Impact 2012 Preview: Everything IBM Business Partners Need to Know Right Now
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IBM Impact 2012 will take place this year on April 29 - May 4 at its traditional home; The Venetian and Palazzo Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year's global conference will bring together more than 8,000 technology and business leaders to talk about how the latest technology can help organizations turn change and complexity into distinct business advantages. For a preview of what you can expect, check out IBM Impact TV on Livestream, where you can view keynotes, interviews and more from 2011. In addition, help you prepare for Impact 2012 and ensure you don't miss any deadlines, I've compiled a list of everything you need to know right now about the conference:
Forbes Business Leadership Forum
Back this year is the two-day Forbes Business Leadership Forum, which is geared towards the interests of business leaders. With four track and more than 40 sessions, as well as a keynote from Forbes Media President and CEO Mike Perlis, the forum promises to arm leaders with the insights to guide their organizations through the complexity of today's marketplace. For Business Partners, attending the forum presents a great opportunity to involve line of business leaders in conversations about technology, so encourage your clients to attend.
IBM Impact Business Partner Summit
This year, the Business Partner Summit will take place on Sunday, April 29. As you probably already know, this day features a program dedicated exclusively to IBM Business Partners, where you can fine tune your growth strategy and learn about how to more effectively leverage the programs and tools that are available to you. A detailed agenda is still forthcoming, but you can get a sneak peak at the agenda on the conference website.
Call for Speakers
IBM is accepting proposals for the Impact 2012 call for speakers until January 6, 2012. We're looking for presenters that will help our clients and other Business Partners to innovate and grow, so if you have knowledge to share, I encourage you to submit a proposal. Speakers will be notified by February 14, and final presentations will be due on April 13, 2012.
Solution Center sponsors at Impact 2012 will have an opportunity to gain exposure and generate new leads by showcase their solutions to the more than 8,000 attendees expected this year. As an added bonus this year, if you commit to sponsor early, you can take advantage of reduced sponsorship pricing. Sponsors will also receive a discount off of their conference registration fees. Thanks to those who have committed to sponsor Impact 2012 so far.
IBM Impact Business Partner Awards
Stay tuned for more information.
Updated 3/6/12: IBM is accepting nominations for the IBM Impact Business Partner Awards through 11:55 p.m. EST on March 30, 2012. Winners will be notified on or before April 16, 2012. The awards will be announced and presented during Business Partner Summit at Impact 2012 on Sunday, April 29, 2012, except for the Impact Best of Show award, which will be announced during the IBM Impact 2012 General Session. To submit a nomination, visit the 2012 IBM Impact Business Partner Awards page on PartnerWorld.
Updated 3/38/12: The deadline for submissions has been extended until April 5, 2012 at 11:55 p.m. ES.
To stay up to date on everything IBM Impact, you can also follow the IBM Impact Blog, and make sure you register your own at the IBM Impact Social Media Aggregator.