IBM iRev Up Your Business Applications

IBM Watson is the cognitive platform for business. You can uncover insights, engage in new ways, make decisions with more confidence and do your best work. The IBM Bluemix cloud platform helps you solve real problems and drive business value with applications, infrastructure and services. You can do all of this today from your existing IBM i environment!

Your business can expand its solutions into the world of cognitive thinking using IBM Watson and IBM Bluemix. How can you integrate these new capabilities – such as language translation, text-to-voice, cognitive searching and Watson analytics – into your existing RPG applications and Db2 for IBM i data?

Don’t let your business idle. Join us on the driveway this September 6th and 7th in Rochester, Minnesota.

Event Details

IBM i Driveway to Watson: Rev Up Your Business Applications

Presented by COMMON and IBM

Dates: September 6 and 7

Location: IBM Executive Briefing Center, Rochester, MN

Price: $299/person


All sessions will be taught by IBM professionals.

Day 1 – September 6

Morning Topics

  • Introduction to Bluemix
  • Introduction to Watson
  • Design Thinking and Agile Process with Exercises – Patty Clancy

Afternoon Topics

  • Open Source Connections (On-premises vs. Cloud) – Jesse Gorzinski
  • Database Introduction (Connecting to Bluemix, Analytics) – Scott Forstie

Day 2 – September 7

Morning Topics

  • Design Thinking and Agile Process with Exercises – Patty Clancy
  • Database (Continued) – Scott Forstie and Doug Mack
  • RPG Connections – Alison Butterill
  • Rest-based Services – Tim Rowe

Afternoon Topics

  • Client Stories: Real-world Stories and Successes
  • Hands-on Experience with Sandboxes


Rochester, MN, is located approximately 80 miles SE of Minneapolis/St. Paul. It is served by Rochester International Airport (RST). Fights can also be booked into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). From MSP, one can rent a car or take a shuttle to Rochester. Shuttle options include GO Airport Shuttle and Rochester Shuttle Service.

A room block has been reserved at the Hampton Inn & Suites Rochester-North. To receive a rate of $104/night, please call 1.507.289.6100 or 1.800.219.9497 and mention IBM Bluemix Driveway.