Lightning at Innovate
I hope you're enjoying your time at Innovate 2013 as much as I am, the conversations with your peers, the training and certification opportunities, and the expanded scope of the conference itself. As our general manager Kristof Kloeckner noted on yesterday morning's main stage, we've reinvented Innovate this year to reflect the rapid growth in all areas of technology.
And with those "lightning talks" by IBM's senior leaders averaging 5 minutes a piece -- covering mobile, cloud, social business, big data, agile development, and economic governance -- I think "rapid" is the key word. I hope you found the opening session lively (where else in town could you hear a rock band at 8 a.m.?) and I encourage you to have a look at the technical white papers we've published to complement and expand on Monday's lightning talks. These papers explain much more on each of the core topics, describing how our subject matter experts view today's major technology trends through the lens of software development. You can also find hard copies at the related peds on the Expo floor in Atlantic Hall.
The spirit of development and creativity here at Innovate is stronger than ever. Of course it's really green here, which you expect in late spring, especially in Florida. But in a bigger sense, the technology trends we're covering this week signal a new season for the software development community, for those of us creating the software that's enabling great things that were simply never possible before. As Kristof said yesterday, "It's a great time to be a software engineer."
Here are a few more cool things I heard from yesterday's main stage:
I look forward to meeting many more of you over the next few days at Innovate, including tomorrow (Wednesday) night's special outing at Animal Kingdom. In the meantime, stay cool (it's hot out there!), stay focused, and let us know what more can do to help you stay ahead.