So we are now half way through my first IBM Pulse conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and what a great week it has been so far, despite the jet lag! Below are just a few of my many highlights so far.
I met the social media team on Sunday and got myself orientated with the venue – realising quickly that there would be hours of walking involved! I spent the afternoon at the live stream stage, and was able to watch Wing To talking about the new Mobility offering from IBM, which was really interesting and hoping that we can use the video to promote the new offering to our customers in the UK when we get back.
Later in the afternoon I went to the International Reception and talked to my colleagues and their customers about what they were looking forward to during the next three days of sessions, personally I am most looking to the Steve Wozniak session, as having seen him speak in London last year, I know it will be an interesting and fun session.
The general session on Monday was great, with Scott Hebner telling us that there were 8000 attendees from 79 countries! He talked about how the planet is becoming smarter, and as a result productivity is sky rocketing. But unfortunately 1 in 10 developing countries are still harmed by their health care and incorrect diagnosis. Robert LeBlanc then spoke about the recent CIO study, explaining that technology has gone from priority 6 to 2 in the last year and there is no part of ANY industry that will not be affected by the shifts in technology currently occurring. He urged the audience to take a step back, think about where they are, be honest about what you DO have and think about an end to end play. He spoke about how the value of a conference like Pulse is for people to talk to their peers, as between the 8000 attendees there are best of breed ideas in every area, every person should take away at least 3 things they are going to change/implement when they return to their businesses.
I was also able to attend the Smarter Physical Infrastructure keynote, which was a great learning opportunity as I have just been made the UKI Tririga & Maximo marketing manager. George Ahn was first up, and began by stating despite more and more limited resources, better and better return on assests are expected, IBM wants to help their customers with this, and that was one of the reasons IBM acquired Tririga. He said that without IBM technologies - in utilities power is less reliable, in manufacturing productions lines would fail and in buildings energy would go unmanaged. David Kontra from GE also spoke at the session, explaining that thanks to implementing Tririga, they have been able to consolidate from 75000 facilities down to just 45000!
Later in the day I went to a session led by Dave Gasdia, on the Maximo and Tririga roadmap, which was very informative, and we are hoping that he will be able to come over to the UK and speak at our next Maximo User Group on the 2nd May in London.
In the evening we hosted our UKI networking reception at the Hard Rock Cafe on the strip, and it was great to see so many customer and IBMers talking about the day’s sessions and what they are looking forward to hearing about during the rest of the conference.
Please follow me on Twitter @RSwindell and go to the ibm.com/pulse site to view the live stream and read the presentations.
Come back tomorrow for my highlights from day 2 of the conference!