The 2012 IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit - Orlando
, which takes place this year on September 5 - 7 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, is just around the corner. We can feel the excitement building, so in the spirit of continuing that momentum, we thought we'd rattle off a few of the Business Partner-centric happenings that we're most looking forward to at the Smarter Commerce Global Summit - Orlando. Here are our top five:
#5 - Free Certification Testing
Free Professional and Mastery Certification examinations will be offered to IBM Business Partners attending the conference. If you're interested in achieving Software Value Incentive (SVI) certification to earn additional rewards or to becoming Sofware Value Plus-authorized to resell Smarter Commerce products, this is a great opportunity to sit for required exams within the Authorized Portfolio. The first exam is free, and additional exams will be available at discounted rates. Testing will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis within the open hours of the Certification Testing Center. Check out this flyer for the Fee Schedule, Testing Center hours, and more details
#4 - The Business Partner Cafe
The Business Partner Cafe is a breakout area just for IBM Business Partners. Located right off the Smarter Commerce Showcase, it will house informal meeting spaces where you can connect with your IBM team to build future plans or conduct one-on-one meetings with clients. There will also be IBM Business Partner program experts standing by in the Cafe to discuss technical enablement, benefits, the recent announcements on co-marketing changes, sales and lead generation tools and more. If you have any questions related to your relationship with IBM that you need answered, this is the place to go. See the Business Partner Preview Guide
for a detailed list of the experts that will at the Cafe, as well as Cafe hours.
#3 - The Social Media Lounge
The social media lounge is going to be a fun breakout area where you can meet and network with social media experts,
watch live interviews, participate in live Twitter chats, or just take a break. This will be a great place to recharge your wireless devices and get off your feet for a moment (don't miss the comfortable seating!), but make sure you also take advantage of the experts that will be on hand. If you want to learn more about how you can leverage social media in your marketing efforts, or even if you just want get a better understanding of everything social at the Smarter Commerce Global Summit, they can answer all of your questions.
#2 - The Business Partner Forum
Ok, maybe we're a bit biased, but we have to give the Business Partner Forum a spot in our top five. The Business Partner Forum, which takes place on Wednesday, September 5, starts off at 11:45 a.m. in Pacific A & B, with the General Session. During the General Session, IBM executives will walk you through the lessons learned in the rapid
movement of the Smarter Commerce initiative from infancy to maturity. Some of your colleagues will share their success stories, and you'll also get the latest Smarter Commerce channel and product updates. Following the lunch at 2:15 p.m., there will also be two concurrent breakout sessions; one focused on competitive insights, adjacent market opportunities and sales enablement (Southern 3), and an ISV leadership session (Oceanic 2). Make sure you add these into your SmartSite agenda
#1 - Business Partner Reception
This grabs the number one spot because, well, who doesn't enjoy a good party? Enjoy some food and drinks with your fellow IBM Business Partners on Tuesday, September 4 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cabana Bar.
What are you most looking forward to at the Smarter Commerce Global Summit - Orlando?