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KMcKenzie 270003FAUM Tags:  partners social business government ecosystem isv unifiededge 4,959 Views
More great work between IBM and their partner ecosystem. I posted an earlier blog entry about Sametime and Government Partner UnifiedEdge going to the Superbowl. Today IBM will announce that Ft. Worth and Tarrant County will adopt the UnifiedEdge + IBM solution to allow police, firefighters, healthcare providers and officials to share radio communication, text messaging and files on the fly.
I had the opportunity to visit the Fort Worth Emergency Response Center a few months back. The team there graciously agreed to give us a tour and to show us how RadioConnect helped them to maintain situational awareness and to foster group communications.
Imagine needing to coordinate up to 40 different agencies (each with their own communications equipment and protocol) in the midst of an unfolding situation. City officials need to be briefed. Rescue may need to be dispatched. Water services, roads, hospitals, the power company all may play a role. Now imagine that you need to send information between these groups. Do you swap email addresses? Phone numbers? What happens when the shift changes and John Doe at Fire and Rescure has gone home for the night. Hwo is his replacement? And how do you reach them?
All good questions that you don't want to answer in an emergency.
For more on the IBM + UnifiedEdge announcement click here: http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2011/05/tackling-change.html
For more on UnifiedEdge click here: http://www.unifiededgeinc.com/
ClaytonPyne 270003QXTM 3,429 Views
RuggedCom achieves fourth IBM SAFE (Solution Architecture for Energy and Utilities) validated solution!
RuggedCom today announced their fourth SAFE validated solution with IBM: RuggedMAX. RuggedCom designs and manufactures Rugged communications equipment for harsh electrical and climatic environments.
SAFE is IBM’s standards-based industry software platform and business partner validation program that enables utility companies to operate more efficiently and accelerate the development of their smart utility solutions. A part of the IBM Smarter Planet strategy, the Solution Architecture for Energy and Utilities Framework (SAFE) brings the capabilities of IBM software to power solutions across all areas of a utility company, including plant operations, smart meters and personal utility management.
RuggedMAX, a high-performance, long range, secure family of products designed to extend IP networks over large distances to fixed and mobile users, joins RuggedSwitch, RuggedAir and RuggedServer in a quartet of IBM SAFE validated solutions.
The RuggedCom solutions integrated with IBM Tivoli Software are RuggedSwitch, Rugged Air and RuggedServer Smart Monitoring with Tivoli OMNIbus and Network Manager. It consists of event and alarm management, root-cause analysis, automated discovery, topology visualization and automated maintenance. Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus and Tivoli Network Manager monitor all events and alarms generated by RuggedCom devices in the communications network permitting quick root cause analysis of faults.
The joint RuggedCom and IBM proposition increases network performance and availability by comprehensive network management and real-time visualization of physical and logical connectivity. The principal benefit of this solution is enhanced monitoring and control capabilities for the electrical utility.
Congratulations RuggedCom on your fourth IBM SAFE validation!
KMcKenzie 270003FAUM Tags:  event government public sector virtual analytics industry ecosystem 6,486 Views
Great opportunity for the Government ecosystem to learn more about the power of analytics.
The IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) surveyed over 100 public sector leaders, from governmental organizations, non-profit, and non-government organizations worldwide to help organizations understand the opportunity to leverage the information explosion for better decisions and actions relevant to the public sector context. On May 17th from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT, we will host a virtual event to review the study results and learn how other government leaders are using analytics to achieve and/or influence outcomes in their organizations.
Register here: http://events.unisfair.com/index.jsp?eid=556&seid=17847
Great achievement for our first specialty partner, VirtualAgility. They have been selected as a finalist in the inaugural New England CIO Innovation Awards. The award recognizes those New England CIOs who exemplify excellence in driving innovation within their organization through the use of technology. The awards will be presented to chief information officers in five New England organizations during the inaugural New England CIO Innovation Summit, a one-day June conference focused on innovative use of information technology.
Congratulations to VirtualAgility!