Registrations for the IBM Software Universe event organized annually have been announced. The event will be held at the Renaissance Convention Centre, Mumbai on November 4th and 5th.

Software Universe is a buzzing two day affair filled with talks, presentations, demos and industry sessions.

The sessions in the 2008 event were organized into various industry tracks – Manufacturing, Retail, BFSI, Telecom, and Media & Entertainment. These and two additional tracks covering IT services and General Business, were covered on Day 1 and Tracks on Day 2 were organized around IBM offerings. You can find the presentations and documents used in these talks here at this link.

There was much that made the event engaging, but two things made the 2008 event particularly memorable for me.

The first was the keynote talks that were held on both days. Dr.Ponani Gopalakrishnans talk on Collaborative Innovation was quite interesting. Financial crisis had got even the paan-wala down the road into major cost cutting effort. That was also about the time I had myself just moved from my firms R&D group to work full-time in the BPM Centre of Excellence, so there was much I could relate to in that talk.

Another keynote address that was memorable – not something I  thoroughly agreed with or enjoyed – was by Don Tapscott talking about Wikinomics.

The second thing that made the event very memorable was an unlikely bay-leaf.

That’s right. Bay leaf. Let me explain. Lunch was a buffet affair and I bumped into some old acquaintances. I was totally caught in the excitement of meeting them, until I felt a funny feeling while chewing something. And I had just swallowed it before I realized I had inadvertently tucked in a real large bay-leaf.

The session after that – a case study by an IBM customer – was traumatic to say the least. My head never swam like that during any other case study presentation I have ever been at.

This year the theme is “Your Smart Move” and I suspect there will be much about cost savings, maximising investments, going green and so on. I also expect more coverage on BPM than last year and the inclusion of an additional slot if not a whole track on the Cloud, Social Media and Enterprise 2.0.

You can register for the 2009 event here. It’s to be in held Mumbai, India.

Not the bay area, thankfully 🙂

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