Friday, August 22, 2014

IBM Seminar “Agility & Speed: The New Currency on Cloud” September 16th, Atlanta, GA


A recent survey found that 83% of IT Leaders don’t believe they can deliver services fast enough. Find out how you can get the speed you need to meet your customers’ expectations for fast delivery of services by providing automated, self-service delivery of software and infrastructure. 

Businesses today are operating and behaving very differently than what we’ve been used to in the past. Mobile, social and analytics technologies have changed how businesses interact with customers and have increased the expectations of business responsiveness. Customers now expect quick access to new services anytime and from anywhere.

Join IBM on September 16th in Atlanta, GA for a morning of discussion where industry leaders will share approaches on how you can use the latest cloud orchestration technology to deliver services fast.
This event will address:
  • Why speed is the new currency
  • The importance of Orchestration and Automation in achieving speed
  • How to automate development processes and eliminate waste 
  • How to efficiently build, deploy and manage applications
  • Quantifying the business value

Learn more about this event and register now through the event registration site: www.ibm.com/events/CloudSpeedSeminarAtlanta2014 

Do you know someone else who may be interested in this event?  Please feel free to forward this invitation to your colleagues.

September 16, 2014; 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Live Demo, August 21st. MaaS360 Mobile Device Management. "My Mobile Office: Freedom and Full Access"

You are invited to join Fiberlink MaaS360's upcoming live demo to learn about the tools available to help you manage window devices on your corporate network.

Title: My Mobile Office: Freedom and Full Access

Abstract:  Employees are demanding access to more than just email, calendar and contacts from their mobile devices. They want the tools to access, view, edit, and synchronize their content across mobile devices. Compliance risks once created a barrier to granting your employees access to sensitive corporate content, but you can now provide total manageability and control in a secure, encrypted container.

Join Mobile Collaboration MaaSters John Nielsen and Jimmy Tsang as they discuss best practices to access public, cloud file stores as well as private, behind-the-firewall business resources, such as SharePoint, Windows File Share, Box and Google Drive. They’ll demonstrate how users can securely view, create, edit, save and sync Word, Excel, PowerPoint or text files on mobile devices.

They’ll also be discussing real world use cases across various industries, so you can see how your peers are securing content on mobile devices.

During this webinar we will cover key aspects of secure mobile collaboration in the enterprise such as:
  • Doc life-cycle management - manage and distribute documents across device and file types while accessing content through corporate file shares
  • Secure content editing and doc sync - create, edit and save content securely in an encrypted container while seamlessly syncing user content across managed devices
  • Doc security - secure sensitive data and enforce compliance with policy setting, authentication, encryption and restrictions
Date and time: 
Thursday August 21st at 10 am ET/3 pm BST - registration link -  http://www.maas360.com/zf/IBM/680
Thursday August 21st at 2pm ET/11 am PT - registration link - http://www.maas360.com/zf/IBM/681

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

IBM "Watercooler" Webinar Series

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Several powerful forces are rapidly converging to help you better serve your customers and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace: cloud, analytics, mobility, social and security.

Join IBM, thought leaders and your peers to uncover how these forces help transform business and fuel your competitive advantage. Grab Lunch and collaborate with us to hear insights that are shaping business today and tomorrow.

In these short format, 30-minute webinars, you'll hear the top ways leading organizations are implementing strategies to combat business challenges across the business-Marketing, Procurement, IT Operations and Security. You will also hear directly about the benefits from thought leaders who are infusing flexible deployment solutions into their own operations.

Webcast Details: 12:30-1pm ET
  • August 27: Top 5 Ways SaaS is Fueling Competitive Advantage
  • September 10: Get a Hold on Your Infrastructure: Control and Optimization
  • September 17: Combating the Inevitable Attack: Intelligence & Endpoint are Critical
  • September 24: Transforming Procurement using the Cloud to Build Sustainable Savings
  • October 1: Mad Men to Money Ball: How Leading CMOs are Captivating the Connected Consumer

Sign up for the Webinar that suits your department needs - or sign up for the entire series.

Questions?  Contact me.  See you at the Watercooler!

