Industry Solutions and Tivoli
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Lauren States, IBM Software Group, Worldwide Sales Vice President, Technical Sales and Deployment, SWG manages an organization of 4000 technical specialists and architects. Susan Puglia, IBM CHQ, Technology & Manufacturing Vice President, Technical Support and Quality manages the worldwide transformation of technical support and the quality management process. George Walsh, IBM Systems &Technology Group, On Demand Business,Vice President,On Demand Systems Environment, manages the ondemand architecture and design. Recently we did a roundtable on autonomic computing which is featured on this month's ondemand ondemand website.[Read More]
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Some say those born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. One such trait is loyalty and one way we exhibit loyalty to ourselves and others is in making new year resolutions to improve personally and professionally. Weight loss programs are a common theme. For my part, I am back to hitting the machines(arghh) at the fitness center in the hopes of burning fat and hopefully not muscle.
In a special 'forecast 2006' issue of Computerworld one of their predictions deals with cost-cutting myths. IT cost cutting by itself as a new year resolution will only be a short term fix with limited value like so many of the crash diet programs you see advertised. The article continues: 'IT cost reduction is greatest when it supports a strategy for more cost-effective IT. In other words, cut the fat and strengthen the muscles and nervous system. Use improvements in technology outsourcing and IT operations to shift the portfolio toward inititives contributing to competitive advantage.'
Enter: Self-Managing Autonomic technologies. the IT diet that 'cuts the fat' with the right exercise program that will 'build muscle and nervous system with increased capability.'
Example: Perhaps one of the largest IT cost challenges companies face today is dealing with downtime. In our 24x7 global culture, any delays are detrimental. Leading the IT industry in taking measures to meet this challenge head-on, Self-Managing Autonomic Technology for problem determination enables self-healing systems that can prevent problems from occurring and accelerate repair time dramatically, thereby minimizing overall IT manageability while keeping businesses up and running. Introduced in 2001, this technology has garnered widespread attention from customers who regard it as a real provider of business value.
Take action! If a more cost-effective IT is part of your new year resolution help is available with a new roadmap of products and services that are designed to evolve complex IT infrastructures, end-to-end, to a more self-managing environment beginning with Self-Managing Autonomic Technology for problem determination today![Read More]
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As we look at 2006 ahead of us, I am sure we would all prefer to sail through it, right? Here is a good story of sailing with autonomic computing!
John Hoss, operates a nine-vessel fleet off the coast of Freeport, Texas, suppling oil tankers and cargo ships passing through the Gulf of Mexico. Hoss has been busier than ever since Katrina and is turning to autnomic computing and one of our autonomic partners, for answers...
May the wind be at your back![Read More]
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The press has captured some of the excitement around the new WSDM tools available on the alphaworks site. Here is one: 'IBM launches WSDM tools for SOA management'By Michael Meehan, News Writer
19 Dec 2005 | SearchWebServices.com
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In my presentation, 'Healing your infrastructure' at the Gartner Data Center event this week I highlighted 2 new Autonomic computing technologies that made their debut yesterday on http://www.ibm.com/alphaworks.
The first technology, IBM Autonomic Integrated Development Environment (AIDE) , is a preview of the Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) spec recently ratified by OASIS. The second technology, IBM Autonomic Task Manager for Administrators (ATMA) uses a spreadsheet approach to manage autonomic computing administrator tasks and uses WSDM to communicate with managed resources and display the status in a spreadsheet oriented UI.
AIDE is a set of tools for creating WSDM compliant interfaces for managed resources to assist in deploying WSDM enabled solutions. AIDE also includes examples of WSDM endpoint enablement of IBM Cloudscape open source database and the IBM Log and Trace Analyzer. In addition there is an example of WSDM working with the Weather Station interoperability demo.
ATMA is a spreadsheet-based tool development environment for administrators that helps system administrators develop their scripts without requiring in-depth programming skills. ATMA uses WSDM to communicate with managed resources and display the status in a spreadsheet oriented UI.
WSDM is a Web services standard that lets you plug any resource into any management application enabling seamless management of HW/SW resources in heterogeneous environments. This provides a scalable, common approach for management of existing systems and SOA-based systems. Today there are over 30 IBM products and 30 Business Partner products that support our initial implementation of the WSDM event format. More information on WSDM can be found at http://www.oasis-open.org[Read More]
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Check out the December 5th issue of BusinessWeek which features a two page story on Autonomic Computing by Steve Hamm entitled 'Computer, Heal Thyself...Intelligent machines that can learn and fix themselves are becoming a reality.'
