IT Management and Cloud Blog


John M Willis

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Twitter: botchagalupe

They say blogging is like having Tourette Syndrome. You can say anything you want and who cares what it sounds like. To that end, this blog is about my thoughts on Enterprise Systems Management and any technologies that will effect ESM or otherwise called IT Management.

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First things first: What the heck is a “Botchagalupe”?

My History

I have been working in ESM/IT Management for over 30 years.


I actually started working with ESM in high school when I got stuck with the job of having to run backups on the computer club’s IBM VM-370 computer.


After school I went to work with Exxon in Houston Texas and became a systems programmer working on IBM MVS systems.


After five years at Exxon I ventured out to work with a startup software company called Morino Associates in northern Virginia. I was employee number 30 and boy cold I tell you some stories about that outfit.


Next I wound up Landmark Systems as one of the three designed of a product called TMON MVS. This product was a competitive product to Candle Corporation’s Omegamon.


Then I founded my first startup software company, Chain Bridge Systems, and eventually sold it to a company called Tone Software. The northern Virginia technology sector was a hot booming area from around 1985 to 1990. Chain Bridge Systems was part of the George Mason University Entrepreneurial Incubator program. This is where I got my baptism on the VC snake dance.


After 10 years of being an pure IBM 370 Assembler coder I decided to get into the pure services business. I first landed up working with IBM on their enterprise systems solutions called SystemsView at the time. This mostly was Netview 6k with AIX.


For a short sting I went to work for GE Capital in Atlanta managing a team of 75 automation and operational experts. Actually got to do the Six Sigma dance at GE (Jack Welch style). I even ws able to get to Crotonville. By the way GE’s Manager Modeling is one of the top 5 best classes I have ever taken (any subject).

Around this time I also started Gulf Breeze Software as basically a one man service company. When I sold Gulf Breeze Software it has 25 consultants and was doing around 4 million a year in revenue.

I have done 1000′s of one-off side projects along the way. Probably one of the most notable was a few gorilla projects I did for Candle Corporation (before they were IBM). I also was the developer of the Candle Start Task Manager and RXRodm.


A buddy called me and asked me if I would be interested in teaching Tivoli. For the last 12 years I have been deep in the Tivoli community as an enterprise trainer and architect/implement.

I have developed many of the IBM/Tivoli education courses as well help design some of their certification tests. The last time I calculated I came up with a metric that I have trained over 10,000 Tivoli professionals over a 10 year period,

I have written 6 IBM Redbooks and have presented at every IBM Tivoli yearly conference since it’s inception.


My latest ventures include bot Tivoli and what I call Infrastructure 2.0 activities still in the enterprise space (Fortune 5000)

I can be reached at the following places:

I am knows mostly as botchagalupe on the internet however when I am not fooling around you can contact me at:

john.willis @

Here is a list of the books I have authored:

Deployment Guide Series: IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.2

Deployment Guide Series: IBM Tivoli Monitoring Express Version 6.1

Certification Guide Series: IBM Tivoli Monitoring V 6.1

Getting Started with IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.1 on Distributed Environments

IBM Tivoli Monitoring Version 5.1: Advanced Resource Monitoring

Introduction to Tivoli Enterprise Data Warehouse