This week, I am in Dublin, Ireland for the [IBM System x, IBM PureSystems and System Storage Technical University] conference.
Here are the sessions that I will be speaking at:
If you are at the conference, stop by and see me! You can also follow me on Twitter @az990tony and the hashtag #ibmtechu.
Hello everyone! I am back, fully well-rested from a wonderful 3-week vacation touring the lovely state of Tennessee. Here's a quick recap:
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Mo and I had a great time, but are glad to be back home!
Well, it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements!
Back in 2007, my blog post [Double Happy Wedding] compared IBM's acquisition for a company that produced data migration software to the practice in Japan of waiting until the bride is five to seven months pregnant to have a wedding. In USA, these are called "shotgun" weddings.
I was in Japan when I wrote that, and the company IBM acquired was Japanese, so the comparison stuck.
(Where better to commemorate this event than in Pigeon Forge, Tenessee, the capital of shotgun wedding venues! Including, and I am not making this up, a replica of the [grand staircase of the Titanic]. Yes, you can book this for a shotgun wedding, while your guests re-arrange the deck chairs. I stopped at a local McDonald's to submit this blog post.)
TDMF software allows you to migrate CKD volumes that are attached to your System z mainframe, including those that are actively being used by applications. zDMF allows you to migrate z/OS data sets, including those currently open by applications.
The migration is hardware-agnostic, supporting CKD volumes on IBM, EMC and HDS disk systems. As many clients are migrating from EMC and HDS disk systems to IBM DS8870, this is a good time to look at TDMF and zDMF to help make the process as transparent as possible.
Of course, if you are not interested in acquiring the software to do this yourself, you can hire IBM Data Mobility Services, which uses TDMF and zDMF to do it for you!
This week, I was one of the 24 recipients of the IBM Corporate Technology Social Business Impact awards!
The list of recipients spans 14 countries (in alphabetical order):
The award was based on engagements and conversations resulting from blogs, tweets, Facebook and Linkedin posts, Slideshare, Flickr, and other social venues, over the 2013 calendar year.
I would like to congratulate the other 23 winners! I am glad to recognize several of the people that I had helped get their blog started, and mentored along the way, have made it to the list!
technorati tags: IBM, Social Business, Darryl Miles, Sergio Varga, Ahmed Abbass, Jean Francois Puget, Turgut Aslan, Detlef Helmbrecht, Sebastian Thaele, Prashanta Chandramohan, Vinod A Valecha1, Massimo Chiriatti, Bruno Portaluri, JungWoon Lee, HyungKeun Park, Edwin Schouten, Renata Anna Bilecka, Maria Borbones, Alessandro Sorniotti1, Richard G Brown, Jon McNamara, Rick Robinson, Paul DiMarzio, Tony Pearson, Christopher Pepin, Elisabeth Stahl
Years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts related to IBM Watson computer that played Jeopardy! game show. My most popular post to-date has been [IBM Watson -- How to replicate Watson hardware and systems design for your own use in your basement], which I had previously used "Watson Jr." an an unofficial name for your own personal implementation.
Over time, I have gotten many emails, comments and tweets related to this post. The instructions have been downloaded over 130,000 times!
The letter below was so inspiring that I felt I need to share it. (Published here with permission from the author, who goes by the screen name DaveAlex)
Wow! He is 78 years old! While others his age are playing shuffleboard at the nursing home, he is out there learning new things about the latest technology. I wish him the best of luck on this! If you would like to reach out to DaveAlex, send me a note or comment below, and I will forward them on to him.