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Reflecting on the 2019 ECC Conference

The ECC conference, IBM ISVs, service providers, Dallas ISV Center offerings, PartnerWorld and the IBM GSD are an interesting part of IBM’s outreach to customers and support of the partner community.

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With my writing in 2019, I was also excited to share information about the 2019 Enterprise Computing Community (ECC) at Marist College. The 2019 conference was nothing short of amazing with great content along the diverse of the themes of the conference. I also explored IBM ISVs, service providers, the Dallas ISV Center offerings, PartnerWorld and the IBM Global Solutions Directory (GSD). This connected ecosystem is a very interesting part of IBM’s outreach to customers and support of the partner community. Let’s get started with the recap of these 2019 posts.

What I Found at the 2019 ECC Conference

I have been going to the conference at Marist College for several years, using it as a way to get a technology refresh and a place to summarize and present a main topic that I have developed through my projects over the previous months. I attend, present and take careful notes so I can write about this enriching experience in various ways.
 
Here is a recap of the three posts from 2019 on the Enterprise Computing Community Conference:
 
1. “An Overview of the 2019 ECC Conference” 

This post was the first in a new series on the 2019 ECC Conference that I attended from June 9-11 at Marist College in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York. The conference themes included technology in healthcare, big data and underrepresented student groups in technology. I found the mix of these themes to be very interesting. I was especially interested in the healthcare-related topics.
 
2. “Healthcare, Diversity and the Moon Landing: Welcome to Day 1 of the 2019 ECC Conference” 

In this post, I shared the complete program for Day 1 of the conference. I also included my notes in the form of a brief description for the sessions that I attended, including both the keynote and different concurrent sessions. The sessions on Monday were interesting and fast-paced. They included just about the maximum amount of material that you can take in on a single day, including nine sessions, plus breakfast, lunch and an evening special event. We also had two breaks for coffee and to take in the technology showcase, which was full of event sponsors sharing information about their products and solutions.
 
3. “Valuable Sessions Continue on Day 2 of the 2019 ECC Conference” 

In this post, I shared the complete program for Day 2 of the conference. I also included my notes in the form of a brief description for the sessions that I attended, including both the keynote and different concurrent sessions. The sessions on Tuesday were interesting and valuable, and I didn’t have to worry about my own presentation as I had already delivered it.  

More Articles From the ECC Conference

For both days of the conference, I included links to the actual presentation materials, which are still available for viewing. It’s still useful to review the summaries and explore more details as desired. In addition to the posts, I wrote three separate articles on experiences that came directly from the conference.
 
1. “Master the Mainframe with Misty Decker” 

In May, Misty Decker was announced as the new program manager for the IBM Z Master the Mainframe contest and learning system. Decker had been leading a worldwide team that enables colleges and universities to teach the large system skills in enterprise computing that the world's largest companies are looking to hire. The IBM Z Academic Initiative program provides software, courseware and access to hardware to faculty to enable their enterprise computing courses. The program also connects students to local employers looking for these highly sought after skills. This article is in the form of an interview that includes 12 questions and answers about the program that are thoughtfully answered by Decker.
 
2. “Cynthia Worrad on Student Involvement in the 2019 ECC Conference”

Cynthia Worrad is an assistant dean for the School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Marist College. She actively supports programs that encourage and support women pursuing careers in the STEM fields. I met her in 2018 at the ECC Conference. She started working at Marist in 2017, after being employed for eight years at Dutchess Community College (DCC) in a number of roles. Prior to her work at DCC, Worrad had a decade of industry experience, which is a good fit for her responsibilities at Marist and with the conference. This article is in the form of an interview that includes five questions and answers about student involvement that are answered by Worrad.
 
3. “2019 ECC: 4 Keynotes and a Student Panel”

The 2019 ECC Conference has four keynote talks during the morning and afternoon of both days, which take place in the main hall with up to 300 attendees. The conference also has concurrent sessions, three or four at a time, from which you choose one to attend. Top speakers presented the keynote talks on topics that were designed to stretch your thinking. The conference closed with an interesting panel with students from five different schools. This article is a recap of that I learned at the conference.

IBM’s Outreach and Support

I have been interested is IBM’s outreach and support to partners for more than three decades. In the past, I built tools to help partners resell or utilize the solutions that I developed for IBM, so I was aware of the importance of the Dallas ISV Center offerings and PartnerWorld because I worked to support these groups as part of my solution-development role.
 
Here’s a recap of the four posts from 2019 on ISVs, service providers, the Dallas ISV Center offerings, PartnerWorld and the IBM Global Solutions Directory.
 
1. “ISVs, Service Providers and IBM Z” 

This post was the first in a series that discusses ISVs, service providers, the Dallas ISV Center offerings, PartnerWorld and the IBM Global Solutions Directory. The context for these topics was primarily IBM Z. Although the topics and offerings (in the solutions directory) are much broader than IBM Z, I purposely wanted to narrow my focus. I began the series by writing that an ISV is an individual or business that builds, develops and sells consumer or enterprise software. Although end users use ISV-provided software, it remains the property of the vendor.
 
2. “A Look at the IBM Dallas ISV Center Offerings” 

The IBM Z Dallas ISV Center delivers mainframe technology innovations to the IBM Z ISV community. The resources available through the Dallas ISV Center include options for testing, developing and supporting solutions with the latest mainframe technologies.
 
3. “A Look at IBM’s PartnerWorld Offerings” 
 
With this post, I wanted to focus on IBM’s PartnerWorld. There’s plenty of IBM Z to explore in the IBM PartnerWorld program. In simplest terms, IBM PartnerWorld is a program developed for any business that wants to partner with IBM to resell, develop or implement solutions that leverage IBM products. The PartnerWorld associates come from companies small and large that sell IBM to those that use it. Partners range from traditional resellers to new, cloud-native companies. Partner skillsets span from solution architects to deployment experts and everybody in between, include project managers, system integration experts, system programmers and developers.
 
4. “A Look at the IBM Global Solutions Directory” 
 
This post was the last is a series on ISVs, service providers, the Dallas ISV Center offerings, PartnerWorld and the IBM Global Solutions Directory, which was my immediate focus.

I wrote that when discussing the GSD, the term “solution” refers to all types of products and services provided by IBM Business Partners. Clients use the solution directory to find answers for their business challenges while IBM Business Partners use the solution directory as a showcase for their solutions.  

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