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Get the best from IOD and leave with a plan

October 15, 2013

As the pace of technology increases we need to keep pace with our skills. Don’t just take my word for it- in the latest c-suite studies IBM asked: "What are the most important external forces that will impact the enterprise over the next 3 to 5 years?” 

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CEOs, CFOs and CIOs all put "People Skills" in the Top 5.

IBM Information On Demand 2013 has 700+ Technical Education Sessions with over 100 Hands On labs, so if it is skills you are looking for, you are going to be in the right place. In fact, with so many sessions, the choice of what to attend might be a little challenging. Just imagine: 300+ customers sharing their stories, 170+ IBM Execs and distinguished engineers to chat with, and not to mention 350+ exhibitors waiting to show you the latest solutions and innovations with IBM.

As you can tell, Information On Demand attendees are in for a celebration of skills and real-world education. This conference abounds with opportunities to fill your cup with knowledge, ideas and great networking.

Just 1 in 10

"Only 1 in 10 organizations has all the skills it needs to be successful" 2012 IBM Tech Trends Report

With so much focus on skills in organization, it is important now that you leverage IOD for everything it has to offer. This also means having a solid plan for driving skills within your organization after IOD.

IBM has recently teamed with IBM Global Training Providers to increase the reach of IBM Training across the world. We are innovating in how we deliver training and how we reach our students. Our four carefully selected IBM Global Training Providers are going to be attending IOD and I would strongly encourage you to meet them at the EXPO to discuss your skills journey after IOD.

IBM Global Training Providers

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  • Global Knowledge
  • Arrow
  • Avnet
  • LearnQuest

Contact an IBM Global Training Provider at IOD to make a plan

The IBM Global Training Providers at the EXPO can help you with everything from career path and certification planning to the selection of courses that fit your budget and meet your specific learning goals. In today's business world, it is necessary to make training directly relevant to business goals in order to achieve success. The IBM Global Training Providers will help you define your needs and set up private, customized courses with ease. Meet with the IBM GTPs at IOD to: 

  • Request a specific training class based on some of the solutions you have seen at Information On Demand
  • Plan your career path and set targets to meet your goals
  • Identify certification tracks and courses that meet your training objectives for yourself or your company
  • Learn the benefits of various training delivery methods and how they may be combined to enhance your training experience
  • Select the perfect savings program for your budget

With numbers like this...


The "Towards Maturity Benchmark Study 2012-2013" cites that training provides:

  • 22% faster rollouts of products and processes
  • 16% increase in customer satisfaction
  • 9% increase in staff retention

Additionally, after implementing a training program, AMD reduced the time sales staff spent searching for content from 8.5 hours per week to 5.5 hours per week.

IBM and the IBM Global Training Providers are developing training solutions and learning innovations that will change the way skills are developed. For example: self-paced virtual training is linked to coaching and more traditional learning approaches. 

We invite you to get involved in the conversation at IOD and meet the new IBM Global Training Providers in the EXPO. For more information on IBM Training go to and watch as Steve Mills talks about the important changes IBM is making to training.

See you in Las Vegas!