Solution Center. Come join other user community members as we network.
Tiffany Winman 12000065XB firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  rational sponsors service-management pulse2010 business-partners pulse ibmpulse tivoli ibm partners 1 Comment 1,689 Visits
I'd like to take a moment to say thanks to all of the Pulse 2010 sponsors. These great folks are a big part of what makes the Pulse conference a success every year. They share their success stories of real world scenarios using IBM solutions and technologies and create innovative solutions and services for helping the world better optimize their infrastructures. You'll see them during the general sessions, in the Expo area, and during luncheon, refreshment, and networking sessions.
As a sponsor, if you see your Twitter handle missing from the Pulse list, leave a blog comment or send me an e-mail at email@example.com, and I'll get it added. Also, leave a URL to your blog, since we're working on a list of these too. To leave a blog comment, just use your PartnerWorld or Passport Advantage ID when you get a sign in prompt.
Video: Jim Logsdon, with Alcatel-Lucent, at Pulse 2009
Pirean Pulse widget
Go to live Pirean page.
Slideshow of some Pulse 2009 sponsors
EDI Expo booth
Birlasoft refreshment break
Larry Bietz 270001JUVU firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  portal_tools tivoli-support tivoli service-management 729 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?
Larry Bietz 270001JUVU email@example.com Tags:  tivoli-support portal_tools tivoli service-management 783 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:  group user storage tivuser security asset tuc ug automation tivoli community usergroups maximo 1,566 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?
Tiffany Winman 12000065XB firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  omegamon dynamic-infrastructure tivoli energy-management tivz ibmpulse midmarket green storage rational cloud pulse2010 systemz service-management maximo tbsm asset-management taddm netcool 1,268 Visits
In response to: Viral Friday - Video - Pulse 2010 - Hear from the expertsRaj, thanks for helping us spread the word on Pulse. And congratulations on the new IBM Storage Community blog!
Tiffany Winman 12000065XB email@example.com Tags:  ibmpulse pulse ibm support avp accelerated premium software value pulse2010 tivoli ps 2,379 Visits
As we're preparing for Pulse, I get the opportunity to speak many individuals who will be at the conference this month. One such individual is Anthony Aurigemma, the Worldwide leader of the Software Accelerated Value program (AVP) for IBM Tivoli Software. He has been in this role since 2006 and has been with IBM since 2004, when he joined Tivoli as part of IBM's acquisition of Candle Corporation. I asked him to a few questions about the AVP that he will be discussing in depth at Pulse.
What is the IBM Software Accelerated Value Program?
Anthony: The IBM Software Accelerated Value Program delivers a "proactive, cost-reducing, and productivity enhancing" advisory service. The program pairs each client with an assigned team who builds a foundational understanding of the client's overall environment. Through that understanding, the trusted partner works to facilitate faster deployment, lifecycle leadership, risk mitigation, and more by identifying ways to improve the client's environment, staff skill set, and processes.
Each of our AVP contracts are customized to specifically meet the client's needs and price point by creating a combination of services, including remote or on-site assistance, best practice sharing, skill building activities, and diagnostic coaching. Ultimately, AVP allows our clients to derive maximum business value from their successfully deployed IBM software with proven, quantifiable results.
Why should people purachase AVP?
Anthony: The IBM Software Accelerated Value Program is built on a simple value proposition: To help clients unlock the full value of IBM middleware software by leveraging effective solutions that ensure quantifiable results. The demand for today's businesses to respond flawlessly to potential volatility requires our customers to continually find ways to achieve higher productivity and savings from their IT infrastructure, while continuing to plan for the future needs of their business.
We provide our customers a customized solution that specifically meets their needs by creating a combination of services and we directly partner with them to ensure their success.
Why are you going to Pulse?
Anthony: AVP is at Pulse for a couple of reasons this year. First, we want to acknowledge our current Accelerated Value customers and show our appreciation to them for their loyalty to us. We're doing this in two ways. First, we are having a lounge at the Client Reference lounge in the Expo hall for our current clients to come in and hang out, check e-mail, and socialize with us and other customers. We'll be serving food and beverages and, we'll be having speakers coming in at scheduled intervals to talk about specific topics on Tivoli software and how AVP helps. We are also hosting an invitation-only reception for AVP customers.
The other reason we are at Pulse is to introduce ourselves to those attendees who are not familiar with us. You know, we used to be called Premium Support, but we underwent a transition late last year and upgraded our name to "Software Accelerated Value." We feel this new name better reflects the value we deliver to our customers in helping them unlock the value of their IBM software investment.
How can people learn more about AVP?
Anthony: For those attending Pulse, come visit us at our lounge in the Expo Hall, where we're located alongside the Client Reference lounge. For those not attending Pulse, visit our website at http://www.ibm.com/software/support/acceleratedvalue/. You can also follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IBMSoftwareValu.
Whom should they contact if they want to know more?
Anthony: You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or e-mail us at email@example.com
I look forward to meeting Anthony in person at Pulse. Don't be surprised if you see some pictures and videos of him in our Pulse social media channels.
Miranda Walker 060000489V WALKERMI@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibmpulse partner partnerworld ibm-partner business-partners partners tivoli ibmtivoli pulse2010 1,648 Visits
First, let me thank all the Business Partners who have already registered for the IBM Tivoli Business Partner Summit & Pulse 2010 conference! We are looking forward to seeing all of you in person and appreciate your participation. For those of you who haven't registered yet, there is still time! What are you waiting for? Register before February 18, 2010 for the standard rate.
By now most of you know that Sunday, February 21st is the the day of the IBM Tivoli Business Partner Summit. You get to hear directly from the top IBM Software Group & Tivoli executives as well as a chance to choose from 9 breakout sessions for a "deep dive" into different areas of the Tivoli portfolio. Just a reminder that registration for the Business Partner Summit is complimentary (a great deal!). Following the Business Partner Summit, the Pulse 2010 conference provides you four days of education, networking, & selling opportunities. Here are a few new things you can expect for this action-packed week that I think you'll find valuable:
Last, let me invite all of our Business Partners to join in the Pulse social networks and be part of the conversation. Whether you are social media saavy, or just starting out, you can get involved in one or all of the following ways: