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Are you looking for Tivoli products and can’t find them on the web? Did your bookmark return a 404 error? Is Tivoli gone? Don’t you lov(e) IT anymore?

Rest assured: The Tivoli portfolio still exists, it just has new branding. At the bottom of this blog post you can find links to rebranded solutions for IT service management, asset and endpoint management and more. But first, let me recap the 20-year journey to where Tivoli is today.

The evolution of Tivoli

Part of my thesis at the Technical University of Munich on network management focused on Tivoli WizDOM 0.9 and I’ve followed Tivoli ever since. Tivoli was founded in Austin, Texas in 1989. It created a framework for systems management built on the Object Management Group standard for distributed computing. In 1996, IBM acquired Tivoli for $743 million dollars, recognizing the importance of systems management for robust IT environments to ensure smooth operation of mission-critical applications. Tivoli became a brand just like WebSphere and Lotus.

Over the years IBM organically enhanced the Tivoli portfolio and acquired roughly 30 companies to complement the portfolio, becoming one of the leaders in the systems management space. The goal of IBM’s portfolio management is to balance innovation with the preservation and optimization of existing investments for clients.

From systems management to service management

The shift from systems management to service management was an important step in that evolution. Clients were less focused on managing resources and components and more focused on user-delivered services. Management functions changed perspectives from infrastructure to service. The focus changed to service availability and performance instead of resource monitoring, on compliance management instead of software distributing and on software asset management instead of inventory.

But the next changes were already looming: Cloud and the Internet of Things. Recognizing these disruptive shifts in the IT market, in 2013 IBM renamed Tivoli to IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure – C&SI. In the next few years, capabilities were transferred to other parts of the business where they fit better organizationally. The storage management portfolio was moved to IBM Systems for more synergy with the storage hardware business, Maximo became a key foundation for IBM Watson and the Internet of Things, and security software and consulting practices were combined to form a new IBM Security business unit.

In 2016, cloud is mainstream as more businesses adopt cloud for their mission-critical services. It was only natural to again concentrate all cloud-related practices (software, services, consulting and advisory) into a single business unit–IBM Cloud. This helps us to redefine service management as cloud service management and operations, utilizing aspects of agile development, DevOps and design thinking. Service management in the cloud and for the cloud is increasingly complex and is quite different from traditional systems management. For example, there’s the availability of hybrid applications based on micro-service architectures; composite applications federating services from multiple cloud and SaaS providers and enhanced security and data privacy concerns. Service management continues to be relevant in these areas and we working eagerly to provide solutions to these challenges.

So this is where Tivoli–and I–are today, in IBM Cloud. We still believe in the promise of efficient and effective management made possible by visualization, control and automation. Management is increasingly accelerated through analytics and cognitive computing, advancing to new levels of capabilities.

I lov(e) IT and now I love the cloud, and Tivoli plays a big role in both. Although “Tivoli” rolls off the tongue more easily than “Duolcvoli” (hint: read backwards), the cloud is where we are today and where we are continuing to go in the future.

See where Tivoli solutions are now:

Distinguished Engineer, Architecture and Solutions, IBM Systems - Middleware

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