Appearances can be deceiving, redux
by David Ross
Some time back, I wrote about the fact that computers only do what they are told to do. If a problem or message is displaying, there is a reason, be it human, hardware or software. Well, it happened again! You are shocked, I’m sure.
One component of IBM Cloud Orchestrator is the IBM Business Process Manager; this is the component that handles the workflows, processing, and user interactions in the self-service catalog. In... [More]
IBM InterConnect 2015
What happens in Vegas
doesn't have to stay there:
Test drive IBM Software and
take the experience home with you
by Paul Quigley
What is InterConnect?
InterConnect is one of the most comprehensive and collaborative IBM events ever, incorporating three previously separate IBM conferences - Impact, Innovate, and Pulse - into a single premier event. Customers, IBM Business... [More]
A look behind the scenes at InterConnect:
Developing more than 220 hands-on labs
by David Ross
IBM will host one of its premier conferences at the end of February in Las Vegas. Many software brands, business partners and customers will come together at InterConnect 2015 to see the latest... [More]
Is the simplest approach
always the best one?
by Timothy Burris
"Everything should be kept as simple as possible, but no simpler."
- -attributed to Albert Einstein
When I was teaching myself C++, I became fascinated with things like overloaded functions and smart pointers. Fortunately, an experienced programmer saw where I was heading, and exposed me to the... [More]
Five Last Minute
Packing Tips for Pulse
by Erik Anderson
You’ve heard about all of the speakers, live hands on labs, built your agenda, and purchased your registration, right? What? You didn’t register? Don’t worry it’s not too late. You can still do so here . NOW, you’re registered, and it’s time to pack. Sure you brought your usual clothes, your laptop or tablet, and your cell phone charger, but do you have these five things that you... [More]
Let's talk about cloud...
Determining Resource Usage
And Managing Costs
By Paul Quigley
IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO) provides an open and extensible cloud management platform for managing heterogeneous hybrid environments. IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator provides the following features and benefits:
Standardization and automation of cloud services through a flexible orchestration engine and a self-service portal.
Reusable workload... [More]
TPM toolkit for SmartCloud Orchestrator, part 1
by C. J. Meidlinger
While teaching a SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO) workshop recently, a student asked about calling Tivoli Provisioning Manager (TPM) from SCO. Although SCO certainly provides tools for building such integrations, it is easier and faster to use integrations built by others. If SCO does not provide a ready-to-use integration for TPM out of the box, the first place one should look is the ISM Cloud Marketplace . A quick check there showed us the IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator... [More]
Following standards matters—
whether in motors or the cloud
by David Ross
This past weekend I spent parts of three days working on my son's car, and gained another insight and appreciation for standards in general. This activity also got me to musing on the recent IBM push for building our products based on Open Standards.
You don't have to dig far to see why having a standard interface and platform can be beneficial. At the risk of sounding like a commercial, I have to give high praise to the... [More]
The Training Bus
A dead end in the evolution
of service delivery
toward cloud computing?
by: C.J. Meidlinger
While on a recent long drive, I remembered an idea for a training delivery solution that some colleagues and I brainstormed back around the turn of the century. The idea was to put a classroom on wheels and bring the training to students. In the form of a trailer or bus, this classroom would have server grade computer hardware, projector and screen, dry erase boards, and... [More]
IBM leverages OpenStack features;
SmartCloud Orchestrator benefits
by John Crawford
For the last few months, the recently renamed Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure Cloud Enablement team (formerly Tivoli Cloud Enablement) has been creating the training material for SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO). As a part of the SCO team, I have attended meetings, created slides, written speaker notes, reviewed other people’s slides, commented on them and eventually as a team, conducted a T3 or “Train the Trainer”... [More]
users with virtual desktops addresses some issues
there are some “gotchas” that you need to consider
By Budi Darmawan
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is an attempt to
provide enterprise wide employees a unified, managed environment for their
workspace. The virtual desktop allows each employee to have his or her desktop
system within the datacenter (i.e.: in the cloud), while they connect to it
using a secure connection from their pervasive devices such as smart phone,... [More]
in the Cloud, part 2
C omputer-on-a-board provides a home network solution
automated, secure data backup at a low cost
mentioned in the previous posting, I wanted to take advantage of
cloud technology benefits, but was leery of having extremely private
information compromised. To get the best of both worlds, I elected
to go with an in-home cloud, and I got to play with some pretty slick
stuff along the way.
had an in-home backup... [More]
in the cloud
use of cloud technologies
questions and concerns for the average consumer
and working with cloud technologies, I see presentations from
executives, sales professionals, service folks, and my immediate
colleagues. I look at implementation plans and understand the
benefits to moving infrastructure, services, processes and storage to
cloud environments. I also see the challenges that cloud can
present. In working with... [More]
an interesting IT exercise:
explaining Cloud Computing to your significant other by Erik Anderson
I set off on a mission a few weeks ago to explain what I
work on at IBM to my spouse. In doing so, I realized that the first thing I
needed to do to actually succeed at that was to relate cloud computing to something that she could understand.
In the end, I decided on using rental cars as an analogy.
As it turned out, this example resonated very well with
many different people, and I received several comments and... [More]
Never a dull moment :
and Course Development offer challenges but provide rewards
by John Crawford
As a technical enablement specialist for IBM, my duties and
those of my colleagues are many and varied. When I think about the things I do
in a given week, thoughts quickly turn to a juggler or someone holding a rather
tall stack of hats of various shapes and sizes.
That is one aspect of the job that makes it extremely
enjoyable. Historically, in my life prior to working... [More]