Curriculum

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Explore the topics, sessions, and labs that will equip you with the insights and tools to move your business and career forward.

Bluemix

Learn about the Bluemix cloud platform’s rich development environment and discover how to rapidly scale your business with infrastructure, Watson, software and services.

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Key topics:

  • API creation and management
  • App server/serverless/runtimes
  • Blockchain
  • Bluemix
  • Containers and microservices
  • Cloud storage
  • Infrastructure
  • Data and analytics
  • Deployment models (PureApp on Bluemix Local System)
  • DevOps
  • Mobile
  • Open source
  • Network, video

Hybrid

Leverage multiple cloud environments and optimize on-premise applications and solutions. Learn how to create and connect applications, APIs and microservices while extending your IT infrastructure to unlock value and accelerate innovation.

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Key topics:

  • App server/serverless/runtimes
  • Business process
  • Cloud storage
  • Cloud management
  • DevOps
  • Cloud builder services
  • Disaster recovery
  • B2B integration and file transfer
  • Infrastructure (Power, z Systems, storage)
  • IT service management
  • Hybrid cloud integration

Security

In today’s data-driven, highly distributed world, there are serious threats that must be addressed head-on. Explore best practices for building a strong security posture to protect cloud-based infrastructures, reduce cost and manage risk.

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Key topics:

  • Intelligence and analytics
  • Threat protection and incident response
  • Endpoint and mobile security
  • Fraud and cybercrime
  • Identity and access management
  • Application and data security
  • Security transformation services

Internet of Things

Understand how IoT is changing the way businesses create value and consumers experience the world. Explore how enterprise assets, connected devices and data come together to enable new revenue streams.

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Key topics:

  • Asset management technologies
  • Asset management best practices
  • Continuous engineering
  • IoT industry transformation
  • Real estate and facilities management
  • Watson IoT platform

Cloud for Industries

Industry cloud solutions can help you redefine business models and engage consumers. With a high-performing cloud infrastructure and a sophisticated development platform embedded with our unique services such as cognitive computing, the IBM Cloud can be your foundation for industry leadership.

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Key topics:

  • Customer-focused enterprise
  • Agility and operational efficiency
  • Risk and compliance
  • Reinventing processes
  • Insights and action

Cloud Managed Services

Explore how leading organizations have achieved superior security, performance and availability. Using IBM Cloud Managed Services to host critical applications such as SAP and Oracle, you can ultimately accelerate growth and reduce costs.

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Key topics:

  • SAP
  • Oracle
  • Cloud Advisory Services
  • Cloud Managed Services

Digital Transformation

Explore how businesses are undertaking digital transformations, rethinking what customers value most and creating operating models for competitive differentiation.

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Key topics:

  • Digital reinvention
  • Mobile strategy and development
  • Experience design
  • Digital operations
  • Digital platforms
  • Emerging technology
  • Mobile iOS

Watson

Learn how to leverage Watson to build cognition into digital applications, products and operations, with a range of different APIs. From analyzing images and video to understanding sentiment, keywords and entities from text, you’ll learn how to enable cognitive technology within your applications.

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Key topics:

  • Cognitive systems

C-level; CIOs, CTOs and Technology Leaders

If you’re a technology leader, join us at InterConnect 2017 to transform your business model into insight-driven, customer-centric, cognitive enterprise on cloud. Explore the role of data, competitive edge and monetization, and learn how to stay ahead of the curve with cloud. Hear how your peers are creating intelligent, agile cultures and finding insights in customer feedback.

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C-level: Business and Innovation Leaders, CMOs

If you’re an innovation leader, join us to learn about the art of selling the customer experience. From deeper, richer customer engagements to the full customer journey, you will hear about the latest in digital transformation and mobile strategies.

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Application and Software Design and Development:

InterConnect features a specialized curriculum for application and software design and development. Learn how to leverage multiple cloud environments and optimize on-premise applications and solutions. Create and connect applications, APIs and microservices while extending your IT infrastructure to unlock value and accelerate innovation.

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IT Data Center Operations

This year’s InterConnect will offer a broad range of content for IT directors, managers and systems administrators who want better control over complex cloud-based environments. InterConnect features a specialized curriculum to help you use hybrid environments to fully capitalize on cloud, reduce costs and get more value from existing investments and speed time to market.

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Enterprise Architecture

If your role is in enterprise architecture, come to InterConnect to explore the latest on the API revolution — from new architectures fostering innovation to new revenue streams. Accelerate digital transformation with middleware solutions that deliver future-made applications with speed, simplicity and repeatability across any infrastructure.

