10 Reasons to Register for IBM IOD 2012

If you’re still wondering whether to join us in Las Vegas for this year’s premier IBM event – Information On Demand – here’s my top 10 reasons you should register today:

1.  Connect with Comrades

With domain and industry experts from across the globe, you are guaranteed to connect with people who have similar interests and are facing similar business challenges.  Contrary to popular belief, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas – the connections you make at IOD will last long after last drinks and provide a wealth of global knowledge and experience at your fingertips.

2.  See the Stars

Listen and learn from over 300 of our most innovative and successful customers as they discuss the technologies that have helped them achieve their business goals.  Ask them what challenges they faced and get the tips and tricks from the people who’ve done it already to increase the success of your own projects.

3.  Meet the Makers

IBM Product Management teams make the trek to IOD to launch new products and features – which gives you the perfect opportunity to make important connections and provide feedback about your experience with IBM software.  You might even get to sneak in a few enhancement requests.

4.  Find your Yin Yang

There are very few events that cover the breadth of Business Analytics and Information Management in a single event.  That means, everything you need to know about find the Yin Yang of BI in your organisation is under one roof.

5.  Sneak a Peak

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some of what’s “In the Labs” – this is your chance to get your own sneak peak on some of the amazing innovative technologies on the IBM road map.

6.  Get a Grip

Sign up for the Business Analytics Experience workshops or for one of the 110 technical labs for some hands-on experience with business intelligence and performance management solutions.

7.  Seek new Skills

Learn the latest features and functions of products you’ve invested in, and perhaps a few for those you haven’t.  Whether you’re representing your employer or yourself, there’s over 700 technical sessions on offer focusing on the breadth and depth of technology.

8, 9 & 10.  I’ll be there, and I’m bringing the best of Australia & New Zealand with me!

Need I say more?

You’ll find me hanging out in the BA keynotes, the exhibition hall, all the best sessions, and occasionally, the bar.  Somewhere in between I’ll be presenting on the topic of “What if?” – bringing together the power of prediction and optimisation into a simple business model and user interface to make it easier to evaluate and act on the best scenario.  With case studies from the Utilities and Retail sectors, you’ll get a good understanding of how Cognos Enterprise (BI & TM1), SPSS and ILOG CPLEX can work together to solve complex business problems.

Date: Tue, Oct 23, 2012
Time: 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Session ID: 1070A

Joining me is Armand Mizan, Australia Post, who with Nimrod Kuti, Tridant, will be presenting on their experiences leveraging the marriage of TM1 and SPSS to provide accurate cash flow forecasting.

Date: Tue, Oct 23, 2012
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Session ID: 1225A

Also making the 14 hour flight is Ms Data Collection herself, Karen Hardie.  Joined by Metro Spinal Clinic, they’ll be discussing the benefits of using SPSS to derive insight into patients` conditions and boosting follow-up rates with online questionnaires.

Date: Mon, Oct 22, 2012
Time: 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Session ID: 2715A

Don’t delay – make sure you register in time for the early bird special and start packing!