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You can’t see what’s coming if you’re always “heads down.” Look up—it’s Think 2018!

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You can’t see what’s coming if you’re always “heads down.” Look up—it’s Think 2018!

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Are you “heads down” busy at work pretty much all the time? Most of us are. Well, it’s time to lift your head up and see what’s happening and what’s on the horizon in AI, analytics, cognitive, cloud, financial performance management and much more—all in the company of peers who face the same challenges as you do, day in and day out.

Whether you’re C-suite, the manager of an IT department, a finance or business analyst, a developer, or almost any kind of finance or BI professional, please join us at Think 2018, March 19-22. Think 2018 is the place to build your skills and learn how to transform your processes with the latest Analytics solutions. There’s an action-packed agenda of sessions, activities, and entertainment that you won’t want to miss. Fortunately, you can you plan your experience with the Watson Session Expert.

Here’s just a sample of what you can choose from at Think 2018.

User Community Day: Bringing our Cloud, Data, and Security Users Together!

Join us on Sunday, March 18 before the majority of the festivities begin for Community Day in the MGM Conference Center! This event is exclusively for clients in Data Management, Data Science and Business Analytics, Governance and Integration, Middleware, and Security. You’ll meet with communities, champions, council, and board rock stars for an executive keynote with Arvind Krishna, Senior VP of Hybrid Cloud and Director of IBM Research. Accompanying Arvind, will be Marc van Zadelhoff, GM of IBM Security, and Angel Diaz, VP of Developer Tech and Advocacy in the IBM Digital Business Group. An exclusive group of our Business Analytics and Finance clients will be invited to attend the client party to follow at 7:30 PM to 10 PM at Libertine Social in Mandalay Bay.

Search for: User Community Day sessions in the Session Expert Tool online to secure your spot.  Sign up for:

#8964 IBM Planning Analytics JAM from 2–6 PM
#9017 IBM Cognos Analytics JAM from 2–6 PM

1) Register for Think 2018 at (Community Member discount of $300! Code: TH18UG)

2) Select User Community Day sessions in the Session Expert Tool  and add them to your event schedule

3) Bookmark this Wiki for the latest details on this event

4) Come to the MGM on Sunday, March 18 ready to kick off your week @ Think

Get in the groove at the Analytics Jam Sessions

You won’t need an electric guitar or saxophone for these jam sessions. But we think you’ll have a groovy time anyway. Whether you are an IBM Cognos Analytics, IBM Cognos BI, IBM Planning Analytics or Cognos TM1 customer then you should kickoff your IBM THINK 2018 experience by joining the product JAM sessions.  These open house styled sessions are perfect for organizations planning, or executing, an upgrade or looking for the latest product information. Join us on Sunday, March 18, for a chance to meet peers from different industries, see detailed product roadmaps and offer feedback to the IBM Offering Management team. It’s also a great place to make contacts and exchange ideas about the evolving role of analytics and finance in the era of digital transformation.

Don’t miss PartnerWorld@Think 2018

Experience IBM’s exclusive conference for Business Partner executives, which will be held in parallel with our flagship conference Think. PartnerWorld at Think offers even more opportunities to understand the benefits of new technologies, network with global thought leaders, and be among the first to learn about IBM’s 2018 strategy. Partners, please join us for the keynote at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, March 21 at MGM featuring guest speaker Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises on transformation, reinvention, resilience and leadership and Ginny Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM.  An exclusive group of our Business Analytics and Finance Partners will also be invited to a Partner Luncheon on Tuesday, 3/20.

Featured Keynote Sessions in the Cloud and Data Campus

Keynote addresses cover a range of thought provoking topics from AI and blockchain to the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and more. Check out these highlights:

  • Empower Professionals across Your Enterprise to Make More Insight-Driven Decisions,
    Tuesday, March 20, 10:30 AM, Large Data Theater with our Analytics Lifecycle story – Think Tanks to follow at 11:30 AM
  • The Future of Finance: Innovations in Planning to Drive Better Business Performance
    Tuesday, March 20, 3:30 PM, Small Data Campus Theater C
  • Making Data Simple and Accessible featuring GM of IBM Analytics, Rob Thomas
    Tuesday, March 20, 4:30 PM, Large Data Theater
  • GDPR: The big bang … from big data to big responsibility
    Wednesday, March 21, 9:30 AM, Think Theater – Bayside E
  • How blockchain will radically transform the economy
    Wednesday, March 21, 12:30 AM, Think Theater – Bayside E
  • Roadmap Alert! See what IBM Business Analytics has in store for you
    Wednesday, March 21 at 10:30 AM, Large Data Campus Theater featuring our future vision for the Business Analytics portfolio – Think Tanks to follow at 11:30 AM
  • Transitioning the elephant to an insight-driven habitat, featuring IBM Chief Analytics Officer, Martin Fleming
    Wednesday, March 21 at 9:30 AM, Small Data Campus Theater C

