Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Breaking News!

Thinking about moving your on-prem IBM Software to the cloud via our SaaS model?  Concerned about security?  Check out this breaking news story....

IBM InterConnect 2016: Call for speakers now open!

Now Accepting Sessions Proposals
IBM InterConnect is the conference for self-starters, tech-savvy designers and outcome-obsessed executives who want to be freed from technical limitations, enabled and equipped to dream, and who want to design and deliver deliver more than ever before. For those who want to build new businesses, create amazing experiences and engage with customers in more meaningful ways.

Invite your clients and Business Partners to join the largest community embodying the full lifecycle of IT, from assets and architecture to development and operations—built for the cloud and secure enough to run anywhere. Encourage your clients and partners to share their competitive edge, help others take risks confidently, raise their community’s business IQ, and become more essential to the success of their entire industry.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Free Webcast Replay: "Nothing Good Ever Comes Easy - IBM APM Onboarding Unlocked"

In this webcast we’ll walk through the process to get started with IBM Performance Management on Cloud (the APM SaaS offering), and will answer some of the frequently asked questions that we’ve received. It will also cover some of the enhancements planned for the onboarding process in the short term, and the value obtained from deploying the solution.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Webinar: "Reduce your outages and gain control! Don’t let application performance issues impact your clients."

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM Easterm
Duration: 1 hour

Can your business survive an outage or slowdown? Make sure your applications are ready for business. If they go down, you lose money and customer satisfaction. Don't miss this business transforming webinar.

This webinar will cover:
  • The importance applications play in your business success;
  • Why application outages and slowdowns occur and how to prevent them;
  • How you can maintain full, end-to-end visibility into your applications.

Todd Kindsfather
Todd Kindsfather landed at IBM in 1999 after serving in several IT roles over the years. He began his career at IBM as a Services consultant, helping customers deploy and customize their Application Performance Management (APM) tools. Seeing how customers used APM in the real world was the perfect experience as he moved into product management in 2004, where he’s been ever since with responsibility for products across IBM’s APM portfolio. He currently manages product strategy, guiding the portfolio’s transition to a hybrid APM solution that seamlessly manages traditional and and cloud workloads across on-premises and SaaS.

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IBM Control Desk Test Drive

Monday, August 24, 2015

An IBM Roadshow: Explore IBM Workload Automation 9.3

September 18th - Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Hybrid IT Automation powered by Analytics

Do you have control over the execution of your critical-business processes? Do you need to extend management of workload scheduling across a private or hybrid cloud? Is the length of your batch processing window too long? Can you easily add new workloads into your consolidated scheduling plan?

IBM Workload Automation helps you establish an enterprise workload automation backbone by driving composite workloads with pre-built applications integrations. Industry leader for more than 15 years, IBM Workload Automation (formerly known as TWS) is a highly scalable, fault tolerant solution that offers simplicity, end-to-end automation and cloud integration.

Discover how IBM Workload Automation allows you to go beyond central workload management and dynamic scheduling, with self service automation, predictive intelligence and out-of-the-box business application integrations.

Come and learn how to:
  • Simulate changes to critical jobs and immediately visualize the impact in a Gantt view
  • View the critical workload information on one at-a-glance dashboard 
  • Deploy fixes and job plugins to your agents with one click
  • Expand automation to SAP and other business applications
  • Closely manage short-running jobs down to the second
  • Use many other enhancements that increase flexibility and operational efficiency.

If you are an existing TWS distributed or z/OS customer, it is time to seize the opportunity to disrupt the traditional scheduling business-as-usual for better agility with modern automation. IBM Workload Automation version 9 can be the backbone technology for you to work in more impactful ways.

The new capabilities and enhancements apply to:
  • IBM Workload Automation (previously Tivoli Workload Scheduler) including
  • IBM Workload Scheduler for Applications, IBM Workload Scheduler z/OS.

The Agenda features:
  • Understanding IBM Workload Automation Family : Automation on Premises & on Cloud
  • What’s new in IBM Workload Automation version 9.3: Predict – Connect - Automate
  • Making Business Application Integration easier with plug-ins
  • Leverage Predictive Intelligence to anticipate problems and make informed, intelligent decisions
  • Explore new models of automation with IBM Workload Automation on Cloud.
  • Lunch and Q&A.

