Getting the most out of IOD 2012
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IBM Information On Demand (IOD) 2012 will be hosted in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas from October 21st through 25th. I hope you will have a chance to attend this exciting event to learn about the products in the IBM Software Group InfoSphere portfolio, and see what we can do to help you and your business compete in today's challenging global economy.
Here is a short overview of the event from my own personal experience, and some suggestions to help you prepare before you head out to the Silver State.
When you first check in to the event, you will be given an agenda booklet with every day's schedule, all of the breakout sessions listed by date/time and categorized by topic of interest, certificate programs, and the map of the venue. I suggest that you attend all of the major keynote sessions, because that will give you a good idea what are the key technologies and IBM solutions you may want to pay attention to throughout the event.
After the major keynote, you may go to any breakout sessions of your choice. IOD provides a conference agenda builder, which helps you search your interested topic and create your own personal agenda to map out the 4-day event. Here is the link to the IOD agenda builder. Simply search for the product and technology of your interest in the "Keyword" text box, then all of the relevant events will be returned. You can also filter by date, or use the other search filters that are available.
Don't miss the dessert (after lunch) and cocktail hour (around 4 or 5 PM) in the Expo area. You can enjoy good food, check out the vendors' booths for demos and network with IBMers and IBM customers and partners. When you are at the Expo, make sure to stop by the IBM Software Subscription & Support, Training Services and Education Hub (booth 832) and the AVP Red Carpet Lounge (booth 534) to receive a free pedometer, and talk to the friendly support experts. They may be able to answer your questions and give you a tip or two. The demo room is another place not to be missed, in which you can find tech sales and IBM services experts to see their latest product demos.
Breakfasts and lunches are other good networking opportunities. IBMers from different organizations sectors such as services, sales, product management, development, technical support, etc, from all over the world will be attending IOD, and they are eager to share their expertise and knowledge with you.
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Last but not least, please don't miss the concert! It will be fun and entertaining for sure.
Other miscellaneous but important tips:
Watch out for new blog postings coming up on for our support recommended breakout sessions specific to IM products.