This feature story includes statements from Dennis Callahan, CIO, Guardian life Insurance Co., who used self-healing autonomic technology with the result: 'pared time required to fix things by 90%.' Dennis, who has been active in AC CIO roundtables, is a true visionary and leader in the area of autonomic computing. Most importantly he is getting real business value today, as we work together as an industry on the longer term goals of Autonomic Computing.
If you think it is too early to start thinking about AC check out this article (available in BusinessWeek Online as well) http://www.businessweek.com/@@UKE3lmYQdMO2OAkA/premium/content/05_49/b3962101.htm[Read More]
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Does a skills shortage threaten the business value agenda? - Many CIOs predict that a significant shift in the IT skills portfolio is occurring and are therefore concerned about the acquisition of critical skills.
Considering current trends that include outsourcing of development and support the increasing strategic role that IT plays for corporations, many agree that skill demand is shifting to project management, leadership, business process analysis, and communications displacing software development and infrastructure and operations as the most important skills. (of course the given is that you have solid development, infrastructure and operations skills in place) Skills like leadership and project management require the longest time to develop internally and are the hardest to source externally, given the importance of understanding an organization's business context.
What is the impact of Autonomic Computing on IT roles? Because AC is focused on building more consistent, standards based self-managing technologies for IT infrastructures, some jump to the conclusion that AC will eliminate jobs. But what we are observing is that AC's impact is not so much about eliminating jobs -it is more about the elimination of tasks characterized as mundane and repetitive. I would contend that AC is, therefore, a fundamental enabler of one's ability to shift focus and time from repetitive development and support tasks to leadership, business process analytics, project management, etc.[Read More]
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Are you measuring the business value of your IT projects? It is so worth the effort!
I have referenced a number of autonomic technology projects(or proof of concepts) recently completed that have demonstrated quantifable business value. I must admit, the ability to measure business value creation did not come naturally to me (or to many of the IT groups we have worked with) and thus required a very deliberate focus.
How do we measure the impact on revenue or costs of business processes supported by IT? The majority of CIOs admit that they find it difficult to measure and communicate the business value of IT related projects to the business unit. Yet most agree that projects supported by IT consistently yield a higher return than those that are not. Given today's business climate, it is more important than ever to measure IT driven business value to insure we make the right investment decisions as we move forward.
Although the study of business value creation is largely an unfamiliar space for many technologists we can begin to build our ability to do this as a scientific approach. Here are 3 things to consider to get started:
1) Develop a set of value categories and a common taxonomy - Start by defining a small set of the most compelling measurements - you can(and will) expand these over time.
2) Measure before, during, and after - Believe it or not, for the majority of IT projects, quantification of business value is an afterthought. Start with the base case - It is critical to do the value measurement using the value categories agreed upon PRIOR to the IT project. Repeat these same measurements at agreed to project checkpoints, at project completion, and at agreed to points during the lifecycle.
3) Communicate the results (and consider your audience) - Before you go forward with your findings consider who you will be presenting to. Translate /communicate value in the terms and context meaningful to the target audience.[Read More]
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Last night I turned on the TV and listened to String Quartet No.10 in E-Flat performed by the Tokyo String Quartet on the Paganini Quartet.
The piece was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven who gave his first perfomance in Bonn, Germany 227 years earlier. It was performed by the Tokyo String Quartet which, by the way, did not originate in Tokyo but was formed in New York at Julliard. The Paganini Quartet is not a composition or a set of performers but a collection of four stringed instruments made by Itialian luthier, Antonio Stradivari in the 18th century and later acquired by violin virtuoso Paganini in the 19th century.
Ahhh...the sustainable standards of musical notation, enabling even a deaf composer to turn out compositions that have been enjoyed over the centuries performed by musicians from around the world on a time tested masterpiece of architecture designed by Stradivari...all coming together for an inspiring runtime interpretation by the Tokyo String quartet, captured in digital storage, provisioned over digital cable networks to endpoints around the world.
Reminds me of Autonomic Computing. (you knew that was coming, right? ) This week an article entitled Autonomic Computing Takes Center Stage was published on our autonomic web site
Today, the concert hall spotlights are also shining on a significant ensemble of technological capabilities that play together in a symphonic performance. Most significantly, within IBM more than 500 autonomic computing capabilities are currently available in more than 75 products. The XML Schema and the IBM Autonomic Computing Blueprint provides a detailed architectural guide - the sheet music, if you will, that describes the standards and building blocks of autonomic computing for these products.