Intended audience is Workload Automation Administrators and schedulers, IT LOB Architects, Application Development Groups and IT Operations Managers Intended audience is Workload Automation Administrators and schedulers, IT LOB Architects, Application Development Groups, and IT Operations Managers

Important Info!
For your convenience, registration will begin at 9.00 a.m. This is a free one day session, will start at 9.30 and end at approximately 2.00 p.m.

Register today!  Seats are limited!  Contact me today to register!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Register Today for Tivoli User Communtiy Webcast: IBM APM Onboarding Unlocked

In this webcast we’ll walk through the process to get started with IBM Performance Management on Cloud (the APM SaaS offering), and will answer some of the frequently asked questions that we’ve received. It will also cover some of the enhancements planned for the onboarding process in the short term, and the value obtained from deploying the solution.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What Non-Smokers Need to Know About Lung Cancer

Why are so many women who have never lit up developing this disease?

Photo: Javier Pérez

By Aimee Swartz
(This article was originally published in the September 2015 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.)

In 2012, Sandy Jauregui-Baza was hiking along the Tamul waterfall in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, when she started coughing and having trouble breathing. "I remember thinking I must be coming down with something," she recalls. 

Jauregui-Baza was an avid exerciser; she ran or hiked daily, logging more than 100 miles each month. She ate clean, avoiding almost all processed foods. She figured she was too healthy for anything to be seriously wrong. But after developing flu-like symptoms, she went to an urgent care clinic in Los Angeles. The doctor thought it might be tuberculosis, based on the results of her cloudy chest X-ray and her recent honeymoon in Nepal, where the infectious disease is common. But a few days later, when the definitive test for TB came back negative, doctors did a lung biopsy to look for other causes. 

The final diagnosis: Jauregui-Baza had stage IV lung cancer, the most advanced form of the disease; it had spread into the bones of her spinal column. "I thought the doctors had to be kidding," says Jauregui-Baza, now 32. "I've never even smoked, and I had just hiked to the base camp of Mount Everest. How could I have lung cancer?" The prognosis was grim: More than 95 percent of stage IV lung cancer patients succumb to the disease within five years of diagnosis. Jauregui-Baza was given just six months to live. 

Until about a decade ago, most doctors considered it nearly impossible for young nonsmokers to develop lung cancer. "It would have been assumed that a tumor found on the lung had spread from cancer elsewhere in the body," says David Carbone, MD, PhD, director of the James Thoracic Center at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Today doctors know that isn't always the case: About one in five of the estimated 105,590 American women who will be diagnosed with the disease this year are what doctors call "never-smokers"—those who have literally never lit up or who have smoked fewer than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime. A 2012 French study revealed that from 2000 to 2010, rates of lung cancer among never-smokers shot up an alarming 33 percent. In fact, if lung cancer in nonsmokers was its own category, it would rank among the ten deadliest cancers in the United States. This is in part because the symptoms—coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath—are so similar to those of common illnesses; as a result, the disease is often ignored by patients and overlooked by physicians. 

That's what happened to Natalie DiMarco, a nonsmoker who was diagnosed at age 32. During a personal-training session one day, she was so winded, "it stopped me in my tracks," she says. "It didn't seem like I was just tired from exercise." She made an appointment to see her primary care physician, who thought allergies were to blame. When she developed a nagging cough, she sought another opinion and was diagnosed with pneumonia. By the time her cancer was discovered through a biopsy six months later, DiMarco could no longer climb a flight of stairs without stopping to catch her breath. Like Jauregui-Baza, she had stage IV lung cancer. 

If cigarettes aren't to blame, what is? Certainly, secondhand smoke plays a role, as do other environmental factors: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers is exposure to radon, a radioactive gas, and in 2013, the World Health Organization officially recognized outdoor air pollution as another cause. But experts believe these factors account for only a fraction of lung cancer cases among young never-smokers. "These patients just aren't old enough to have had the degree of exposure we would typically associate with cancer," says Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD, director of the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Though studies have linked lung cancer in never-smokers to other factors, from estrogen to viral infections like HPV, none has emerged as a definitive cause. 

