Our esteemed competitors at IBM Tivoli are organizing a BarCamp focused on the use of ITM for BSM. Should be very interesting if they manage to convince a good group that this is a valuable way to spend a weekend. BSM on Tivoli seems like an ambitious topic for a “getting your hands dirty” kind of session since by definition BSM involves managing complex systems and solving the needs of the kind of people who don’t necessarily attend BarCamps. Very different from the more typical BarCamp environment in which people bring code (typically open source) they know in and out and try to get these projects to do things that they themselves plan to make use of.

Just setting up a realistic (even if fake) environment to get your “hands dirty” on can take a lot of time. Long downloads and complex installation procedures aren’t your friends when you only have a few hours (and when participants don’t have to stay in the room if they’re bored). It will be an interesting challenge for the organizers to decide how much (if anything at all) to prepare ahead of time while keeping the whole thing open and participant-driven.

My guess is that even if they don’t get a lot in terms of BSM insight per se, they will learn a lot about the ease of installation, integration and extension of the various products involved and how to increase it, which will be beneficial all the same. Good luck to Doug, John and the other participants, I think you’ll do well and I hope you’ll achieve even more than I predict. Kudos for the initiative.

Of course the real challenge only starts after the BarCamp: it is to take the lessons back to the mothership…

And for those who say I only speak critically of IBM on this blog, this post is the proof that you are as prejudiced as a WebSphere architect. ;-)

[UPDATED on 2008/01/17: Make sure to read John’s clarifications in the comments section, including the link to BarCampESM which is happening this coming weekend in Austin. I hadn’t heard about it before.]


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6 Responses to DevCampTivoli

  1. William,

    We are very excited about the DevCampTivoli and I appreciate your comments :)

    However, please let me clarify a few items.

    1) This is not an IBM sponsored event. I am an independent consultant and Doug and I meet at a Tivoli user’s group about a year ago. About once a month we meet for lunch on our own time and discuss issues related to ESM/BSM. In fact we will be both attending the BarCampESM this weekend in Austin. The BarcampESM [] will be the first time close source and open source vendors are going to get together and discuss how to make ESM better. To that end, this is Doug and my primary objective for DevCampTivoli. We plan on making all of the results from the Tivoli Devcamp open (probably Creative Commons – not sure yet).

    2) About the setup. We both have been around the block a few times doing Tivoli setups and we have some tricks up our sleeves to eliminate setup time.

    3) As for the “Can we get it done”. I have more respect for Doug McClure on BSM than anyone I have ever met doing this stuff and I have been doing this stuff for 30 years. Also, I have about 15 years on Tivoli monitoring. The unknown is the community turn out because as you point out the Barcamp concept is normally a foreign concept to close source customers. However, in my little way I am trying to change this (i.e., BarcampESM and DevCampTivoli).

    Thank You

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  4. William,

    I wish we would have met sooner. I think you would have been a great addition to BarcampESM. We had a lower turn out then I expected but it was a great un-conference. I have posted a few blogs on my website about what went on. It was great to watch the open source guys treat the close source guys with respect and vice versa. The day ended with many un-answered questions but those questions were great. We are thinking about doing another one in November and maybe we can get you to come. I have your blog on my reader so I will be in touch…

  5. vbp

    For the benefit of the readers here are a couple of wrap-ups on what happened at BarcampESM: John’s and whurley’s.
    Thanks for the kind words John. I’d consider coming to a future session. Congrats for pulling it off.

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