A Fond Farewell to IBM InterConnect 2017
As I write this on the flight back east from Las Vegas, I look back at another successful IBM InterConnect. As an IBM business partner for over two decades, I’ve attended many conferences. But this one was particularly exciting. This week in Las Vegas I had the opportunity to meet with key business and technical leaders to discuss and demonstrate our solutions for the modern mainframe. A number of Rocketeers joined discussions on the API economy, open source languages and tools, advanced analytics, hybrid cloud, cognitive, and other themes that resonate today across a diverse set of industries.
I was particularly excited to see how many organizations are ready to unlock and leverage their critical mainframe data across a wide range of applications. I was also excited to see so many next generation technology professionals who are all-in on z. The modern mainframe is here today and it speaks new languages (like Python and Perl and R) and runs all of your favorite tools (like Spark and Git).
We hosted our friends—our customers, partners, and peers—Tuesday night at our community event. It was fun to see everyone, share stories, talk about the latest technical developments, and just catch up. And even though The Rocket Band didn’t perform in Vegas this week (we will be back, I promise!), we did continue our tradition of giving away a custom Rocketcaster guitar to a lucky InterConnect attendee!
It was a great week filled with energy, passion, creativity, and optimism. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and visited or made the time to meet. Together we are creating the future of technology that will drive our businesses onward and upward.