Welcome to Innovate 2013!
It's check-in and registration day at Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you who have been able to join us and to welcome you to this exciting annual event. (And for those of you who can't be here this week, please consider attending an "Innovate comes to you" event in your area over the coming months.)
Every year, I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible, to hear about your software and product development projects, and introduce you to the new software and services we've been working on to help you and your team succeed. When you see me, please say hello!
This year, I'm delighted to note that our "Innovate agenda" is built around the rapidly expanding role of development within the computing industry's most powerful technology trends -- Agile, DevOps, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, Social Business. In other words, we're extending this conference's technical reach into the full spectrum of software technology that outlines today's business challenges .
I want to learn how you're managing, succeeding, coping, and how we can serve you better. That's why we've chosen ...
STAY AHEAD" as this year's theme. Your careers are developing, so to speak, along with the emerging trends. There's work to do this week, both structured and unstructured, and there will be fun, too. Your program guide has just about everything you need to know, but here are a few things I want to mention.
You'll find hundreds of breakouts, hands-on technical workshops, open labs, and a wide variety of certification tests to help you gain the skills you need to get the job done. And I know you'll enjoy the high-energy Exhibit Hall and IBM Solution Center, which will showcase the products of tomorrow. Explore Innovation Labs, observe interoperability in action, and meet face to face with the IBMers and Business Partners responsible for the solutions you care about.
And relax... later each day
The Innovate 2013 Expo is the hub of the conference. Join us Sunday evening at 7 p.m., Dolphin Hotel, Lower Level-Atlantic Ballroom, for the Welcome reception to meet the exhibitors and experts and get a first glimpse of all the stay-ahead technologies in the Expo. During the Monday and Tuesday evening receptions, you can continue to network and discover the solutions and technologies available from IBM and Business Partners.
See the Expo Highlights section on page 100 of your (hard copy) program guide for the solution insights and activities that the Expo has to offer.
After four days of technical sessions, you'll want to unwind Wednesday night at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, where we're hosting a private party for Innovate attendees, with food, drinks, and fun. You'll experience amazing scenery, landmark displays, and exciting rides and attractions including Expedition Everest®, Primeval Whirl®, Dinosaur, and Kali River Rapids®.
Have a great conference, and I look forward to seeing you tonight at 7 p.m., at the Dolphin Hotel, Lower-Level, Atlantic Ballroom.