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Discovering your devices before moving to the cloud or consolidating data centers

We have been asked by a few companies if they can use Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manger (TADDM) to quickly discover what devices they have in a data center before either moving to the cloud or closing data centers due to consolidation. In addition Managed Service Providers (MSP) have requested the ability to discover the […]

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Building Business Service Topology views with ServiceNow, Omnibus, Impact and DASH

In this blog I will take a look at how you can bring data from your ServiceNow CMDB to your OMNIbus events and use the Dashboard Application Service Hub (DASH) topology view to visualise the service component hierarchy and the impact of those events.

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Tivoli Workload Scheduler 8.6 Reports Problem with error code AWSUI1200E

Recently we applied the latest fix pack (at time of writing this is Fix pack 11) to the DB2 9.7 server that hosts our TWS 8.6 (fix pack 3) database. However, when running a simple custom report in the GUI we were greeted with the following error message AWSU1200E: On checking the SystemErr.log the following error […]

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Creating Custom Database Views to Simplify TADDM Reporting

This four-part video presentation demonstrates how you can use the out-of-the-box tools provided with TADDM to create custom database views to simplify TADDM reporting.    

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Use Netcool to Leverage Service Now Discovery and CMDB Data

In a previous blog I outlined a possible method of integrating IBM Tivoli Netcool (specifically Impact/TBSM) with Service Now to raise incidents.This blog will outline one possible method to be employed to enrich IBM Tivoli Netcool with data from the Service Now (SNOW for short) Configuration Management Database (CMDB). The method in this blog was […]

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Netcool Operations Insight – What exactly is it and how can I get it?

Only a few years ago when we were installing monitoring tools (and more specifically Data Warehouses) a common limiting factor was the storage capacity needed. However over the last few years and with the advent of cloud and very cheap storage the problem has shifted. The issue now is how companies can make sense of […]

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Predictive Monitoring – a worked example

I’ve blogged about predictive monitoring technologies before however I think there is now evidence that the tools are starting to be used as part of an IT team’s core toolset. The big change for me is that large software vendors such as IBM are now taking the tools very seriously to the extent that they […]

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How do I deploy thousands of iOS devices quickly and securely?

Recently IBM and Apple have announced a number of strategic partnerships, however one of these that has slipped under the radar that we have found very interesting is the integration between IBM’s MobileFirst Protect (formerly MaaS360 by Fiberlink) and Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP). What happens when you get a new iOS device? When receiving […]

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Leverage Zabbix to Monitor DB2

Recently I have been building and configuring an open source product by the name of Zabbix. Zabbix is an enterprise level software designed for monitoring availability and  performance of IT infrastructure components. One of our customers would like to use Zabbix to monitor an IBM DB2 database with minimal configuration. What is meant by minimal […]

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