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Guest post from Mike Jones, BMC Software Product Manager

 

Here's a quick update from the 2009 IBM IOD Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

 

The conference started in earnest on Monday morning with a keynote attended by approximately 2000-2500 folks. Hosted by IBM executives Ambuj Goyal and Arvind Krishna, the entertaining session incorporated music, comedy, marketing and customers with a little bit of everything. It appears that close to 50% of the conference attendees are IBM employees of one type or another, and all divisions are represented. I would say 40% of the remaining attendees are customers and the remaining 10% are other vendors or partners.

 

I have been attending some of the many DB2 tracks; at times, I have had to choose from 2-5 sessions running simultaneously. Some sessions have been hands-on labs of IBM tools.  The attendance in the DB2 sessions I attended has been between 30-80 people per session, so I would estimate that approximately 500 people here interested in DB2 on the Z platform. Using the percentage breakouts above, that would mean about 200 DB2 Z customers are here. These are very rough approximations.  Other BMC employees have attended the IMS tracks.

 

Almost 200 people visited the BMC booth in the Expo Center, and we hosted a dinner with about 125 BMC customers.

 

Overall, the conference was a success. While it was more intimate than in years past, we had the opportunity to speak to many customers and prospects to find out what we can do to improve our offerings.

The postings in this blog are my own and don't necessarily represent BMC's opinion or position.