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What is it?

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

Sessions from key speakers, scheduled from 12 to 14 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 11 September to Sunday 16 September 2012


IBM Laboratories, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Who should attend

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


Wednesday 12 September
9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions John Rathke, WW Briefing Project Manager
9:15 AM IBM Watson Jeopardy Challenge Ian Jarman, Category Marketing
10:30 AM IBM i Update and Directions Steve Will, Chief Architect - IBM i
1:00 PM DB2 for IBM i Update Mike Cain, STSM, DB2 for i Consulting, Education and Services, Team Leader DB2 for i Center of Excellence
2:15 PM

Cloud Computing

Ben Cao, SmartCloud Entry Development - Emerging Solutions
3:30 PM PowerHA Steve Finnes, Power Systems HA Product Offering Manager

Thursday 13 September
9:00 AM Security Terry Ford, Project Manager, Security Services Delivery
10:30 AM POWER Systems Update and Directions Mark Olson, Power System WW Product Management
1:00 PM PowerVM

Keith Zblewski

2:15 PM Backup and Recovery Update Mervyn Venter, IT Management Consultant, IBM Systems & Technology Group Global Technology Services
3:40 PM Application Development Directions Alison Butterill, IBM i Product Manager, and Tim Rowe, Business Architect of Application Development for IBM i

Friday 14 September
9:00 AM IBM i Marketing Update Alison Butterill, IBM I Product Manager, and Eric Schultz, SW Product Line Mgr / PDT Leader - STG, Power Systems
10:15 AM Electronic Support
Paula R. Fulton, Executive IT Specialist - Senior Certified Business Analyst, Linda Edd, and Diane Straka
12:30 PM

Pure Systems

Tim Alpers, IBM Systems Group Product Manager

More details

The group will leave London Heathrow on Tuesday 11 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 16 September, getting back to Heathrow on the Monday morning.


Mandy Shaw

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