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Smarter software affects almost everything we do. How we work (US). How we live (US). How we eat (US). How we shop (US), travel (US), learn (US). You name it. But how can we truly understand and experience what smarter software does? How it works and how it can help us and our planet? One way is to attend one of the five IBM Software conferences IBM holds each year. But which one? And why?

Much of the answer depends on what you want to do. Collaborate and accelerate productivity? Deliver services and manage operations more efficiently? Increase business agility? Create more intelligent systems and products? Gain new insight into your information?

Whatever you want to do, IBM Software can help you do it better -- whether you're a business expert, a talented technician or a little of both.

Approximately 25,000 IT and business professionals, IBM Business Partners and industry analysts and experts attend the conferences each year. Attendees meet the smarter software creators and other users. Share ideas and strategies to put smarter software to work. And tap into a network of IT and business professionals that share their specific interests and goals.

Use this guide to discover what each conference offers and which one -- or two or three -- is right for you.

Can't make it to the conference? Then the conference will come to you.

Each IBM Software conference is followed by a series of local events to deliver the same, essential content and excitement of the big events in a local, condensed format. Discover how the IBM Software conferences come to you.

Want to enhance your learnings from IBM Software face-to face events? Can't make it to a local event? Then attend virtually.

If you want to build on your on-site event experiences or if you can't attend a local event near you, you can still access the content and knowledge available from IBM Software events. The IBM Software Forum is your always-on virtual event resource available anywhere, anytime.

Conference website Conference objective
Lotusphere Lotusphere 2011 (US)

You can achieve better business results if you collaborate more effectively. Lotusphere is much more than a users gathering for IBM Lotus® Notes®, Domino® and other Lotus products, It's for all those involved in the enterprise collaboration community that want to discover new ways to collaborate, accelerate productivity and work smarter. Join us at the next conference in January 30 – February 3, 2011
Pulse Pulse 2011 (US)

Service Management is the visibility, automation and control to manage your entire infrastructure - not just your IT systems. Pulse is the place for C-level executives, business and IT professionals focused on systems and operations, as well as programmers and administrators looking to gain value from an integrated Service Management approach. Join us at the next conference in February 27 - March 2, 2011
Impact Impact 2011 (US)

Impact focuses on agility and how IT and business work together to achieve it. Executives, LOB managers and IT architects and practitioners gain in-depth knowledge of Service-Oriented Architecture, Business Process Management and collaborative technologies and how they can be integrated into business strategies. Join us at the next conference April 10-15, 2011
Innovate Innovate 2010 (US)

If you are involved in software and product development, you shouldn't miss Innovate. Build on your skills and explore new technologies to help you develop and design more efficiently and collaboratively. Innovate uncovers software as the invisible thread that accelerates innovation and helps create smarter products. Join us at the next conference in June 2011
Information On Demand Information On Demand 2010 (US)

Transform your information into a strategic asset. Gain insight into your business to improve decisions and performance. For those focused on information and database management and business intelligence and analytics, Information On Demand offers techniques and strategies to help drive greater value from your information. Join us at the next conference in October 24 - 28, 2010