Reminder: IBM ConnectED Early Bird Discount Expires Friday

Just a quick reminder to those considering attending IBM ConnectED in Orlando in January: the early bird discount expires tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 3 at midnight Eastern time.  If you haven’t heard yet, the conference is being limited to 1500 attendees this time, so it won’t be the size of Lotuspheres past.

Also of note people are finding that the only accommodations available through the booking web site are the Dolphin and the Swan at $299 per night.  Y&B and Port Orleans were there a few weeks back, but it would appear that they have all been reserved at this point.

I am really looking forward to the new format this year. As much as I will likely miss some of the size of the conference, the key elements that I always go for will be there, like the strong technical content, the developer labs, Gurupalooza, and of course the networking with old and new friends.


I am an IT professional with over 20 years of experience. For much of that time I have worked with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino, helping organizations take full advantage of the tool for building workflow collaboration solutions. I have ITIL certification and a background in project management as well. Recently I have invested in how mobile devices may be used to extend business applications outside the office, and have also been learning how to add social components to traditional business applications. Away from work, I have three daughters and recently celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary with my wife in Hawaii. I coach hockey, cycle, and love growing garlic and then finding new ways to use it. I added a section of herbs to my garden last year and was very happy with the result. I ride my bike each year with my wife in the Ride to Conquer Cancer to raise money for research in childhood cancers, particularly brain tumours. Our youngest daughter lost her battle with a brain tumour in 2008 and through this ride we hope to help find a way to prevent other families from experiencing what we went through and continue to live with. If I have any spare time, I like to travel, so you may see the odd photo from our family adventures here too.

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