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What did you say?...Are Tivoli User Groups dead?...NO WAY!
In fact, with the 23,000+ members around the world and the 140+ local and virtual user groups around Automation, Storage, Security and Asset, the community is as live as it has ever been.
As the Global Tivoli User Community Manager, I wanted to share with you a few interesting facts:
FACT: 15+ User Groups formed in 2009
FACT: Most user groups try to have a physical meeting 1-2 times a year
FACT: 16 User Groups held a meeting in July and August, usually a very quite period for the Northern Hemisphere of the world.
FACT: 38+ user group meetings already scheduled for Sept - Dec. Much more to be scheduled!
FACT: 134 questions asked in July and August using the Q&A tool of the Peer to Peer Knowledge Exchange
FACT: 47 comments have been made by 19 people, using the "Be Heard" capability on www.tivoli-ug.org in July and August
So while the "slow" summer is almost over and fall is fast approaching, user group leaders are feverishly working on setting up local user group meetings and virtual meetings via conference calls before the end of the year and the upcoming Pulse Conference in Las Vegas.
Get connected today and join the Global Tivoli User Community and a user group.
If you have an upcoming user group meeting or would like to share some success stories you've experienced with the user groups, please respond to this blog and let us know!
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As you navigate the Web, youll notice that Tivoli engages in the blogosphere in a variety of ways, for example, group blogs and individual blogs. I want to provide a little perspective on the differences here.
This is the official Tivoli blog, where the Tivoli Web and Communications team and guest bloggers, share news, statements, and perspectives from the IBM Tivoli organization. However, this blog also serves as a multi-directional channel for listening to our public stakeholders, exploring new ideas, collaborating on solutions, and sharing links or resources between community members. Often, we will discuss various perspectives or pose specific questions for public feedback. And, we encourage the extended sharing of questions, answers, links and resources in our IBM Tivoli community.
The IBM Service Management blog is similar to the Tivoli blog in nature; however, it focuses on the discipline of Service Management as a field of practice with its own trends, scenarios, standards and regulations. It also looks beyond Tivoli to other IBM offerings, IBM Business Partners, and analyst reports. Like Tivoli, we encourage the extended sharing of questions, answers, links and resources in our IBM Service Management community.
The Pulse community blog centers on the Pulse conference and those who have attended or are planning on attending the conference. It provides insight and gathers feedback on conference plans and activities and serves as an extension of conversations taking place at and around the conference. We also host the Pulse community for extended social networking and sharing of questions, resources, feedback, conversations, and stories.
For in-depth topics and discussions, we rely on our subject matter experts (SMEs) who have their own individual blogs with their own individual purposes of engaging the public. A few of these experts include:
Doug McClure, a Senior Managing Consultant for IBM Tivoli Lab Services, specializes in Business and IT Service Management. His blog provides thoughts around business, service and technology operations and management with special emphasis on Business Service Management (BSM) and how practitioners can be successful implementing a BSM strategy within their company.
Calvin Powers works in the IBM Tivoli Technology Office on IT governance related projects. He blogs on topics related to IT governance, risk management, and compliance and is especially interested in how to apply these concepts to IT service management.
Tony Pearson, author of Inside System Storage, is a senior storage consultant for IBM System Storage. His blog serves as an open exchange of ideas relating to storage and storage networking hardware, software and services.
In addition to our own SMEs, several IBM Business Partners, outside of IBM auspices, blog about Tivoli or Service Management topics. For example:
We usually highlight new blogs or bloggers on our IBM Tivoli community landing. If you have an idea for a specific blog topic or a great blog to share with the Tivoli community and readership, please let us know.
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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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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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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.
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What magical number is 23 + 13 = ?
You don't have to be a math whiz to know that 23+13 = 36. So what is so magical about the number 36? Thirty-six is the number of IBM/Tivoli User Groups who have qualified for a Premier Status within the Tivoli User Community program for the 2009/2010 year.
As the Global Tivoli User Community Program manager it's exciting to see that last year we had 23 user groups qualify but this year brought 13 more groups within the fold. These 36 user groups had membership growth rates of 25%+ or have sustained 200+ members along with hosting 2 or more constructive meetings per year. In addition, these groups have strong, stable and proactive customer leadership. It is very apparent that these groups are truly the backbone of the user community.
For achieving this status, each of these groups will receive "appreciation gifts" to give away at their meetings and a Tivoli Executive assigned to their user group to speak or attend a meeting. If you want to view the complete list of 36 Premier Tivoli User Groups. You should also check out the latest Global Tivoli User Communtiy Newsletter where the program was highlighted along with the Premier User Group of Central Ohio TSM.
Join the Global Tivoli User Community or any one of the Premier Tivoli User Groups then do so today! Register
Looking to attend a local user group meeting check out the schedule.
If you are a member of one of these Premier Tivoli User Groups and or have attended a user group meeting let us know what you liked about user group meeting by replying to this blog.
Join the 1000+ members of the Tivoli User Community at PULSE 2010, the premier peer to peer networking event for IBM/Tivoli users!
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In response to: "Beam Me Up Scotty" - Start your "Start Trek "journey nowYes, the user community is a great source for speakers at Pulse 2011. So I encourage everyone to attend the virtual event about getting your questions asnwered about speaking at Pulse.
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 921 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 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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Q: Where is Waldo?
A: He's at the Global Tivoli User Community website of www.tivoli-ug.org and updating his profile via "My Account" so he can now connect on-line with others.
Connecting with other like-minded people who are your peers is a cornerstone of any community. The Global Tivoli User Community is a body of thousands of people who traditionally have used the local user group meetings to connect and network with others. Today this Community is making great strides forward to enhance their on-line networking capability by allowing members to connect with other members beyond their local user groups. No longer will these members need wait until the next meeting to connect. In fact, members can communicate with people around the world at any time who have opted-in to share selected profile information.
As a current member to the Global Tivoli User Community and the relationship manager between IBM/Tivoli and this user group community, I encourage you to help build this communities' connections/profiles by taking 3 minutes to either sign up or if you are already a member update your profile/registration information. You will be asked information about YOU, YOUR WORK, PRODUCTS YOU USE, YOUR OPT-INS and PREFERENCES for this community.
One quick tip: make sure to fully opt-in so you can find others and others can find you.
So are you looking for Waldo or another user community members?
You can find him and many more on www.tivoli-ug.org as you can now search for members of this community.
Keep the database of profiles growing so create a profile or update your profile today!
Have more questions? Look here! for answers.
We are truly excited to announce this new functionality for the Tivoli User Community for all the value it has to offer.
We'd love to hear your success stories of how you've used profiles here or elsewhere to make connections.
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In response to: Global Tivoli User Community - Ask the Experts-Online JamDel, thank you for participating in the upcoming Online Ask the Expert Jam. I want to make sure others know you have a blog and cover Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager--so I'm posting this to our Tivoli Software Blog too.
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In response to: We Want YOU to Submit Your IBM Story by November 2Quick note: Deadline for submitting Pulse abstracts has been extended to Nov. 20: http://ow.ly/yUeo (Find guidance on submissions: http://ow.ly/yUdv)
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In response to: Introducing You to the Tivoli Storage Blog TeamWelcome storage team! What a great crew you've brought together, Tiffeni! Looking forward to reading your blogs and learning from your pearls of wisdom. :)