IT Executive Conference

2017 IT Executive Conference

May 7-8, 2017

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando™ | Orlando, FL

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


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.


Sunday, May 7

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.  Continental Breakfast / Networking

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Introduction

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  COMMON Annual Meeting Opening Session

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  IBM Executive Welcome – Stefanie Chiras and Steve Sibley, IBM

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  IBM X-Force Security Session – Westley McDuffie, IBM X-Force

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  Trends and Directions in IT – Steve Will and Alison Butterill, IBM

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  Cloud Strategy  / Enterprise Risk Management – Michael Walker, IBM Lab Services

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Welcome Reception

7:30 p.m  Reception with COMMON Board of Directors and IBM Executives

Monday, May 8

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

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Lean Security 101 – Josh More, Eyra Security

9:15 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.  What Strengths Drive You? – John Kamen, Whitewater Coaching & Consulting

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. The Value of Linux to the Enterprise – Dylan Boday, IBM

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Database Strategy – Scott Forstie, IBM

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Security Session + Discussion – Westley McDuffie, IBM X-Force

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Stop Managing, Start Coaching – John Kamen, Whitewater Coaching & Consulting

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Conference Wrap Up

6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. All Attendee Reception

7:30 p.m  Dinner


Full Registration Rate – Includes all ITEC sessions and events plus full access to the 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition

Standard Registration

Member – $2595

Nonmember – $2795 (Save by becoming a Member)

Add an Annual Meeting Guest for $395 Member / $445 Nonmember*

Add an IT Executive Conference Dinner Guest for $100

* The Annual Meeting and Exposition Guest Program allows access to breakfasts, Exposition Hall, Opening Session and social events only. The IT Executive Conference dinner is not included.

ITEC Registration Rate – Includes all ITEC sessions and events only

Early Bird Registration Extended until April 21

Standard Registration

Member – $2295

Nonmember – $2495 (Save by becoming a Member)

Add an IT Executive Conference Dinner Guest for $100

Conference Hotel

Join us at the beautiful Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando®. The newest resort on Universal Orlando™ property, Sapphire Falls will host all IT Executive Conference events with the possible exception of the dinner. The Loews Royal Pacific Resort is the other option for your stay. It is conveniently located next to Sapphire Falls.

If you are looking to combine ITEC Executive Conference attendance with a vacation, the special COMMON hotel rate of $190/night is available from May 1 until 17. Staying at Sapphire Falls or Royal Pacific entitles you to guest benefits at Universal Orlando™ such as complimentary shuttle buses and early park admission.

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