Urgent, Urgent, Urgent…
Excuse me while I just sing out loud to myself for a second:
You’re not shy, you get around
You wanna fly, don’t want your feet on the ground
You stay up, you won’t come down
You wanna live, you wanna move to the sound
You say it’s urgent (urgent, urgent…)
Okay, we’re gonna play human Shazam.
Name that tune!
Need a hint? Lou Graham? Singers of “Cold As Ice?” “Hot Blooded?” “Juke Box Hero?”
Of course, I’m talking about Foreigner. And I’m talking about them not only because they were a band instrumental to my youth, but because they’ll be playing at the IBM Innovate event next week in Orlando.
I won’t be in attendance, but my partner-in-crime, Scott Laningham, will be there and covering the event, and I’m entirely jealous all my colleagues and our customers are going to see Foreigner and I’m not.
You can still register, and if you do, you can expect to select from over 400 technical sessions, some extended technical training with hands-on workshops, great keynotes, a comprehensive exhibit hall, and the opportunity to network with over 4,000 of your peers.
What else do you want?
We’re going to have mountaineers and string theorists among our external keynote speakers, not to mention one of my favorite IBM execs, Rational’s vice president of marketing, Gina Poole.
Here’s just a few of the key tracks you can look to follow while in Orlando: Application lifecycle management. Design, development, test and deployment. Embedded systems and software. Security. Smarter computing with enterprise modernization.
A little something for every developer in all of us.
If, like me, you can’t be there in the flesh, there’s going to be more than ample opportunity to follow the stream from beyond. First and foremost, use the #ibminnovate hash tag to keep track on Twitter.
You can also watch some of the great video content Scott and team will be producing at www.livestream.com/ibmsoftware.
Scott tells me I might even be making a guest remote appearance.
But whether I make it or not, if you’re in the software development realm, I don’t know why you would be anywhere else next week.
Just don’t tell me how great Foreigner was when you get back.