I flew to Las Vegas on Sunday evening. It had been a few weeks since I had last boarded an airplane and I was excited to go anywhere, even Las Vegas. The flight out was great, but the airport was like Shinzuku Station at 7am when I landed at 11pm. One-legged trolls must be hand-carrying the bags from the planes to baggage claim because it took a nervous and smokey hour to reclaim my luggage. Welcome to Las Vegas.
I was there to participate in the IBM Information on Demand Conference. This event was so good I completely forgot how much I despise that sunny city. I really don't know why anyone needs to have a gambling mecca in a city with nice weather because the hotels make it practically impossible to even see the sun on most days.
That aside, IOD was terrific. The sessions were excellent. I spoke in so many different sessions on Data Governance that I barely had time to hear other speakers. My sessions were packed with passionate participants. I took home fist-fulls of business cards and was deeply impressed with the knowledge and interest of my audiences. There were some sure who weren't doing Data Governance yet, but they were the minority and the questions and interest demonstrated to me that Data Governance is now a market that is aware of itself. Things are happening independent of IBM. The demand is there across industries. It is our opportunity to lose; customers and business partners are keenly interested in joining the Data Governance Council and learning about the Maturity Model.
For me, the event was a vindication of all the hard work the Council has put in the past three years. My congratulations to the entire IBM IOD team who put on this excellent event.