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Greetings from Viva Las Vegas, Nevada.
I arrived here under the cover of darkness yesterday.
Actually, I arrived in the afternoon, but “cover of darkness” sounds so much more dramatic.
It’s been a crazy week on the road, but we’re only halfway through. Now, Pulse 2012 starts.
Pulse is one of my favorite IBM Software events. It was Tivoli that brought me back to my native Texas, and to Austin in particular, in the summer of 2001.
I made a lot of great friends during my time working with the Tivoli brand, and I also got a lot of great work done.
And Tivoli has evolved over the past eleven years. Dramatically.
I need not tell any Tivolian, customer or employee, that.
For my money, it’s evolved all for the better. The focus of the Tivoli business has far expanded well beyond its core systems management focus, which is what it was centered around when I arrived.
Here’s a factoid: I’ve never seen a Cirques du Soleil performance. Until last night, when I took in the “Ka” show here at the MGM Grand.
That might seem like a random transition. But follow me here. A Cirques du Soleil performance is like one big ecosystem that must be managed across its disparate parts.
A former theatre major myself, I watched in fascination at all the systems that were in play during the Cirques’ performance of “Ka.” The massive staging and hydraulic systems. The flying systems that allowed the performers to defy gravity. The house staff that welcomed the audience into the show. The audience itself. The cast. The scores of stagehands in the background.
If you’ve seen a Cirques du Soleil performance, you know of which I speak: It’s a massive and complex linkage of disparate systems coming together to create the wonder that are their shows.
These days, your world is a lot like all those systems. And to be able to understand and manage it all, and extract new value out of the knowledge you have about all those systems…well, that’s where Tivoli comes in.
I’m going to leave it at that, lest you think I’m completely off my rocker. But, I’ve done my homework preparing for Pulse 2012, and between the focus on managing mobile, physical assets and infrastructure, the cloud, and the underlying security, there’s plenty of opportunity for systems linkage and improved understanding of those systems.
So, welcome to Las Vegas for Pulse 2012.
Speaking of systems, be sure and check your bathroom for Bengali tigers. I think it’s just always better to be safe than sorry.
In the meantime, keep an eye here on the Turbo blog and on the Twitter hashtag #ibmpulse. There’s going to be a firehose of information coming at you these next few days!
IBM today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Green Hat, a leader in software quality and testing solutions for the cloud and other environments.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Founded in 1996, Green Hat is jointly headquartered in London, England and Wilmington, Delaware.
Green Hat helps customers improve the quality of software applications by enabling developers to leverage cloud computing technologies to conduct testing on a software application prior to its delivery.
Historically, to run simulation testing on a software program, a development team must construct an actual testing lab made up of both hardware and software.
This time consuming and labor intensive process has become even more compounded with the short development cycle needed to compete in rapidly expanding markets such as those for smart phones and tablets.
By using Green Hat’s solutions, a virtual test environment can be set up in a matter of minutes versus weeks, and for a fraction of the cost.
According to recent industry reports, software testing represents more than 50 percent of overall development costs, and testing teams often spend upwards of 30 percent of their time managing the complexity of the test environment.
Green Hat creates a virtual environment that simulates a wide range of IT infrastructure elements, without the constraints of hardware or software services. This continuous test environment enables developers and quality professionals to test software earlier and more frequently throughout the software development lifecycle.
Upon the acquisition close, Green Hat will join IBM’s Rational Software business. When combined with the IBM Rational Solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management, developers and testers can achieve unprecedented levels of efficiency, effectiveness, and collaboration while delivering quality software to their business.
IBM and Green Hat will help customers maximize continuous integration of an application, including creating virtual protocols, message formats, services, customization and engagement with third-party software.
Development teams can avoid scrap and rework and dramatically reduce costly delays while achieving greater business agility and accelerating the delivery of software applications.
The Green Hat software testing solutions also will be offered through IBM Global Business Services’ Application Management Services (AMS). IBM AMS provides strategy, design, implementation, testing and managed services for application virtualization to accelerate customer results.
Green Hat is an automated testing technology leader, operating worldwide with a Global 2000 customer base. Green Hat makes automated testing simple for complex systems relying on Cloud, Web Services, messaging, SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), ESB (Enterprise Service Bus), BPM (Business Process Management), CEP (Complex Event Processing), SAP and other distributed technologies. Their diverse range of customers includes prestigious representation in financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, transportation and the energy industry.