2018 IT Executive Conference

May 20-21, 2018

Marriott Rivercenter | San Antonio, TX

The IT Executive Conference (ITEC) was created with the needs of IT managers and decision makers – like you – in mind. Plus, if you are sending your team to the Annual Meeting for training, you should also attend. With a focus on strategic issues, you can interact with IBM representatives, speakers and peers regarding how to maximize your IT investment.

  • Receive industry updates direct from IBM representatives and other experts
  • Interact with peers to learn of best practices that can transform your business
  • Grow your professional network across various industries

Registration will open soon.


Due to the peer-to-peer nature of this conference, IT Executive Conference attendees must be senior-level executives within their organizations. Additionally, all must have have a direct interest in IBM Power Systems.

Those not qualified to attend include analysts and venture capitalists, in addition to sales, marketing and consulting staff from non-sponsoring vendor companies.



8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. POWERUp18 Opening Session

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. POWERUp18 Sessions

Attend one of 15 available sessions with topics targeted to executive needs, such as technology updates, business skills and high-level overviews of hot topics. View the Online Session Guide for details.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. POWERUp18 Networking Panels

All-attendee panels on topics such as vertical markets, open source and project management. Attend with your team members that are participating in POWERUp18.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on own)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. POWERUp18 Sessions

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ITEC Opening Session and Attendee Introductions

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. POWERUp18 Welcome Reception in the Expo

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ITEC Reception with COMMON Board of Directors and IBM Executives


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cognitive Computing Strategy

  • How are businesses using cognitive computing to gain a competitive advantage?
  • How can Watson solve your business problems and help your customers?
  • Discussion: how you are using cognitive and Watson in your environment? User acceptance? Typical users?

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion Featuring Rocket Software (sponsored)

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Evolution of the IT Department: Moving to the Cloud and IT’s Changing Relationship with the Business

  • Cloud promises and cloud nightmares: developing a cloud strategy
  • What needs to stay and what can be moved to the cloud
  • Cloud success and horror stories
  • Discussion: your cloud plans and projects plus what you should consider before your next cloud project
  • Changing relationship of IT with the business: red-headed stepchild no more
  • Discussion: IT and the business

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. POWERUp18 Reception in the Expo


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Security of the Enterprise, from the Firewall In

  • Security beyond the technical settings
  • Are you prepared?
  • Security breach preparedness drill
  • Discussion: Security of the enterprise

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Strategies for Staff Recruitment and Retention

  • Recruiting technical staff
  • Staffing projects
  • Managing vendors
  • Discussion: staff recruitment and retention

4:30 p.m. ITEC Debrief

6:30 p.m. Dinner with ITEC attendees


8:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. POWERUp18

Attend sessions throughout the day. Check the Online Session Guide for details.

6:30 p.m. POWERUp18 Closing Reception

Why Attend

A former attendee sums up why to attend ITEC.

“First, the ITEC focuses predominantly, not exclusively, on IBM i activities, so it is “made to order” for those of us who use the “i” to help manage our enterprises and our IT activities.

Second, because it really is an “Executive Conference”, it is pegged at a higher level than, say, the gritty details of programming.  Rather, it is aimed at considerations of the strategic uses of IT – how IT, and the “i” help senior management run business and educational institutions with the best technology tools available, and how the “i” is integrated into systems with other hardware and software products.

Third, ITEC brings together a group of business executives who have technology as part of their backgrounds, and as part of their responsibilities, so the back-and-forth exchanges of information and experiences are often as beneficial as the briefings we participants receive from IBM executives and technology experts.  Also, depending on timing of announcements, we participants may receive confidential information regarding IBM future plans, which can help us shape our own IT planning activities.”


– Stanley Kritzik, Managing Partner, Metropolitan Associates