I spent Monday-Wednesday at IBM Pulse in Orlando. It was a good show, but quite a few of the sessions were full when I arrived. It was frustrating because they didn't offer them more than once. The morning sessions were mostly pie in the sky, and not very useful to me. I got to spend a lot of time with senior people in engineering, architecture, and acquisitions/strategy. I also got to meet people I knew from online or other dealings with IBM. Overall, the show was a good use of my time, and I found it enjoyable.
Here are some of my highlights:
- ITM 6.2.1 improvements including agentless capabilities and such.
- New reporting framework based on BIRT which will be rolling forward.
- New UI which is being pushed and was on display from TBSM 4.2.
- Hearing about what other customers are up to (mostly bad decisions from what I've seen).
- Affirmation of ITNM (Precision) as a best of breed tool, with a excellent roadmap.
Some things which are bad and make no sense:
- Focus on manufacturing (due to MRO).
- Pushing the MRO platform as IT, when it's clearly not ready for prime time.
- Pushing TPM as datacenter automation. TPM is a worst of breed product in every way, and is years behind HP SAS and Bladelogic. The product will never catch up.
- Allowing people to abuse Omnibus by turning it into a monitoring tool, and not a MOM or event manager.
- Lack of clarity in strategy for Webtop vs TBSM (which customers seem to build BSM on Webtops).
- ITCAM is total junk, and is years behind competing products from HP (Mercury).