Thursday, February 23, 2017

Visit us at booth 568 at IBM InterConnect March 19-23 in Las Vegas

Get out to IBM InterConnect 2017!

Stop by booth S568 in the Hybrid Cloud area to talk to us about:

- Our recent and historical successes helping customers like you deploy IBM products.

- IBM's comprehensive suite of ITSM tools, including Netcool, IBM Control Desk, IBM Performance Management, and TADDM.

- How you can effectively use an Agile methodology in your journey to realizing DevOps.

- Different strategies for effective deployments.

- Effectively consolidating and integrating your existing toolsets to your best advantage.

and many more topics!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

How to start a Netcool OMNIbus implementation

Someone posed this question on IBM Developerworks today, and I wanted to share the answer I provided, since it contains quite a few useful links:

And here's my reply in case the above link goes away:

With such an open-ended question, I'm going to provide links that start at the very beginning - Event Management. IBM has a great Redbook on this topic. It's from 2004, but the foundational information is still completely valid:

It's a REALLY good reference, particularly chapters 1 and 2. Once you understand Event Management concepts, reasons, challenges, needs and personas, I think you then need to move on to information about the OMNIbus components, architecture and capabilities, which you can find in the product documentation here:

Then keep on reading through the rest of the product documentation so you understand how OMNIbus is basically configured.

The next topic you'll want to look at is probes. which will process data and send events to OMNIbus, and this information is also in the product documentation:

Next you'll probably want to dive into ObjectServer SQL to find out how to manage the events that probes generate:

You should probably also look at the links listed here:

Somewhere in here, you'll also need to determine if you're going to use Netcool Impact (most new customers purchase both products in some combination). And if so, you start poking around the Impact Wiki:

Automated testing for IBM Control Desk

Last year IBM made available the Selenium Automation Toolkit for Maximo, which includes IBM Control Desk. More information can be found here:

More information about Selenium itself can be found here:

IBM uses Selenium in several tools, including IBM Performance Manager and IBM Application Performance Manager. Essentially, it's used for recording and playing back web browser interactions.