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SWCMG Spring 2014 Meeting

Matt Hester will be talking about Monitoring with Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager, Richard Gimarc will be talking about Digital Infrastructure capacity planning, and Jerry Cooper will be showing us JMP, a cool  desktop statistical discovery tool from SAS. We will also be having a discussion about your favorite tools, techniques, software and languages. There is no cost to attend meetings. Guests are welcome. Come for all or part of the day. Lunch is provided!

Southwest Computer Measurement Group Meeting – May 6th[masked]a-3p

IBM Innovation Center –  1177 S Belt Line Rd, Coppell, TX 75019

AGENDA

9:30a-10am Welcome

10am-11am

Microsoft System Center 2012: Monitoring your Infrastructure

Matt Hester, Microsoft

Monitoring physical servers, network devices, operating systems and their workloads when they all differ from traditional, virtual and cloud can be a challenge.  With System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 you can define your infrastructure’s overall health model by monitoring your physical servers status, network configuration and performance, Windows, Linux and Unix operating system sitting in a traditional, virtual and cloud datacenters In this session we will take a look at how SCOM 2012 R2 can help to monitor your infrastructure, regardless if it is on premises, Windows Azure, or somewhere in the middle. 

Matt Hester is a Senior Information Technology Professional Evangelist for Microsoft.  Matt has been involved in the IT Pro community for over 20 years.  Matt is a skilled and experienced evangelist presenting to audiences nationally and internationally.  Prior to joining Microsoft Matt was a highly successful Microsoft Certified Trainer for over 8 years.  After joining Microsoft, Matt has continued to be heavily involved in IT Pro community as an IT Pro Evangelist.  In his role at Microsoft Matt has presented to audiences in excess of 5000 and as small as 10. Matt has written 4 articles for TechNet magazine.  In addition Matt has published 3 books:

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration Instant Reference by Sybex

Automating Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Windows PowerShell 2.0 by Sybex

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Administration Instant Reference by Sybex

11am-Noon

Capacity Planning: A Revolutionary Approach for Tomorrow’s Digital Infrastructure

Richard Gimarc - CA Technologies, Amy Spellmann - The 451 Group

Capacity planning has been a well-established practice for over 30 years.  During that time, the tools, techniques and processes have been defined and refined.  However, the traditional approach cannot keep pace with today’s rapidly changing environments; we need to revolutionize the practice of capacity planning.

This presentation will examine the current scope and focus of capacity planning and propose an innovative methodology to evaluate, predict and plan for the all-inclusive Digital Infrastructure.  It is no longer sufficient to utilize yesterday’s outmoded approach when planning for tomorrow’s applications, systems and facilities infrastructures. We need to revolutionize the practice of capacity planning.  This presentation identifies the goals and challenges of Digital Infrastructure capacity planning and defines a new approach that adapts to tomorrow’s extraordinarily dynamic, diverse and expanding environments.

Richard Gimarc is a member of the capacity management services team at CA Technologies.  In that role he works with customers during the planning, design, implementation and institutionalization of the CA Capacity Management Solution.

Richard is a recognized industry expert in capacity planning, performance engineering and performance analysis.  Over the years he has developed and applied his performance and capacity planning expertise to a variety of complex, diverse and challenging environments.  Richard has authored 30+ papers covering a wide range of performance related topics including application scalability, green capacity planning and cloud performance. He is also a regular speaker at both CMG international and regional conferences.

Amy Spellmann is a Global Practice Principal with The 451 Group (451 Advisors), where she specializes in cloud and digital infrastructure capacity planning and application performance. Ms. Spellmann's expertise includes modeling IT energy footprint projections and strategies for managing IT capacity to reduce space, power and cooling consumption in the data center.

Her extensive experience in capacity and performance planning guides Fortune 500 companies in optimizing and managing complex IT infrastructures including private/public/hybrid Cloud. One of her specialties is coordinating with IT and business partners to ensure cost effective service delivery through the entire digital infrastructure stack.


Noon

Lunch (Provided by Merrill Consultants)


1pm-2pm

The Future of Performance and Capacity Reporting - Group Discussion

What are the tools of the trade in use today and which are likely to be to useful tomorrow? Are there things we should be learning now or are our vendors finally stepping up to give us all the pertinent information we need today in ready to use format without having to write on own applications? For some Excel is the go to tool and for others it's something else? We’ll look at what Gartner thinks and discuss your favorite tools and techniques.


2pm-3pm

JMP – A cool tool – And Not just for Scientists, Engineers, and Statisticians!

For nearly 25 years, JMP statistical discovery software from SAS has been the tool of choice for scientists, engineers and other data explorers in almost every industry and government sector. JMP combines powerful statistics with dynamic graphics, in memory and on the desktop. Its interactive and visual paradigm enables JMP to reveal insights that are impossible to gain from raw tables of numbers or static graphs. Because everything is linked – the graphics, statistics and data – JMP encourages you to dig deeper and ask more questions, improving your chance of making breakthrough discoveries in your data.

Jerry Cooper works as a Systems Engineer for JMP, a business unit of SAS that specializes in desktop software for dynamic data visualization and analysis. Cooper, who is based in Texas, supports sales and customer development in the Gulf region of the US. With 20 years of experience in production, engineering and IT departments for large manufacturing organizations, he is knowledgeable in design of experiments, Six Sigma methodology and Lean manufacturing.

Before joining SAS, he worked for Freescale Semiconductor in Austin, TX, for more than a decade as both an individual contributor and a manager. As an Engineering Data Specialist there, he used analytics to improve processes, cycle time and yields. Earlier, he was a Business Systems Analyst for Freescale’s IT manufacturing systems. Cooper received a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas at Lawrence.

3pm End of Meeting

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  • Tim R.

    MP - Thanks for organizing the meeting. It is good to hear about the way other sites are solving problems and the tools they are using.

    May 7, 2014

  • Mary Ellen B.

    Great information. I really liked the new product information and comparisons to what has been in the market for some time.

    May 7, 2014

  • Prem G.

    Topics were relevant and technical. Look forward to attending future events and networking with folks in the space.

    May 7, 2014

  • Jack O.

    good seeing you all!

    May 7, 2014

  • Tom W.

    Interesting presentations and good interaction.

    May 7, 2014

  • William (Bill) S.

    Thanks for a good meeting. The presentation on JMP was very interesting.

    May 7, 2014

  • Richard G.

    Very lively discussions - a lot of interaction (more than expected) - FIVE STAR rating.

    May 7, 2014

  • MP W.

    Matt replied back on the Azure question: “no satellites, too high latency. most is over our private network, and the rest is public internet. we have the second fastest private network in the world.”

    May 7, 2014

  • Cecilia N.

    interesting topics

    May 6, 2014

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