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IBM Analytics University 2018—So many sessions, so little time!

IBM Analytics University 2018 is just around the corner, and there are so many reasons to take your clients and yourself “back to school.” The agendas have been posted for both Stockholm (September 17 – 20) and Miami (October 2 – 5). They feature an exciting lineup of industry speakers, analysts, Business Partners, IBMers and more! Excite your customers, close your deals! There are so many great options that it’s hard to decide which sessions to attend; take a look for yourself to find what’s most relevant to you.

Business Partners are strutting their stuff!
We’re excited to announce that several IBM Business Partners will be presenting at Analytics University, sharing how their specific business value, along with the IBM Analytics portfolio, has helped their clients gain insights to better run their businesses. Take advantage of these sessions to learn tips from your peers—and perhaps strike up a partnership for a future deal!

You can see all the BP sessions details listed in one place at our Analytics University BP Resource Center, and you can add them to your personal agenda at the IBM Analytics University site. You can find fuller descriptions of each session at either of those sites, but clicking the table on the right will open a list of all of the sessions featuring IBM Business Partners for quick reference.

Top 10 can’t-miss sessions

It’s always difficult to pick just a few sessions to highlight with so many good ones on the agenda, but here’s a cross-section of sessions that we’re excited about. Supplement these with your peer BP sessions.

  1. Opening General Session: Climbing the Ladder to Success—Using AI to Unlock the Power of Your Data
    Bonita Norris—Youngest British woman to climb Mount Everest
  2. Stockholm Supersession: The World Is Not Like You Think—Your Brain Skews It! Re-train Your Analytics Skills to Improve Your Decision-Making
    Anna Rosling Rönnlund—Co-founder of Gapminder and co-author of the book Factfulness
  3. Miami Supersession: The New Competitive Advantage: Moving From Data-Driven to Insight-Driven Decision-Making
    Tricia Wang—Global tech ethnographer and co-founder, Sudden Compass
  4. Analyst Session: A Playbook for Driving Business Transformation with Artificial Intelligence
    Kjell Carlsson—Principal Analyst, Forrester
  5. Track Keynote: Putting AI to Work for Business—It’s a Journey
    Carlo Appugliese—Program Director, Machine Learning and AI, IBM
  6. Data Science Technology Directions and What’s New
    Shadi Copty and Vishnu Alavur Kannan—Program Directors, Data Science Engineering, IBM
  7. Track Keynote: Enter the Age of Augmented Analytics with IBM Cognos Analytics
    Mike Norris—Director of Offering Management, IBM Business Analytics
  8. Track Keynote: Innovations in Financial and Operational Planning and Financial Consolidations to Drive Better Business Performance
    David Corbett and Ronnie Rich—Senior Offering Managers, Planning Analytics, IBM
  9. Data Governance Is a Ladder for AI
    Michele Goetz—Principal Analyst, Forrester and Julie Lockner—Director, IBM Analytics
  10. Client Panel Discussion: Be More Digitally Driven Through Analytics (Miami only)
    Jim Collins—Business Analytics Strategy Executive, IBM

Arrive Early so you can JAM! Cognos Analytics and Planning Analytics JAM sessions on registration day:

Come JAM with IBM Cognos Analytics
Are you an IBM Cognos Business Intelligence or Cognos Analytics Business Partner or customer? Then kick off your IBM Analytics University 2018 by joining our JAM session. This targeted, open house-styled session is a fantastic opportunity to: (1) Gain valuable information on what’s new with Cognos Analytics; (2) Learn about future releases and IBM’s strategic direction; (3) Hear from early program customers and network with customers from various industries around the world; (4) Meet and influence the IBM team; and (5) Join design sessions to help shape future enhancements. Stockholm—registration day—September 17 at 2:00 – 5:30pm. Miami—registration day—October 2 at 2:00 – 5:00pm

Come JAM with IBM Planning Analytics
Are you an IBM Planning Analytics or Cognos TM1 Business Partner or customer? Then kick off your IBM Analytics University 2018 by joining our perennial favorite JAM session. This focused session is designed to cover all things related to Planning Analytics and is a great opportunity to: (1) network with other customers from various industries around the world; (2) compare challenges and solutions, share ideas and design patterns; (3) meet and influence the IBM Offering Management team; (4) learn about future releases and IBM’s strategic direction; and (5) join in breakout sessions on specific topics. Stockholm—registration day—September 17 at 2:00 – 5:30pm

Dig deep with hands-on labs
Check out the dozens of hands-on labs being offered at each IBM Analytics University event. These range from introductory sessions suitable for analytics novices on up to highly technical sessions tailored for data science and IT pros. Bring your clients and learn together.

Build your agenda today!
Take a look at the “Agenda” tabs under the Stockholm and Miami headings on the IBM Analytics University 2018 site, build your own agenda, then get ready to learn and network.

We’re excited for you, our valued Business Partners, to share your success, host your clients, network, learn and, most importantly, progress your deals. Don’t miss this opportunity! If you haven’t yet registered for IBM Analytics University 2018, do it now! If you are still on the fence, re-read our Business Partner Voices blog: The top 3 reasons to finish 2018 strong with IBM Analytics University.

Looking forward to seeing you in Stockholm and Miami!

Lori Peterson @lori_g_peterson
Senior Marketing Manager
Analytics: Data Science and Business Analytics
IBM Global Business Partners

Lori Peterson is Senior Marketing Manager, IBM Global Business Partners. She drives worldwide marketing efforts around IBM’s channel business, with a focus on growing Business Partner momentum in Data Science and Business Analytics.

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