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What is it?

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

Sessions from key speakers, scheduled from 6 to 8 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 5 September to Monday 11 September 2017


IBM Laboratories, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Who should attend

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

Provisional Agenda

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

08:45 am Arrival and Coffee

09:00 am Welcome and Introductions
John Rathke, WW Briefing Project Manager - Executive Briefing Center - Rochester

09:15 am IBM i Update and Roadmap
Steve Will, Chief Architect - IBM i

10:15 am Break

10:45 am DB2 for IBM i Enhancements
Mark Anderson, Chief Architect DB2 for i, SQL, SQL Language Council, Database, Query

11:45 am Luncheon
Dave Nelson, Director, IBM i & I/O Development

12:45 pm PowerVM Update and Roadmap
Kris Whitney, IBM i I/O, Storage, and Virtualization Architecture - PowerVC for IBM i

01:45 pm Break

02:00 pm PowerHA Update and Directions
Steve Finnes, Power Systems HA Product Offering Manager

03:00 pm IBM i Application Modernization
Tim Rowe, Business Architect of Application Development for IBM i

Thursday, September 07, 2017

08:45 am Arrival and Coffee

09:00 am POWER Systems Update and Directions
Brad Brech, Distinguished Engineer, POWER Solutions, Academy of Technology Member

10:00 am Break

10:15 am BRMS Update and Roadmap
Aaron Fistler, HelpSystems

11:30 am Luncheon

12:30 pm Systems Management Update
Tim Rowe, Business Architect of Application Development for IBM i

Friday, September 08, 2017

09:00 am Open Source and IBM i
Jesse Gorzinski, Business Architect: Open Source on IBM i

10:00 am Connecting Watson to IBM i from Open Source
Jesse Gorzinski, Business Architect: Open Source on IBM i

11:15 am Electronic Support Update and Discussion

12:00 pm Sandwich Lunch

More details

The group will leave London Heathrow on Tuesday 5 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 10 September, getting back to Heathrow on the Monday morning.


Mandy Shaw

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