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What is it?

i-Community's annual Study Tour to the IBM Rochester Laboratories.

Sessions from key speakers, scheduled from 10 to 12 September, will span the full range of IBM i infrastructure and development topics.

The Tour is covered by the i-Community Confidential Disclosure Agreement for maximum benefit to attendees.

The Tour is offered to UK i-Community members, with details as below, or on a Wednesday to Friday daytime basis to US residents.


Tuesday 9 September to Sunday 14 September 2014


IBM Laboratories, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Who should attend

  • IT Directors
  • Chief Information Officers
  • IT Infrastructure Managers
  • IT Development Managers
  • IT Architects


Provisional Agenda

Wednesday 10 September, Executive Briefing Center

Steve Will, Chief Architect - IBM i: IBM i Update

Mike Cain, DB2 for i Consulting, Education and Services, Team Leader DB2 for i Centre of Excellence: DB2 for IBM i Update

Mark Olson, Power Virtual I/O, SAN, Comm Development: PowerVM for IBM i Update

Steve Finnes, Power Systems HA Product Offering Manager: PowerHA

Jeff Uehling, IBM i Security Development: Security Best Practices


Thursday 11 September, Executive Briefing Center

Tim Rowe, Business Architect of Application Development for IBM i, Application Development Update

Pete Heyrman, PowerVM Hypervisor: Preparing for Planned Outages

Lora R Powell, IBM i Performance - web tools (PDI): Collection Services and Performance Data Investigator

Shauna B. Rollings, IBM i Performance Tools: Collection Services and Performance Data Investigator

Angela Newton, API consultant, Work Management team leader, Thread Management component owner: Simplified Work Management

Allan Johnson, Power Systems Performance: POWER8 Performance

Clark A Anderson, Storage I/O subsystem performance: POWER8 Performance

Kent L. Bruinsma, IBM i Performance Tools development (PowerVP): POWER8 Performance

TBA: Cloud Options


Friday 12 September, Executive Briefing Center

Ian Jarman, WW Power Systems Business Unit Executive, IBM Systems Lab Services and Training: Marketing Outlook and your role

Ellie Streifel, IBM i Development: PTF Management Update

TBA, Storage Options for IBM i

Paula R. Fulton, Executive IT Specialist - Senior Certified Business Analyst: Electronic Support Transformation Update


More details

The group will leave London Heathrow on Tuesday 9 September for a direct flight to Minneapolis St Paul, and then transfer to Rochester by car.  Accommodation will be at the Marriott TownePlace Suites, opposite the Laboratories ('blue buildings').  We will spend Wednesday to Friday in intensive sessions in the IBM Executive Briefing Center following which we will then return to Minneapolis, staying at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott.  Attendees can explore the Twin Cities before leaving for the UK in the afternoon of Sunday 14 September, getting back to Heathrow on the Monday morning.


Mandy Shaw

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