This year was “Think 2019” in San Francisco. After years too many to count of conferences in Vegas, it was nice for a change of scenery even if it came with its own set of challenges.
While Vegas swallows up conventions easily, most cities don't have the abundance of hotels with thousands of rooms jammed next to one another nor the short distances between venues. It also didn’t help the cause that the weather was rainy and cold most of the week. San Francisco is a great city, but its ability to handle the crowd of over 26000 IBM employees, customers and fans was a challenge.
Interestingly enough, at this conference I played the role of a chameleon. On one side in support of the launch of a new IBM Partner program, Business Partner Connect, that In recent weeks, has had me waking up at 4 AM almost every morning, worried about details of the launch, the schedule of a week of meetings, events, and even an occasional early trip to the gym. Since, it is also in my DNA to worry, about the broader team putting in the countless hours for the launch.
The main launch event was on Tuesday, with rehearsals Monday night, and I must admit that the event was a great success with great partners on stage and at the matchup event, and a standing room crowd for the IBM executive team’s presentation and demonstration of the new program.
On the other side, I continue to joyfully support iSOA Group as I have for the last eight years. Between customer and IBM meetings, and some great company is a great complement to the work I am doing directly with IBM.
Rounding out my chameleon-like superpower, I work for DeLaune and Associates which is under contract in support of the IBM program and its launch along with additional discussions about the agency and capabilities to help IBM and partners as well.
Unlike many, I actually enjoy conference and booth work, and I am enough of a ham to enjoy presenting as well. I am not naturally an extrovert, but after 30+ years I have learned to enjoy the energy and crowds for a time and it is also good to feel the energy surrounding IBM, or other conferences I have attended over the years, and will write more about that in the near future.
somewhat of normalcy.