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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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.
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.
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.
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? Registerbefore 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:
Special workshop sessions at the Business Partner summit - Get the most out of your morning by attending one of the new, special workshop sessions:
Speed Partnering: From 9:45am - 10:45am, this formalized process encourages successful business connections by facilitating one-on-one interactions to help expand your ecosystem. Uncover new opportunities and expand your network of IBM representatives and IBM Business Partners through this speed partnering event. You will rotate through six-minute conversations with the partners and IBMers in attendance. Details & registration.
Cool Cloud Cash Workshop: This session can help you better understand Cloud computing and how to build your business with Cloud computing. Register quickly as seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.
Futurist Panel: Held during the Tivoli Business Partner Summit General Session, this special keynote will give you the chance to hear from our thought leaders about the future of the Integrated Service Management space as they answer questions submitted by other Business Partners.
Business Partner Café: This new addition to Pulse 2010 provides
you access to IBM subject matter experts with the latest news about the
Tivoli portfolio, IBM Business Partner programs with sales, as well as
technical and marketing opportunities. Located right in the Expo hall, it is the perfect place to
network with other Business Partners, meet with the IBM team to build
future plans and hold one-on-one meetings. Special thanks to Eirteic Consulting who is sponsoring the Café for 2010!
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:
And for those of you who are already tweeting it up on Twitter, be sure your Twitter handle is on the Pulse list of IBM Business Partners. If it is not listed, 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.
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.
Video: Jim Logsdon, with Alcatel-Lucent, at Pulse 2009
2009 ended with a HUGE milestonewith the addition of on-line networkingwhere members/prospects can connect with other members; which also features the ability to view and receive information based on your interests.
Now people don't have to wait until a local or virtual user group meeting to find, meet or connect with people just like themselves; they can do it through the Global Tivoli User Group website. In addition,the user group community also announced its focus on community-generated videos with its now "Community Video Gallery".
As the Global Tivoli User Community Manager and IBM liaison to this community, I strongly suggest that you make 2010 a successful year by joining the Global Tivoli User Community to start networking with the over 600+ people who have opted-in to have their public profile available for networking. Even better yet, join us at the Pulse 2010 conferenceFebruary 21-24 in Las Vegas at the User Community Networking Area in the EXPO solution center where you can meet up with other members and more. By the way...many of our user community members are a part of the 300 client presenters so come support them and hear your peers share their success stories.
Your turn to talk and share.... Have you had a community networking success story of 2009 that you'd like to share? Let me know your thoughts.
As someone who works on communications to Business Partners for IBM Software Group, I always enjoy working on the communications in support of the annual IBM Tivoli Business Partner Awards...especially when it is such an exciting time to be an IBM Business Partner. Even more exciting if you sell IBM Software.And if you sell Tivoli Software, then you really have it made!
With all the exciting announcements coming for IBM Software Business Partners in January you have lots to look forward to in 2010 (hopefully you are getting word on the virtual event on January 25th about how we’ll be working together “Driving Opportunities, Delivering Value in the New Decade!”).What better way to get 2010 off to great start than by nominating yourself for IBM Tivoli 2010 Businesses Partner Award?
Take this chance to celebrate all your hard work and success over the last year.Nominations for the IBM Tivoli 2010 Business Partner Awards are being accepted through January 15, 2010.We want to be sure you have the opportunity to tell us your story.Give yourself a chance to be recognized by demonstrating your excellence in delivering impressive business value solutions to our clients based on your integrations with Tivoli Software. Winners and finalists will be announced and celebrated at the IBM Tivoli Business Partner Summit during the Pulse 2010 event on Sunday, February 21, 2010.
Check out the excitement from last year’s award presentation
This could be you!
Imagine being able to attend Pulse - where there will be thousands of customers, industry experts, analysts, your peers, IBMers, etc - and being able to stand out as an award winner or finalist.You can then promote that success all year long!In addition, you’ll get a nice trophy, recognition from Top Tivoli Executives at the Tivoli Business Partner Summit General Session, and complimentary admission to the 2011 Pulse event.
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!
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.
Thanks for providing more info on Tivoli Live, Angela. This announce was all the rage at the IBM Analyst Event in New York yesterday. Follow Tivoli Live mentions on Twitter: http://www.twazzup.com/?q=tivoli+live&l=all. Or take a look at the #Connect09 tweets: http://www.twazzup.com/?q=connect09&l=all
Hello, I’m Lisa Jensen, an IBM Worldwide Channel Sales Manager for Tivoli. I’m happy to join the IBM Tivoli Software Blog team and will be providing regular posts on IBM Business Partner topics. One of the hottest topics in the Business Partner community right now is the upcoming IBM Tivoli Business Partner Summit on Sunday, February, 21, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. My team is working hard to put lots of exciting plans together in preparation for this event. I’ve attended Pulse the last two years, and I know you’re going to love it and I hope to see you there!
If you’re an IBM Tivoli Business Partner why attend Pulse?
Pulse 2010 will attract more than 5,000 attendees in an environment perfect
for building deeper relationships, developing new leads and expanding
into new markets.
Participate in the exclusive Business Partner Summit on Sunday with more compelling content and sessions than ever before!
