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Executive Perspective Infrastructure Partner Experience Watson Watson Build series Worldwide

Are you ready to embrace the Cognitive Era? Fast-track your expertise at PWLC

The IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference (PWLC) opens in one week! Are you ready for four days of exclusive insights on cognitive technology, industry-specific solutions and cloud business models? Join us to experience real stories demonstrating Business Partner and client successes, forge closer connections with domain experts and learn to harness the power of cognitive and cloud technologies.

Tuesday morning kicks off as IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty discusses “Strategy in the Cognitive Era.” John E. Kelly, IBM SVP, Cognitive Solutions and Research follows with “Using Data to Compete” to explain how Watson’s cognitive technology enables enterprises to harness the power of data to realize new value. In addition, we will welcome many other IBM executives, analysts and industry experts throughout the conference.

Several events I want to highlight provide unprecedented opportunities to network with subject-matter experts and senior executives from IBM and other Business Partner organizations.

CSP Forum: Successful Strategies for Delivering Cloud-Based Services

Learn how cloud technology can help your business deliver more innovative solutions. Our experts help you harness trends that drive growth and provide more value to your clients.

In this session, we will help you:

  • Get insight about creating successful strategies for cloud services
  • Hear from partners about different delivery models for cloud services
  • Meet with IBM executives from Cloud, Analytics, Security and Storage who will share key solutions and best practices for Cloud Service Providers

The IBM Watson Build

In 2016, IBM launched the IBM Cognitive Build, a project challenging IBMers company-wide to use design thinking to create agile teams and develop innovative solutions. A few months and 2,700 ideas later, our newly acquired skills produced hundreds of viable prototypes. Now we’ve tailored this experience for you. The Watson Build challenges you to start your cognitive journey in a hands-on setting. Topics will include insights and tips about participation, plus IBM design thinking, guidance on cognitive solutions and information you need to know about developing a prototype. We’ll help you develop useful skills that can accelerate innovation and benefit your clients such as:

  • Understanding and using IBM Watson APIs
  • Gaining new ways of working and new tools
  • Selling your solution on IBM Marketplace

If you’ve wondered where IBM Watson and IBM Bluemix can take your business, the Watson Build is your opportunity for guided discovery. And if you’ve already developed an outstanding solution, find out how to participate and be recognized.

Business Partner Meetups

Hosted by IBM experts and key Business Partners from strategic industries such as financial services, industrial and retail, we discuss leading-edge analytics, Blockchain, Bluemix and Watson technology solutions. Join us to explore and build your industry and technology ecosystem knowledge with partner-to-partner collaboration.

Connect and dine: Gala dinner and entertainment

Following Business Partner Meetups, continue networking with your peers while we treat you to delicious cuisine and top-notch entertainment. Start with a meal prepared by celebrity chefs José Andrés and Chris Santos. Both renowned for their culinary creativity, Andrés is a James Beard Foundation “Outstanding Chef” and owner of ThinkFoodGroup. Santos founded A-list New York City restaurants The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex, and Vandal. After dinner, join us in the Chelsea Theatre as we entertain you with a show by the Blues Brothers.

Again, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference. We look forward to connecting with you and your peers to help you create practical, actionable strategies to cultivate your business and flourish in the Cognitive Era.

To locate the latest PWLC speakers, agenda and sessions, download the IBM Events mobile app. Please tell me what you think by commenting below.

Mike Gerentine (@mgerentine)
Vice President, IBM Global Business Partners

Michael Gerentine is Vice President, Software Channel Sales, IBM Global Business Partners. He is in charge of managing software partners across the IBM channel, a global business that spans several IBM business divisions, including Watson and IBM Cloud. He helps channel partners better understand IBM's strategy, adopt new technologies and deliver solutions to clients, all while helping drive mutual sales success for the ecosystem. Previously, Michael served as Vice President of Marketing, IBM Global Business Partners, where he developed and led marketing efforts for the IBM Business Partner channel.

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