Step Up Your Tech Game: Unlock Your Free Pass to IBM TechXchange!

IBM TechXchange 2024
IBM TechXchange
Written by Heather L. Cole, April 18th, 2024

Step Up Your Tech Game: Unlock Your Free Pass to IBM TechXchange.  This offer will self-destruct on April 30th.  So, act now!

If you're determined to sharpen your tech skills and make a name for yourself in the world of analytics and AI, then it's time to level up – not just your skills, but also your network. Remember what Jim Rohn said: "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." This year, make those people count!

Discover the IBM TechXchange - A Geek Fest, not a Pitch Fest!

In January, I had the pleasure of attending IBM TechXchange in Barcelona. This isn't your run-of-the-mill conference dominated by vendor pitches. Instead, it's a gathering of technologists from various backgrounds engaging deeply with the real issues and innovations in technology. We discussed, dissected, and explored a range of topics centered around IBM's cutting-edge WatsonX, Cognos, AI, and analytics solutions. The event provides an exceptional platform to mingle with developers and professionals who share similar roles across different companies. It's a chance to collaborate directly, explore new ideas, and even participate hands-on in labs!  Learn more about TechXchange in Vegas Oct 21-24, 2024 here.  

Want to Attend IBM TechXchange for Free? Here's Your Chance!

Are you worried about budget constraints? Let’s address that right away. You can attend IBM TechXchange in Las Vegas for free! Yes, you read that right. All you need to do is seize the opportunity to share your story.

Submit to Speak: If you are an IBM client and have a compelling narrative about your professional challenges, lessons learned, and victories over those challenges, then you're just the speaker IBM TechXchange is looking for. If selected, not only will you earn a free pass, but you'll also secure another for a coworker!  Yes, that’s 2 amazing passes that have a $3,198 value!

Submitting is simple:

  1. Choose your topic.
  2. Prepare a title and a short abstract (around 800 characters).
  3. Submit your proposal here, before April 30, 11:59 PM EST.

Remember, submissions close on April 30, 2024 – just a couple of weeks away. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to both attend and contribute to the conversation at one of the most intellectually stimulating tech gatherings of the year.  If you would like help formalizing your topic or even want us to co-present with you, don’t hesitate to contact us at

Special Opportunity for Lodestar Solutions’ Clients

If the thought of speaking at such a grand event seems daunting, there's another unique opportunity just for existing Lodestar Solutions clients. If you’re under a service agreement or engage in licensing and support with Lodestar Solutions, you can enter to win one of three passes by simply submitting a short video detailing your experience with Lodestar and how you utilize the software.  Nothing fancy.  Just grab your phone and shoot a video. Share your success stories, challenges overcome, and how Lodestar Solutions has made a difference in your business. Your testimonial could not only win you a free pass but also inspire others on their transformative journeys.

Once we receive your video, you will be entered into our drawing to win one of the three passes we have to give to clients.

Simply record your video testimony and submit it to by May 10, 2024.  Or better yet post it on Linkedin and tag @lodestarsolutions.

Are you interested in learning more? Email us at for more details about this exclusive offer.

Act Now! Join the Elite in Las Vegas

This is your chance to step up, be seen, and potentially lead in your field. The AI tsunami is coming, and the best way to ride the wave is by enhancing your skills and expanding your professional circle. IBM TechXchange is more than just a conference; it’s a career catalyst.

Don't wait – click the link below, submit your abstract, or reach out to us at Lodestar Solutions today. Join us at IBM TechXchange and start shaping the future of tech!

Submit Your Proposal Here

Unveiling the Hidden Gem: IBM TechXchange – A Must-Attend Event for Cognos and Planning Analytics Clients

Unveiling the Hidden Gem IBM TechXchange - A Must-Attend Event for Cognos and Planning Analytics Clients
Unveiling the Hidden Gem IBM TechXchange - A Must-Attend Event for Cognos and Planning Analytics Clients
Written by Heather L. Cole, October 5th, 2023

In the vast landscape of technology conferences, IBM TechXchange 2023 stands out as a transformative event that rekindles the true spirit of knowledge sharing and camaraderie.  As an attendee who has witnessed the evolution of IBM events over the years, I can confidently say that this conference has breathed new life into the tech community. Let me take you on a journey through my experience at the recent IBM TechXchange in Vegas and why I believe that every IBM Cognos and Planning Analytics client should allocate funding for this exceptional event in 2024.

IBM TechXChange

Well Done IBM!

Firstly, IBM TechXchange 2024 was a breath of fresh air compared to previous IBM events that often felt like elaborate sales and marketing pitches.  The skepticism I initially harbored was quickly replaced by excitement and enthusiasm.  I admit I also had a little regret for not bringing my team.  Thanks to the brilliant leadership of Amy Tennison, IBM returned to its roots, offering a true geek session for technology enthusiasts like me.


One of the standout features of TechXchange was the selection of session hosts.  These were not your typical corporate spokespersons, but real users and consultants deeply immersed in the technology.  For instance, "Cognos Paul" Mendelson, with his thought-provoking insights on AI, challenged us to think critically while also considering the broader implications of artificial intelligence.  This emphasis on genuine expertise fostered an atmosphere of authentic learning and engagement.


IBM TechXchange exceeded the usual conference experience by allowing attendees to earn valuable certifications.  This practical aspect not only enhanced our skill sets but also offered tangible benefits for our professional growth.  It's rare to find a conference that educates and empowers attendees to enhance their credentials.


However, what truly set TechXchange apart was the networking opportunities it presented.  Unlike previous events with a heavy IBM presence, TechXchange featured fewer IBMers, allowing attendees to connect with peers, experts, and thought leaders from various industries. It was refreshing to see IBM championing the exceptional IBM Champions, individuals actively advocating for IBM technologies and positively impacting the world.  While it's natural to feel the pangs of imposter syndrome in their presence, the inspiration drawn from their endeavors is boundless.

IBM Champions

Why You Must Attend TechXchange 2024

So, why am I writing this?  I firmly believe that every IBM Cognos and Planning Analytics client should earmark funding for IBM TechXchange 2024.  Here's why:

  1. Genuine Learning: TechXchange offers an unparalleled learning experience led by industry experts, real users, and consultants who bring practical insights to the table.

  2. Certification Opportunities: The chance to earn certifications can significantly enhance your professional profile, making you a more valuable asset to your organization.

  3. Networking Goldmine: TechXchange facilitates meaningful connections with like-minded individuals, enabling you to exchange ideas and foster collaborations that could shape your career and business. Meeting with the Product Managers was a huge benefit for attendees.

  4. Inspiration and Advocacy: Meeting IBM Champions can ignite your passion for technology and motivate you to contribute positively to your field.


In conclusion, IBM TechXchange 2023 has redefined a tech conference.  It's not just an event; it's a catalyst for growth, learning, and connection.  If you're a Cognos or Planning Analytics client, do yourself a favor and allocate funding for this transformative experience.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to be part of a community that values knowledge, expertise, and innovation.  See you at TechXchange 2024, where minds are truly blown!

IBM TechXchange Conference EMEA 2024: Community & Learning for Tech Experts

  • 22-25 January 2024
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • CCIB - Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona

IBM TechXchange Conference North America 2024 – TBD (typically September)

Stay up to date on the details here - IBM TechXChange

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