Maybe we first need to spend a minute on the "classic-edition" of The Tivoli Advisor.
The Tivoli Advisor aims to bring information, knowledge
assets and factoids to the Tivoli and IBM software community. As
software strives to embrace new trends in technology, it becomes
increasingly more challenging to keep up with the multitude of changes
and functionality being provided. The Tivoli Advisor
aims to bridge this gap, and to provide articles to help its readers
harness these changes. By providing the information to you in high level
snapshots we aim to provide easily digestible and comprehensible
articles. Much of the content will be provided not only from The
Tivoli Advisor team, but from respected individuals in the IBM
Tivoli Software organisation and our peers. Coverage will extend over a
wide range of topics including Automation, Storage, and Security.
In the past, we have leveraged a magazine-style publication of The
Tivoli Advisor - you can download the first 15 issues here: The Tivoli Advisor in PDF . However, in todays ever-increasing dynamic world, a quarterly publication is not the best way to publish content. In addition, there is already so much information and collateral out there: Whitepapers, assets on OPAL (the IBM open process automation library), forums and articles on developerWorks, etc. An there are conferences, user groups and business partners that provide a tremendous value to our solutions as well.
Thinking about this for a while, we decided o revitalize The
Tivoli Advisor in a new way, using a group blog. This allows us to not be dependent on publication cycles (and funding, btw) and be able to dynamically link content that already exists in other places. Obviously, we don't want to replicate stuff - we rather want to act as an Information Broker for the wider Tivoli community. This is where we feel we could provide value to you, our reader.
Finally, a blog-style should also allow our readership - you - to communicate closer with us - the editorial board. We have tried to solicit feedback on the magazine (letters to the magazine), but honestly we haven't received a lot of feedback. On the other hand, we received may encouraging emails and had lots of discussions during events like user group meetings. Commenting on blog entries should reduce the barrier of engaging with The
Tivoli Advisor. Again, we feel that such interaction amonst the technical community has a lot of value - for customers, partners as well as Tivoli software. We are looking forward hearing from you !
Hope this works out for all of us.