I am! For those who don’t know what IOD is, it is the IBM Information on Demand Conference which will take place in Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay) during the last week of October. Last year we had 10,000 attendees and it was an awesome conference in so many ways. See my blog entry about the top-selling books at the conference last year.
Why am I thinking of IOD now, when the conference is months away? I’m planning the books that will be published specifically for the attendees of this year’s conference, and working with publishers who have books that will be published before the conference so I can arrange book sales and signings.
Last year I arranged to have 5 new Flashbooks launched at the conference and a total of 16 books signings which included famous authors such as Dr. Atul Gawande (The Checklist Manifesto), Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubnar (Freakonomics), and Mark Jefferies (The Art of Business Seduction). I don’t know who the speakers will be this year, but I hope that they are authors so I can arrange a book signing, and selfishly, meet them in person!
I recommended Dan Ariely as a motivational guest speaker because I loved his book Predictably Irrational. Other IBM conferences this year have included speakers who were involved in IBM Watson and of course this being IBM’s Centennial, so you can be sure that there will be buzz around the two related books:
By Stephan Baker
By Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, Jeffrey O'Brien
As for Flashbooks, I have a few tentative plans… An update to the DB2 z/OS Migration book, an update to the Cognos Strategy book, and maybe the Cloud book. We might have a new DB2 LUW book and maybe a Big Data book. I think a Netezza Flashbook might be useful… maybe a Data Warehouse one as well? We’ll see what I can arrange. Do you remember what a Flashbook is? It is the free, small, published books that are handed out at the conferences to introduce you to key ideas that we want you to take home with you. Here’s where you can find the titles we did last year including links to the e-version, printed version that you can purchase and a blog entry about the book: Information Management Bookstore.
As for published book, I already have several on my list that I’m looking forward to:
By Roger Sanders
By Roger Sanders
DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide
By Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
By Robert Laberge
By Sunil Soares
Karsten Oehler, Jochen Gruenes, Christopher Ilacqua
By Anthony Giordano
By Bill Carpenter
Have you registered for the conference yet? I haven’t but will soon. Here is where you can find all the registration information: http://bit.ly/attendIOD