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

Sessions from key speakers, scheduled from 9 to 11 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 8 September to Sunday 13 September 2015


IBM Laboratories, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Who should attend

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



Wednesday 9 September, Executive Briefing Center, 8.45am (please bring passport on first day)

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

DB2 for IBM i Update, Mark Anderson, Chief Architect DB2 for i, SQL, SQL Language Council, Database, Query

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

PowerHA, Jenny Dervin, Technology Leader - IBM i High Availability

Storage Options for High Availability, Nick Harris, IBM CPO, Storage Team Lead

Independent Auxiliary Storage Pool Implementation, TBA


Thursday 10 September, Executive Briefing Center, 8.45am

POWER Systems Update & Roadmap, Mark Olson, Power System WW Product Management

Systems Management Directions, Tim Rowe, Business Architect of Application Development for IBM i

Security, Jeff Uehling, IBM i Security Development

Linux on Power Roadmap, Jeffrey J. (Jeff) Scheel, Chief Engineer, Linux on Power

Preparing for Planned Outages, Peter J. (Pete) Heyrman, PowerVM Hypervisor

Cloud Roadmap, TBA


Friday 11 September, Executive Briefing Center, 8.45am

BRMS, David R. Bhaskaran, BRMS Development

IBM Watson in Industry Update, William C. (Bill) Rapp, Distinguished Engineer, Technical Lead, Watson Solutions Development

Work Management, Angela Newton, API consultant, Work Management team leader, Thread Management component owner, Limited Availability APIs

PTF Support & Electronic Support, 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 8 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 13 September, getting back to Heathrow on the Monday morning.


Mandy Shaw

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