2018 IT Executive Conference

May 20-23, 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 POWERUp18 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


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

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cognitive Computing Strategy

Keynote Speakers: Stefanie Chiras, Vice President, Cognitive Systems Offering Management, IBM, and Jesse Gorzinski, Business Architect of Open Source Technologies, IBM

The age of insight offers every business the opportunity to drive business outcomes that were never before possible. Combining vast amounts of data, with new software paradigms and infrastructure built for data, allows AI workloads to deliver competitive advantage. Building upon AIX, and IBM i, to deliver a complete secure data lifecycle, this session will cover the IBM Cognitive Systems strategy and the portfolio built to deliver for the age of insight. One that is hardware and software optimized, utilizes acceleration like no other platform in the industry, and is consumable in a cloud deployment.

  • 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. What Does POWER9 Mean to Your Business

Speaker: Steve Sibley, Vice President, Cognitive Systems Offering Management, IBM

POWER9 is here. What does that mean to your data center? Upgrading to the latest hardware systems provides advantages over remaining on earlier systems. Why is keeping your data center current so critical to your success? Steve will talk about the latest technology as well as the advantages of POWER9 over POWER8 and why IBM i is a perfect foundation for moving into advanced technologies.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (sponsored by Profound Logic Software)

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. – 10:30 a.m. Security of the Enterprise, from the Firewall In

Keynote Speaker: Josh More, President, Eyra Security

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

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. IBM i Directions

Keynote Speakers: Alison Butterill, Worldwide Product Offering Manager for IBM i, IBM, and Steve Will, Chief Architect – IBM i, IBM

2018 is a busy year for the IBM i team, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of IBM i and we roll out POWER9. In this session, Steve and Alison will talk about what has recently been announced for the platform and what lies ahead. Also, we will take the opportunity to celebrate some of the clients who are implementing modern solutions using new technology to achieve business success. This session will cover strategy, requirements, celebrations, partners, customers and releases. Something for everyone.

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


  • Bob Vormittag, President and CEO, VAI
  • Tim Rowe, Business Architect Application Development & Systems Management for IBM i, IBM
  • Mark Boyer, System Architect, Ahern Rentals

Linux and Windows are immensely popular platforms, but between investments in software and human capital, they can be more expensive to operate than the IBM i. The good news is that the IBM i has come of age to compete head-to-head against these platforms, delivering comprehensive capabilities that include mobile and web user interfaces, robust API creation, open-source language compatibility, cloud integration and much more.

Join us for a session in which a panel of executives from global enterprises will discuss modernization initiatives involving the IBM i platform—specifically, how they capitalized on their IBM i investment to put the platform at the leading edge of their organization’s roadmap for 2018 and beyond—all while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.

The session will include presentations from each participant as well as a panel discussion followed by audience questions.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

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

Keynote Speakers: Brian MayDirector, Pre-Sales and Customer Solutions, Profound Logic, and Bob Richards, Manager of Applications, Hormel Foods

  • 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

Registration Rates

Individual Registration

  • Member $2295
  • Nonmember $2795


  • Member $395
  • Nonmember $445

Guest Monday Night Dinner

  • $100

¹ The Guest Program allows an individual to access to POWERUp18 breakfasts, Exposition Hall, Opening Session and social events only. ITEC’s Monday night dinner is not included but can be purchased separately.


ITEC’s host hotel is the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. Located on the beautiful River Walk, staying at the host hotel puts you in the middle of the action both during the conference and after hours. For reservations, call


San Antonio may be located deep in the heart of Texas, but it is accessible by plane, train and automobile.

San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is served by 10 airlines and features more than 30 nonstop flights. It provides easy access to downtown, which is about 8 miles, or 15 minutes, away. Rental cars and other ground transportation options are available.

Amtrak provides service to its downtown area station, a short cab ride away from the conference hotel. Routes to the city include the Texas Eagle and the Sunset Limited.

Interstates 10 and 35 service San Antonio. Check the driving distance using the map below.

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