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Well, it’s here, IMPACT2008. The WebSphere team is converging onLas Vegas for 6 days of peace, love and 6000 plus customers for a bigdose of SOA and an impressive line up of IBM executive speakers,customer speakers, celebrities and new product announcements.
This is going to be a very big week for the WebSphere brand. I amreally excited about a couple of our announcements. After 10 months ofincubating, we will announce our first product that utilizes thetechnology on projectzero.org. We are also announcing our busi
A bunch of us are twitteringabout IMPACT. Dan Jemiolo, from the Project Zero team, wrote this coolwidget, using PZ, that collects our recent twitter entries into asingle frame.
My WhereaboutsI have a jam-packed schedule. It starts, today, Sunday, with a bunchof rehearsals. I am doing the keynote on Wednesday and I have topractice with the teleprompter today. I’ve never used a teleprompterbefore; I won’t be inclined to do it again. It seems like it will stripmy personality away from my presentation. We will see.
On MondayI’m giving the WebSphere Inner Circle aprivate showing of my WebSphere 2008 Trends and Directions pitch. Thepresentation covers material similar to the stuff outlined in my blogposting (below) with a similar title. However, for this pitch I amshowing four screen cams of new features/products; including DataPowerWeb 2.0 Feed aggregation, Molecular Virtualization – SOA PatternDeployer, SugarCRM on Zero, and the secret IronTX incubator project.
Monday NightIf you are at the opening of theIMPACT Solutions Center at the MGM, PhatStrad, a local rock and rollband, will be playing 2 sets. Now, in-between sets, my band will play aset. (Yes, I said my band will play a set… But, you ask, "Jerry, I knowyou took guitar lessons for 4 years, but I didn’t think you were verygood – or even knew how to play a single song?" – Well. Thatinformation is correct. I’m not the best musician – but my band isplaying Rock Band)
On TuesdayI am meeting the Press and Analysts.Tuesday evening the B-52s will play for us.
On WednesdayI’m doing the morning keynote withBob Picciano, the new General Manager of Lotus, on the topic of SmartSOA.
On ThursdayJames Governor and I are hosting SOACamp – which will use an "Unconference" format with a group over 100customers. James and I will share a keynote slot to kick things off.The theme will be Agility.
On FridayHeading home.
Every spare momentin-between will be filled with customer conversations. Last year’sIMPACT was one of the most productive weeks of the year. The customerconference is extremely energizing. And while it may not be all peaceand love, it does inspire me.