The Event of the Year for IBM Business Partners

What comes to mind when you think of Las Vegas? Of course, it’s a great place to hold a conference, but I like to think there’s more to the city. Las Vegas is able to continually change and reinvent itself in response to market demands, which parallels the way nimble technologies stay relevant. That kind of agility is familiar to IBM and its Business Partners that are getting ready for the PartnerWorld Leadership Conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from February 25–28.

All indications confirm that our 2013 PartnerWorld Leadership Conference will be the event of the year for IBM Business Partners, as we’ll be building on the successful formula of our most recent conference in New Orleans, which was our highest-rated event to date.

Expanding the conference agenda

For 2013, we will be improving the experience in more ways than one. First, we’ll be keeping the meeting center open during the Leadership Exchange session times. We will also be extending the hours of our meeting center to allow more time for one-on-one meetings and networking with senior IBM executives and key Business Partners. And that’s only the beginning. We plan to have some very intriguing demo stations this year.

Introducing small-group skills and industry working sessions

For Business Partners looking to solve specific selling challenges, Thursday morning, February 28 may turn out to be one of the most valuable days of the conference. That day has been set aside for all-new, small-group skills and industry working sessions with IBM leaders with hands-on experience in many areas of the business, but who are not in the executive center.

In addition to this exclusive quality time with IBM experts, Thursday is also your ideal opportunity to connect with me and my dedicated PartnerWorld team. Please reach out to set up a time on Thursday and we’ll be happy to give you the personalized attention you deserve!

Other new developments include:

  • Bringing back the popular ISV forum.
  • Adding new content for Managed Service Providers.
  • Unveiling the latest IBM strategy and business transformation initiatives for 2013 and beyond.

As I mentioned in my first blog entry, it’s my intent to use this forum to provide you with a behind-the-scenes view of what we’re doing. With this conference in the planning stages, we are sorting through hundreds of ideas our colleagues have submitted to include in the conference—and frankly, it’s a very difficult process to work through. Anyone who has planned a wedding would understand this process. It’s like a seating chart—who goes where? In this case, what do you cover and when? Is it Main tent, or Leadership Exchange?

You could actually help us out and be part of the wedding planning party. Want to join our team and provide your view on content and timing? Who and what would you like to see at the PartnerWorld Leadership Conference? Please let me know if you would like to participate in the planning—and/or give us your feedback—by utilizing the “comments” feature below. After all, this is your conference—so like the bride, you have a say.

Bookmark the conference URL for more developments

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available; registration will open this month and space is limited, as we will be hosting 1,000 C-level Business Partners, 500 IBM senior executives and 60 members of the press and analyst community. Mark your calendars for February 25 through 28 now, and register right away when you receive your invitation.

For more information about the conference, visit the 2013 PartnerWorld Leadership Conference website for the preliminary agenda, fees and policies, information and more. See you there!

Jamie Mendez (@jamendez11)

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