Some highlights from Pulse 2011

Hopefully if your were in Melbourne last week you made it to the IBM Pulse 2011 conference at the Crown Promenade.  It was a great success and with 850 attendees, the facilities were packed, especially the main hall.

My highlights?   Well apart from visiting the IBM developerWorks stand and getting a free IBM floppy disk T-Shirt…

… it was listening to customers.   There were 14 customer case study presentations where attendees could  hear real world experiences from real world customers.     For the storage track we were lucky to have Angus Griffin from Edith Cowan University talking about how they use IBM solutions including IBM SVC with VMware SRM, to build their Disaster Recovery solution.    Angus is a great presenter who used a sort of  Takahashi Method PowerPoint deck where each slide was just one sentence.   Below is an example.   Can you guess what he was talking about?

It was of course why clients sometimes do not have a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy.

I presented on Storage Virtualization and the Storwize V7000.   You can check out my presentation on Slideshare.   I have struggled for some time to match my presentation style to the sort of material that IBM produces.   I am working to a more pared back approach.   If you view this presentation on my Slideshare channel you will also get some speaker notes.

If you want a copy of the presentation and your an IBMer, you can find it on Cattail.   For everyone else, please send me an email or leave a comment.

The other client who presented in the storage track, was Richard Whybrow from Hertz Australia. Richards presentation on how Hertz use IBM solutions to manage their backups and encryption requirements was short and to the point. But the highlight was Richard’s movies. I want to point you to two of them which you can find on his Youtube channel.  The first one is hilarious….  here is the SAL 9000 restoring 1.6 TB of data in seconds!

If your looking for something slightly more serious, here is Richard’s winning entry to the IBM Tivoli Software Products Rock competition.   Richard is sitting at Southbank, close to the IBM Building here in Melbourne. There is also a great shot of Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station at the end (as well as a tribute to the film Minority Report)


About Anthony Vandewerdt

I am an IT Professional who lives and works in Melbourne Australia. This blog is totally my own work. It does not represent the views of any corporation. Constructive and useful comments are very very welcome.
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