Turbotodd

Ruminations on IT, the digital media, and some golf thrown in for good measure.

Fear and Loathing at Information on Demand

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I’m getting desert fever.

Scott Laningham and I got together earlier this week and recorded this podcast to give a heads up to folks about all the good stuff happening at next week’s Information on Demand event in Viva Las Vegas.

As I explained there, what happens in Vegas goes on this blog, and hopefully that’s what you’re counting on.

Though I didn’t get asked to a return engagement with Wayne Newton at the Tropicana, Scott and I will be roaming the halls of the Mandalay Bay…and points beyond…listening, learning, and playing back for all of you what we unearth.

We’ll be your eyes on the ground…you know, the kind that pop out of the glasses and hang down from their springs.

And, if I can find a few spare moments, I may even try to channel my inner Hunter S. Thompson.  Allow me to quote freely from his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas para uno momento:

And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave…

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

Ah, Hunter S., we miss your crazy and wise words — they’re as fresh in 2009 as they were in 1972.

So, yes, that’s what Scott and me will be in search of, among other things: the information high-water mark.

But mostly, we’ll be trying to get underneath how establishing an information on demand environment can help our customers and IBM build a whole lot smarter planet.

One filled with continually emerging new intelligence, insight, and actionable analytics…and, in the process, one which can also make me a better blackjack player.

Ye ever faithful Twitterers in the audience, please follow hash tag #iod2009, and be sure to hang on tight: it’s gonna be a wild and information overloaded ride!

Written by turbotodd

October 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm

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