I had my first encounter with Watson, see here in the IBM booth at Collaborate. The Exhibition hall started today, and was fun to walk around and meet many familiar faces. Attendees could stop by at IBM booth and interact with Watson and play jeopardy!
This year Netezza and IBM booths are separate, it was the same situation the first year after IBM bought Cognos, the exhibit hall deals are signed way in advance, probably like close to a year.
The day started with the "energetic" keynote and ended with the Exhibition Hall reception... done with my presentation titled Competing on Analytics... 2 more sessions and a Quick tip left and then the Iron Throwdown (closing session event)....still a lot to go!