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What is it?

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

Sessions from key speakers, scheduled from 11 to 13 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 10 September to Monday 16 September 2019


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 11, 2019

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

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

10:30 DB2 for IBM i Enhancements Scott L. Forstie DB2 for i Business Architect, IBM i developerWorks Content Manager

12:00 Lunch Dave Nelson Director, IBM i & I/O Development

12:45 IBM i Infrastructure Update Kris Whitney STSM - IBM i I/O, Storage, Virtualization and Availability Architecture - PowerVC for IBM i

14:30 POWER Systems Roadmap Allyn Walsh Certified Consulting IT Specialist, IBM Advanced Technical Support for POWER Systems

Thursday, September 12, 2019

09:00 IBM i Access to Watson Jesse Gorzinski Business Architect: Open Source on IBM i

10:00 Application Development Tim Rowe Business Architect of Application Development for IBM i

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Systems Management Tim Rowe

14:30 IBM i and Open Source Jesse Gorzinski Business Architect: Open Source on IBM i

Friday, September 13, 2019

09:00 BRMS Update Aaron Fistler HelpSystems

10:30 IBM Support Center Update Perry Dykes STSM, IBM Systems Electronic Support Architect, Certified IBM Architect - Client Facing Support

12:00 Lunch

More details

The group will leave London Heathrow on Tuesday 10 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 15 September, getting back to Heathrow on the Monday morning.


Mandy Shaw

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