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Top 5 reasons for Business Partners to attend Think

What if you could completely re-envision the business conference experience? At IBM, we decided to do just that.

We wanted to bring together the best elements of all our previous conferences and create a single, powerful event that maximizes the value for attendees. We started by collecting input from clients, IBM team members and Business Partners around the world. And from that input we created Think 2018—an exciting, first-of-its-kind event that gathers a broad array of thinkers to learn, get inspired and forge new connections.

We’ve designed Think to be particularly valuable for Business Partners. Here are five key reasons you should register for Think this coming March.

1. Education

Learn more about a wide range of cutting-edge technologies. From artificial intelligence and cloud to security and the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced technologies are changing our world. Think is designed to help you better understand how they work and what they can do for you and your clients.

Think Campuses allow you to dig deep into the topic that is most important for your business and your clients. You can find all the technology information you need at Think Campuses for Cloud and Data, Security and Resiliency, Modern Infrastructure, and Business and AI. The campuses also provide excellent opportunities to connect with your community. You can share challenges, discuss experiences and discover new solutions.

Think Academy offers more than 1,000 labs, certifications and sessions so you can gain a year’s worth of professional education and training in just four days. Learn in scheduled, open and group labs. With more than 300 certification exam opportunities, Think Academy also lets you earn credentials that will benefit your business.

2. Experts

Get inspired and gain new insights from an impressive array of experts. For Think keynotes, innovation talks and feature sessions, we’ve lined up visionaries from a broad range of fields, from technology and business to sports and aerospace. These visionaries will be at Think to inspire you and share their view of the future.

You’ll also have opportunities to meet face-to-face with experts in blockchain, cloud, data, IBM Watson, security and storage! These experts will not only show you the latest technologies but also help you anticipate how those technologies will affect your clients.

3. Networking

Expand your network, connect with clients and build new alliances with other Business Partners from around the globe throughout the Think event. Make sure you stop by the BP Zone where you can connect with visionaries, mingle with conference attendees and meet one-on-one with clients or IBMers. Exchange contact information with other attendees over refreshments or during any of the plentiful other chances to network.

4. Entertainment

Have some fun—you’ll be in Vegas, after all. In addition to assembling an inspiring lineup of event speakers, offering extensive educational resources and providing numerous opportunities to network, we’ve got some awesome entertainment in store. Check out Train, Barenaked Ladies and Chainsmokers plus other exciting surprises. We’re throwing a great party in Vegas just for you.

5. The PartnerWorld at Think general session

As a Business Partner registered for Think, you are invited to attend the PartnerWorld at Think general session on Wednesday, March 21. You’ll hear about IBM strategy from General Manager, IBM Global Business Partners, John Teltsch, and Chief Marketing Officer, IBM Global Business Partners, Jacqueline Woods, plus much more.

With your input, we’ve designed Think to be extremely valuable for Business Partners. Don’t miss this brand-new event. Register for Think 2018 today! You can let me know what you think by using the comments feature below.

Jacqueline Woods (@jacwoods2020)
Chief Marketing Officer, IBM Global Business Partners

Jacqueline Woods is Chief Marketing Officer, IBM Partner Ecosystem. She drives worldwide marketing efforts around IBM’s channel business, with a focus on growing business partner momentum in IBM Cloud and Cognitive technologies.

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