I'm finally recovered from a very busy and exciting IBM Connect and this year it was completely different. New city, new venue, new IBM it seems. New Way to Conference?
My impression was that the people in the community are excited by the announcements, especially around keeping Notes/Domino relevant and modernizing apps, they're excited to work with Watson APIs to bring cognitive into their solutions, are impressed with, and encouraged by the concept of Connections Pink and excited that Connections 6 is just around the corner. The general feeling I get from talking to people is that IBM is gaining momentum in the collaboration space, and people feel energized by this.
The demos showed working code and depicted real life scenarios from real people. The IBM team did an excellent job of showing how our near future will be enhanced by all of the work they're doing in the collaboration space. The guest speaker, Dr. Sheena Iyangar, was a brilliant addition, talking about choices and how sometimes too many choices can be detrimental. This seemed to resonate with a lot of people and was relevant to what we all face on a daily basis. She tied in how Watson can help narrow down our decisions or help us to focus on the most important aspects of our daily work.
Everyone I spoke with said that it was one of the best they'd seen. Not only the speaker, Eric Whitacre, who was extremely relevant with his ideas on collaborating on projects that traditionally would require proximity, but also the energy and enthusiasm shown by IBM. The grand finale, Eric brought in Capella SF, a choir out of San Francisco, to sing a piece he had composed. There was not a dry eye in the house. Music has the power to move us so much, and in that moment we were all united in our captivation and emotions.
I want to give you an easy entry point to find resources from the community about the conference, so...
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Here are some blog posts from around the community giving a well-rounded view of how the event went.
Alan Forbes: http://www.servervitalsigns.com/impressions-ibm-connectsan-francisco/
Peter Presnell: http://redpillnow.com/our-views-on-connect-2017/
Greg Eldred: https://geldred.com/2017/02/28/connect-2017-the-really-good/
Adam Brown: http://www.collaborationblueprint.com.au/blog/2017/2/28/ibm-connect-2017-top-5-highlights.html
Graham Acres: https://grahamacres.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/my-review-of-ibm-connect-2017/
Florian Vogler: https://www.panagenda.com/2017/02/ibm-connect-2017-and-beyond/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+panagenda+%28panagenda%27s+Blog%29
Frank van der Linden: http://elstarit.nl/2017/02/27/take-ibm-connect-2017/
Jesse Gallagher: https://frostillic.us/f.nsf/posts/020C644DEAAAAC88852580D1007604D1
Gabriella Davis: https://turtleblog.info/2017/02/24/ibm-connect-2017-review-post-1-the-good-not-so-good/
Devin Olson/Peter Presnell podcast: http://redpillnow.com/wrapping-up-ibm-connect-2017-with-bob-peter-and-devin/
Hogne Bø Pettersen: http://domino.elfworld.org/ibm-connect-2017-3-i-ve-seen-the-future-of-domino-and-it-is-sapho/
John Head: http://www.johndavidhead.com/jhead/johnhead.nsf/dx/ibm-connect-2017-highlights-the-negative-and-emotional-impact-of-ibms-co-location-policy
Ben Menesi: http://techlab.ytria.com/6113/lotus-notes-articles/live-ibm-connect-2017-long-awaited-formulas-announced-fp9-indepth-guide/