Sessions I'm looking forward to at IBM Connect
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Still trying to decide what sessions to attend at IBM Connect? We asked, Adam Smye-Rumsby, IBM client technical professional and IBM Redbooks Thought Leader to share his schedule of must-see sessions. Do you agree? Let us know.
While extra-curricular receptions and dinners will be occupying my evenings at this month's IBM Connect conference, during the day I'll be trying to attend as many sessions as humanly possible (possible for a human experiencing conference-induced sleep deprivation at least).
Conference veterans will know there are must-see sessions at IBM Connect, such as Monday's Opening General Session (featuring the much-anticipated Mystery Guest Speaker) and keynotes on both Tuesday and Wednesday, but I wanted to share a few of the other sessions I'm particularly looking forward to this year. Here is where you're likely to find me; possibly bleary-eyed, but always learning something new:
JMP306 : Build Hybrid Multichannel Apps Using IBM Worklight, IBM WebSphere Portal, and Web Experience Factory
Jumpstart sessions are great primers in anticipation of attending more in-depth sessions later in the week. I work with our Web Experience Factory customers to show them the power of this rapid model-driven development platform, so I'm very interested to understand more about the capabilities that IBM Worklight adds.
SHOW110 : Make Your Business Open and Social using IBM Notes Social Edition 9.0
Show 'n Tell sessions go into comprehensive detail about a specific technology with step by step slides, screen shots and live demos that show how it can be used and applied for your own environments. I like leaving the session able to complete the same task I just saw demonstrated; therefore consider Show 'n Tells as a great training opportunity. IBM Notes and Domino 9 will be a major update to a centerpiece of IBM collaboration technology. The buzz around the Beta program makes this a must-see session.
INV204 : Pardon the Interruption: Social Business Hot Topics
This unique session, inspired by the format of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, will see three of IBM's foremost social business thought leaders share their ideas and opinions on a list of topics crowd-sourced from the audience. The pace of the frank conversation will be quick and lively as the hosts discuss audience suggestions tweeted with hashtag #PTIsocialBiz. Fun fact: All the hosts are named either Louis or Luis!
SPN110 : Social Business, Measuring Success
Social media analytics is a way to measure success of social business programs across diverse functions such as legal, supply chain or product development. Well-defined success criteria and demonstrating return on investment are areas of high focus for my customers seeking to justify expanding the scope of social business initiatives. The how-to of analytics is something I'd like to learn more about.
BOF404 : So, How Do I Get my Users to be Social?
Birds of a Feather sessions typically involve more audience discussion around a shared interest, so are a great forum for sharing your experiences and learning from others (since they tend to be noisier, they're also a great pick-me-up if you're in slow-motion after the previous night's IBM Connect Party). How to encourage use of social business tools and technologies is an area where many customers I work with have questions – this session will be a great opportunity to learn about new approaches that are working for others.
ASK102 : Ask the Product Managers
ASK101 : Ask the Developers
Two of IBM Connect's newest traditions are the annual
Extra Curricular Fun
In addition to scheduled sessions, I also try to spend some time at the Solutions Showcase (down the escalator from the lobby level of the Dolphin -- right by where you picked up your conference pass). I encourage you to do the same; you can learn much about the value ISVs and other Business Partners add to IBM solutions. There are always some great demos that will leave you highly impressed. This year, the Sunday evening Welcome Reception even starts in the Solutions Showcase, giving you another good reason to stop by.
The Connect Labs run throughout the conference and are a great opportunity to meet the developers that actually build the IBM solutions you use every day. I try to say thanks in person to my colleagues from IBM labs all over the world who've helped me throughout the year. You can also see some of the things that the labs are working on, and provide your input and feedback on what's in the pipeline for future versions of IBM solutions. There's even a quiet place to prepare if you have scheduled an on-site certification exam.
Finally, a brief mention for the App Dev Throwdown, IBM Super Women's Group Reception for Women, Lotusphere Anniversary Reception, IBM Connect 2013 Party and GuruPalooza that are also happening during the week. Check out the IBM Connect website for full details. In addition to officially-organized conference sessions and events, many attendees take advantage of a variety of attendee-organized social opportunities during the week. These could be anything; informal gatherings at a sports bar, mini-golf, soccer... all the way through to motorcycle rides. The IBM Collaboration Solutions community is a friendly one, so don't be shy if something takes your interest!
Whatever your interest, at IBM Connect there's a session for you. I hope to see you there -- don't forget your comfortable shoes, gum, power chargers and an extension cord/power strip! Follow me on twitter to keep up-to-date with session updates and last-minute conference additions and surprises.
**Editor's note: Want to hear about other sessions our IBM Champions are calling “Must Sees”? Join us at the IBM Social Lounge for a Social Buzz Chat on Monday at 1:30pm – The Champions Guide to Connect.