- Alison is the WW Offering Manager for IBM i. In this role, she works with the IBM i team to define the future of IBM i including the content for releases and technology refreshes. Her responsibilities include working with the IBM i sales, marketing, development teams as well as clients and partners to ensure that the IBM i Operating System and associated software products reflect their requirements.
Having worked in the mid-range area for more than 30 years, Alison has held a wide variety of positions at IBM, primarily with midrange servers and software. She has held a range of positions including field Systems Engineer, an instructor in Customer Technical Education, national support representative for IBM Canada, and Worldwide Technical Marketing support representative for the development tools and compilers from the IBM Toronto Laboratory.
She is a regular speaker at industry and technical conferences around the world.
Where should my modernization go? This question is asked of IBM i customers around the globe. As the IBM i Offering Manager, Alison has conversations with customers everywhere. She has been able to guide customers with a vision from an IBM perspective of where IBM i, applications, and technology are headed.
In the 21st century, the future contains more AI, IoT (Internet of Things), and cognitive. No one will argue that computing, across hardware and software, has evolved over the past 30 years to allow us to do things about which our grandparents never dreamed. Would they have guessed that all that computational power, combined with unfathomable volumes of data, would be used to get less accurate answers? That is the strength and beauty of the cognitive era, as computing works like our brains not giving the “right” answer, but to deliver the “best” answer. IBM i, with its integrated database, linkages to the latest programming languages, and connections to the very latest cognitive applications is perfectly positioned to lead companies to the future as they modernize to include AI, IoT and cognitive.
Alison will offer a perspective of IBM i and modernization to guide you in your journey.
6:00 Intermission (Buffet Dinner & Networking)
7:00 Session 2:
Practicalities of IBM i Modernization
- Trevor’s role as a FrescheThinker affords him the opportunity to be a thought leader in IT. With regular commentary on the future of IT and IBM i, Trevor is asked to guide and provide innovative strategies to customers around the world. Well-known in the IBM i community for leading efforts to promote modernization, he specializes in setting strategy and direction, aligning business and IT, and guiding entire companies to leverage their IT and IBM i.
Outside of his day job, Trevor is a recognized global motivational speaker, author, volunteer, emcee, and storyteller.
- Trevor is an experienced IT Strategist, Architect, Developer, IBM Champion. For 20+ years, he has been engaged in modernization projects, primarily with IBM i applications and integration with other platforms/infrastructure.
In this session, Trevor showcases the realities of modernization. He’ll review a modern architecture that can be adapted to suit IT environments in companies across the spectrum. He’ll outline a transformation architecture for a coexistence fabric during and after each modernization project. He’ll share modernization projects, challenges encountered, solutions to resolve barriers, lessons learned.
If you are engaged in modernization or contemplating modernization projects, this session is not to be missed.