Become a thought leader by taking advantage of the opportunity to speak in front of customers by answering the call for speakers by November 20th. To increase the chances of your abstract being accepted, you need to co-present with a customer and include that in your abstract. The nomination form is located on the Pulse
Take advantage of becoming an exhibitor to get your company exposure to thousands of attendees. We are now offering stress-free exhibiting with all-inclusive, specially priced “Turnkey” Exhibitor pedestals. Expo hours have been extended to 20.5 hrs with 7 hrs of dedicated EXPO time. All Lunches and breaks are strategically located within the EXPO hall.
We have a new Pulse 2010 track: a new Service Management for Midsized Businesses track will attract midsized business clients, IBM Business Partners and IBM experts to discuss best practices, examples and implementation experiences. You and your clients can learn how service management can help solve IT problems and generate value for a midsized business.
Here’s a video, of one of our Business Partners, Lighthouse Security Group, who took advantage of the Expo last year and also won a Tivoli Business Partner Award! It’s not too late for you to submit a nomination for the IBM Tivoli 2010 Business Partner Awards.
Shane, 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 Federated Identity Manager--so I'm posting this to our Tivoli Software Blog too.
Got a question on IBM Tivoli Products? Get an answer via the Ask the Expert Online event.
75+ IBM Tivoli Experts will be available via the "Ask the Expert Online Jam" session for a 12 hour event this Thursday, November 12th from 8:00am - 8:00pm Eastern Standard Time (New York) This incredible event, hosted by the Global Tivoli User Community will allow clients, prospects and more to ask questions of IBM Experts on 30+ products online via an application tool hosted on www.tivoli-ug.org
As the Global Tivoli User Community manager, I've supported two other Ask the Expert Online Jam sessions which produced excellent results and archives for both the person asking the questions and IBM. If you have questions for our IBM experts this event is for you.
How does it work? Step 1: Think of a question - can be fairly technical Step 2: Go to http://www.tivoli-ug.org/ate/public/ for the web application Step 3: View a page of topics/products to select from Step 4: Find the expert that is best suited to answer the question by browsing for an expert list by the pre-defined category and product/solution; Step 5: Fill-in the question field and submit the question. Step 6: Receive an email answer to your question and the Ask the Expert JAM web application is updated for other people to see.
To participate in this online jam session you need to be a registered member of the Tivoli User Community, so please register now!
Don't know what kind of questions to ask?Click here for more information and to view the archives from previous Ask the Expert Online Jam sessions.
What products/topics will be offered? Datacenter Management tools: IBM Tivoli Monitoring, IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Transactions and WebSphere/J2EE, Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager, Tivoli Provisioning Manager, Tivoli Service Request Manager, Network, Service Assurance and Events: Tivoli Netcool Impact, Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer, Tivoli Netcool Performance Manager, Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus, Tivoli network Manager, Tivoli Network Manager (Precision and NetView/d), Asset Management: Asset Management for IT and Enterprise, Enterprise Asset Management Trends and IBM Maximo Industry Solutions, Security: Tivoli Access Manager, Tivoli Identity Manager, Tivoli Federated Identity Manager, Tivoli Enterprise Acces Manager Single Sign On, Tivoli Compliance Insight Manager, Tivoli Directory Server, Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager, Tivoli Security Information and Event Manager, Tivoli Security Policy Manager, Storage: Tivoli Storage Flash Copy Manager on AIX and Windows, Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, Tivoli Storage Mangaer (TSM) Fastback, z/OS: Netview for z/OS, OMEGAMON, Tivoli Security for Systems z: Tivoli zSecure Suite
Click here for more information Get your questions ready and join us on Thursday, November 12th for this online event here: www.tivoli-ug.org
For those who are familiar with Tivoli online support, your options for a personalized support experience are getting far more flexible than anything we have ever offered before.
Since June 15th, IBM.com has had a pilot online support portal available. On October 2nd, this pilot went live for Tivoli client's of online product support. The support portal moves us from a model of hundreds of product support pages, to a single Websphere portal and portlets, that can be customized for each client's needs.
The best way to learn about the features of this new support site, is to read about 'IBM E-Support Services'. It is now simple to choose and see information, only on the products you are interested in, have task and topic based summaries of the newest information available, and quickly set-up product support notifications on the portal, through email or RSS communications on changes as they are published. This industry leading online support solution, is also integrated with our 'Service request' problem reporting tool, and our growing online communities.
Clients visiting the online Tivoli support, can quickly link to the new portal, from the hero graphic at the top of the support overview page. Very early next year, the customer online support experience will fully migrate to the IBM Support portal. To review some great demo videos and follow along with the deployment news, I encourage everyone to follow the 'IBM Support Portal News and Alerts'
As you try the new IBM Support portal, please provide any comments or suggestions in the feedback box on the right side of the screen.
IBM Support - Easy, Fast, Smart... More than just the basics!
IBM Tivoli Education Self-Paced Virtual courses allow you to train on your terms. These Web-based courses provide deep technical content—the same as our classroom courses—but with added flexibility to meet the demands of your business. Students can mimic the experience of an Instructor-Led Online course without the constraints of attendance during a set time or limitations on training due to travel budgets.Self-Paced Virtual courses will be available across some of our most popular curriculums, including Business Service Management and Asset Management. Click here for course listing.