Information on Demand India 2011 aka IOD India 2011 – An event to Cherish – Yes indeed.

I was invited to participate in IBM’s Premier and Exclusive event of the year IOD India 2011 held at Mumbai’s Hyatt Regency.

This was indeed one of the best of breed sessions that combined Technical Sessions as well as Business Gyan for the Technical folks.

This event was attended by folks far and wide ranging from Customers, Partners and the IBM Community.

This blog will contain images from various places I could get access to.

The first one was from the Registration

Samsung i5801 Pics 173

Samsung i5801 Pics 167

Samsung i5801 Pics 168

Samsung i5801 Pics 169

Samsung i5801 Pics 171

Samsung i5801 Pics 172

The below image comprised of the Agenda for the day.

Samsung i5801 Pics 170

Next we all entered the Grand Ballroom 1 to watch the Keynote.

Samsung i5801 Pics 149

Samsung i5801 Pics 150

Audiences eagerly awaiting to Nitin’s Keynote and the commencement of IOD India 2011.

Samsung i5801 Pics 152

That’s Nitin Singhal to the extreme left getting ready.

Samsung i5801 Pics 153

Samsung i5801 Pics 154

Recognize who that is?? It’s Ms Madira Bedi, yup, the famous Cricketing Anchor whom we all have seen on the Tele, now I got to see her Live on Stage in a Technical Conference, how cool is that :)!

Samsung i5801 Pics 155

Nitin Singhal, Country Manager – Information Management Software, IBM India/SA joins Mandira on stage to commence IOD India 2011!

Samsung i5801 Pics 156

After Nitin’s keynote, we had on stage,

Martin Wildberger, VP – Development, Information Management Software, IBM Inc.

Samsung i5801 Pics 157

Martin’s talk was very interesting when he spoke about some of the great work, that IBM has been doing recently in the Smart Analytics space. He spoke about Data Baby, here is a video of what he was referring to.

This was next followed by

Sandeep Phanasgoankar – Group CTO and President, Reliance Capital

Samsung i5801 Pics 158

Sandeep’s talk was interesting to the fact that it referred to Indian scenarios on how Insurance companies today need access to the right information.

Followed by Sandeep was an even more exciting talk by Vishal Daga, Director – Netezza (An IBM Company)
on choosing the right Datawarehousing platform.

Samsung i5801 Pics 160

Samsung i5801 Pics 161

During the talk of of Vishal, A customer who uses Netezza and found the benefits for the same shares with the audience, their experiences.

Samsung i5801 Pics 162

It now the time we had all been waiting for!!!

Yes, Leander Paes had entered the room. He did share his passion for Tennis and playing for the India and inspired us all.

And we all gave him a standing ovation about his achievements.

The following are just various pictures from the talk.

Samsung i5801 Pics 163

Samsung i5801 Pics 164

Samsung i5801 Pics 165

Oh yes, I did win an Autographed Tennis Ball, signed by Leader Paes and given to me by Mandira Bedi.

After that we all broke for Lunch.

After lunch we resumed to enter the Realm of deep dive technical sessions.

The first one for the afternoon was from Serge, from IBM Toronto Labs.

The DB2 9.7 Oracle Compatibility session.

Samsung i5801 Pics 166

Finally, it was time for me to attend the Expo booth at IOD India 2011.

Since I being the President of the DB2 India User Group, thought to visit the Community booth first and then the vendor booths.

Samsung i5801 Pics 176

Overall, my experience has been simply “Scintillating”

Kudos to the IBM team that organized this awesome event.

We shall look forward to many more and in more cities going forward.

Thank You IBM and wishing the event more success in the years to come.

This is DB2Hitman signing off from IOD India 2011.

See you in IOD India 2012!!