What to Expect at the 2019 IBM Think Conference

Drew Bixby
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In 2018 IBM merged all their top conferences, including World of Watson, Amplify, Interconnect, Edge, and Connect, into what they call “the quintessential IBM experience.” This super conference, called IBM Think, is the premier industry conference for today’s leading-edge technologies, and for the people who create and use them. With over 30,000 in attendance in 2018, IBM Think established itself as a “must attend” meeting for both executives and technical professionals.

The second edition of IBM Think will take place in San Francisco, February 12th to 15th, 2019. If you haven’t thought about going, you should. Here’s why.

Why IBM Think Matters

IBM Think is designed to be comprehensive in its scope, including IT infrastructure, the cloud, mobile, data, analytics, AI, IBM Watson, the internet of things (IoT), and security. You’ll learn about technological trends and potential disruptors affecting your industry, and have the opportunity for one-on-one networking with industry experts, key IBMers, IBM Business Partners, and potential customers.

At a more personal level, IBM Think will help you sharpen your own knowledge and skills. With technology-specific educational presentations, hands-on labs with expert instructors, and certification exams in hundreds of topic areas, you’ll have the opportunity to advance your professional standing.

Who Should Go?

There are two major classes of people who should make attending IBM Think 2019 a priority:

  • Business leaders who want to understand the challenges and opportunities that their organizations will be confronted with as technology continues to evolve at ever faster rates. Experts will show you how to harness emerging technologies to stay ahead of your competition. Plus, you’ll learn how to integrate these advances into your current infrastructure and workflows.
  • Technology professionals who want to gain an in-depth understanding of upcoming trends in leading-edge areas such as the cloud, AI, big data, mobile, and security. You’ll be able to discuss your company’s specific needs with top IBM experts and Business Partner representatives.

What to Expect at Think 2019

One of the uniquely valuable features of IBM Think is its organization into several topic-specific campuses. These include:

  • The Data & AI Campus – focus on using analytics and AI to extract maximum value from your corporate data.
  • The Cloud & Infrastructure Campus – focus on the latest trends in cloud computing, as well as on-premises platforms and services.
  • The Security & Resiliency Campus – focus on current advances in cybersecurity and how they can be incorporated to increase trust and resiliency.

Each campus functions as a home base for those particularly interested in that subject area. It provides you with the opportunity to connect with peers and industry experts who can relate to your company’s specific business and technological environment.

But you are not limited to a single campus. Although your home campus is designed to offer everything you need to immerse yourself in that particular topic area, including technical sessions, presentations by experts, and networking events (not to mention entertainment and refreshments), you are free to roam through other campuses at will.

What To Expect At the IBM Think 2019

Who Will Be There?

Of course, thousands of your peers from around the world will be in attendance. There will also be a full contingent of IBM executives and technical experts, including Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM, Dr. John E. Kelly III, Senior Vice President of Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research, and Michelle Peluso, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of IBM.

Other speakers will include legendary NFL quarterback Joe Montana, former astronaut and diplomat Steve Smith, and skateboard maven and entrepreneur Tony Hawk.

What You Need to Know

The 2019 IBM Think Conference will take place February 12th-15th at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California.

Full conference pass: $2,295. One-day pass: $895. Full conference on-site: $2,395.

Register at https://www.ibm.com/events/think/register/

The IBM Think Conference has already proved its worth. After the 2018 conference, more than 80% of attendees said they planned to attend Think 2019. It’s a great opportunity that you shouldn’t miss.

As a cloud broker for IBM, DoubleHorn will be in attendance at IBM Think 2019. If you’d like to know more, please contact us.