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Security

Learn about building a strong security posture to protect cloud-based infrastructures, reduce costs, improve service, manage risk and enable innovation. InterConnect features a specialized curriculum for security professionals including threat protection, incident response, mobile security, cybercrime, application security, identity and access management and more.

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Line of Business / Plant and Facility Management

If you’re in a line-of-business, or asset and facilities management role, explore the topic of industry convergence and cross sector experiences that meld the physical and digital realms. Learn how business process transformation can rapidly deliver innovative digital operations by leveraging IoT data in business processes. Gain key insights from industry experts and peers alike as they share the latest on how convergence has created new opportunities for growth and the expansion of partner ecosystems.

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Communication Service Providers

Get the latest on network and service assurance for your industry. Hear from fellow colleagues and industry experts on best practices and solutions that enable control of the entire communication and content management infrastructure.

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Banking and Financial Services

IBM clients will discuss integrating cloud, analytics and cognitive capabilities into business processes for better customer service, new revenue generation, cost reduction, and improved governance, risk and compliance management. You will learn how cloud can be integrated and securely leveraged in various deployment models.

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Education

Speakers from a wide range of education institutions will present their cloud journey for personalized learning, student retention, students at risk, Watson Analytics and information sharing.

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Energy and utilities

Hear success stories and strategies on cloud, IoT sensing and control, predictive maintenance, maximizing power generation, predicting outages, modeling energy consumption, security and more from featured speakers across the industry. Discover how IBM solutions can help you improve operational efficiency and reliability, increase revenue, reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction.

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Government

Don’t miss this year’s featured speakers from a wide range of government organizations around the world. Hear how cloud, big data, analytics and cognitive computing are being used for citizen engagement, national security, social programs, public safety, tax, counter-fraud and much more.

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Healthcare/Life Sciences

Hear how cloud, Internet of Things, big data and analytics, IT security, mobile and cognitive computing are being used by healthcare providers, payers and life sciences organizations to transform the industry.

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Industrial

This year will feature engaging speakers from Chemicals & Petroleum, Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Electronics, and Industrial Products sectors. Key IBM clients will share their stories on the latest trends and strategies spanning topics such as enterprise asset and facilities management, Industry 4.0 and predictive maintenance, the Watson IoT platform and much more.

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Insurance

Clients and IBM experts will explore topics such as the predicting life events, dynamic customer segmentation, cloud, the Internet of Things ecosystem, cognitive technologies strategy, mobility and digital transformation.

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Retail

Attendees will learn how cloud, cognitive and mobile are being combined to emulate human thinking, understand a customer’s personality and provide a personalized omni-channel brand experience. This is where cloud and analytics meet real-world applications that your organization can implement.

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Telecommunications

Don’t miss the engaging sessions from service providers and leading companies across the globe. IBM clients will explore topics including call network and service management, center transformation, customer analytics, subscriber segmentation, profiling and enrichment, real-time and predictive marketing offers—all powered by Watson and industry solutions.

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Travel and transportation

IBM clients will discuss how cloud and cognitive are helping innovate throughout their organizations. The sessions will focus on how cloud is helping drive new innovations in the Travel and Transportation industry.

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General Session

This 90-minute plenary session will give you a valuable, strategy view into InterConnect. With access to some of the most innovative industry luminaries and experts, IBM clients, and special guests, this is a "can't miss" cornerstone session.

Keynotes

These sessions allow you to explore high-level business and marketing strategies; discover the value of conference themes, streams, and topics; and learn from some of the most innovative IBM clients, Business Partners and IBM executive leaders. Topics include: Cloud, IOT, Security, Cognitive and Commerce.

Innovation Talks

These special talks will feature academic and industry luminaries sharing their unique perspectives on cloud, cognitive, and other provocative topics. About a dozen 45-minute Innovation Talks will be presented throughout the week.

Breakout Sessions

Breakouts provide the core product, industry, or business information you need to extend the value of your IBM investment. Sessions will be presented by IBM clients, Business Partners, and IBM experts.

Labs & Hands-on Training

Hands-on Labs provide an opportunity to gain first-hand technical experience with IBM’s latest products and solutions. Instructor-led labs will be offered across topics that align with the core curriculum. Attendees participate in a classroom setting, each with a dedicated laptop, with IBM expert instructors providing step-by-step lab instructions and answering questions.