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Friday, 28 May 2010

RACF Permissions in ITIM

Available now on is some new System z content, written by me about the services Pirean provides for the mainframe platform. I'm passionate about the platform, System z is truly the "ideal server" and provides leadership resilience, availability and security, and a host of other benefits ably described in this blog post from Jonathan Adams on the excellent MainframeZone.

Also on the Pirean System z page you will see a link to a PDF you can download describing the new adapter for Tivoli Identity Manager Pirean has created. I'm very proud of my role in this, and grateful to Stephen Swann and others for their TDI and TIM expertise without which the product would not have seen the light of day.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

System z roadshow in Atlanta is Go!

I've made it to Atlanta. See you tomorrow for Mission Critical Workloads on z? Full details and registration available here, and see earlier blog post for sneak preview. Abstract from the agenda:
"In this seminar you'll see how Tivoli, StreamFoundry, and Pirean are delivering highly available Linux on System z platforms that support mission critical workloads and how you can develop your own cost effective solution". Looking forward to it.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Find out even more reasons to attend Pulse Comes to You, 27th May

Attend Pulse Comes to You and find how IBM is making major changes to the IT landscape — and how you can be a part of that. At the Grange Hotel, St Paul’s in the heart of London on the 27th May, 2010

And just announced—two-time Olympic gold medalist and co-star of the BBC series On Thin Ice, James Cracknell, will speak at PCTY UK 2010! Don't miss what promises to be an entertaining and inspirational presentation by one of Britain's most successful athletes.

Register via sponsors Pirean here and win an iPad!

Friday, 14 May 2010

Sneak Preview of my US tour next week

I'm off to the states on Monday to speak at an IBM roadshow, and talk about what good IT Security and Service Management looks like. Here's a sneak preview of the slideshow, showing what integrated service management looks like, (C) Pirean Ltd. 2010 all rights reserved.
Come see me in Minneapolis on Tuesday at IBM, 650 3rd Ave South and in Atlanta on Thursday at IBM, 4111 Northside Parkway.

More details and registration here .
See you there?

Monday, 10 May 2010

SaaS is the new TSO

Nice piece from my mate Dancing Dinosaur about SaaS on System z.

"Veteran mainframe data center managers were baffled when SaaS [...] appeared on the scene years ago. That’s what they had been doing for years, for decades, they would tell me. Only, it wasn’t called that then. How is it any different from time sharing, they would ask.

"Conceptually it isn’t very different. However, three things make it different enough: 1) the emergence of the Internet as a ubiquitous connecting fabric that everyone can use; 2) the browser as the universal client; and 3) the advent of services and service orientation. Previously monolithic code is now extracted as identifiable services and made accessible over the Internet via the browser following a requester-responder model. "

I'm not sure I would call myself a Veteran but I did raise an eyebrow or two when I read about some recent "advancements" in the fields of grid and cloud computing. DD's right, in many ways, cloud computing is very like mainframe time sharing (good old TSO), just much prettier. Which is why IBM have worked hard on System z in recent years to position it in the market as the perfect cloud provider. Even if you don't already own one.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Join Pirean at Pulse Comes To You to understand more about our portfolio for Smarter Tivoli Solutions

A message from our CEO...
PCTY 2010 Pulse Comes to You Optimising the World's Infrastructure 27 May Grange St. Paul's Hotel, London

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On 27th May at The Grange St. Paul's Hotel in London, PULSE comes to the UK. To celebrate we're offering you the chance to get ahead of the pack and win an Apple iPad* when you register for the event at!

With a focus on helping organisations understand how to survive and thrive in today's difficult environment, Pulse Comes To You will showcase how you could minimise cost and drive greater efficiencies in your organisation. All facets of service management – hardware, software and services – will be covered. Join us and our clients as we share real life experiences of delivering business value with these solutions.

As proud sponsors, Pirean will be on hand to showcase an award winning portfolio of IBM Tivoli services and solutions that could help make your business achieve 'Smarter' End to End IT Service Management.

  • Hear from industry experts and share ideas with your peers
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