IBM Connect 2014 - setting the bar high
Maria Winans 270006YDRM firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  ibmconnect14 ibmconnect hr jay_baer human_resources maria_winans
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IBM Connect is always an exciting and energizing event. It's the first IBM Software Group event each year and it tends to set the tone and the bar for all upcoming conferences. This year that bar has been raised very high, as the team brings together the best of social business and smarter workforce in one conference with Connect, the Lotusphere Technical Program and the Kenexa World Conference. I think best-selling author and conference host, Jay Baer, describes this fusion of events best, "It's a bouillabaisse of smarts and creativity."
The convergence of business, technology and human resources reflects exactly what we are seeing in successful social businesses today. Organizations recognize the landscape is changing and are eager to capitalize on these new opportunities. "The boundaries that used to define our lives, personal versus professional, marketing versus IT, are fading away forever," says Baer. "The IBM Connect conference is the in-person manifestation of this reality, bringing together the best of multiple facets of business, technology and workforce."
There is no doubt this story is best told through our clients' and Business Partners' successes. AMC Theatres is a terrific example. At the event, Keith Wiedenkeller, recently retired Chief Human Resources Officer at AMC Theatres, will explain how they increased profits and reduced employee turnover by more than 40% - by combining science, data and process. We'll also hear success stories from Pepsico, Performance Bicycle and Petrobras, among others.
And I can't forget about Dilbert comic strip creator, Scott Adams. On Tuesday, he'll tell us how he has used his failures to navigate his success, in a way only Dilbert knows how, I'm sure.
I am also looking forward to meeting the key influencers and thought leaders joining us at Connect. From breakout sessions with Forbes' Mark Fidelman and authors Beverly Macy and Jeanne Meister, to the #SmarterWorkforce MeetUp hosted by William Tincup, to the activities in the social cafe hosted by Veronica Belmont - there will be plenty of opportunities to network.
I encourage you to follow @IBMConnect on Twitter and follow the #IBMConnect hashtag to stay connected.
Visit the IBM Social Business Insights blog for schedules and social activities.