Tuesday, April 26, 2011

IBI Summit 2011 FAQs

Information Builders has posted a list of frequently-asked questions about Summit 2011 in Dallas, Texas, on their website.

For example, IBI answers some important questions about the evening events:

  • Sunday night (June 12th): Welcome Reception
  • Monday night (June 13th): Cocktail Reception 
  • Tuesday night (June 14th): Off-Site Event 
  • Wednesday night (June 15th): President's Reception (Ask Gerry) 

If like past events, you will also be invited on Monday night to a Regional Cocktail Receptions following the general reception. Each of the Information Builders' field sales force regions will gather their customers and provide a smaller networking event somewhere in the Hilton Anatole.

The details of the off-site event are still being kept quiet under lock and key. But here is what I can share (don't tell anybody where you heard it): it will be a fun location near Dallas that can hold about a thousand people. It will probably have a big Texan theme and offer enough different activities to satisfy a variety of personalities.  

Myself, I am rooting for a rip-roaring rodeo with a Texas barbeque.

I would not be surprised if there is boot-scooting music involved (not to mention a photo opportunity between you and a big steer!). 

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