On an industry-wide level, IBM has been a leader in the development of IT standards around critical autonomic technologies, as seen in areas like the Web Services Distributed Management standard and the OASIS solution deployment descriptor work. An individual instrument often doesn't make sense when you hear its' part by itself, but when combined with all the other parts of an orchestra, playing from the same score, suddenly you're listening to a masterpiece of sound! That is what autonomic standards do for the IT industry: enabling various technologies from multiple vendors to play from the same score. Without these autonomic standards, it would just be a jumble of products that don't play well together and certainly don't achieve the goal of reducing complexity.
Now is the time for you to join the band! We have made considerable progress and have achieved a strong level of maturity with our autonomic standards and technologies. Reach into the Autonomic Computing Toolkit case, pick up an instrument and join the orchestral performance. Visit http://www.ibm.com/autonomic for the latest thinking, initiatives, and articles on autonomic computing, where you can also download your copy of sheet music. For a real inside look, stop by alphaWorks and the Autonomic Computing Zone on developerWorks to get your backstage pass to meet and greet the newest technologies and standards specifications while they are being orchestrated into their final composition.
Join up, jazz it up, and let's make music together![Read More]
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Another very good article on AC entitled In HAL's Footsteps Oct. 10, 2005 Real progress is being made in developing IT systems that do a better job of monitoring, analyzing, and fixing problems without human intervention By Darrell Dunn, InformationWeek.
And yes, another reference to HAL from '2001: A Space Odyssey.' This time we even have a picture of Dave! I was web surfing on HAL and found an article by Rosalind W. Picard entitled: 'Does HAL cry Digital tears?' Here is an excerpt: 'HAL startles us in 2001 -- initially with his smooth, confident voice, and later with his highly emotional words. Few viewers expected the world's most intelligent computer to speak as HAL does in that memorable scene when the only remaining crewman, Dave Bowman, begins to disassemble HAL and HAL commences his swan song: 'Stop, Dave. I'm afraid ... Dave... my mind is going ... I can feel it ... There is no question about it. I can feel it... Dave, stop.... I'm afraid, Dave ... HAL's expression of fear and his impassioned pleas no doubt struck a responsive chord of feeling in many viewers, for here HAL gives us the impression that he is not a heartless machine but a being who has genuine emotions...'
I think that as long as we continue to reference HAL in AC articles we should expand our definition of what HAL really stands for. Of course, the most prevalent theory is that HAL is what you get when you back up one letter from the letters IBM. OK, but what about HAL as the Highest Autonomic Level (level 5) Level 5 describes the ultimate state of Self-Configuring, Healing, Optimizing, and Protecting systems or 'self-CHOP' which, by the way if you advance one letter you get self-DIPQ. And CHOP is a one of the ways to systematically evaluate progress in autonomic computing - a kind of 'DIP' stick of autonomic 'Q'uality.
Seriously, as this industry comes together to expand its focus from 'platform-level programs intended to simplify management to what I like to think of as 'customer-level' programs intended to simplify the management across multiple platforms, vendors, and technologies based on open and sustainable architecture and standards - that is worth writing about and the author, Dunn, does a pretty good job capturing some of the real quantifiable benefits now being realized.
Here are some excerpts I clipped from the article: 'The deployment of autonomic-computing capabilities over the past year has let Carey Capaldi cut by 40% the time he spends manually digging through system-failure logs to understand why a problem happened. It also has let the product manager for the content-management system at Technicolor Creative Services create an automatic way to redeploy jobs that otherwise would be stalled for hours...Capaldi is ready to move further down the autonomic path. "In a heartbeat," he says. "I think there's a ton of potential that hasn't been tapped yet. '
'The president and chief executive of LAN Solutions Inc., Victor Kellan, agrees...When a problem happened, depending on its type, location, and complexity, it could take experts from several different areas to parse through thousands of log entries from databases, applications, Web servers, operating systems, or other network devices to find the problem's starting point and then determine a course of action...LAN Solutions went to work with Singlestep Technologies Corp. and IBM's autonomic-computing group to implement a system with robust event-correlation and network-event-response automation, Kellan says...It's getting closer to being self-healing and self-aware, he says. "We've got the brain..."
Singlestep CTO Ophir Ronen adds... "This is not just pie in the sky. These autonomic capabilities exist now and are helping customers get a handle on the cost andcomplexity associated with delivering IT services," ...
This summer, New York's Museum of Modern Art began testing an autonomic platform that combines network-discovery technology from nLayers Ltd. with IBM's autonomic engine. "Like everyone, our big challenge is to do more with less," MoMA CIO Steve Peltzman says. "Anything that can make my four folks act like a staff of 10 or 12 is great." '
And that makes one HAL of a story!
