The 2009 edition of Impact, IBM’s Smart SOA Conference, is quickly approaching. Impact is the place to go to learn about Websphere and IBM’s implementation of SOA. Plenty of IBM business partners will also be on hand with add-on or competing products. CICS appears to be becoming a larger part of Impact every year. As is SHARE, Impact provides a great networking opportunity. Also, Billy Crystal will be on hand, as will 80’s rockers Huey Lewis and the News. There are plenty of reasons to attend Impact if you can.
Impact runs from May 3 through May 8, in Las Vegas. Cost is $2150 in advance, or $2250 at the door, which is a little high compared to SHARE, but hotel rates appear reasonable (stay at the hotel where Impact is hosted for under $200 per night), and flights to Las Vegas likely can often be acquired for less than flights to other cities. IBM estimates that attendees can acquire over $15,000 worth of education. It will be well worth the trip for those that can make it.