Information On Demand Call for Speakers: Tips for Getting Your Proposal Accepted

The Information On Demand 2013 Call for Speakers is now open. Proposals are being accepted for both technical and business leadership topics across Information Management, Business Analytics and Enterprise Content Management.

Here are a few tips for getting your proposal accepted:

  1. Ask clients to speak alongside you - this is one of the best ways to get accepted
  2. Make sure you are clearly describing business value. Review your proposal with your IBM rep or a colleague before submitting
  3. Submit on time! Call for speakers ends April 30

Save the date!  Early bird registration opens May 15.

IBM announced new technologies designed to help companies and governments tackle Big Data by making it simpler, faster and more economical to analyze massive amounts of data. New data acceleration innovation results in as much as 25 times faster reporting and analytics.

Big Data: Making the World go Round

The announcement, which represents the work of hundreds of IBM developers and researchers in labs around the world, includes an industry-first innovation called “BLU Acceleration,” which combines a number of techniques to dramatically improve analytical performance and simplify administration. 

Also announced is the new IBM PureData System for Hadoop, designed to make it easier and faster to deploy Hadoop in the enterprise.

Read more.

In a move designed to reduce the biggest security inhibitors that organizations face in implementing cloud, mobile and big data initiatives, IBM announced a broad set of security software to help holistically secure data and identities.

IBM’s new software capabilities help clients better maintain security control over mobile devices, mitigate internal and external threats, reduce security risks in cloud environments, extend database security to gain real-time insights into big data environments such as Hadoop, and automate compliance and data security management. Along with IBM Security Services and IBM’s world-class research capabilities, this set of scalable capabilities supports a holistic, proactive approach to security threats spanning people, data, applications and infrastructure. 

In the biggest announcement since the launch of IBM’s new Security Systems division earlier this year, IBM is unveiling ten new products and enhancements to help organizations deliver real time security for big data, mobile and cloud computing.

Get details on ibm.com.

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A new global report released today by IBM  and the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford reveals that most Big Data initiatives currently being deployed by organizations are aimed at improving the customer experience. Yet, despite the strong focus on the customer, less than half of the organizations engaged in active Big Data initiatives are currently collecting and analyzing external sources of data, like social media. Via IBM News room

ibmsocialbiz:

A new global report released today by IBM  and the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford reveals that most Big Data initiatives currently being deployed by organizations are aimed at improving the customer experience. Yet, despite the strong focus on the customer, less than half of the organizations engaged in active Big Data initiatives are currently collecting and analyzing external sources of data, like social media. Via IBM News room

Congratulations to the Information Management Business Partner Award Winners!

Over 2,400 IBM Business Partners gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the two-day Business Partner Summit at Information On Demand, October 20-21.  The highlight of the Summit was the General Session, which was all about celebrating the success of our Business Partners. 

One of the ways that we celebrated our Business Partner’s successes was with the presentation of the 2012 Business Partner Awards.  These awards recognize Business Partners who have delivered exceptional client experiences via Information Management software throughout the year.Congratulations to this year’s winners!

  • Information Management CTO Innovation Award Winner: Premier, Inc
  • Information Management Integration Excellence Award Winner: Perficient
  • Information Management Solution Excellence Award Winner: TerraEchos, Inc.
  • Information Management Rookie of the Year Award Winner: InfoReady

Hollywood magic and hard-nosed analytics made an unlikely couple this morning as the Business Partner summit component of Information on Demand 2012 drew to a close.

Both were embodied within the figure of Jeff Ma, the blackjack whiz kid-turned-analytics strategist. In a funny, engaging and at times highly personal presentation, Ma explored the parallels between blackjack table and boardroom and imparted important lessons to succeed in a data-driven world.


Originally an MIT engineering graduate and member of the MIT BlackJack Team, Ma parlayed his experiences devising analytically driven blackjack strategies into the success recounted in the book, Bringing Down The House. The book served as the inspiration for the film “21,” starring Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Bosworth…

Read more on the IBM Software blog.

The PureData System is the next step forward in IBM’s overall strategy to deliver a family of systems with built-in expertise that leverages its decades of experience to reduce the cost and complexity associated with information technology. Clients can have the system up and running in 24 hours, not 24 days, run complex analytics in minutes, not hours, and handle more than 100 databases on a single system.

IBM is unveiling three workload-specific models of the PureData System:  


Information on Demand 2012 will be the venue for rolling out Vivisimo and our role in the IBM big data platform. To kick off our first Information on Demand conference, we’re hosting a get-acquainted event. If you are a current Vivisimo customer or partner, this is your opportunity to learn more about how we fit into IBM’s big data and information management strategy and to find out exactly where you’ll find us throughout the conference. If you’re not already familiar with Vivisimo, this will be an opportunity to learn about our technology and to meet the Vivisimo team and the IBM team that is helping to integrate Vivisimo into IBM both strategically and technically.

Date: October 21, 2012, 4:00pm  PDT

To register: http://bit.ly/PAeLBL

Meet, Eat and Tweet at the Information On Demand Business Partner Networking Reception

Business Partners should plan to attend the Information On Demand Business Partner Summit Networking Reception, open exclusively to IBM Business Partners and IBMers who work in the channel. Join us at the reception to:

  • Meet with IBM executives and other Business Partners who share your interests. Networking will be facilitated at several designated meetup areas throughout the reception space.
  • Eat or enjoy a cocktail as you reconnect with colleagues or simply savor some downtime.
  • Tweet with hashtag #ibmpartners to have your Tweets displayed on one of several large screens at the meetup areas. Use these screens as a way to locate old friends in the crowd or continue the conversation with new ones after the reception.

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: South Seas E

We hope to see you there!

Rupert Bonham-Carter, Director of Worldwide Information Management Channel Sales for IBM, discusses strong Business Partner performance over the first half of 2012 and key priorities for the second half of 2012 in order to ensure a strong close.