Kim’s IOD Birds of a Feather Session Is ON

Posted by Kim May on August 18, 2009 under Information on Demand Conference, Uncategorized. Tags: , , .

I am excited to report that my IOD Birds of a Feather session on becoming an Information Champion was selected and will be held on Wednesday, October 28th, at 6pm at the IOD Conference.  Given that I am probably the least technical Information Champion I thought that if I could do it, so can anyone, and I thought it would be helpful to discuss the process with other future Champions.  If you are coming to IOD, I hope you will attend. 

IBM’s Amit Patel, who is serving as the communications focal point for the Information Champions, has offered to help, and I have asked another *technical* Information Champion to help as well.  When he accepts (I hope!) we will have an all-star cast ready (along with me) to assist our colleagues.  The session specifics are:

Becoming an Information Champion for Dummies  
   IBM Information Champion program recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the Data Management community. Sounds kind of daunting, doesn’t it? Well, it shouldn’t if you have been working with IBM Information Management products and stay involved with the community. Read More…

Speculation on Information On Demand Conference Entertainment

Posted by Frank Fillmore on July 16, 2009 under DB2 Education, Information on Demand Conference. Tags: .

After much (well-deserved) nagging from my colleague, uber-blogger and IBM Information Champion Kim May, I have vowed to be more active in sharing my random thoughts.  In order to *ease* back into the flow of blogging, I wanted to pick something in which many of you might be interested: entertainment at the upcoming IBM Information On Demand conference in Las Vegas, USA October 25 – 29.  Information On Demand Conference

Now, there are a few caveats.  I understand in these days of constrained budgets, travel and education dollars are hard to come by.  Moreover, many of our talented colleagues are looking for a gig to pay the mortgage right now – not worrying at all about getting to Las Vegas.

Still, IBM usually trumpets the entertainment to entice potential attendees, with the fabulous Donna Summer and (one of my all-time favorites) Earth, Wind, and Fire headlining previous conferences.  But to this moment, there’s nothing on the IOD website.  Bupkus.  So as a community service to our esteemed conference planner colleagues at IBM – and in light of the austere times in which we find ourselves – here are a few well-ruminated suggestions:

  1. Last year: The Village People as the opening act.  This year: the Biker doing “Y”.
  2. The Cher impersonator doing Sonny’s great American song catalog.
  3. Three cast-offs from one of the dozens of different Cirque du Soleil shows juggling, spinning plates, and eating fire.
  4. For those of you with long-enough memories back to early children’s television (you know who you are) here in the U.S.: Kukla, Fran, and Willie.
  5. In the same vein…   For Kim – who has Jonny Quest, The Complete First Season (with director’s commentary) – Jonny himself explaining the actual relationship between Dr. Quest and Race Bannon, Jonny and Hadji, and how Bandit got those black eyes.

Of course, your suggestions are welcome.  The best three addenda will receive one (or more) adult beverages of your choice on me at a mutually convenient time and place at IOD.  The decision of the judges (me, and most probably, Kim) is final.

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Pitching at IOD

Posted by Kim May on May 21, 2009 under DB2 Education, Information on Demand Conference. Tags: , , , , .

I asked the 25+ people that attended the last Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users Group LUW track meeting if anyone had ever submitted a proposal to speak at either IDUG or IOD. The response? No one! Ever!

The call for presenters at IOD is out and proposals must be submitted by next Friday, May 29th. Please don’t say, ‘oh no, not me…’ – this is a great opportunity for anyone, at any organization using DB2, to be heard. Go for it!! It is worth it – see the note from Amit Patel below. By the way, Amit is the champion of Data Champions – something else everyone should consider becoming.

“…the call for speakers for the IOD Global Conference is open at the enclosed URL. The deadline to submit proposals is May 29. I have attached below the information on Speaker Entitlements for IBM Customers presenting at IOD. Thanks.

Speaker Entitlements:

Customer Speakers
Customer speakers who are selected to deliver one or more Business Leadership or Technical Skill Building educational sessions will receive complimentary conference registration valued at USD $2,195. Conference registration entitles admission to all conference meals, education sessions, EXPO Solution Center, entertainment events and programs Sunday evening through Thursday. Customer speakers will also receive 3 nights (single room rate + tax) at an IBM-designated conference hotel if the customer is based in North America or up to 4 nights if the customer is based outside of North America. No other hotel or travel expense entitlements will be offered by the conference organizing committee. Only one customer speaker per session qualifies. The only exception is for a pre-approved customer panel, in which case prior written approval is required from Nancy Kreps, the conference education manager.

Customer speakers from government or public sector organizations must sign a document verifying that they are aware of IOD conference expense entitlements for customers and whether their organization allows them to accept. This documentation must be received by the conference team prior to IBM extending the conference fee or hotel night waiver.

Business Partner Speakers
IBM Business Partners who are invited or selected to speak are not entitled to registration, hotel or other expense entitlements offered by the conference organizing committee.”

Curt Cotner’s Integrated Data Management Presentation

Posted by Kim May on May 12, 2009 under Cobra, Data Studio, DB2 Education, DB2 for Linux Unix Windows, DB2 for z/OS, Information on Demand Conference. Tags: , , , , , , , .

2009 Integrated Data Management

We were honored to have Curt Cotner join us in Baltimore for a customer luncheon in early April. Curt presented on IBM’s 2009 strategy and impressed everyone in the room. Curt generously sent me a copy of the presentation the next day, and I’ve been back and forth with our hosting company trying to figure out how to enable sharing a file of this size. It’s working now, so I want to share it.

It’s not only a big file – there are some huge ideas and concepts. Please review it when you get a chance – I hope you get the same “wow!” we got during the live presentation back in April.

Sightseeing at IOD – Part 2

Posted by Kim May on October 31, 2008 under Information on Demand Conference.

Imagine my surprise to find one of my recommended sightseeing spots at IOD has been remodeled since IOD 2007 and the great “outdoor” seating in the mall area I recommended is gone.  The Border Grill went upscale…too bad! 

The conference, however, was great.  The week before the conference I heard from a number of IBM’ers who were told, at the last minute, NOT to attend the conference, and I was concerned that the lower number would be apparent to the attendees.  It really wasn’t, although I certainly missed seeing some folks who had originally planned to attend. 

Everyone I spoke to is concerned about the impact the economy will have on IT.  But here’s the silver lining -the, “been there, done that”, attitude of the graying DB2 community may now be perceived as a plus as most of us have survived stock market fluctuations, recession and inflation and have a calmer, rational, long-term perspective than our younger peers.  Maybe??  🙂

“Sightseeing” at IOD

Posted by Kim May on October 17, 2008 under Information on Demand Conference.

I am past the point of being frantic about The Fillmore Group’s plans for the Information on Demand Conference.  I leave for Las Vegas in a week; whatever I haven’t finished by now I will be trying to do during the next week without losing my temper too frequently.  I am, of course, excited to be attending and look forward to the serendipitous encounters that often drive the majority of our business.

Unlike more technical folks, a significant portion of my IOD planning involves scheduling time to do what I do best: people watching and waiting to run into people.  I particularly enjoy this as my other IOD activities are SO tactical and require detailed planning.  Finding a comfortable place, sitting and and seeing who I run  into is great fun! 

Last year I scoped out some good spots and decided my top three at the Mandalay Bay are:

1.  The convention center seating outside the Border Grill.  Read More…