Countdown to Pulse 2013
Annual Tivoli technical conference in Las Vegas
Provides things to do; things to like; and people to meet
by David Ross
I leave in a couple of weeks for the annual IBM Tivoli Pulse conference. I have participated in this conference and it's predecessor events since 2006, which includes me among the senior-most members of my organization in terms of involvement. As an enablement specialist, I enjoy the process of developing and delivering enablement to internal audiences and customers. Conferences present new and different challenges and opportunities when compared to a typical classroom delivery.
Here are 6 things I enjoy about Pulse, in no particular order:
glimpse at the inner workings of a conference venue: Las Vegas, and
other cities with large conference capacity, have a
city-behind-the-city. There is an entire world that opens up when
you go through the “employee only” doors at the end of the hall.
Behind the scenes are entire armies of skilled and unskilled labor,
transportation, catering, and all the people and equipment necessary
to pull things together. If things go well – and they almost
always do - an attendee shows up, receives their credentials for the
event, and heads out for a neat experience. There is a lot of
logistical effort and months of planning to make it happen, and I
get to see just a bit of this for myself.
directly with colleagues from around the world: IBM is a global
company; just my immediate team is scattered from Europe, across
several time zones in the USA, over to the Singapore. Not everyone
on the team gets to come to Pulse, but I do get to see people in
person that are otherwise voices on the phone or a series of
instant-message statements for most interactions. Technology will
never replace people completely; we are wired for human, in-person
involvement, and live events offer that chance.
with others: In addition to my colleagues within IBM, I have
established relationships with folks connected to IBM: customers,
business partners, and so. I am usually able to see some of these
people as well.
of the hosting location: To be honest, having the event in the same
city has made this a bigger challenge each year. I enjoy seeing the
sights that the location has to offer. I'm sure I'll tour the strip
again, and will see venues or something I have not yet encountered.
I don't need an agenda or specific activity, I just like to wander
labs from other product areas: I have had the opportunity each year
to take at least one lab on a product with which I am not familiar.
IBM Tivoli does a lot of neat stuff, and it's great to see that for
- “Non-computer” interactions: With the inclusion of the Maximo and Tririga product lines, a whole new world opened up at Pulse. I have sat at meals with representatives from power companies, railroads, facilities management and transportation industries. It is fascinating to hear their challenges and opportunities as they make things happen. Further, they are working in areas that are not specific to computer hardware and software, where much of my daily work lies.
The list could go on: one-on-one interactions with a customer in the lab room, food choices, conference sessions, inspirational speakers, and more. Needless to say, I'm ready to roll! If you are coming this year, look me up in the hands-on labs – I would be glad to make your acquaintance.
Ross is a senior Technical Enablement Specialist with IBM
Corporation in the Tivoli Cloud Enablement group. David specializes
in Tivoli Service Automation Manager and IBM SmartCloud Provisioning.
He joined IBM in 2000 and celebrates International Talk Like a Pirate
Day each September 19th. Follow him on Twitter @TechnoRoss