In addition, one of the biggest highlights of Think 2018 will be an address by IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. She speaks on Tuesday, March 20, at 8:30 AM in the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Think Tanks

After each large theater session, be sure to attend one of our Think Tank sessions. There you can meet one-on-one with subject matter experts and thought leaders, explore ideas from the keynotes in greater detail, see software demos, and get answers to your most pressing questions. Plus, you can speak to IBM Offering Managers, IBM designers, and hear about the future of AI and analytics from Analysts, and thought leaders and influencers like Chris Penn and Steve Ardire.

Breakout Sessions and Hands-on Labs @ The Think Academy

Educational breakout sessions and hands-on labs are at the heart of Think 2018. This is where you learn how to get the maximum value and performance from the software you already own.

For FOPM attendees, the focus is on IBM Planning Analytics, the planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis solution built on IBM TM1. You’ll learn about features like Workspace and IBM Planning Analytics for Excel, and hear how to perform multidimensional analysis using the innovative Hierarchies capability.

Business Analytics attendees will see how to use IBM Cognos Analytics and Watson Analytics for self-service dashboarding and reporting, as well as smart data discovery and visualization. You’ll see how to drill down into the data to explore patterns and relationships and find out what happened and why. Then, you’ll see how to share your story with compelling visualizations.

Think Academy Labs give you hands-on experience with all the solutions you’re interested in. You’ll get tips, tricks, and how-to’s, and learn to do things with your software that you never thought you could.

Tech Talks

Tech Talk sessions dive deep into IBM solutions and capabilities. These sessions deliver the nuts-and-bolts details you need to maximize performance. Presentations include:

  • Using Hierarchies to Plan and Analyze Data
  • Transitioning Your Planning to the Cloud
  • Integrating IBM Cognos Analytics and IBM Planning Analytics
  • Interactive Reporting for Business Users
  • What’s new and what’s next for Business Analytics
  • Being GDPR Ready with Cognos Analytics
  • Risky Business: Analyze Social Media Data to Gauge Your Reputation

Client Stories

There’s nothing like hearing how IBM solutions work in the hands of your fellow customers in the real world. At Think 2018, Columbia Sportswear, Renault, T-Mobile, and Werner will all share their experiences and tell how they use IBM Planning Analytics to transform their planning and operational processes. You can also hear how companies like American Airlines, Boeing, IKEA, Live Nation, QuadReal and more gain deeper insights and drive smarter decision making with IBM Analytics.

Executive 1x1s

Think 2018 offers you a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with a select number of IBM executives to share your ideas and concerns. Time slots are available throughout the week. But openings are limited, so please make a reservation before the opportunity has passed you by!

Confer, consult, and hobnob with your fellow wizards

After a full day of learning and thinking about technology, wind down at the campus receptions held on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 5:30 PM. You can network and socialize with peers, partners and product experts. Share ideas and experiences, and even discuss how digitization is transforming job roles and organizational culture.

Grammy award-winning entertainment

Speaking of culture, following Tuesday’s reception at 7:30 PM is a concert by recording artists Barenaked Ladies, who bring “a unique mixture of comedy and musicianship” to their live act. On Wednesday, bring your dancing shoes to a performance by the Chainsmokers at 7:00 PM with their mix of mix indie, dance, and pop at the MGM, or you may opt to to see the platinum-selling Bay Area rockers, Train, at Mandalay Bay Beach, also at 7:00 PM.


$300 discount for Analytics University alumni!

Did you attend Analytics University last fall? If so, you’ll receive a $300 discount when you register for Think 2018! Just use discount code: TK18AUA. There’s no deadline for using this discount.

Think 2018 is a conference for everybody—and that means you!

Think 2018 is for any customer or IBM Business Partner looking to learn about the latest innovations in IBM Analytics, especially the IBM Business Analytics or Financial and Operational Performance Management portfolios. You’ll get equipped with the smarts necessary to meet market disruption head-on while you rub shoulders with the best and brightest experts and colleagues.

Let’s Think together. Register today at


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