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Check out the 'ABCs of the Autonomic Computing Toolkit' by Jim Cybrynski, lead designer of the AC toolkit, which has the top slot on this weeks developerWorks site:
Read this and... 'streamline your first experience with the Toolkit! Or, if you're already familiar with a previous release, get a detailed technical tour of the hot items in Release 3.'[Read More]
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I had the pleasure last week of spending some time with Ophir Ronen, CTO Singlestep Technologies, in our New York office. At one point our conversation turned to the relationship and importance of AC to SOA. Since people often ask what is SOA and how does AC support SOA I thought this would be a good subject for this week's AC blog...
A service-oriented architecture(SOA) is a set of services that 'communicate' by leveraging Web Services protocols. Adopting SOA frees a company from the traditional tightly coupled approach of closely integrated applications. Companies embracing SOA are able to migrate to a model of application producers (which provide services) and application consumers (which consume services). By doing so, they become much more agile in the creation, deployment and modification of their business processes.
IBM, with our adoption of SOA, commitment to Web Services, and industry leading Autonomic Computing initiative, is helping the Internet community to shape and transform the next generation IT architecture. AC architecture is geared towards the SOA environment - the AC distributed model of autonomic managers and managed resources is built using open standards and Web Services architecture. With the freedom of the loosely coupled components, using AC (self configuring, self healing, self optimizing, and self protecting) technology to manage the components and act upon problems autonomically becomes critical path for managing the complexity of a company's SOA.[Read More]
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I have been on the road(more than usual) lately, across 3 continents (and counting) to tell dozens of customer stories of quantifiable business value from autonomic computing that are now being realized. There is a positive shift forward breaking away from early adopters to mainsteam implementations...from single technology, single product proof points to process or service oriented solutions. In India one of the analysts even observed that Autonomic Computing is now on the path of enlightment.
What can a company do to improve efficiency and lower cost in IT, aside from pure cost-cutting? We are continuing to prove(over and over) with our Autonomic 'proof of concept' projects, across the industry, around the world, that companies can achieve a 30 to 50 percent time savings on IT tasks. Analysts are taking notice...In a recent article from Database Trends and Applications: Tie Data Automation to Business Processes ,by Joe McKendrick, September 2005 he cites that...According to a report from Gartner, many IT organizations will shift their focus during 2005 from traditional cost-cutting techniques to process improvement, such as data center automation.... Forrester's Schreck observes that the DC automation market has already "grown from provisioning into full configuration management...
What do you get when you combine industry leading Autonomic standards and technologies such as provisioning and CMDB together with the Tivoli led IT Service Management approach? You get an ITIL based solution to challenges such as configuration management. Just one example of the many ways we are advancing forward for many customers![Read More]
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In the 90's we were predicting that India would be providing the next generation of critical IT skills. Well, that generation has arrived with over 100 companies with labs and facilities that employ IT skills. India is now the number 2 country after the US in number of developers. High tech spending is expected to double in the next few years with
250,000 IT students graduating each year. In the last few years, Bangalore has been leading the way transforming itself to the new 'Silicon Valley' of India.
I returned from Bangalore yesterday after delivering a keynote at the Rational Development conference. Autonomic Computing has a very compelling value proposition to India's rapidly growing IT industry and there was great receptivity from developers and business partners alike.
Bangalore is a land of contrast with new glass and steel buildings rising up with names like Yahoo amidst the concrete and stones of an ancient city. There is a huge advance forward with an infrastructure stretched to the limit with roads and utilities busting at the seams... There is a permanent sign in the hotel elevator that says 'don't worry if the power goes out - it will come back on in 7 seconds.'
The Autonomic team in Bangalore has been in place for just a couple years and already making a significant contribution. I had the chance to meet with the direct team and the extended development group. They have developed & shipped 2 releases of AC Toolkit and provide web based support. They are already planning new projects around the next generation of AC tooling. They are frequent contributors to our developerWorks web page and development portal as well as conferences, papers, patent disclosures, proof of concepts, and demos.
All in all a very impressive team in a very impressive new generation of developers and IT skilled professionals.[Read More]
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Can Blake continue his white hot streak in his current battle against No. 19 Tommy Robredo of Spain after upending number 2 ranked Nadal? His inspiring advance has been incredible. Cheer this man on!
And let's cheer the USTA on! They recently announced that the USTA will Donate $500,000 From US Open Proceeds toward the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief. A real stroke of generosity![Read More]