I’m at IBM Connect 2013 … was a long trip from India, but here now and getting into the familiar flow of going to talks, meeting people, and hikes twixt Dolphin, Swan and elsewhere.
The first talk I’m at … seen above … is all about Kenexa, IBM’s new acquisition of Smarter Workforce technology. The topic of Smarter Workforce has a lot of synergy with the Connect show (Lotusphere of years past). Kenexa let’s you improve your workforce, by finding the right people, developing them, assigning them and improving them. The majority of worldwide CEOs in IBM’s CEO Survey recognize that developing talent is the top need for maintaining and increasing competiveness. It’s the old idea on “our people are our greatest asset”, but in the modern world, where physical resources and assets can be anywhere and become less important, it really is quality of people that makes the difference.
And the Connect show? What else is it about, but people? On the web today we can learn whatever we want, whenever we want. Coming to a place and seeing others F2F, we do that because a connection with someone else you make when you see and hear each other is so much more valuable than a purely virtual one.
Will try to do more blogging while I’m here. But hopefully I’ll be doing a lot of old fashioned sit down and talk sessions.