Edge 2014 Technical Track Hits Right Hot Buttons

The organizers of the Edge 2014 conference, May 19-23  have finally started to roll out some specifics of the program, although still missing are session details.  First released is the program for Technical Edge, the technical track.  There also will be an executive track and another for partners and ISVs. The overall theme of Edge 2014 is Infrastructure Innovation.

Technical Edge will consist of over 450 sessions spread across 14 topic areas. The topic areas can be found here, at the Storage Community website. The technical sessions will hit all the hot topics the industry has been buzzing about for the past year or more. You have much to choose from:

  • Application Infrastructure – ISV
  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Business Continuity
  • Data Efficiency Solutions
  • Dynamic Cloud (Hybrid)
  • Expert Integrated Systems
  • Flash Solutions
  • IT Storage Solutions (Tivoli Storage Manager)
  • Networking Solutions
  • Software Defined Environments (Systems Management)
  • Software Defined Environments (Virtualization)
  • System x and Flex System
  • Technology Partners
  • Technology Update

DancingDinosaur already is planning to attend sessions on Big Data, Flash, and software defined anything. As the organizers post details on the individual sessions, DancingDinosaur will call out some of the most interesting ones in the weeks ahead.

And IBM is bringing its heavy hitters, starting with Tom Rosamilia, Arvind Krishna, and more. But maybe the most exciting event will be a special concert by Sheryl Crow.  Look for DancingDinosaur as close to the front as a middle aged dad can get.

 dino edge 2014 crow image

Otherwise, when not attending sessions look for me in the bloggers lounge. Plan to register soon; you can catch discounts until April 20.

On a related topic, the standings are starting to come in for the global Master the Mainframe contest. See the results here. Looks like a Canadian is holding first for now, followed by a Ukrainian and a Columbian.

BTW, the author of a recent article in Information Week headlined Mainframe Brain Drain Raises Serious Concerns obviously hadn’t been aware of what was going on with IBM’s Academic Initiative for the past half dozen years or the Master the Mainframe competition worldwide.  DancingDinosaur covered this for year, most recentl a few weeks back here. The writer must have seen the light, however, because he just published another piece this week with the opposite message, here. Go figure. Hope to see you at Edge 2014.

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