I have so much that I want to tell you about last week’s IOD11 conference, but I keep running out of time! I wasn’t able to connect last week while at the conference, so I had much mail to respond to today. So, here are the highlights, but look for more entries in the next few weeks.
1) People. Wow… were there a lot of people at the conference! I spoke to many people and made so many new friends. I’m already looking forward to IOD 2012 to see them again. Last year was amazingly well attended, and this year had more attendance. Thanks to all of you who attended! And… sorry for not spending time with the many people who have emailed me saying that they came to the bookstore to see me, but I wasn’t around!
2) Books. We sold more books this year than we did last year… and last year was a record for us. Shortly I’ll have all the details and will be able to tell you which books were best sellers. I can tell you from what I witnessed at the signings that the most popular books were Moneyball, Cognos 10, and Bold… followed closely by Netezza, Data Warehouse, and Data Integration. More on these books later.
3) Michael Lewis and Billy Beane. One of the highlights for me was meeting Michael and Billy. I’ve read two of Michael’s books and fully intend to read others. I really like his style of writing and encourage you to pick one up if you haven’t. Billy is amazing… friendly, good looking, athletic… I found it hard to believe he has a temper! The talk that the two of the had in the opening session on Wednesday was a lot of fun and for those who missed it, I can only guess that it will be edited before it is releases as a video, if it is released at all. The signing was truly amazing… never have I seen such excitement for a book. For those who missed the fact that there was a signing…. make sure you keep reading my blog as I’ll know in advance who the speaker will be and if it is an author, will read their books before the conference.
4) Jeff Jonas. He opened the conference with a short but amazing talk on Monday morning. In my opinion, he was the highlight of the day.
5) Train. The event on Tuesday featured the band Train. They were great. The lead singer knows how to work a crowd. The food was lacking, but everything else rocked! Sal Vella and I hung out and made the best of the opportunity to meet & greet as many people as we could.
6) Women. The WIT event on Wednesday night was the best attended WIT event I’ve ever attended! Is it because it was just announced that Ginny was taking over from Sam as CEO? Or was it better promoted? In any case, we have more reason than ever to celebrate women at the event. Inhi took a photo of the 300 attendees and sent it to Ginny who was touched by the gesture. The one shadow over the event was the tribute we had for one of our female colleagues who had just passed away due to breast cancer. Many of us at the event knew her well and were deeply saddened by her suffering and our loss. RIP Linda!
7) Champions. We have new champions this year and more coming. I am very lucky to know many of them… but there are many more who I’d like to meet. I had breakfast with Susan and Terry, who I nominated to be champions.
8) Flashbooks. We produced 3 new flashbooks for this conference and were blown away at the response. Let’s start with the Big Data book. We gave out 3000 copies after the Monday opening session. I couldn’t believe that we went through all the books, so spent the rest of Monday looking for the rest of my shipment. It was proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that I did in fact receive all the books and yet, it is possible to give away that many books in half an hour! I then ordered 1000 additional copies to give out to the many disappointed people who were unable to get a copy on Monday. The other two Flashbooks also generated a huge amount of excitement and I was very pleased to see us “sell out” of every single copy. If you missed your copy, watch for another entry from me about how you can get an e-version of any of these books free of charge.
9) Walking. Last year I wore a pedometer and walked 99 miles. I inspired my team who were running the “Services, Support & Education Zone” to have solar-powered pedometers as their giveaway. I’m sure that there are several people who were able to beat my distance from last year! Let me know if you did. I didn’t wear a pedometer this year, but know that I walked many a mile. I still say “ouch” with nearly every step!
10) Social Media. I gave two presentation about social media and received positive feedback from these sessions. I have more to tell you about this topic, but wait for another entry. Before the conference, I created 25 blog entries to help promote the many events that were planned. I’m happy to say that I have had the more views this month than any other month since I began blogging. I hope that means you find my entries helpful. I wasn’t able to tweet while at the conference, so I thank those who tweeted about my entries. Long live blogging!
More to come!