The "Big" Questions at Pulse: Building a Smarter Planet
Tiffany Winman 12000065XB firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  discussion pulse dynamic-infrastructure infrastructure environment rational sustainability social-media questions pulse2010 service-management systems tivoli management ibmpulse gore green event linkedin conference smarter-planet
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Each year, one of the highlights of my year is attending the Pulse conference. We all have our own reasons for doing so--whether networking with clients or other IT/business professionals, learning about new service and systems management trends or getting training on technologies and best practices. And we all also have "big questions" we hope are addressed during the conference.
Not simply because I'm an IBMer, but because I'm a human who believes in the ability to make a difference, the questions and discussions I'm looking forward to the most are the ones around building a smarter planet, green themes, and sustainability...and, of course, how social media can help in making an impact here.
If you've been reading the discussion forums on Tivoli's group on LinkedIn, you'd know that these discussions are not without controversy. When some folks hear the word "green," the conversation can get charged very quickly. While I realize we may have different views on these topics, I’m looking forward to focusing on the points we most likely all agree on.
I think Kelly Fitzgerald, a Network and Database Administrator participating in the LinkedIn discussions, expressed my own sentiment well: "And although I don't believe we are going to destroy the earth overnight, it is not only responsible but morally correct to leave less impact on the earth, then we are currently." Reflecting on ways we can improve the quality of life for future generations via innovation, individual and business practices, efficiency, and respect for the others and the environment is a worthwhile thing to me. Our own practices and behaviors help set a role model and create a foundation for future improvements for our children and generations yet to come.
Thus, the discussions I'm most interested in hearing and participating in at Pulse are around these questions:
These are my "big questions." I'd love to hear yours or your thoughts.