It is Saturday and I am sitting outside in Woodbury Commons listening to The Shades open a set with a very cool jazz rendition of a favorite of mine, "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" by Cannonball Adderley. As I sit in the shade writing this blog, listening to live music I am grateful that someone up there had some mercy on me today. Woodbury Commons, a maze of 220 fashion outlets, is to some shoppers, a dream come true. To others like me, this place goes in the worst nightmare bucket. This table and chair in the shade, with a view of Bear Mountain, listening to jazz (while my wife and daughter and one million other shoppers sift tirelessly thru racks in windowless, chairless technobeat laden air-condtioned rooms) is what I would call a gift of heavenly mercy.
Someone this week actually asked if AC was doing innovation for innovation's sake. Well, I think we all agree that the last thing we need is innovation for innovation sake. Yes we are focused on innovation, but innovation for business value's sake! That is why we devote a significant part of the budget on collaborative programs with customers and business partners to create and iterate on standards and technology that is focused in delivering quantifiable value to our customers.
I had a great meeting this week with IBM business partners,Enigmatec. Duncan Johnston-Watt and Kevin O'Donnell met with me in New York where we explored a number of opportunities where we could combine our technologies to best demonstate the value in our collaboration. One of the great things about my job is the opportunity to meet with so many talented people like Duncan and Kevin. There is some really cool work being done to solve the many problems of complexity and our common goal in autonomic computing is to bring them together in a way that results in quantifiable business value.
I think I have made my point. If you see a car drive by with the bumper stickers: 'Business value or Bust!' and 'Born NOT to shop!' that's me! If anyone would like to debate that well then mercy me, blog me![Read More]
Industry Solutions and Tivoli
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Recently I had the opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made in autonomic problem determination standards and technology adoption across the portfolio of IBM products. Impressive progress has already resulted in a portfolio of IBM products available to assist in problem determination for the most complex environments. Here is a quick summary:
The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) announced the ratification of Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) in March 2005. The (WSDM) Event Format (WEF) is part of the WSDM 1.0 standard and is based on IBM's submission of Common Base Event(CBE) to OASIS.
IBM, along with other companies have been busy implementing CBE support in their products, because of the immediate customer value that can be derived from such a common event format. Support is already available in products such as DB2, Websphere Application Server, and many others. IBM has also provided tools from Rational like the Performance Optimizer ToolKit and the Problem Resolution ToolKit for Rational Application Development that help analyze events from multiple products to aid in problem determination. Tivoli will also be providing monitoring solutions that receive and analyze Common Base Events. CBE based tools and technologies can even be downloaded see the Autonomic Computing Toolkit along with hundreds of adaptors for IBM and non-IBM legacy log files.
Now that the WSDM technical committee has approved the WEF standard, IBM is already working to support the WEF standard in future products. Open standards are an important part of the IBM Autonomic Computing initiative. IBM has made, and will continue to make, key autonomic computing contributions, such as the Common Base Event, to open standards bodies such as OASIS. WEF is a good example of the value that standards can deliver. Without an industry standard event format that can drive convergence, events would remain in different formats, making it extraordinarily difficult and complex to accomplish end-to-end system management in a multi-vendor, heterogeneous environment.
Without a common format, numerous experts and sets of product-specific tooling are required to diagnose problems. CBE and WEF provide a unified, easily correlated, common event format that enable problem diagnosis across a wide range of heterogeneous resources, which in turn enables increased automation of IT processes. As an OASIS standard, WEF offers the potential to accelerate industry adoption of a standard event format for systems management.
So with all these product implementations there is no room for excuses! Get started today! If improving productivity and availability is important to you, download the toolkit or take advantage of the numerous products now available to build your self-managing autonomic technology advantage.[Read More]
The IBM Self-Managing Autonomic Technology Mark Program was announced last week and Autonomic Business Partners Corente , Macrovision Corporation , nLayers Inc., and Singlestep Technologies are already signed on. This program enables qualified independent software vendors to include the IBM Self-Managing Autonomic Technology mark on their product packaging and marketing materials. (See also this week's press release from Singlestep Technologies. )
What is really hitting the mark, however, is the quantifiable business value that this new and exciting program is delivering to IT shops such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. MOMA has recently undergone extensive renovation and if you haven't toured its galleries lately I highly recommend it! The recently completed building project represents MoMA's most extensive redefinition since its founding seventy-five years ago. MOMA is also a leader in the arts when it comes to applying the latest technologies to enable web based commerce and online collection viewings for its' members. Read what Steve Peltzman, MOMA CIO, has to say about his collaboration with nLayers and IBM in this week's Computerworld article IBM Adds Autonomic Tools to Speed Up Error Detection. He compares the MOMA autonomic project to having intelligent robots around to do the mundane tasks for you. And the 'robots' are able to alert IT staff to problems before the help desk gets the call. The author of this Computerworld article, Patrick Thibodeau, also spoke with Peter Stone, a professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Austin, who was one of the speakers at the second International Conference on Autonomic Computing last month in Seattle. Peter makes the point that given where IT infrastructures are headed, autonomic computing "just has to happen!"
There have been numerous other success stories from others as well, such as Carey Capaldi from Technicolor, another leading edge company benefiting from autonomic technology that supported Steven Spielberg's recent release 'War of the Worlds.' I saw this movie last weekend and really enjoyed it. It is a classic completely redone with superb digital effects, acting, and direction. It stars Tom Cruise as a deadbeat dad that (after hiding under the kitchen table with his kids) really rose to the challenge in delivering his daughter and his son from the jaws of aliens to the arms of MOMA. Technicolor labs in North Hollywood and New York provided all of the front end lab processing for Paramount and DreamWorks' 'War of the Worlds.' Technicolor services included front end dailies processing utilizing the ENR process to convey the film's futuristic look... And supporting Technicolor's intensive digital archive runs is our latest autonomic computing problem determination technology! Capaldi describes the autonomic technology as able to tie all the logs together, to view relationships between system technologies and pinpoint where problems occur. The next stage of our project at Technicolor is to build in control loops to drive automated response to problems. This will help to enable Technicolor to meet agressive movie production schedules more reliably and predictably with less cost.
Each business partner has worked with us to demonstrate clear business value with a customer, which is one of the prerequisites of using the IBM Self-Managing Autonomic Technology Mark, in addition to adoption of autonomic standards and technology. This mark provides a clear differentiator for products that are focused on reducing complexity and providing self-managing capabilities. Andrew Cunningham, Head of Shared Infrastructure, Reuters, spoke about the mark stating "This assures us the product will fit smoothly and seamlessly into Reuters' plans for a more self-managing IT environment ensuring the service quality and availability of our own solutions and thus help give us a competitive edge in the market place."
When we work together in this way to help business be successful with technology then we know we are really hitting the mark and winning the war on complexity![Read More]