Granted the recession of late has curtailed spending all around, but for many IT departments there are still a number of high priority projects especially in security. If you are already an IBM shop, the Pulse conference is a great way to get a deeper look into the products and solutions that you are considering for the new year. You will spend the time and money doing this research anyhow. Why not come out to Vegas for a look under the hood?
Pulse represents a pretty large swath of products. Unlike Lotusphere which focuses Lotus and Portal, the Pulse conference covers all things Tivoli. There are over 300 products in the Tivoli brand so this conference is a bit different than Lotusphere. If you are into Asset Management or Performance and Monitoring, there are specific tracks for you. If you are interested in Security, there is a whole other track for you as well. Within each area, there are a number of presentations from customers demonstrating recent deployments where you will get the real scoop on what their projects were like, the good and the bad. This alone is worth the visit if you are planning a project with Tivoli software this year. Also, you can stop in the hands on labs and actually work directly with the software so that you can get a feel for how the product really works. The labs are staffed by the IBM education team and there are some really sharp people there who can work through the labs with you.
Pulse also has areas setup where you can "ask the experts" just about anything. These are basically casual "sit down and chat" spaces where you can be face to face with folks from the product development teams and ask questions. Nothing is too complicated that you cannot get an answer at Pulse.
Business Partners and 3rd party vendors setup shop in the showcase floor to show you how they implement the IBM solutions. You may get some really good ideas from these folks how best to leverage the IBM solutions as well as find help getting started with an implementation.
The technical sessions are a great way to get a look at some of the other products and solutions you may not have thought about before. There is something here for everyone from c-level folks right down to the hands on IT person so I recommend you come on out and see for yourself. It's well worth the expense.
BTW, the recreation is not all bad either. While I do not enjoy gambling, being in Vegas is a spectacle. The Pulse Palooza isn't a bad time either. Free beer!
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