Today was truly an incredible day at IMPACT! I arrived this morning at the MGM Boxing Arena to learn that we had 6,000 people in attendance at the conference. This morning's session was a chance for us to connect with our customers, partners, analysts and press. It's hard to believe that this is only the second annual IMPACT conference. The sheer volume of customers has grown by nearly 50 percent in the past year. Indeed, interest in SOA among companies of all sizes in all industries continues to rise at an increasingly rapid pace.
I want to share with all of you, some of the exciting news we talked about today.
Here's a quick summary with links to more information:
IBM SOA Leadership – putting IBM's experience to work for you.
Industry Platforms for Innovation -a fast start with industry frameworks and solutions.
Business Process Management Suite with Business Events -to model, simulate, deploy and change your processes.
Evolution of applications with SOA and Web 2.0 Mashups - to enable rapid innovation throughout your business.
Smart SOA Social Network -- to build interdisciplinary 21st Century skills.
Infrastructure SOA and Healthchecks --to get your SOA into prime condition.
The Smart SOA Social Network was of particular interest to attendees. The concept of the network is to bring together a like-minded, global community of thought leaders, information technology (IT) and business professionals, university professors and students, and other interested parties through both online and in-person forums designed to help members build skills and share best practices.
The IBM SOA social network is open to any customers, partners, academics and interested parties aiming to advance and share SOA knowledge and best practices. Membership is free and not restricted to the IBM community.
Please join us on the Network and share you thoughts & experiences.
And don't forget to join this week's SOA JAM. We want to hear from you!
For more information about IBM IMPACT, visit: www.ibm.com/press/impact2008