One of the great things about the IBM Rational Software Conference (formerly the Rational Software Development Conference, or RSDC) is the fact that you can get the equivalent of an entire year's worth of training, all in one week. Plus catch up with colleagues and peers across the globe whom you otherwise rarely get to see -- and meet new people who may prove valuable (whether for solving technical problems or being a key contact who helps with your career or becoming a lifelong friend). The teams putting together this year's Rational Software Conference (May 31-June 4 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort in Orlando, FL) recently shared with me an impressive list of new reasons to attend this year. Among them: a new "Application Security and Compliance" track, new "Enterprise architecture and SOA content," a new "Software Lifecycle Integration and Governance" track, and the addition of "Innovation 2009: Telelogic User Group Conference" -- which means you get the benefits of two conferences for the price of one. For more on this year's big event, check out our new developerWorks podcast with Terry "TQ" Quatrani , Rational technical events content lead. The conference also has special discounts now -- and even an opportunity to persuade IBM to help you attend: Want to come to the conference but can't get the budget approved to join us? Send us your contact information, your budget challenge, and how we can help. There's no time like the present to register .