Monday, August 18, 2014

#ALSIceBucketChallenge

Please donate today!

Lord knows there are VERY few people in this world are more cynical than me.  However, maybe that's why God invented children. Our kids had a lot of fun thinking about and doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It was hard not to join in on their excitement.  

I get why some may find it annoying.  At another time/place I'm sure I would have, too. But, the results are irrefutable (> $15 million raised to date).  I recommend this article. It describes the success of the ALS Association effort, reassures us of the ALS Assocation's high-rating on Charity Navigator, and, most importantly reminds us of the HORRORS of the disease and the uphill battle they face.

As someone who is involved in raising awareness and money for a disease, I know first hand how INCREDIBLY hard it is.  Everyone has their own causes that are close to their hearts.  Getting them to part with some money for a cause that they may not have been personally been affected by is an extremely hard sell.  (And perfectly understandable - and relatable.)  So, seeing what the ALS Association has pulled off is truly amazing and should be applauded.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lung Cancer Matters, Too

Nobody deserves it. And, you do not have to smoke to get it.  It kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, and melanoma cancers combined.  Yet, lung cancer receives a mere fraction of the attention and research funding.

Check out forJoan.org for the facts, resources, information, and the latest news.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CDW Quickly Certifies BYOD Devices Using IBM MaaS360

Live Demo: Why can’t we be friends? PC + Mobile: Unified Endpoint Management

Monday, August 25, 2014 10:00 am Eastern (One hour.)

If your organization is like most, you have a vibrant mix of devices connecting to your corporate network. And that probably means that you have a number of dedicated point solutions and resources to manage those endpoints and associated data, apps, and access. Now consider that by 2015, 40% of the workforce will be mobile yet fewer than 50% of all companies have a mobile strategy. Whether we like it or not, we live in a BYOD world. The upside: The huge increase in end-user productivity. The downside: The huge increase in security risk.

How much risk is too much? A recent IBM Global Study on IT risk found that a ‘minor event’ cost over $50,000/minute based on the initial intensive “response, diagnose, and fix” costs and that’s for the security events which are found. On average, a data breach goes undetected for about 8 months – that’s a whole light of financial risk not to mention the potential for damaged reputations.

Many organizations are thinking about how to securely manage all endpoints in an integrated manner but IBM is delivering it today. IBM is the only company that is a leader in both the Client Management Tools and Endpoint Mobility Management markets and now we have brought these two solutions together to give you an industry leading Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solution.

Unified Endpoint Management allows you to securely manage the diversity of endpoints – from mobile devices to servers - both on and off your corporate network, so you can find and fix problems in minutes, thereby reducing your security exposure and giving you real-time visibility into the status of your endpoints.

Join Unified Endpoint Management experts as they walk you through our solution that provides:
  • Consolidated view of all endpoints (smartphones, laptops, desktops, servers, etc)
  • Ability to drive security actions on mobile devices (lock, wipe, locate, etc)
  • Consolidated asset reporting capabilities

IBM Endpoint Manager & MaaS360: Relevance Training Event - Cincinnati, OH: Sept 16-17

Date: September 16th and 17th, 2014
Time:  9 am - 5pm Eastern
Hosted by:  Your IBM Endpoint Manager Sales and Technical Team

How do you manage the thousands of multiple-platform endpoints in your environment?  Do you even know how many assets you have?  Can you ensure that your servers and workstations have the latest software patches and are secure?  How do you distribute new software packages to your endpoints?
Come join us for a 2 day on-site custom content development course and learn how to create custom queries, actions, or how to make your Endpoint Manager work the way YOU want it to. 

Location:  IBM TEC, 4600 McAuley Place, Cincinnati, OH 45242

DAY 1 
  • Unit 1 
    • Describe how content is distributed 
    • Describe the content development process 
    • Describe the high-level components related to the content 
  • Unit 2 
    • Use the Fixlet Debugger to perform a Relevance query 
    • Describe the relationship between objects, properties, and methods 
  • Unit 3 
    • Know how to use the property of an object construct 
    • Know how to use the if / then / else construct 
    • Know how to use the whose / it construct 
DAY 2
  • Unit 3 - Continued...
    • Know how to use the whose without an it construct 
    • Know basic Relevance objects and their properties 
  • Unit 4 
    • Work with the more common Relevance objects 
    • Learn how to manipulate files 
  • Unit 5 
    • Understand the use of action scripts and tools for creating action scripts 
    • Use various action script commands in numerous scenarios 
    • Use various options available when creating action scripts

Register HERE.

