With IBM Impact 2014 around the corner (next week!), I was excited to take a long look at the sessions being offered. Wow, what a great line up! This year’s event is at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Maybe that’s why I noticed that my list of sessions I want to attend has an international slant. Speakers from Turkey, Italy, China, Brazil, Scotland, Japan, and other nations are traveling to Nevada next week to share their insights on IBM products.
Two years ago, I attended my first Interop IT Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, and it left quite an impression on me. I’d heard about the “granddaddy of all IT conferences,” as it is now in its 28th year, and it didn’t disappoint. Despite the cool parties, the cool swag, and the well-staffed booths, Interop was also wall-to-wall with the world’s IT leaders in attendance. And I was in awe. This year is no different.
In January 2013, I noticed I had 7,555 email messages in my Outlook inbox. I remember it, because the number caught my eye and I kept getting alert emails that my account size was close to its limit. You can only ignore those alert emails just so long before, while sending the most important email of your life, you press send and… nothing. You try sending it again. Nothing. That’s what happened to me.
As a cybersecurity enthusiast for years, I am intrigued whenever there is a huge headline-making, media-frenzied security breach. Take, for instance, those two million passwords that were hacked earlier this month from social media sites, including Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, and even my venerable Twitter. At the same time, I am disappointed. The fight against cybercrime is never ending, but winning a battle or two would be nice.
I’m preparing to attend my first IBM conference next week when IBM Information On Demand 2013 begins in Las Vegas. While it’s not the first IBM conference Global Knowledge has attended since becoming an IBM Global Training Provider, it’s the first one I’ll be covering, so be on the look out for my IBM IOD-related blogs next month.