Impact is Under Weigh

Scott Francis
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So I’m here at IBM Impact, a little early for “Business Partner Day”.  The customers aren’t here yet, for the most part, just business partners.  This is a good soft-launch for the conference, in a sense, and helps partners get connected with IBM resources who can help partners navigate IBM. There are over 900 partners here at Impact, which is a record.  6000 total registrants, I believe. I arrived just in time to run into a few colleagues from Lombardi, and some friends from the first (and last) Lombardi partner conference in 2009.  I then attended a lunch session that featured Criag Haymon (and others).  Since he is the General Manager for Websphere, he of course had some interesting comments about recent acquisitions iLog, Lombardi, and others.  He was very optimistic going forward, and they had some great growth numbers with iLog to point to as an example of what they intend to do with Lombardi.  After a quick break, I met up with another IBM partner (formerly also a Lombardi partner) and headed down for coffee. After the break, I caught a session on leveraging IBM resources to go to market.  It wasn’t what I expected, but it was useful – more on that later.  Also spent some time at the exhibit hall which is massive and has some great vendor exhibits.  I’ll take a better look around on Tuesday.  Looking forward to a day of Lombardi sessions (make that, Websphere Lombardi Edition and IBM BPM Blueprint sessions).