Contact me with any questions.

Monday, August 11, 2014

IBM Storage Software Hands-On Lab - You Are Invited!


Grand Rapids, MI   |   Wednesday, Sep 3   |   9am - 4pm

Clients only.  No Business Partners.

Come join us at the Grand Rapids IBM Center @ 2900 Charlevoix Dr Se Grand Rapids, MI 49546-7085 for a day of hands-on storage management labs that are self-paced, and designed with you in mind.  

Take advantage of these free services to hone your skills or to tackle areas that have long peaked your business interests. 
Hands-on Labs:
  • Hands-on labs provide an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand technical experience with IBM’s products and solutions.
  • Come to the lab room at your convenience and take as many of the labs as you like.
  • Lab exercises are self-paced and designed to take between 45 and 90 minutes each.
  • Don’t miss this opportunity even if you have no gaps in your busy schedule.
  • Subject Matter Experts will be on-site to point you to the topics that best fit your interests and to assist you with your lab exercise.
  • Personalized Whiteboard sessions are available upon request.

Multiple labs are available under the following lead topics:

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager – Enterprise backup, archive, recovery, space management, database and application protection, and bare machine recovery and disaster recovery capabilities.  
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments - Provides advanced data protection and flexible recovery options for VMware vSphere ESX and ESXi servers.
IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager - Perform and manage frequent, near-instant, nondisruptive, application-aware backups and restores, leveraging advanced FlashCopy snapshot technologies in IBM and non-IBM storage systems.
IBM Virtual Storage Center - Storage virtualization resource management software for managing heterogeneous storage infrastructures through a centralized, web-based management console that helps with day to day storage provisioning, performance management, data replication requirements, with increased storage utilization and automated storage tiering.  Inclusive of Tivoli Productivity Center, San Volume Controller and FlashCopy Manager.

Lab Details
OBJECTIVE:  Provide the opportunity for hands on access to some of our most popular software solutions in a lab/training environment.

AUDIENCE:  This workshop is appropriate for TSM Administrators, storage administrators, VMware administrators and SQL Data Base administrators.

COST:  This session is offered free of charge. Participants are responsible for their own business travel expenses. (* Meals are being provided for attendees who are permitted to accept vendor meals, for example, non-government employees and contractors)

SCHEDULE:  This 1-day workshop will start at 9:00 AM and end at approximately 4:00 PM. The date is TBD, based on client interest.


ENROLLMENT:  If you are interested, please send an e-mail to me at jagaeta@us.ibm.com with the following information:
  • Subject Line:  "IBM Workshop Lab - Enrollment Request"
  • Your name
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your phone number
  • You company/organization name
  • Lab Session Requested (Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments, Tivoli Storage Flashcopy Manager, Virtual Storage Center)

Seating is limited. Enrollments will be processed on a first come first serve basis. A confirmation email will be sent approximately one week prior to the workshop.

Friday, August 8, 2014

CancerCare Provides Financial Assist. for People w/ Lung Cancer

National Grant Available for Squamous Cell Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer.

NEW YORK, NY (August 1, 2014) – CancerCare, the leading national nonprofit organization providing free, professional support services and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer, now has a national grant available for people diagnosed with squamous cell non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

The fund will assist both men and women with transportation costs associated with their cancer treatment. Applicants must be diagnosed with squamous cell, a subtype of NSCLC, and meet additional eligibility guidelines. To apply or learn more, call 800-813-HOPE (4673). The program is funded by a generous contribution from Celgene Corporation.

CancerCare offers additional free resources through www.lungcancer.org. By visiting the website, patients and loved ones can gain access to oncology social workers who provide both individual and group counseling, in person, over the phone or online, to answer questions, address concerns and provide information about cancer-related issues. Important information is also available on diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials.

