As thousands descended into the Mandalay events center for the official kickoff of PartnerWorld, the lights dimmed and drum beats began to blast out of the massive sound stage. More drums descended from the ceiling as a group of performers jumped up on stage with drumsticks to the crescendo.
IBM partners surpassed last year's goals with IBM reaching an all time high. Like the ascending drum beat, the partner community continues to rise to the challenge, beating each new goal, demonstrating why the model of innovating, collaborating, and growing with business partners makes so much sense.
This has proved equally true with the autonomic business partner program. Last night, at the PartnerWorld autonomic computing reception, we had the honor of presenting the 2005 autonomic computing partner of the year award to SAS . Collaborating with SAS on standards based self-configuring and self-optimizing technologies from IBM and Macrovision has been invaluable to the advancement of AC industry initiative. SAS has been one of the strongest advocates of autonomic computing, participating in industry webcasts and IT conferences to tell the story of how autonomic computing is working to lower cost and competitively differentiate SAS while delivering real value to SAS customers.
On hand to congratulate SAS was last year's winner of the autonomic partner of the year: Singlestep. Many other partners attended including: Cisco, Siebel, Micromuse, Presidio, Agilysis, Corente, Network Physics, Solid,and Icaro technologies out of Brazil. Al Zollar, GM of Tivoli, was also on hand to meet with partners at the reception.
Congratulations SAS! Well done![Read More]
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With 1 day left before the beginning of Partnerworld Lino Donati shares his thoughts on the autonomic village.
Lino, What do you think about the AC village and what do you hope to demonstrate?
The AC village is an excellent idea. It is often difficult to demonstrate how autonomics work behind the scenes to ensure smooth IT operations in a presentation. The village allows IBM AC partners to demonstrate their products' capabilities in a more visible and compelling manner.
And how does autonomic capability help differentiate your product?
Corente's AWB autonomic capabilities were designed into the basic architecture from the start. One of the design goals of the product was to allow businesses to spend less time and money configuring, managing and changing their wide-area networks - particularly in cases when they need to create secure, monitored application connections with business partners and companies in their value chain. The ability to seamlessly provide automatic failover to backup datacenters, networks, service providers, gateways or application servers is one of the autonomic capabilities that differentiates us from most networking vendors.
Great Lino! See you at the village![Read More]
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With only a few days left before the official start of Partnerworld, Scot French and Aimee Pierce from Singlestep(another co-founder and member of the AC village) add their perspective on the autonomic village.
So Aimee and Scot, what do you think about the idea of an AC village in Partnerworld and what do you hope to demonstrate?
We think it is a fabulous idea Dave. IBM, your partners, and other people in the industry have made great strides in communicating the benefits of Autonomic Computing technologies and products. But customers still have not had the opportunity to see how they start to come together in somewhat of an eco-system. By enabling IBM partners who are offering Autonomic products and technologies to present as a group at PartnerWorld, not only will the partners be able to discover potential opportunities to work together more closely, but PartnerWorld attendees will really start to see that there are several companies offering real Autonomic Computing solutions right now - not just talking about something thats off in the distant future.
Singlestep will demonstrate that, with our technologies and products, companies have an easier and faster way to integrate existing network management investments, while also starting to apply some simple automation to manual operations, like problem determination. We will show how one of our new product offerings, Unity Data Exchange Manager, can take information from most key enterprise management systems, convert the data into IBMs Common Base Event format and pass it into other IBM Tivoli, WebSphere, and Rational products.
Great! and so how does Autonomic capability help differentiate your product?
Customers know that they need to make investments in products and technologies that are going help them manage the complexity of today's networks while also reducing the costs of delivering their IT service. We see customers looking for products that don't just add more data to what they have to manage, but ways to help them more efficiently manage the information they already have, and have it all in one place. And with customers making purchase decisions based on ease of installation, ease of use, and ease of integrating with existing investments or infrastructure, having autonomic capabilities is important. This is also the same with the new work your team has done around the branding or "self managing autonomic technologies". We believe that this type of messaging, under the autonomic umbrella, is even more approachable and understandable to companies out there who are looking for solutions.
