Pinned topic How can we improve the Pulse conference for 2009?
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Rob Traill 100000VJXT firstname.lastname@example.org PostACCEPTED ANSWER
Have separeate EU & Americas conferences2008-05-20T18:57:19Z in response to Tiffany WinmanCombining Tivoli, Maximo World & Netcool conferences is great, but there should still be 2 per year. This conference has come off as being a bit impersonal perhaps due to being too many attendees.Updated on 2008-05-20T18:57:19Z at 2008-05-20T18:57:19Z by Rob Traill
Tiffany Winman 12000065XB email@example.com Posts
Robert Luchene 100000383B firstname.lastname@example.org PostACCEPTED ANSWER
Breakout Capacity2008-05-21T17:39:14Z in response to Tiffany WinmanWhat?? I paid to enter over filled breakout sessions? So, I was not allowed to enter my preferred session because it was full. Then I was also rejected from my second choice. Not good. It seems that the Availability tracks were mostly in the smaller "Swan" rooms.
Updated on 2008-05-21T17:39:14Z at 2008-05-21T17:39:14Z by Robert Luchene
Brenda Collins 0600024N7D BRENDA.S.COLLINS@MEDTRONIC.COM1 PostACCEPTED ANSWER
Storage Management sessions2008-05-21T18:28:17Z in response to Tiffany WinmanThere should be more classes relating to TSM and backup environments. (Best practices , etc.) There were not many sessions and then you put a couple on at the exact same time, limiting the opportunity to attend.
J Keith Morgan 0600017EPV email@example.com PostACCEPTED ANSWER
More Power outlets.2008-05-21T20:30:39Z in response to Tiffany WinmanThere needs to be more places set up to plug in your laptop. I had to work a couple of problems from back in my datacenter and it would sometimes take me over 30 minutes to find someplace that I could plug in my power pack because I had already ran my battery down. This was quite inconvenient to me and was the most frustrating thing to happen to me while attending the conference.
Bengt Insgård 100000EAX3 firstname.lastname@example.org Post
Armen Pischdotchian 2700019CYK email@example.com PostACCEPTED ANSWER
Feedback from Maximo Technical Gurus2008-05-22T17:17:57Z in response to Tiffany WinmanLong distances to walk between sessions.
Water served all day long, everywhere.
Repeat popular sessions.
General sessions where too loud.
More special gifts/incentives for all speakers in welcome bag.
Not enough technical content for Maximo products...more technology, less fluff.
More lab coverage on greater areas of the product. Somehow need to reach out to other groups and enroll them in creating more labs.
For example there were only handful of Maximo labs out of dozens.
Provide mouse for lab laptops.
Need flat panels for displays in the expo areas...not high-resolution laptop displays that appear very small.
A positive feedback: "a good fitness center is a wonderful thing."
For key note speaker we'd like to see Sam Palmisano.
Rosalind Radcliffe 100000CDYG firstname.lastname@example.org PostACCEPTED ANSWER
A few sugestions2008-05-22T19:01:36Z in response to Tiffany WinmanUse the counts from the session rooms at this conference to readjust the session room sizes for next time. In particular the customer sessions and the monitoring sessions were too small rooms.
More time should be allowed following the general session to get to sessions.
The meet the experts room should be better advertised so that everyone understands that the experts are available and where they are available.
The guru galaxy session should be scheduled clearly and advertised so that dinners are not scheduled against it.
It would be helpful to provide the presentations on a memory key for all attendees. This would be a nice gift, and make seeing the presentations much easier.
Consider recording the sessions, either all of them or a select set, so that they can be seen after the conference both to show the value of coming to Pulse for future events, as well as the ability to hear sessions that were missed.
Denny O'Brien 120000NV9S email@example.com PostACCEPTED ANSWER
Lunch was difficult for ped owners2008-05-22T20:14:36Z in response to Tiffany WinmanIt would be nice to make lunch available to demo owners prior to the expo opening. Some pedestals were staffed with only one person, which made it hard to grab lunch without leaving the ped open for 30 minutes.
