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Impact 2010 (and the cloud – no not that one!)

Despite the efforts of the volcanic cloud of doom, I’m currently teaching some of my peers from across north-east Europe (NE IOT in IBM parlance) at an education event in Germany. My specialist subject(s)? WebSphere Service Registry and Repository, Service Federation Management, Enterprise Service Bus, and MQTT… the torch for last one of these having been passed to me recently by a very “hard act to follow”, aka Mr Martin Gale.

Assuming I can get back to the UK, and then assuming I can get out of it again, the next conference – and the last one currently in my calendar for this year – is going to be IBM Impact 2010 (#ibmimpact), the premier annual WebSphere event. There, I’ll be teaching about WSRR, presenting on WebSphere Message Broker, and attempting to also provide ongoing commentary of what is happening. Wish me luck! 🙂

Impact 2010 | IBM Software Conference | May 2-8 Las Vegas, NVIf you’re also going to the event and want to get a head start – or perhaps more importantly, if you are not going, but you want to follow along – you might want to check out the Social @ Impact 2010 site, where we’re aggregating content.

Eyjafjallajokull image credit: Boaworm via Wikimedia Commons under a CC license.

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Enterprise Convergence: CRIM Crystal Ball 2010

Today I had the privilege of joining a number of distinguished speakers on the slate at the CRIM Crystal Ball Conference, 2010, in Montreal, Quebec.

My topic was what I chose to term Enterprise Convergence: or, how consumer technology is changing the way we work. The pendulum has swung the other way from the past – previously, email was used in academia and by corporations before it gained mass adoption; now, mass adoption of social networks, virtual worlds / 3D Internet and always-on and pervasive connectivity are driving the ways in which enterprises have to adapt their models of operation internally.

My slides are on Slideshare (and I created a SlideShare event to collect others). I’ll try to add some commentary shortly, because they are largely images and may not make a huge amount of sense without the words to back them up!

As usual I get excited and animated and could have gone off in all kinds of directions when asked to speak on a topic like this – I envied a few of the other presenters and could have jumped in to add to some of their commentaries, too! A few references and reading suggestions if you are interested in learning more around the subjects I was covering:

  • Everyware by Adam Greenfield. One lady asked me afterwards whether this book is still worth reading as it was published in 2006. Absolutely. It’s a great read. Actually I reviewed it here on my blog back in 2007.
  • Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins. This is interesting in terms of media convergence and the blurring of the lines between different types of media and connections. Not an essential read, but it’s where I got inspiration for my title!
  • The Future of Management by Gary Hamel. At least one other speaker mentioned this at CRIM 2010 and it’s really a great read, thinking about trusting employees and daring to be different in management and business models.
  • Grown Up Digital by Don Tapscott. I lose count of the number of times I’ve recommended this. Read it. It’s awesome and will likely change the way that you think of the generation entering business in the next few years. Trust them. Innovate with them.
  • Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky. Everything is social, live with it, use it, embrace it.
  • Andy Stanford-Clark’s infamous Twittering automated home
  • If you want to keep up with trends in technology like those I outlined in the talk, you might want to subscribe to the weekly podcast that I co-host, Dogear Nation
  • IBM Social Computing Guidelines – publically available to read and review, and there’s a nice video too.
  • INNOV8 Game – IBM’s Business Process Management simulation game
  • IBM Lotus Connections – a modular social software platform for the enterprise
  • IBM Sametime 3D – virtual collaboration
  • IBM WebSphere Cloudburst – provision private cloud servers
  • Unity3D and Layar
  • David Helgason from Unity on Gamification and 2010 trends

Finally, you can find photos from my first trip to Quebec here and photos from the event in the event photoset on Flickr.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

There, and back again

Things have been quiet as I took nearly a month off(line) over the Christmas and New Year periods. It was well worth getting away from it all.

Christmastime in Hong Kong Volcanic lands
Singapore at dusk Saturday Jan 9th 2010


Hong Kong
was amazing and vibrant. Bali was beautiful, relaxing, varied, and hot (and a hair cut cost less then £2, which was crazy!); we dived and watched manta rays dancing just in front of us, and explored our first wreck. Singapore is probably one of my favourite cities in the world, based on just the one visit. And Britain… Britain… is home, but utterly rubbish at dealing with snow, floods, heatwaves, and indeed more-or-less any weather conditions apart from 15C, slightly damp.

If you want to check out the photos in more detail, click through the images above or explore the sets I’ve linked to. It will take a while to fill them all out.

Travel this year looks set to take me to Canada and the US at a minimum… looking forward to it.

Making an IMPACT

Apparently there’s some Rational software conference in Orlando at the end of May. Of course, Lotusphere was out there at the beginning of the year too.

Pah! Forget those! 🙂

For me, the place to be is IBM’s IMPACT SOA conference in Las Vegas – in just a couple of weeks’ time. Barring unexpected circumstances, I should be in town for the duration of the conference.

IBM Impact 2009 - The Smart SOA™ Conference

I’ve been heading to Vegas on a regular basis for the past few years, but it has always been for internal events rather than customer ones. In my role, I’ve always been excited by technology and the innovation we get up to internally – but much, much more importantly, I need to be talking to customers and partners to understand how that technology and innovation is being used in the real world. I’m very much looking forward to talking to WebSphere and other IBM customers about their experiences with our products, what they are looking for from Service Oriented Architectures, and taking those messages back into our labs.

I’m also looking forward to finally meeting a bunch of my colleagues such as the legendarySocial Media Sandy” aka Sandy Carter herself, who I’ve known for a number of years now through various networks, but have never had the opportunity to talk to face-to-face. Incidentally, Sandy has some great background info about different events and partners at IMPACT on her developerWorks blog[*]. I’ve just read her most recent book, Marketing 2.0, and I’ll try to post some comments on that soon as well.

One nice feature of the conference site is that there are a range of widgets and social media tools directly available there, as well as links to different social networks where it will be possible to pick up some of the content.

Let me know if you’ll be at IMPACT, as it would be good to connect with my blog readers.

[*] I’m worried. Sandy has got nearly as many blogs and social network profiles as me now. I need to step up! 🙂

A photo interlude

Ski jump

Asleep

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