Thanks Aimee and Scot and for sharing your wisdom and insight! I could not agree more. You know, from my own experience in the past as a customer managing complex IT network infrastructures, I have come to strongly believe that the smartest investment in products and technologies that can manage complexity in a sustainable way are those based on industry backed open standards. That is why we developed this branding as a 'seal of approval' to identify to customers which partners have done the hard work, as Singlestep(and other autonomic village partners) has, to truly deliver standards based self managing autonomic technologies that will stand the test of time. It will be really exciting to see all the leading autnomic partners come together in one autonomic village next week. We are really looking forward to it!!![Read More]
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The next set of comments come from Bob Quillin from nLayers, another founding member of the autonomic village. Hi Bob, First question, Why do you think the AC village is a good idea and what do you hope to demonstrate?
Dave, Thanks for the opportunity to discuss autonomic computing on your blog. The entire foundation of autonomic computing rests on the concept of interoperability and shared intelligence. The Autonomic Computing Village at Partner World is another strong step towards that goal in that we as a vendor collective are working together and collaborating
across a standard set of shared technologies such as Common Based Events (CBEs) and Generic Log adaptation. Weve all done our own interoperability testing with IBM individually, but for most of us, this is the first chance to work on a more peer-to-peer basis. At a high level, nLayers hopes to convey a direct message to customers and partners that we are committed to an industry-endorsed ecosystem approach to automation opposed to a closed, do-it-yourself autonomic strategy. At a specific level, whats exciting is the ability for nLayers to integrate its CMDB change detection features - detecting configuration item (CI) variations and application dependency mapping and interrelationship changes - and integrating them with a higher level autonomic function that can take action and affect a change to the environment either manually or automatically. That truly is the ITIL vision of IT Service Management process automation.
Well said Bob! This collective does represent the opportunity to collaborate and demonstrate interoperability that drives higher value to our customers in an open way. This is fundamental to the success of the ITSM vision. Second question, How does autonomic capability help differentiate your product?
You know Dave, IT process automation is a hot buzz phrase these days, particularly in the area of Configuration Management Databases (CMDB), business service management, and data center automation. Vendors who take a closed, all-in-one, homogeneous approach to this market are hoping for account domination but run counter to the reality of what customers are pushing for: truly federated and interoperable solutions deployed in a heterogeneous environment. IBMs AC program demonstrates a commitment to that federated vision which strengthens nLayers position as a best-of-breed solution in the CMDB marketplace. When you think about it, understanding interrelationships and dependencies is core to human intelligence, but something that has been sorely lacking in IT management. Each silo network, system, application, service has been managed in isolation, but in order to move to an on-demand autonomic model, IT management needs to automate the mapping of application/service to infrastructure dependencies and keep them updated on a continuous, real-time basis. From there, autonomics can dynamically link service levels to the underlying servers and network/storage infrastructure that supports those services. Autonomic capabilities are thus key to nLayers core value and differentiation, and IBMs Autonomic Computing program is a driving force in moving this vision from concept to reality.
Thanks Bob for your very insightful comments! 5 days to the village![Read More]
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With Partnerworld right around the corner, I have asked our business partners for their thoughts on the autonomic village which will make its debut next week. The first set of comments come from Scott Safe from Network Physics, one of the companies you can find in the autonomic village.
1. Scott, Do you think the AC village is a good idea and what do you hope to demonstrate?
Well Dave, Seeing is believing. Clients have a skeptical eye to the vendor -- but respond warmly when the function is there to discuss, debate, and see how it can and cannot be applied. The village will create buzz - which will bring in more partners to want to participate, which will provide more solutions to clients, proving the fact that Autonomics is real.
