First, the new (and official) IBM Information on Demand blog, which you can find here.
The blog includes easy access to some of the social media channels that will be covering the event (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube).
Of course, never forget the official IOD hashtag, #ibmiod, where you'll be able to follow the endless stream of tidings leading up to, during, and after the event.
The blog also has links to the IOD 2012 registration engine, as well as to the IOD SmartSite, so you can start thinking about your IOD calendar now (I do NOT advise waiting until the last minute... talk about information overload!)
We've got some exciting guest speakers this year, including Nate Silver, statistics blogging extraordinaire who first found fame with his FiveThirtyEight blog, which is now part of The New York Times family of media properties.
Silver analyzes politics the way most of us should be analyzing our business: Through data... and lots of it.
His analysis of political polling data is unparalleled, and in the 2008 US presidential election, Silver correctly predicted the results of the primaries and the presidential winner in 49 states.
His recent book, The Signal and The Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail -- But Some Don't, explores the world of prediction, "investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data." Silver tackles some of the big questions about big-data, so we're very excited to have him join us in Vegas for IBM's own big-data marathon event.
At this year's event, we'll continue our trend of including tracks for specialized areas of interest, including forums for Information Management, Business Analytics, Business Leadership, and Enterprise Content Management.
And, of course, you'll be able to find Scott Laningham and myself down in the EXPO center, where we'll be talking to and interviewing many of the IBM and industry luminaries on the important data-related topics being discussed at the event.
Speaking of data, this will be my seventh IOD in a row, so I'm looking forward to seeing many of you once again.
Meanwhile, keep an eye here on the Turbo blog for future IOD-relevant posts.