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8hat is it?

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

Sessions from key speakers, scheduled from 21 to 23 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 20 September to Sunday 25 September 2016


IBM Laboratories, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Who should attend

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


Wednesday 21 September

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

DB2 for IBM i Enhancements and Roadmap, Mark Anderson, Chief Architect DB2 for i, SQL, SQL Language Council, Database, Query

PowerVM Update and Directions, Kris Whitney, IBM i I/O, Storage, and Virtualization Architecture - PowerVC for IBM i

PowerHA, Brian A. Nordland, IBM i PowerHA Development Architect & SLIC SAN Management

Security, Jeff Uehling, IBM i Security Development

Thursday 22 September, Executive Briefing Center, 8.45am

POWER Systems Update & Roadmap, Brad Brech, Distinguished Engineer, POWER Solutions, Academy of Technology Member

IBM i and the Cloud, Jim C. Chen, Advisory Software Engineer - IBM i Integrated File Systems, IBM i Cloud Focal

Support Center Tour

Systems Management, Timothy C. (Tim) Rowe, Business Architect of Application Development for IBM i

Application Development Directions, Tim Rowe

Watson Cognitive

Friday 23 September, Executive Briefing Center, 8.45am

BRMS, David R. Bhaskaran, BRMS Development

Electronic Support, Diane E. Straka, Architect for IBM Systems Web Development, and Paula R. Fulton, Executive IT Specialist - Senior Certified Business Analyst; Electronic Support Transformation, Electronic Support

More details

The group will leave London Heathrow on Tuesday 20 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 25 September, getting back to Heathrow on the Monday morning.


Mandy Shaw

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