Researchers are having success looking for answers in the very place where cancer begins—our DNA. Advances in gene-sequencing technologies have helped doctors discover that certain cancer-causing mutations occur about two to six times more often in tumors of never-smokers than in tumors of those who have a history of lighting up. The good news: The FDA has approved drugs that can home in on these mutations and deactivate them. Although the meds are not a cure, they can buy some patients more time—sometimes years—before the cancer returns; in one clinical trial, a drug called Xalkori was found to slow the progression of a type of lung cancer more than twice as long as chemo. 

Jauregui-Baza had been on Xalkori for more than two years and says it allowed her to live "almost the same life as before cancer." Recently, however, it stopped working. Now on a new drug, she's also taking part in a first-of-its-kind study by the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute that's looking specifically at the DNA of young people with lung cancer. The hope is to identify additional mutations that could point the way to better treatments. Jauregui-Baza remains optimistic: "If I can stay alive until the next treatment comes, I have a good shot at beating this."

Thursday, July 30, 2015

IT Uncensored: APM Insights from the Front Lines

The following was originally published on IBM's Service Management 360 Blog by the Service Management team on July 29th, 2015
As Product Manager for IBM Application Performance Management (APM), Tim Bouhour has plenty of advice for IT professionals on his cool APM solution. He’s got a history with Middleware, so he’s seen it evolve into product that amazes him and impresses his friends.

#1 Survival Tip for Every New IT manager
Listen up IT people: Tim’s an expert that knows how frustrating it can be to chase application management fires and bear the brunt of an end user’s ire. The best skill an IT manager can acquire is to be predictive and proactive in embracing change. Disasters in the IT department get people yelling – see them coming and you’ll eliminate the noise. It’s better to manage the small red flags that indicate a problem’s on the horizon.

Middleware Coolness
Tim knows the IBM Application Performance Management inside and out. He’s in a position to tell you what’s awesome about the solution, even when it’s nothing more than a sign that says “Here’s the issue.” Tim has seen APM tools actually find a single line of code that’s responsible for an application mishap. What’s cooler than receiving a notification from your application management software that tells you there’s a problem and how to fix it?
Plus, IBM’s APM is a breeze to implement, according to Tim. His history includes installations that take days and armies of experts. Now, IBM Application Performance Management can be up and running in 30 minutes, through the efforts of a team of one.

APM is Dressed to Impress
Tim loves to leave his friends in awe of all that Application Performance Management does for business critical applications. What does he tell them that makes jaws hit the ground? The high levels of service for end users. His friends are impressed that the IBM team releases new APM features every month – not once or twice a year. They’re always rolling and providing new value with continuous delivery.

Do you want to stop chasing fires and start preventing them? Learn more about IBM Application Performance Management solutions here or contact Joe Gaeta today.

Follow Tim Bouhour on Twitter at @TimBouhour for updates about IBM APM.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Extend your Investment with Cloud Integration (Webinar)

Join an upcoming webinar to learn how to extend your investment with cloud integration.
If your organization is one of the thousands who subscribe to, learn industry best practices for crafting tight, streamlined integration between your cloud services and back-end systems of record.

Join IBM Business Partner Perficient on July 22nd for a hands-on webinar exploring the value of cloud integration, real world use cases, and successful approaches for integrating Salesforce with your cloud and on-premise business applications using Websphere Cast Iron in days, not months.

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Improving Operational Agility and Efficiency with Netcool Operations Insight - An IBM Proof of Technology

You’re invited
July 22nd, 2015; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
IBM New York City Technical Exploration Center
63 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
(CBS Building, 28 East 28Th Street 8th Floor)
NOTE: Use the CBS entrance on 28th Street, 8th Floor
(845) 732-6000

IBM Netcool Operations Insight V1.3 combines the market-leading real-time event consolidation and correlation capabilities of IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus and the transformative power of IT operations analytics applied to all of the alerts and events managed by Netcool/OMNIbus. The
analytics capabilities can also be applied to data from other applications, including application and system logs, Windows event logs, support information, and other types of unstructured data. Netcool Operations Insight provides operations with context and insight that increases operational agility and

New event seasonality and related event analysis assists in detecting regularly occurring events and groups of events, enabling more proactive automation and resolution. Version 1.3 also provides real-time enrichment and sophisticated correlation to enable agile responses to alerts raised across disparate systems. Social media interactions help extend operational visibility to the business, providing dynamic incident and service information to key stake
holders through IBM Connections.

