More suggestions for IOD preparation
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In my last post, I gave you an overview of what is going to happen in the IBM InfoSphere On Demand (IOD) based on my experience last year. I also gave you some suggestions on how to prepare for the event and some tips. I am happy to hear some very good feedback from readers. If you have not had a chance to review it yet, I strongly suggest that you review my last IOD posting before reading this blog post.
Here is the link to my last posting: Getting the most out of IOD 2012
Before you head out to the event, perhaps one week in advance, get in touch with your IBM contacts who will also go to IOD, and make appointments to meet them in person. A lot of IBMers from all over the world will be attending the IOD. For example, product managers will be attending the conference, because this is a good chance for them to meet with IBM customers face to face. IBMers in professional services, sales and tech sales and product executives will also be attending the conference.
Don't wait until the last minute to make those appointments. Last year there were over 11,000 attendees in IOD. People will be very busy in the 4 day event, so it will be difficult to find them even if you know their cell phone numbers, especially you may not have stable cell phone services in the venue. It is best to plan ahead.
I usually don't text, but I have done the most texting during last year's IOD, because that was the only way I could connect with my other colleagues at the event.