2. How does autonomic capability help differentiate your product?
Integration with IBM's autonomic self-managing capabilities provides the extra edge in responding to customer problems. Autonomics takes Network Physics's unique insight into application infrastructure integrity, performance, and security offered by the NetSensory solution, available as a data source for self-managing autonomic solutions to take that extra step - isolate, fix it, and ensure it's back in service. What's manual work and effort today, is not affordable in the future. Cost-constraints and cost-cutting is forcing out the repetitive work.
With IBM standing behind Autonomics, this validates the approach NP has taken in the market - and the validation represents opportunity to partners who need leading edge solutions to compete in today's market.
3. What will Partners expect to see 1 year from now at the AC Village?
Well, it will probably be called AC City by then. The growth and interest will drive this. Second, we can definitely see customers joining the venue to discuss the benefits they have seen out of autonomic computing solutions. They do get excited about the technology, because it does solve significant problems they have, and more importantly, it does provide a return on investment that meets what they are being driven by - automate and reduce costs.
Thanks for your comments Scott! AC City! I like it![Read More]
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In the IT universe one of my favorite destinations is: Partner World . The World is relatively large(An estimated 5,435 inhabitants including 3,545 Business Partner executives) and is in an orbit that typically intersects with Las Vegas in March. This year you can find the World docked at the Mandalay Bay from March 12 - 15. Partner World is a world without boundaries, where one can innovate, collaborate, and grow which just, hmmm, happens to be the 2006 theme.
This year a Partner World first, the Autonomic Village, can be found in the Solution Center. The Autonomic Village will be composed of a number of business partners demonstrating an unprecedented interoperability between each other with Autonomic Standards and technology. In the village you can see how IBM Self-Managing Autonomic Technology has the power to align heterogeneous technologies into one end to end common event driven set of capabilities that can:
Reduce Problem Determination time by up to 90%
Develop and deploy without downtime
Achieve higher availability of business-critical applications
The business partners that will be participating in the very first Autonomic Village include:
Singlestep - Singlestep's Unity Data Exchange Manager allows enterprises to integrate data from their enterprise management systems into a single application, data store or console to accelerate enterprise initiatives like Autonomic Computing, CCMDB, and Business Process Optimization.
Transforming network data from multiple formats into CBE
Delivering CBE to CCMDB, Tivoli TEC, CEI, and others
Tie existing investments to an Autonomic Computing initiative
Macrovision - Macrovisions SolutionArchitect simplifies distributed application deployment/installation and reduces software lifecycle management costs. Based on IBMs Self-Managing Autonomic Technology and integrated with both Rational and Tivoli, SolutionArchitect enables technical teams to package complex distributed applications based on topology and deployment requirements. It also gives IT administrators the ability to analyze, repackage, and test solutions during pre-deployment.
Eliminates manual deployment steps
Drives down software delivery costs
Integrates with Rational and Tivoli
nLayers - nLayers' enables application discovery and dependency mapping for CMDB deployment, data center consolidation and automation, and configuration/change management. Using nLayers real-time, agentless appliance, customers are rapidly deploying successful ITIL and CMDB applications today saving money and saving time.
Automatic population of ITIL CMDB
Top-ranked dependency mapping solution
Agentless, continuous real-time configuration & change management
Network Physics - Network Physics' application performance management appliances give IT staff a unique "barometer" of application performance for early detection of problems and their business impact, as well as easy integration of real-time network application data for AutonomicComputing solutions.
Early-warning metrics via CBE with Day-Zero detection
Instant feedback on network and application performance
Non-intrusive, no agents, easily managed
Corente - A provider of integrated software-based services for the secure delivery and management of distributed business applications and diverse networks. Corentes Applications Without Boundaries service enables enterprises to focus on their core business activities by reliably and securely managing their distributed applications infrastructure.
Network and Security Management
And for a real out of world experience, don't miss guest speaker Burt Rutan, Aerospace Engineer, Space ShipOne , CEO Scaled Composites, on Monday morning, March 13th, at Partner World![Read More]