Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Pulse - Day 2 a little more like a typical IBM Conference

OK, now we are rolling. It's starting to feel like a conference. I walk from my hotel to the Pulse shuttle and these Disney cast members were standing out there handing out coffee's. Now thats what I'm talking about!

Then I knew I was at a conference when we were herded into a dining tent on the Dolphin parking lot for a continental breakfast. Now, I'm pretty sure I recall having full breakfasts at Lotusphere, unless things have changed recently or something. But, hey the have loads of Starbucks around.

Open General Session was great. Typical of Lotuspherean quality and extravaganza the Pulse Open session was great. The speakers message was pretty clear, demonstration was informative and the guest speaker Lance Armstrong had a great story to tell. I never knew that he was diagnosed with cancer before he had ever one a Tour de France. I never knew that there was no team around who wanted him after he recovered from the cancer. What a fantastic story and very inspirational. I felt bad for Lance when half way through his speech someone from the audience passed out and they had to call paramedics. I mean how weird. Lance is talking about the surgical procedures on his brain and about doctors and stuff and some guy passes out. Granted I felt bad for the guy who got sick and thankfully he was alright after being attended too, but Lance is a trooper for coming back and picking up where he left off.

So, while at the conference this week one of my ToDo's was to get through some certs if possible. So I winged it in the cert lab on the Tivoli Solution Advisor Security test. I really have not had time to prepare for this being on a project lately so I figured I would just wing it on experience. So I passed that early in the day. I actually thought about taking a practice test first, but the real tests are free this week so I figured if I didn't pass then my test would be like practice and I would just take it over later this week. If you are thinking about taking this test, make sure you understand the appropriate meanings (as defined by IBM) for things like "baseline document", "context document", and any other design artifacts relative to an IAM project.

Met Bob Kalka today. If you are doing Tivoli Security in any way you have something to thank Bob Kalka for. Or at least I do. Many of the presentations and positioning information I have used in the past came from Bob. He's a great speaker as well and really knows the security stuff. It was a pleasure talking with Bob today and he reminded me I have to reach out to Chris Craver when I get a chance. See there are not too many Tivoli Security people in the world and when one lives in the same town as you, it's a good idea to keep in touch!

Hit a couple sessions today, but I spent a great deal of time in the Expo talking to Encentuate and some other Tivoli dudes. Met the guys from SecureIT. I'm looking forward to playing around with their stuff soon. Found out some new things about Tivoli Training. Watch for more emphasis on instructor led Online training. Tivoli is putting in some efforts here.

Anyhow, more later

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