I bet you know an IBM Champion or two! I know I do. I’ve blogged about this wonderful group in the past and lovingly call them “IBM’s BEST Friends”. In IBM’s definition, IBM Champions are thought leaders and advocates who share their opinions and years of experience with people like you.
These people are recognized by IBM for their extensive contributions to the community and IBM Champions help make IBM communities a vibrant, meaningful and useful resource. IBM Champions are sought after experts in their field, and as such, have become renowned speakers at IBM and user group events worldwide.
At this year’s Information on Demand Conference (iod11), we will have 59 IBM Champions in attendance & speaking. An impressive 80 of the planned sessions across all the Forums and a variety of tracks is being led by one or more of our IBM Champions. The full list of 80 sessions can be found in this IBM Champions for Business Analytics, Enterprise Content Management and Information Management PDF document.
I’ve been attending conferences for many years now and I’ve become friends with many of these IBM Champions. Take a look at some of the events where a friend of mine is involved:
Roger Sanders: Pre-Conference Certification Class on Sunday Oct 23, 2 book signings: Idea to Print & DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes.
Susan Lawson: Pre-Conference Certification Class on Sunday Oct 23, Up-coming book: DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide.
Judy Nall: Pre-Conference Certification Class on Sunday Oct 23, Book: DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737.
Panel Discussion Speakers: Brian Green, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Manager, BI and Performance Management; John Boyer, The Nielsen Company, Enablement Team Lead; Kay Van De Vanter, The Boeing: co-authors of the book, "Business Intelligence Strategy", session BDS-1670B: How to Deliver BI Program Excellence, Tuesday, Oct 25, 3-4 pm.
Bernie O'Connor: IDUG Friend; Session IDB-3162A Anixter Uses IBM DB2 pureScale and Optim for Mission Critical Applications; 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Klaas Brant; Fellow judge on DB2’s Got Talent Competition & Host for DB2Night Show for DB2 for z/OS: Session IDB-2878A DB2 9.7: How to Create, Maintain and Monitor Huge Tables, Tuesday, Oct 25 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM
Cristian Molaro: Friend from DB2Night Show; Several sessions!
Cuneyt Goksu; Future Author; Session IDZ-1012A Practical Recipes for Daily Database Administration Activities Using IBM DB2 9 and 10 for IBM z/OS Monday, Oct 24 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM
Suresh Sane; IDUG Friend; Session IDZ-1179B DB2 10 Customer Experiences Part 1 What's New for the Developer? Monday, Oct 24 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM
Isaac Yassin; IDUG Friend; Session IDZ-1100A A Closer Look at IBM DB2 (z/OS) Member Cluster Tuesday, Oct 25 08:15 AM - 09:30 AM
Dave Beulke; Co-author of book: DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box; Session IDZ-1731A IBM DB2 Temporal Database Performance Designs Tuesday, Oct 25 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sheryl M. Larsen; Session IDZ-3504A More Lessons Learned from SQL Performance Review Tuesday, Oct 25 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bryan Paulsen; Session IDZ-3138A IBM DB2 10 for z/OS: John Deere's Beta Experience Tuesday, Oct 25 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Julian Stuhler; Co-author of book DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box; Session IDZ-1425A The Business Value of IBM DB2 10 Top Features - Real Customer Experiences Tuesday, Oct 25 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Daniel L Luksetich; Author of up-coming book: DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide; Session IDZ-1561A Explaining the IBM DB2 for z/OS Dynamic Statement Cache Tuesday, Oct 25 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Craig S Mullins; Author of many books including an up-coming book; Session IDZ-1380A IBM DB2 for z/OS Performance Tuning Roadmap, Tuesday, Oct 25 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Phil Grainger; IDUG Friend; Session IDZ-1011A Hash Access: The Hierarchical Direct Access Method (HDAM) IBM DB2 Table? Wednesday, Oct 26 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Bonnie Baker; IDUG Friend; Session IDZ-3510A DB2 Doctor: Symptoms, Diagnoses, and Cures for Poor Performance Wednesday, Oct 26 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM
David Birmingham; Author of book: Netezza Transformation: Taming the dragon without alchemy, sorcery or strange potions ; Blogger: “Netezza Underground” ; Several sessions, including Unleashing Netezza - Netezza Solution Best Practices Wednesday, Oct 26 08:15 AM - 09:30 AM.
For complete details of the sessions that all the IBM Champions are involved with, see this IBM Champions for Business Analytics, Enterprise Content Management and Information Management PDF document.
Looking forward to going to the conference to see my friends… and to make more friends.
PS… If you follow my blog, you’ll notice that two of my friends are missing from this list: Rebecca Bond and Scott Hayes. Rebecca won’t be attending for personal reasons and Scott doesn’t have any sessions that he’s running, but I hope he’ll be at the conference. If not, I’ll see him in Prague for IDUG.