“CancerCare works with lung cancer patients and survivors every day, and we know a lung cancer diagnosis can be frightening for patients, families and caregivers,” said CancerCare Lung Cancer Program Coordinator Win Boerckel, MSW, MBA, LCSW-R. “Our staff of professionally trained oncology social workers can help to navigate the challenges of a diagnosis with answers, advice and support.”

About CancerCare®

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts. Headquartered in New York, NY, CancerCare maintains three additional locations in Norwalk, CT, Ridgewood, NJ and Syosset, NY.

To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

Thursday, August 7, 2014

IBM Named the Only Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobility Services

ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Gartner, Inc. has recognized IBM as a leader in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Mobility Services (MMS).1
For the report, Gartner evaluated 14 vendors, recognizing IBM as the only leader based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute. IBM's market leading IT and business consulting services are dedicated to bringing mobile capabilities to businesses by helping them select the right technologies for their unique needs in order to spur adoption and drive positive business outcomes.

IBM's mobility services are a part of the IBM MobileFirst portfolio, which enables clients to build and deploy mobile applications, protect and manage mobile infrastructure, and engage customers in context. IBM is helping companies unlock the full potential of enterprise mobility with solutions built from the ground up – not migrated from the desktop – to solve complex problems and improve outcomes at every moment.
"We believe that being named the only leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant recognizes our commitment to mobilizing today's businesses and transforming their operations both now and in the future," said Rich Esposito, General Manager, IBM Global Mobility Services. "Like the Internet before it, mobile devices are changing how employees operate and how businesses engage their customers. As this evolution continues, we feel IBM has clearly emerged as the choice to usher organizations into the mobile age."

IBM's consistent investment in its portfolio of software, IT services and enterprise mobility management (EMM) personnel allows IBM to effectively service customers by adding value at nearly every step on the journey to becoming a more effective mobile-centric enterprise.

IBM continues to make both organic investments and acquisitions that extend the IBM MobileFirst portfolio. For example, through the acquisition of companies such as mobile device management and security company Fiberlink, IBM has grown its customer base while opening up opportunities to introduce new value-added mobile services to clients.

Earlier this year, IBM announced that it was positioned by Gartner as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites .2

Gartner evaluated the 14 service providers that qualified for inclusion in this Magic Quadrant, and also interviewed client references provided by the Magic Quadrant participants to gain their input for this research. Gartner's Magic Quadrant research process also includes evaluation criteria that provided a comprehensive framework, which was used to analyze the Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision of 14 providers of MMS worldwide.

For more information on the Gartner report, please visit: http://ibm.co/1v83qCU

About IBM MobileFirst
IBM's 5,000 mobile experts have been at the forefront of mobile enterprise innovation. IBM has secured more than 4,300 patents in mobile, social and security, which have been incorporated into IBM MobileFirst solutions that enable enterprise clients to radically streamline and accelerate mobile adoption, and help organizations engage more people and capture new markets. With alliances like Apple, IBM is unlocking the full potential of enterprise mobility across industries. For more information on IBM MobileFirst, visit the press kit or www.ibm.com/mobilefirst. Follow @IBMMobile on Twitter, and see IBM MobileFirst on YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook.

Contact:  Doug Fraim | IBM Global Media Relations | 1-781-269-5031 | dfraim@us.ibm.com

1 – Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Managed Mobility Services, Eric Goodness, Gianluca Tramacere, Katja Ruud, 24 July 2014

2 - Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites, Terrence Cosgrove et. al., 3 June 2014

Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

SOURCE:  IBM

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Attend the IBM MobileFirst CIO dinner to learn how mobile technologies are transforming business today.

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Attend the IBM MobileFirst CIO dinner to learn how mobile technologies are transforming business today.

