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!!!