Registration Now Open!

May 19-21, 2019

Disneyland® Hotel | Anaheim, California

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 POWERUp19 for education, 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


Sunday, May 19

  • COMMON Opening Session: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Introductions: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • IBM Executive Session: 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Welcome Reception in Expo: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
  • IT Executive Conference Reception with IBM Executives, COMMON Board and Invited Guests: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

 Monday, May 20

  • Breakfast: 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
  • Presentations and Discussion: 8:00 AM – 11:45 AM
  • Lunch: 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
  • COMMON Expo: 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM
  • Presentations and Discussion: 1:30 PM – 6:15 PM
  • IT Executive Conference Dinner: 7:00 PM

 Tuesday, May 21

  • Breakfast: 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
  • Presentations and Discussion: 8:00 AM – 11:45 AM
  • Lunch: 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
  • COMMON Expo: 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM
  • Presentations and Discussion: 1:30 PM – 6:15 PM
  • Conference Wrap-up

Wednesday, May 21

  • All IT Executive Conference attendees are welcome to stay and attend the sessions, events, and the Closing Reception at POWERUp 2019, taking place concurrently. Registration to the IT Executive Conference includes access to POWERUp 2019.

Session Topics

IBM Executive Session
Steve Sibley

The Challenges and Opportunities of Digital Transformation
David Brault

Blockchain: Encrypt, Store, and Share Data in Distributed Environments
Patrick Townsend

The Strategy Behind Open Source on i
Jesse Gorzinski

AI and Watson In the Real-World
Brendan Kay

CIO Survival Skills
Alan Seiden

Value of COMMON
Pete Massiello

Why i?
Steve Will

The Business Value of IBM i – Current Release
Speaker TBD

Thirty Years of Innovation and We’re Just Getting Started
Alison Butterill

Shared Peer Presentations
20 min presentation by attendees with discussion

Cognitive with Possible Customer Story
Speaker TBD

…more to be added


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 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.

Why Attend the IT Executive Conference?

“This is the best place for me to gain insights and discuss both IT and business strategy with my peers.”

– 2018 Attendee

“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