I’m in Chicago giving one last review of my presentation at the MARTS Conference. I last spoke here in 2009. Should be interesting. Hope I get a few to show up, anyway.

Speaking of presentations, here are a couple of opportunities for you to present–and maybe me. I’ll have to see if I can dream up a good topic.

ISA Marketing and Sales Summit

ISA’s 7th Annual Marketing & Sales Summit–“The New Rules of Customer Engagement: Riding the Winds of Change” will be held August 15-17th, 2012 at The Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas.

The organizers are asking for abstracts. Here are some thoughts:

How do you reach your customers today? Regardless of how the world’s economies shift and sway, connecting with your customer is what it’s all about. But customer engagement has changed. How is your company adjusting to these changes? We want to hear from you. Abstracts should be submitted based on the summit theme and topics below. Abstracts should be 500 words or less and describe what the presentation will cover. If your abstract is accepted and you agree to submit a presentation for the conference proceedings, you are also agreeing to register and present at the 7th Annual ISA Marketing & Sales Summit.

Two Conference Tracks: Marketing & Sales
Strategy and Business Development
Integrated Strategies for Marketing and Sales
Digital Marketing and Social Media
Complex Sales Best Practices
Strategies in Vertical Markets

Sample topic areas include best practices in social media, guerrilla marketing, brand marketing, winning complex accounts, market-driven product development, business development and engineering, product marketing management vs. product management, sales vs. marketing, branding in the web 2.0 era, redefining advertising in the digital age, and more.

Submit your abstract no later than 16 April 2012 to Shari Worthington, program chair.

Emerson Exchange

And this in from the Emerson Global Users Exchange. “With less than two weeks until the March 19th deadline, we’ve already received a sizeable quantity of worthy abstracts for this year’s conference. Supporting this year’s theme, “Connect In” – the 2012 Emerson Exchange conference is expected to deliver even more value for all, as industry leaders, educators, and practical experts like yourself prepare to share experiences and connect with other automation professionals.”

Exchange this year is October 8 – 12, 2012 at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, CA.


I sort of unintentionally suspended my podcast series when I had so many changes in my life last year. Watch for a new series beginning soon. But I still listen to a bunch mostly when I’m working out or traveling. Here is a roundup of some interesting ones.

IT conversations is a great location for a variety of podcasts.

Here is one on the Internet of Things. We talk a lot about wireless sensor networks in automation. Here is a discussion taking it to another level. Sensors – Vahe Kassardjian, making sense of sen.se.

And for a poignant moment–Jeff Atwood resigned from Stack Overflow and here is the last Jeff and Joel podcast.

David Weinberger, one of the authors of the Cluetrain Manifesto on Big Data, Too Big to Know on the tremendous amount of content creation and how do we find it.

Cory Doctorow, humans as sensors, not human barcodes, “Right now we are in a shooting war between users and the analytics people, except the users aren’t armed.”

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