What a difference a year makes.

It's just over a week away from the start of IBM Connect 2014. Though this will be my 18th time in Orlando in January, my agenda is a bit different this time. My friend David Marshak and I are presenting SB303: The Mobile Enterprise: Business In Motion with IBM MobileFirst on Wednesday, January 29, at 3 PM in Dolphin S. Hemisphere III. It'll be a great session; our goal is to give an overview of all the mobile enterprise tools and capabilities available in the IBM portfolio. Basically, a peek into what I've been working on since I left Connect 2013's Ask the Product Managers session. Other than that, no sessions for me. I'll be in the product showcase at the MobileFirst stand from time to time; I have about a dozen partner meetings lined up as well and at this point my calendar is surprisingly full! Still, I am hopeful this Connect will be an opportunity for a different pace, some hallway conversations, and perhaps more than one round of sushi at Kimono's.

Two weeks after Connect is IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference 2014, February 10-13 in Las Vegas. My boss, some of my team and I will be there to talk MobileFirst with channel partners and prospects. If you are attending, please let me know so we can get together.

Then to round out an intense early year conference circuit, two weeks after that is the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. This is the second-biggest technology trade show in Europe, and a very important event for IBM MobileFirst. IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty is a keynote speaker, and we will be sponsoring a half-day mini-conference during the week as well. Just starting to work on meeting plans for this event now.

I look forward to seeing many of my long-time contacts, colleagues, and friends at these events. IBM MobileFirst has established leadership in several segments of the mobile enterprise market, and at these events we will be discussing plans to continue this momentum in 2014. I hope to see you there, at least at one of these :-)

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