IBM Think: What You Should Know

IBM plays a regular role in hosting a variety of events, including InterConnect, Pulse and Edge. In 2018, IBM will incorporate aspects of these events into one major event: IBM Think, taking place March 19 to 22 in Las Vegas.

The event touts a campus setting and serves as a meeting point for discussions regarding innovation in technology and business.

IBM Think 2018 strives to take the best aspects of IBM’s events of the past and consolidate it within a central hub, resulting in a clearer and more effective platform for addressing the challenges businesses are facing in the technological realm.

Event Layout

IBM anticipates over 40,000 attendees for the event, making IBM Think 2018 one of the largest technology events ever. As a result, the event spreads out across four “campuses.” Each campus has a specific designation relating to technology, all featuring expert talks, demonstrations, networking events, sessions, demos and refreshments.

The four campuses are as follows:

  • Cloud and Data
  • Modern Infrastructure
  • Security and Resiliency
  • Business and AI

The “Business and AI” campus will pique the interest of those with interest in IBM’s analytics and cloud solutions. Analytics will have a large presence at the event as a whole, with various analytics sessions being hosted, including:

  • Better Together: Integrating IBM Cognos Analytics and IBM Planning Analytics
  • Empower Professionals across Your Enterprise to Make More Confident, Insight-Driven Decisions
  • User Experience: Future Design for IBM Business Analytics—Moving from Optional to Essential
  • Machine Learning: A Primer for the Non-Data Scientist

Analytics is a broad and powerful field, which can play a pivotal role in any business regardless of their industry. It’s difficult to find an industry that does not benefit in some way from implementing analytics, so it’s likely that the analytics sessions will be quite popular.


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Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics, an emerging analytics solution, provides smarter insights than ever with automated alerts for key findings, integrated solutions for data discovery, contextualized smart searching, an intuitive interface and thorough data protection. Many businesses are understandably curious about how Cognos Analytics will fit into their business, a question that the event will likely answer. A variety of Cognos-specific sessions and demonstrations will provide a great understanding of the platform and how relevant its application may be for your business.

Think Wellness Bookends

Technological events usually do not go hand-in-hand with physical exertion, though IBM’s new event is different. In addition to the considerable size of the event space requiring ample walking, the event each day will begin and end with an early morning run, yoga, and kickboxing.

At 6:30 AM, these activities start, ending at 9:30 AM, about an hour after many of the talks and programs begin. Then, as the event day ends at 7:30 PM, another “Think Wellness” session featuring an evening run and yoga is available.

Notable Speakers

The event is host to a variety of notable speakers across a variety of fields, ranging from scientists and financial experts to technology professionals.

Among the speakers is scientist Dr. Michio Kaku, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, American Airlines CIO Maya Leibman, NVIDIA founder Jensen Huang, American Cancer Society CEO Gary Reedy, IBM Watson Senior Vice President David Kenny, CNN’s Lisa Ling, Khan Academy founder Sal Khan and Senzing founder Jeff Jonas.

The event also features musical performances from very well-known acts like Train, The Chainsmokers and Barenaked Ladies.

IBM’s decision to incorporate aspects of previously successful events into one massive event is likely to make Las Vegas a temporary world hub for technology from March 19 to 22.

Panels that touch on emerging technologies and their application in business, in addition to brilliant speakers and performers, provide for an event that those who have interest in cloud technology, data, modern infrastructure, digital security and AI will not want to miss.

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Kayla Matthews is the editor of Productivity Bytes and a senior writer at MakeUseOf. Her work has also been published on VentureBeat, The Next Web, The Week and VICE. Follow her on Twitter to read her latest posts.