This class provides an overview of Netcool Operations Insight features and capabilities. After completing this course, you will understand the following:
  • How to add customer-specific data to event records in order to manage infrastructure issues from a business perspective
  • How to analyze unstructured data in various log formats to increase operational agility
  • How to search real-time and historical events to improve operational efficiency
  • Use of event seasonality analysis to discover events that occur in a non-random pattern over time
  • Use of new Related Event Analytics capability – find and group related events with no coding required

IBM Netcool Operations Insight helps operation teams in business enterprises and service providers to understand:
  • What is the status of my operation across all of my tools and domains?
  • How can I quickly identify problems across my entire infrastructure, regardless of how they are monitored?
  • What part of my infrastructure can be more efficient and less costly?
  • How can I move beyond reactive problem remediation to identify reoccurring problems in order to become more efficient?
  • Are there hard to detect problems that reoccur on a regular basis that are impacting my operations efficiency?
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Lesson 1: Overview
  • Lesson 2: Netcool/OMNIbus
  • Lesson 3: Log analysis
  • Lesson 4: Event analytics
  • Lesson 5: Event seasonality
  • Lesson 6: Event isolation and correlation
  • Lesson 7: Related Events

This session is offered free of charge. Complimentary refreshments including continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants are responsible for their own business travel expenses.

For your convenience, registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. The session starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Contact me today for more information and to enroll.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

MQ Appliance "Steak and Learn" Seminar

IBM and our Premier Business Partner, Prolifics, are pleased to invite you to MQ Appliance - Steak and Learn.  This event is designed for IT and business leaders seeking to explore key technology trends and to connect with industry thought leaders.

During the seminar, you will learn how to:

To view the full agenda and to register, visit our Seminar Page.  We hop that you join us in sharing insights as we take deep dive in the new and exciting IBM MQ Appliance.

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Feel free to contact me for more information.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WebSphere Liberty Profile Mini Proof of Technology, Q3 2015

A new edition of our Virtual Proof Of Technology (VPOT) Series for the IBM® WebSphere® Liberty Profile will again be offered three times in Q3 2015. We will briefly cover the primary benefits of the WebSphere Liberty Profile, and then drill down into the new enhancements which were announced on June 9th, 2015. The Liberty Profile’s continuous delivery model provides new optionally installable features which can be added to an existing WebSphere Liberty V8.5.5 installation with no requirement for a version upgrade or migration. Some of the enhancements we announced in June which we will cover are:
  • Liberty profile certification for Java EE 7 Full Platform which makes it the FIRST production Java EE 7 runtime. We will cover the latest specifications added and how to begin using them.
  • New install options to set up a JEE 7 environment, including unzip install, and an easy way to upgrade your license between different editions.
  • The WebSphere Liberty Repository’s new Open Source Asset Repository Service which enables anyone to stand up their own repository and populate it with features from the WebSphere Liberty Repository, third-party features, or features that are created in house.
  • New cloud options including hosted WebSphere instances on IBM application server on cloud, and Docker images for Liberty profile.
  • Additional improvements to operational capabilities including the admin center, and auto-scaling.
This in-your-office event includes hands-on labs to help you start using some of these new features. For those new to Liberty, the Liberty profile is a composable, simple to use, yet powerful application server for increased productivity. The composable nature of it makes it perfect for all environments, including development, production, small, large, cloud, and on-prem. It is both a developer-friendly and a production-ready Java runtime for web, OSGi, and mobile applications. Extremely fast restart times coupled with a small footprint and ease of use make the Liberty profile a great option for many of your application requirements.

Q3 dates (all events 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET):
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 (
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 (
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 (