I attended my first IBM conference, IBM InterConnect in Las Vegas last month. Many of the sessions were live streamed on IBMGO including general session presentations on Digital and IT Transformation. Also, there were many breakout sessions which include topics Hybrid Cloud, Mobile, IOT, IT Service Management, Watson and much more. It asks you for a login, but it’s completely free! This is just the content for IBM InterConnect. As you dig deeper with all the IBM offerings, you will be amazed at everything they are doing. It’s massive!
This is at the MGM grand, one of the general sessions which holds 16,000 people. The conference was held also at Mandalay Bay.
What is different than most events I go to is that I went as an IBMer! So much has happened since I last wrote on this blog, that I haven’t had a chance to even announce this big milestone here. But of course, I did in Social Media. I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from everyone who has seen my journey of transforming into a new career in the last seven years.
Since I started, I launched the social media strategy for IBM Systems Latin America. Recently, my job role changed to being the social content and influencer lead for IBM Power Systems which are servers for things like supercomputers. For example, IBM Watson runs on Power Systems. You can see more about Power Systems here or one of the social channels I manage. IBM Power Systems is a segment of the IBM Systems Business Unit.
This is a Z Systems mainframe server at InterConnect, I started a fun hashtag #hugamainframe. This is also the division that my good friend Alex de Carvalho works in. I will have to write a separate post on how we both ended up at IBM later on!
— Blanca Stella Mejia (@blancastella) February 23, 2016
And it led Tamara McCleary to do the same. See mainframes can have heart. 😉 Power Systems, Z Systems and IBM Storage are all part of IBM Systems which is all the hardware that IBM sells. I work in that business unit.
— Tamara McCleary (@TamaraMcCleary) February 25, 2016
IBM hosts HUGE conferences. This one is one of the largest and was attended by approximately 25,000 people! IBM is in the process of transforming itself into a Cognitive and Cloud service company. In future posts, I will start sharing more of what I have learned in the past eight months. It is massive! I am very excited about all the innovation going on.
I loved this session by John Cohn, an IBM Fellow who has been with IBM for over 35 years on creativity in work.
This is a good video from Ginny Rometty when she spoke at CES 2016 in January so you can get an idea of what IBM is involved in. An example, IBM is changing the world with cognitive computing in the medical industry like curing cancer and diabetes.
I created a Storify with a timeline of my Tweets. ( Almost 150!) which includes some live video. Like this one of Marvin the Robot.
— Blanca Stella Mejia (@blancastella) February 24, 2016
And let’s not forget the finale! Elton John!!
— Blanca Stella Mejia (@blancastella) February 25, 2016
Lastly, I want to say that I am very lucky to have a brilliant, kind, fun loving manager, Tiffany Winman. She is the worldwide manager for IBM Systems for social and analytics. Follow here on Twitter and Instagram.