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The MCMG Summer Meeting is on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 


Registration: $35 in advance;  $45 at the door.

Northwestern Mutual
One Northwestern Mutual Way,
Franklin, Wisconsin 53132


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Please register ahead of time if you plan on attending in person so we can plan for food.  Breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks will be served.[!OC([1033])!]


Please sign up via PayPal or per mail-in registration. Instructions are on our Registration Page


8:00 AM

Opening - Welcome – Jon Suzuki, MCMG President

8:15 AM

Performance and Capacity Management in the New World
Donald Zeunert, BMC

Our old methodologies are obsolete.  Managing for best response time or postponing hardware upgrades is not what is driving IT costs.  We need to start managing the rolling 4hr MSU MLC costs.  Do you know what is driving your MLC costs?  You might be surprised at what and how easily you can cut them by 10% without any additional software.  This session will discuss common issues and how to solve them with PR/SM, WLM and other simple changes, without hurting SLAs.

9:45 AM

Morning Break

10:00 AM

CMIS – Why You Need IT Now . . .
Kip Lamb, CA Technologies

Enterprises seek data center solutions for CMIS that are compatible with ITIL v3. But not all are fully compliant as yet. We will identify what is missing from some and what is available in most vendor solutions. Specifically addressed are:  Business Capacity Management which involves working with the business to plan and anticipate both longer term strategic issues and shorter-term tactical initiatives that are likely to have an impact on IT capacity. Service Capacity Management is about understanding the characteristics of each of the IT services, and then the demands that different types of users or transactions have on the underlying infrastructure – and how these vary over time and might be impacted by business change. Resource Capacity Management involves understanding the performance characteristics and capabilities and current utilization levels of all the technical components (CIs) that make up the IT Infrastructure, and predicting the impact of any changes or trends.


Election 2014: MCMG Officers and Directors

Dan Schwartz, UWisc.

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Want a Highly Available Data Center?
Mark Harris, Nlyte

 DCIM enables data center professionals to raise their awareness of their physical infrastructure and enable better decision making about its components. Today’s DCIM solutions offer environmental and power monitoring as well as physical management of the active devices themselves. At high level, DCIM is the strategic approach to coordinated management of the data center which spans both IT and Facilities. In this session we’ll discuss DCIM, its definition and use cases and see how it offers the single biggest opportunity to handle capacity planning needs all the way down to the cement.

2:30 PM

Afternoon Break

2:45 PM

Business Capacity Management: Making Communicating with the Business Relevant to the Business
Greg Scriba, BMC

Are you communicating in a way that is relevant to business?  In terms they can apply to their problems?   Are they communicating to you in a way you understand and can apply to your problems (challenges to delivering adequate service to them).  Do you understand what on the business side actually drives consumption of resources?   Do you understand the costs and supply chain issues involved in recovering from an unexpected demand? 

This interactive presentation will challenge you to learn how to speak in terms your business audience will understand.  Terms that will make it easy for them to communicate to you what their plans are and you in turn, to communicated back to them an accurate representation of the hardware required to meet those plans.   We’ll look into communications, problems with data intervals, data correlation, and feedback collection. The end result is hoped to be a more effective communication to the business both in terms of their challenges and what you can do to help and your challenges and what they can do to help you when lapses occur.

4:00 PM

Meeting Adjourned

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