Living the IBM green life in Yelm, Washington
Tiffany Winman 12000065XB firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  tivoli management ibm information earth green efficiency energy service-management software environmentalism synapsense wireless
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As I write this blog, Im sitting in a lovely coffee shop in the backwoods of Yelm, Washington, drinking an organic latte and plugging into the grid, as some of the natives here would say. :) See pictures below.
In the last few days, I enjoyed spending some time with a few of these natives, drinking wine, listening to guitars and bongo drums, singing songs about freedom on the other side, learning about raising falcons, and discussing the importance of being prepared for major catastrophes to our social, economic, environmental, and IT infrastructure.
As an IBMer, dependent on her laptop and Blackberry, I raised some eyebrows looking for places to plug in to the network and check email, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr, write a blog, etc., which led folks to ask me how I felt about IBM and my job. I responded with an enthusiastic, I love it! I discussed how much I enjoyed working for IBM and how its a great company with great values I believe in, and one of these values is working with other IT companies to develop products and solutions to help create a greener world. Specifically, Tivoli provides such products as Tivoli Monitoring for Green Energy and is part of the green data center initiative. In fact, the third day of the Pulse conference last month focused specifically on green topics.
While at Pulse filming informal live stories, I really enjoyed hearing Rob Vrablik, with IBM Information Management, as he discussed his role in helping IBM create software solutions for a greener world. I also learned about some pretty cool green wireless thermal mapping and energy efficiency technologies from Troy Mitchell, with SynapSense, who shared his excitement as one of the eight green Tivoli Business Partners at Pulse.
There are so many things I love about working at IBM, and its green initiative gives me one more reason to be proud. :)