Dan Wolfson on InfoSphere at IOD 2009

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developerWorks: This is a developerWorks podcast. I'm Scott Laningham with Dan Wolfson, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, as well as Chief Architect and CTO for InfoSphere and Advanced Engagement Team. Welcome to the podcast, Dan.

Wolfson: Thanks, Scott.

developerWorks: Dan is here to preview for the Information On Demand Global Conference things he'll be taking part in there, along with some other podcasts we've had in the last couple of weeks like this. And, of course, that conference is coming up in Las Vegas October 25th through 29th and the URL we'll give out at the end so people can find out more information and register.

But Dan, what are some of the ways that — I know InfoSphere is your focus at the conference — and what are some of the ways that InfoSphere is being addressed at the IOD Global Conference this year?

Wolfson: Well, there's quite a number of scheduled sessions as people are probably aware. We have about 74 technical sessions going across everything from data discovery and mapping through the data warehouse, information integration, master data management, identity insight, and traceability. So there's a fairly broad set of technical sessions there with our key leaders.

We also have a number of hands-on labs where people can spend an extended time working through and learning different of our technologies in depth. So there's some, a lot of exciting ones there, a lot of new material that in fact is extending what we've done in the past.

Birds of a feather sessions, there's several of those in addition to the keynote and community reception sandboxes and Meet the Experts. The one thing that historically our customers have really enjoyed and, in fact, has been a highlight for many is, in fact, our demo area at IOD. And there we have many of our leading developers and architects for each of the products that are demo-ing the latest and greatest set of stuff that we've got, showing how the different products work together to solve some of our key customers' needs.

developerWorks: Wonderful. Now, I know you will also be participating in the Meet the Experts Program and could you talk about what's going on there?

Wolfson: Sure. Meet the Experts is an opportunity for our customers to schedule individual one-on-one time with different experts across the portfolio. I'll be doing quite a number as will many of the other key leaders across information management.

And it's usually pretty popular because people can ask whatever questions they want and it's a great way to have an informal and in-depth dialogue with the technical experts.

developerWorks: Dan, what about InfoSphere-related announcements at the IOD Conference? I know you can't scoop stuff early, but is there anything you can tell us to look out for there?

Wolfson: Well, there will be quite a number of announcements there that we've been pretty busy in the development labs. Two areas in general, take a look at some of the new things that we're doing around the InfoSphere tools arena and there will be at least one interesting announcement there.

And another is in the master data management area. So we've been doing some pretty exciting things. You'll also see some of those things demonstrated in our demo area and quite a few other discussions around that.

developerWorks: And so obviously people want to get more of this detail on the day that it's announced anyway. They ought to get to the conference which is hopefully what we're encouraging folks to do.

Could I even ask you about that, Dan? I'm assuming you go to a lot of these things and people may be thinking, gosh, it's hard to justify traveling to conferences in person and all that in the world today. But what is it about these conferences that you enjoy the most, something like this IOD Global Conference?

Wolfson: Well, the thing that I enjoy the most and really our customers enjoy the most are the one-on-one interactive discussions and hands-on discussions that people get with our technology, both in the hands-on labs, in the demo area, on the show floor, in the Meet the Experts sessions, as well as in the Executive Briefing Center that I also support.

We've got some customers that just kind of wander into the demo area and spend just hours working through and talking with all of our different technical leaders about all the different products. And it's really an opportunity to really get to know the development team and the technical leaders in a way that you just can't do otherwise.

developerWorks: Lots of good reasons to attend the Information On Demand Global Conference October 25 through 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. You can get more information and register at ibm.com/events/informationondemand. Our guest has been Dan Wolfson, an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect and CTO for InfoSphere and Advanced Engagement Team. Thanks again, Dan.

Wolfson: Okay, thanks Scott.

developerWorks: This has been a developerWorks podcast. developerWorks is IBM's premiere technical resource for software developers with tools, code, and education on IBM products and open standards technology. I'm Scott Laningham, talk to you next time.


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