The IBM Redbooks team circles a few weeks on the calendar as some of our favorite weeks of the year. At the top of the list happens in early spring that is the week that IBM InterConnect comes to Las Vegas. IBM InterConnect (formerly IBM Impact, Innovate, and Pulse, separately), will happen on March 19-23, 2017. If you are not familiar with InterConnect, it's IBM's annual event of more than 24,000 Cloud, DevOps, IoT, Security and other related technical professionals from around the world gathering to share knowledge, learn, network, and have some fun together. It began under this name in 2015, where three separate IBM-branded events were combined to form one of IBM's largest events annually.
While meeting our loyal readers at our IBM Redbooks booth is our favorite part of the conference, the thousands of sessions, hundreds of labs, certifications, and endless networking opportunities is unmatched for an event of this kind. The number of technical professionals under the same roof lends itself to an opportunity to meet some of the brightest minds in the technical community in the world in just one week's time. With that said, here are five things that you should know about IBM InterConnect:
- A year's worth of professional education in just one week
IBM InterConnect has over 2,000 sessions, 200 exhibitors, hundreds of labs, certification opportunities, and countless opportunities to meet like-minded professionals from around the world. From technical and business content to deep-dive technical sessions, the InterConnect curriculum is designed to help you quickly and easily realize the full value of your investment. Even more, there are at minimum 75 technical certification opportunities for you to bolster your technical background. Imagine the cost of attending individual training and certification sessions over the course of a year compared to what you can accomplish in just one week at InterConnect.
- Something for everyone
Some of the topics covered at InterConnect are Bluemix, SoftLayer, Hybrid Cloud, Process Transformation, Integration, Internet of Things, DevOps, IT Service Management, Security, and much more. Get hands-on experience building your next business model on the world’s first cloud-based data and analytics platform with built-in cognitive and business intelligence. Whether you’re an executive, IT leader, developer, designer, architect, or cloud expert, you belong at IBM InterConnect 2017.
With almost 25,000 attendees, there are technical professionals around the globe to meet and mingle with. This includes IBM Business Partners, clients, distinguished engineers, brand evangelists, and (of course) IBM'ers. Having everyone under the same roof is quite an opportunity to share best practices, insights and secrets.
- The largest IBM exhibit floor
This year's Concourse features 200+ exhibitors and Business Partners, walk the conference floor to meet your peers and see some of the newest technology showcasing new opportunities for digital leadership in your industries.
With IBM InterConnect happening in Las Vegas, there are limitless options for having some R&R during the week to go with all of that knowledge and networking. No, not a local Las Vegas cover band or dance troupe but musical artists such as Aerosmith and Sir Elton John have performed at IBM InterConnect.
Sir Elton John performing at IBM InterConnect 2016
We'll be at InterConnect with complimentary IBM Redbooks publications, as well as book signings and other giveaways at the IBM Redbooks booth.
If you're not already, get registered by visiting the IBM InterConnect site.
See you in Vegas!
IBM Redbooks Digital Brand Manager