Well, I have arrived safely in Las Vegas, and the [Forrester IT Forum 2009 conference
] started today at noon, with a Welcome Reception at the Technology Showcase. As a platinum sponsor, IBM has a booth manned by several subject matter experts, on the fourth floor of the Sands Expo, between the Venetian and Palazzo hotels.
|On the left side, we have Paula Koziol and our [Kaon Interactive] 3D touch-screen.|
|On the right side, we have Ira Chavis and Cris Espinosa, and a rack of some of IBM's latest offerings.|
I'm here all week to blog about this event. When I am not in sessions, I will probably hang out at the Technology Showcase with my colleagues above. If you are in Las Vegas, and want to connect, please contact me.
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Did you miss your chance to attend Storage Networking World last week? IBM has some upcoming conferences that might be of interest to you.
- IBM Systems Conference 2009
In this inaugural event, IBM executives, developers and industry experts reveal the latest innovations, trends and directions. In the span of three full days, you will hear and see technologies demonstrated that are needed to transform and respond effectively in these economic times.
There will be three tracks:
- IBM Systems -- Including storage, mainframe, POWER and x86 systems
- Solutions for a Dynamic Infrastructure
- Professional Development -- including negotiation skills, project management and TCO analysis
The[IBM Systems Conference] will be held May 18-21, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.
- IBM System Storage and Storage Networking Symposium
If the above conference is too broad, we have a more storage-specificconference. The [IBM System Storage and Storage Networking Symposium] brings IBM storage developers, architects, technical experts, solution providers and customer speakers together in one place to show you how to address the growing challenge of managing and securing retention managed data. You'll also learn about the latest IBM System Storage™ portfolio product announcements.
I have spoken at these perhaps 12 of the last 14 years. The list of presenters has not yet finalized, so I do not yet know if I will actually be there this year.
Two exciting things are new this year. First, instead of being in San Diego or Las Vegas, it will be held in Chicago, Illinois instead!Secondly, you get a two-for-one with the [IBM System x and BladeCenter Technical Conference]. That's right, they are co-located there in Chicago so that you can attend sessions from both! Perhaps you spend 80 percent of your time on storage, and 20 percent on x86 servers, or 80 percent servers and 20 percent storage, now you can register for one price, and decide when you get there.
If you act soon, you can save money with the early-registration discount by May 31.
Hopefully, this will give you enough time to plan and make travel arrangements!
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|Next week is the Spring 2009 Storage Networking World [SNW].In the category of "Innovation and Promise", there are three finalists for the "Best Practices Award":|
- Activision Publishing, Inc., Santa Monica, California
- Argus Information & Advisory Systems, White Plains, New York
- CIGNA - Health Insurance, Windsor, Connecticut
The awards will be announced on Tuesday, April 7th at the event during the General Session:
10:00-10:15 am "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program
Of course, I'll be rooting for the one above that used IBM's XIV disk storage system to reduce their energy consumption, improve their utilization, and simplify their management.
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If you missed the [IBM System Storage and Storage Networking Symposium] in San Diego, California last month (like I did because I was in Japan and India), here is your chance to attend the one next month in Europe, September 8-11, in beautiful[Montpellier, France]. Several of my colleagues from the IBM Tucson Executive Briefing Center are scheduled to speak at this event.
And maybe, perhaps, some IBM executives, will have something important to say next month also! Stay tuned!
For a list of other IBM events this year, see the [2008 schedule].
technorati tags: IBM, storage, symposium, events, San Diego, California, Japan, India, Europe, Montpellier, France
|Today was a special day! IBM launched the world's first "Global Archive Solutions Center" in Guadalajara, Mexico.We had a formal "ribbon cutting", shown here were the following dignitaries (from left to right):|
- Eugenio Godard, IBM Guadalajara site level executive
- Andy Monshaw, IBM General Manager of IBM System Storage
- Cindy Grossman, IBM VP of Tape and Archive solutions
- Luis Guillermo Martinez Mora, Secretary of economic development for the state of Jalisco, Mexico
- José Décurnex, IBM General Manager for the country of Mexico
In the morning, we had a series of speeches from Cindy Grossman, Andy Monshaw, Eugenio Godard, and Federico Lepe (technology advisor for the governor for the state of Jalisco, Mexico).
|While the hordes of press journalists, analysts and clients were taking the lab tour, we took a snap of thefront entrance. The day was packed with activity. |
- After the lab tour, IBMers Clod Barrera and Craig Butler presented to the analysts.
- Cindy Grossman explained why IBM created a solutions center specific to archive solutions, and why wechose Guadalajara for its location.
- I presented the pains and challenges companies are facing, and why they should partner with IBM forarchive solutions to address those requirements
|Harley Puckett and I split the group. Harley is my colleague at the IBM Tucson ExecutiveBriefing Center who was the focal point for the various aspects of launching for the past eight months.He presented and moderated the presentations and demos to a collection of prospective clients. |
That's me on the left, with Harley on the right.
I moderated a series of speakers to press and analysts. These included:
- Mark LaBelle, Spectrum Health server and storage manager, and Steve Lawrence, Spectrum Health image solutions architect, presented their success story using IBM Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS). [Spectrum Health] manages seven hospitals and 130 service locations in Michigan, USA.
- Mark Uren, ABSA technical architect, presented their success story working with IBM in deploying their Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) which includes Enterprise Content Management and archiving. Mark flew in all the way from Johannesburg, South Africa. [ABSA] is the financial services subsidiary of Barclay's serving theAfrican continent.
- Jeffrey Beallor, president of [Global Data Vaulting], presented his success story as both a client and IBM Business Partner, offering backup and archiving solutions through "Software as a Service" (SaaS) business model. GlobalData Vaulting has its data centers in Canada, but provides services to clients worldwide.
We had a Q&A panel with the company representatives from Spectrum Health, ABSA, and Global Data Vaulting; followed by a Q&A panel with the collection of IBM executives to take questions from the press and analysts.Special thanks to Cyntia, Daniela, Carlos, Raul and Salvador for their help in making this a successful event!
(all three photos on this blog post taken by Mauricio, a professional photographer IBM hired for this event)
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It seems like I just get out of one conference, and into another. This week I am at Pulse 2008, which combines the best of IBM Tivoli and Maximo into one conference.Like many conferences, this one starts on Sunday, and ends on Thursday.
We're at the Swan and Dolphin hotels at [Walt Disney World] in Orlando, Florida. I've been to several conferences in Orlando, but this is my first time at the Swanand Dolphin. (When I walked into the main lobby, I had a bout of "deja vu". IBM LotusSphere was here last year, and they had a complete replica made in SecondLife!)
If you haven't been to Walt Disney World resorts, whether for a conference or vacation,there are two things you need to know:
- Nothing is within a short "walking distance", you need to take a bus or boat to get anywhere
- Despite this, you will be doing a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes!
Pulse encouraged everyone to blog and take pictures posted onto FlickR, here are a few from Sunday:
|Lou and Elizabeth from [Syclo], an IBM Business Partner||Mike and Megha from [Birlasoft] show off their accreditation|
|Greg Tevis explains FilesX, recently acquired by IBM||Kevin and Diana from [Odin Technologies] that manage RFID tags|
|A banner for our[IBM System Storage DCS9550] disk system for "deep computing" workloads||Elizabeth from[Eaton Powerware]|
|I spoke to Mac Guidera, IBM tech lead for Lotus Greenhouse, about IBM'sProject Big Green||Laura Guio, IBM director of the Tivoli SWAT team, on the left.|
You can see all of this set on my FlickR page[Pulse 08 - Day 1].
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