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Danyel Otteson 060000ANFQ DOTTESON@US.IBM.COM Tags:  asset-management storage user-groups service-management tivuser user-group security asset video 2,392 Visits
Richard Whybrow of Hertz Australia for his Interview style video on how "IBM Tivoli software Products Rock". Richard is a member of the Australian IBM Tivoli User Group - Melbourne and his Tivoli interests are: Datacenter Management Tools, IT for Growing Business, Network Service Assurance and Event Managment along with Security and Storage. This well rounded individual produced an wonderful Tivoli Storage Manager with Maximo video! Take a few minutes to view the video. As the Grand prize winner Richard won an Apple iPad and lots of praise from his peers and user groups members.
Richard was one of the many contributors for the Video contest hosted by the Global Tivoli User Community over the past 5 months.
You can read more about how you can contribute to the library of videos produced by IBM Tivoli clients and business partners here.
Looking to networking with people like Richard?
Please also view the other winner videos
2nd Place: Technical Presentation: Tivoli Identity Manager Rocks! by Michell Varner, who won an Apple iPod Touch
3rd Place: Product Tutorial: Setting Up TSM Client on RedHat Linux by Nathan Colem who won an Apple iPod Nano
As the User Communtiy Manager for IBM Tivoli I want to thank everyone who voted and viewed the videos to make this a successful initiative to show how IBM Tivoli products rock!
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Tiffany Winman 12000065XB email@example.com Tags:  williams acquisition ibmsoftware automation security service-management software ibm bigfix amrit cto 4,124 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.
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One of the hottest topics at the
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 email@example.com Tags:  portal_tools tivoli-support tivoli service-management 771 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  tivoli-support service-management tivoli portal_tools 2 Comments 1,769 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:  tivoli-support portal_tools tivoli service-management 811 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!
Larry Bietz 270001JUVU email@example.com Tags:  service-management portal_tools tivoli tivoli-support 2 Comments 1,364 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!
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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!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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As someone who works on communications to Business Partners for
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