During this exclusive, invitation-only dinner event you'll be joined by a select group of CIO-level peers to discuss new models for thinking about the mobile enterprise and exchange best practices

Raleigh: Tuesday, September 9th  Click here to register
Charlotte: Wednesday, September 10th  Click here to register
Baltimore: Tuesday, September 16th  Click here to register
  • Learn about exciting new news from IBM MobileFirst
  • Learn how IBM customers have implemented their mobile solution and created a seamless integration of front end functionality and back end data
  • Network with other CIOs; learn how their teams developed and implemented their mobile strategy
To check out other IBM events and software offerings please visit my ibm.com page.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Upcoming IBM Webinar: The Evolution of IT Service Management to a Cloud Based Platform for Service Automation: Impact on Your Business & Bottom Line


It's no secret that Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is here to stay, but what does that really mean for you? Join us to see how SaaS delivers a unified service management solution to simplify business processes, maximize asset efficiency, and improve the end user experience. 

The Evolution of  IT Service Management to a Cloud-Based Platform:
Impact on Your Business and Your Bottom Line

Wednesday, August 13 at 11 a.m. ET 

During this Webinar you will learn:
  • To increase visibility into all types of assets and services across your organization
  • How the SaaS delivery model provides a unified solution
  • How shifts in customer service are transforming IT Service Management 
Register now to join us for this exciting discussion!

The Speaker:  Rob Goodling, Market Manager, SaaS Business Programs Manager, IBM C&SI

Rob is the Market Manager for IBM Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure Software-as-a-Service solutions and the IBM SmartCloud Control Desk ITSM Solution.  He has served in numerous strategy and product management roles at IBM, Candle Corporation, and Compaq Computer Corporation.  Rob has extensive experience in developing new market areas for IT service management and cloud computing.  He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin - The Red McCombs School of Business.


Interested to see what IBM is doing in the Cloud? Check out IBMServiceEngage.com to learn more!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

#Apple and #IBM Announcement

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IBM and Apple have announced a landmark partnership to transform the way work is done, joining forces to bring businesses the devices, services, security, and integration they need to exploit the full potential of mobility.

Together, we will deliver new capability in four categories:
  • A new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively for iPhone and iPad
  • Unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration
  • New AppleCare service and support, with onsite service available
  • New packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management, with IBM Global Financing
By bringing together the analytics and enterprise-scale computing of IBM with the elegant user experience of iPhone and iPad, this partnership will deliver a new level of value for businesses.

Check out more of IBM's software offerings, articles, and events on my ibm.com page.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Attention Georgia Drivers! Get your Lung Cancer Awareness License Plate today!

The plates are available exclusively through The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund. Georgia drivers can learn more and begin the process of getting theirs at http://www.LungCancerLicensePlate.org.

The $25 plate manufacturing fee, payable to The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund, helps them support ground-breaking research through the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute.

ABOUT THE JOAN GAETA LUNG CANCER FUND

The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund was created in the fall of 2007 as The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Foundation by her husband and children to raise awareness of the disease, to educate the public, and to be an advocate for research. They also strive to eliminate the stigma of lung cancer and to support survivors and their loved ones in their local community.

In July of 2010, they re-launched as The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund benefiting the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute. Their ultimate goal remains the same: “to eradicate lung cancer.” By partnering with one significant research initiative, they can make a much greater impact in wiping out lung cancer.

http://www.forjoan.org

Tina Pink holds her Lung Cancer
Awareness Plate - the first one of its kind
in the world to be registered.
ABOUT THE ADDARIO LUNG CANCER MEDICAL INSTITUTE

The Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI) was established in 2008 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with the ultimate goal of significantly impacting survival by directly catalyzing and accelerating discovery of new and more effective treatment options for all lung cancer patients. Presently, ALCMI has 13 academic and community medical centers in the United States and Europe closely collaborating on cutting edge research initiatives.

http://www.alcmi.net

ABOUT LUNG CANCER
  • Even if you have never smoked, you can get lung cancer. 
  • 60% of new cases are now diagnosed in non-smokers and former smokers. 
  • Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both men and women. 
  • Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with the disease. 
  • It kills more people each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer, melanoma, and kidney cancer combined. 
  • It surpassed breast cancer of the #1 killer of women in 1987. 
  • The 5 year survival rate for lung cancer is still only 15% - the same as it was nearly 40 years ago. 
  • Learn more at http://www.NobodyDeservesIt.com