Innovate 2012 - What a Conference!
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Finally back in my office with some time to reflect on the week at Innovate 2012. It was such a great conference, I am challenged picking which memory to highlight first as there are so many things to choose from.
Sunday night, conference attendees showed a tremendous interest on the topic of service virtualization, Rational's new testing solutions, and Green Hat technology. Hundreds of people stopped by the Green Hat solution center booth to get their "Green Groove" on and see the future of testing - Rational Test Workbench & Rational Test Virtualization Server - in action. This energy persisted across the entire week during the many break-out sessions, hands on workshop, and open lab where attendees dove deeper into the topic of integration testing and service virtualization. Now, if you weren't at Innovate 2012 and want to learn more about Rational's latest automated testing solutions, check out:
During Monday's keynote, we heard from IBM Executives where a common theme of accelerated software delivery is key to business success was shared and how adopting a development platform offering improved integration, collaboration and optimization can deliver more predictable, well governed outcomes for stakeholders with less overhead and more freedom for prac
Then, over the next few days a solid lineup of speakers and entertainers kicked the event up another notch....
Tuesday morning, guest speaker Jamie Clark, extreme mountain climber and adventurer, started off the day and energized the crowd sharing some words of wisdom from his life experiences which I am sure all will remember. His story about the journey to the top of the world - Everest - really had the crowd pumped to begin another day of innovating. Listen to Jamie's story.
To kick off Wednesday, physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, co-founder of string theory, took us through a story of the four waves of innovation ... steam power and trains, electricity and cars, high tech and computers, and the elusive, happening-right-now fourth wave - computers will be everywhere but nowhere. So what does the future of innovation hold for us where computers will be everywhere but nowhere - consider internet glasses, smart contacts, digitalized money, plastic transistors, and robo-doc. Watch Michio Kaku and hear what he had to say for yourself.
Then Wednesday night was the special event at SeaWorld. After a couple of rides, the group headed off to the concert and fireworks display. Listening to Foreigner, we were standing in the rain with our many new friends singing along to the hits the band shared and reminiscing about where we were or what we were doing the first time we heard "Cold as Ice" and "Juke Box Hero". After a two song encore by the band, the crowd exited the park to colorful explosions lighting up the sky in celebration of another great event.
Finally, thanks to all who attended Innovate 2012 making this year's conference a tremendous success and certainly one to remember. Special thanks to all those who spoke in the Quality Management break out sessions, delivered the Open Labs and Workshops, and helped demo the Future of Testing - my new Green Hat friends.