Imagine, if you will, the cyberspace equivalent of a modest room with a circle of chairs in the center. The chairs are occupied by a variety of technical types, brought together to this support group because they share the same problem. Yours Truly, gets up, faces his peers and says:
"Hi. My name is Roger Powell and I am an Information Hoarder. I work with the Netcool/OMNIbus and Tivoli Network Manager products, and I've got lots of helpful tidbits of information, various utilities, and plenty of experience that I've been meaning to share ... BUT ... I don't share anything unless it's perfect! If I've written a utility script, it has to be clean and general purpose with help text. If I decide to respond to a question on the International User's Group mailing list, my answer must be 100% correct as if the voice of God himself (or at least Alex Greenbank) had spoken. Because of this, I've likely deprived people of the chance to profit from my experience."
At this point in my imaginary scenario, all my peers offer encouragement and tell me that they value me as a person even if I am an Information Hoarder. The imaginary group leader though, prescribes what he thinks is the perfect remedy: "You need to blog!"
Um yeah - active imagination indeed! So this perfectionist stands before you (or whatever the cyberspace equivalent is) and expressly disavows perfection. I will not wait to make stuff "exactly right" before I post it. I'll be happy to fix errors once they are pointed out to me. And ... I promise that no other post on this blog will be as dull as this first one!
OK - A little more housekeeping ... The blog will focus on Tivoli's Netcool/OMNIbus and Network Manager products because that's what I do for a living. The perspective will be from what I do now - post-sales consulting for IBM - although I've done other things. I've worked with Netcool/OMNIbus since late 1997 (that's almost 15 years if you do the math) so I've seen a few installations in my time. My aim is to be interesting and useful - at least for those who work with OMNIbus, the OMNIbus Web-based GUI, and ITNM. Everybody else should have surfed away by now!
One final point today - If you are still reading this, you are a member of the INUG, right? (That's the International Netcool User's Group.) It was formed back when the Netcool products all came from Micromuse, so it remains focused on those products as opposed to others in the Tivoli Suite. If you're not a member, get thee hence and join! It's a great resource.
I should make it clear right now - I have no connection with the INUG, other than being a member. In turn, the INUG has no official relationship with IBM, but several IBMers do answer questions there (the aforementioned Alex Greenbank being a superstar IMO.)
And lastly this disclaimer: I am an IBM employee, however the statements in this blog are my own and do not necessarily represent the opinions or official positions of IBM. I'm solely responsible for the content of the posts.
The posts should be much more fun from now on.