Updated on 2008-05-22T20:14:36Z at 2008-05-22T20:14:36Z by Denny O'Brien
Melanie Schuchart 120000FB1E firstname.lastname@example.org PostACCEPTED ANSWER
Social Mixer to introduce like communities2008-05-22T20:40:12Z in response to Tiffany WinmanI would like to see networking opportunities or socials for the different groups such as what maximo did.. It was hard for like customers to easily meet each other in the hallways... A mixer at the beginning of the conference would have help provide this opportunity.
Have networking session for users of a particular Tivoli product and other ideas2008-05-27T03:53:30Z in response to Tiffany Winman
For example, I attended the conference because I work for an ISV using IBM Tivoli Monitoring.
Finding other users of IBM Tivoli Monitoring for example at the conference would have been by chance and with the number of attendees the chances were low.
Having a web site similar to this where attendees could be easily registered on under the products they use and/or they are interested in would help users find each other (in addition to a networking event). Having photos of people also helps find people amongst a crowd (these could be submitted optionally by attendees prior to the conference). There were a few IBM people I had to try to find and it took a while since I didn't know what they looked like. Also having a list of IBM people at the conference related to each product would be useful. The web site doesn't need to publish email addresses etc, if people are concerned about privacy, or the size of their mailbox after the conference :-)
Record audio for all sessions and make available as downloadable MP3s2008-05-27T04:01:48Z in response to Tiffany Winman
There were lots of sessions I was interested in but couldn't attend. The cost of purchasing MP3 recorders for all sessions should easily pay for itself when attendees play the recordings back and play recordings of sessions they couldn't make due to scheduling.
Video would be better, but voice (MP3) should be the minimum.
Send out DVD containing videos of general sessions and product information2008-05-27T04:07:55Z in response to Tiffany WinmanI would like to be able to view the general sessions again from a DVD, so I can view them any time in the future and prefer it to be on DVD so I can watch them whilst not online (that is usually when I have spare time, such as travelling). The DVD could also include a softcopy of the thick conference guide (so I don't have to carry it home) product demos, product information files, redbooks etc.
Rosemary Fleming 270000MAG7 email@example.com PostACCEPTED ANSWER
Presentations available online prior to conference2008-06-01T22:13:41Z in response to Tiffany WinmanIt would be useful to have the presentations available online prior to the conference so that we could take notes on the foils and so we could make a better decision concerning what sessions to attend.It is quite frustrating that many of my favorite sessions do not have their presentations online, and I was not able to take notes quickly enough, and had expected that the handouts would be available online.
David Skeen 110000C5XP firstname.lastname@example.org PostsACCEPTED ANSWER
Parking2008-06-03T21:22:54Z in response to Tiffany WinmanThe situation for people driving into the conference was quite bad; it turned what had been a 15 min commute at other conferences at the Swan and Dolphin into 45+ min. Let attendees know ahead of time if there will be parking restrictions; most of us staying off campus were blind-sided by the problem.
matt Elston 270000FVCW email@example.com Posts
George Abercrombie 270000RGWT firstname.lastname@example.org PostsACCEPTED ANSWER
Breakout Session Descriptions Online2008-06-17T18:52:08Z in response to Tiffany WinmanIt would have been helpful if the Pulse website had descriptions of each breakout session so people could plan their week. All that it said was Breakout Session I, Breakout Session II, etc...
George Abercrombie 270000RGWT email@example.com PostsACCEPTED ANSWER
Untitled2008-06-17T19:07:23Z in response to Tiffany WinmanI had a lot of Maximo functionality questions and couldn't find anyone who could answer them. Every time I asked someone a question, I was either directed to someone else (who couldn't answer my question) or asked to fill out a feedback form so that someone could contact me later. I found myself filling out a lot of feedback forms.