A new name and a (slightly) new direction. Telco talk will add Business Process Management within the Telco OSS/BSS arena to the potential subjects we'll cover here. The old Industry Business Partner Technical Strategy Enablement (IBPTSE) team's role remains an important part of IBM's Telecom strategy, so I will probably still cover partner capabilities and content here. I know the blog is pretty much about telco, but I reserve the right to comment on other industries as well :-) I plan to talk about resources that are available to IBM Business Partners, some of the latest issues we are seeing in Telecom, some discussion of IBM software technology and some thoughts on IBM's Smarter Planet initiatives.
IBPTSE is dead, long live the Channels team
Let me start by apologising. I have been very busy over the past few weeks - this week is the first at home in five weeks. That's my best excuse for not posting (other than drawing a blank when it comes to topics
) I know I have quite a few people who read my ramblings and I really appreciate it. Unfortunately, my day job keeps getting in the way. The other big news I have (big for me, not so much for almost anyone that is reading this) is that the Industry Business Partner Technical Enablement team is being disbanded and wound into the IBM channels infrastructure. That means that there will no longer be any industry speciality in the technical enablement that we provide to our business partners - of course our partners are not being left out in the cold either. The channels team will continue to provide first rate technical enablement and assistance and IBM will continue to have industry specialists. For Business Partners, it will just be a matter of engaging with (non-channels) IBMers in the industry teams as well as the channels team. I would expect that the channels team will provide the conduit to those industry specialists such as me when the specialised industry skills are needed..
By now you might be wondering if my team is going away, what is happening to yours truly? Well, I have a position with the ... wait for it.... GMU BPM Tiger Team focused on telecommunications. And I thought IBPTSE was a mouthful. I will continue to be a Telecom specialist architect in this new team. Let me break down those acronyms a bit for you.
- GMU is Growth Market Unit which equates to the whole world less North America, Japan and Western and Northern Europe.
- BPM is Business Process Management and is the layer of intelligence that sits on top of a Service Oriented Architecture; it is the business processes, the workflows, the business rules etc that for the basis for the business strategy.
- Tiger Team is a small team of the best of the best resources to chase down deals. What is unusual for this tiger team is the focus on industry - most other Tiger teams in IBM are focused on a particular brand such as Rational, Lotus, WebSphere, Tivoli or Information Management.
This move has been in the works for a few weeks for me, but it's now at a stage where I can talk about it. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with the IBPTSE team around the world, particularly Jim Toohey, my manager. Over the past three years that I have been in the team, we have accomplished a lot of things that make me feel very proud. Multiple deals, partners enabled, partners validated against our SPDE framework for Telcos. Despite me being the only team member in Australia, I have always felt a part of a team despite the geographical challenges. Thanks guys!