Curriculum

Every business is unique, and most challenges can be solved in a variety of ways. That’s why we’ve built a curriculum from many points of view. If you want to dive directly into a product solution, we can get you there. If you want to solve a more complex enterprise or departmental challenge, we can deliver a wide range of best practices and experts to help you on your journey. Welcome to the Connect 2017 curriculum.

The three tracks are designed to give you the breadth and depth of knowledge and insights to make an immediate impact in your organization. From understanding emerging technologies to applying new strategic lessons and mastering the latest technical developments, the tracks will help point the way

Emerging Technologies

Join experts discussing technologies that are shaping our world. This track explores our work/life challenges and investigates the promise that technologies like augmented reality, Internet of Things, Blockchain, artificial intelligence, and Watson will bring.

Strategy and Business

Discover how pioneers are addressing current trends and issues in the evolving domain of strategy and business. Led by industry speakers and leveraging case method, the track explores business challenges, approaches, and outcomes across engagement, expertise, productivity and work.

Development, Design, and Tools

Delve deep into product, design and code. Gain a deep understanding of the products and solutions that help us redefine everyday work including Verse, Connections, Notes, Domino, Bluemix, WebEx, Toscana, Spark, Box and more.

We understand it’s sometimes important to focus on a particular product or business challenge, which is why we offer these key topic areas.

Digital workplace

Workplaces can digitize every aspect of human interaction. Cloud, mobile and social apps allow us to capture and encode not just documents and transactions, but the rich entirety of our content, conversations, and workflows, in context to location and time, across all the different channels we use.

Key focus areas:

  • Sharing knowledge and expertise in human and AI workplace
  • Employee engagement in a digital world
  • Knowledge networking for success

Enterprise collaboration

A cognitive organization with enterprise collaboration enables people to maximize their individual and team performance. It engages us to stay in the flow, so that we can know more, achieve more and drive outcomes.

Key focus areas:

  • Context-driven cognitive collaboration
  • New ways to work
  • Connectivity is productivity

Enterprise content management

No matter who you are or where you work, there are certain things about work that you do. We work on and with content: We consume, create and share reports, memos, widgets, ideas, education and training. However, to enable the enterprise, content needs to be managed, secured, and protected.

Key focus areas:

  • Box and Box Relay
  • Content in the realm of big data

Enterprise Email

Open collaboration between your colleagues and customers is vital to creating a more effective workforce. To keep users productive requires the integration of email with the right collaboration tools (such as file sharing, status updates, chat and meetings)—at the right time, with the right people and information.

Key focus areas:

  • Business email, calendar, to-dos, contacts and directories
  • IBM Notes and Domino Social Edition
  • IBM SmartCloud Notes and IBM Verse

Individual Productivity

Helping you find, connect and work with the right experts; speed access to relevant content and insights; and provide the time and space to work simply and together.

Key focus areas:

  • Watson Workspace
  • Watson Work services

Team collaboration

Experience the shift from disconnected collaboration to a collaboration experience that learns how you and your team interact. Get the advice and assistance you need on key activities, allowing you to focus on adding value to your business.

Key focus areas:

  • Future of team collaboration with human and AI co-workers
  • Watson Workspace
  • Watson Work services

Unified communication

Connect with expertise, regardless of location, across secure instant messaging, web conferencing, and team collaboration software to use standalone or to integrate into other applications.

Key focus areas:

  • IBM Verse, Connections, Sametime
  • Genband
  • Cisco

Everyone makes different contributions within an organization, which is why we tailor sessions for different audiences.

CIO/IT

  • Discover how analytic and artificial intelligence infused digital workplace technologies drive rapid ROI by freeing an organization’s individuals to focus on what matters
  • Network with executives and business leaders who are going through similar transformations
  • Learn about emerging technologies and see how they shaping the future of business in over 100 sessions in the emerging technologies, and strategy and business curriculum tracks
  • Experience leading work solutions from IBM and partners and see what's coming next

Business Professionals / Business Leaders

  • Discover how analytic and artificial intelligence infused digital workplace technologies help you take back control of your workday, stay focused on the important work and stay in sync with your teammates
  • Network with professionals, executives and business leaders experiencing the digital workplace transformations
  • Learn about emerging technologies and see how they shaping the future of business in the emerging technologies, and strategy and business curriculum tracks
  • Experience leading work solutions from IBM and partners and see what's coming next
  • IBM Connect is the leading workplace technology event and represents a tremendous value across professional education, expert talks, networking, entertainment and discovery.

Developers

  • Discover how analytic and artificial intelligence infused digital workplace technologies drive innovation
  • Network with developers and business leaders that are redesigning everyday work
  • Hear from experts how to add the cognitive capabilities that will differentiate your collaborative business applications
  • Learn the latest APIs to integrate with and extend the Watson Work platform including JavaScript, JSON, Oauth, REST, GraphQL , Node.js, IBM Watson Workspace, Connections, Notes/Domino
  • IBM Connect is the leading workplace technology event and represents a tremendous value across professional education, expert talks, networking, certification, entertainment and discovery.

Resellers / Solution Partners

  • Engage and build relationships with thousands of potential clients, other innovative partners as well as tech visionaries
  • Gain the expertise you need to capitalize on the disruptive, fast-moving transformations including cognitive and analytics that are changing how we work
  • Attend engaging keynotes and sessions to help you provide the best solutions for your customers
  • Connect with other IBM partners from around the world and learn from their success
  • Experience the future of business collaboration with live, hands-on, software demos
  • IBM Connect is the leading workplace technology event and represents a tremendous value across professional education, expert talks, networking, certification, entertainment and discovery.

Analysts, Press and Influencers

  • IBM Connect 2017 is San Francisco's digital workplace technology event of the year!
  • Receive intimate access to key IBM executives, learn about the future of collaboration and digital workplace solutions
  • Interact with IBM and partners' latest products to understand how we are transforming the way machines and humans work together

February 20 – 23
Moscone West
San Francisco, CA