Tuesday, 14 July 2009

2009 Logicalis IT Forum Trip to Rochester, Minnesota, 15-20 September

This year's Logicalis IT Forum trip to Rochester, Minnesota is scheduled for 15-20 September (travelling out on the Tuesday morning, getting back around lunchtime on the Sunday).

We will be in the Executive Briefing Center, now in the blue buildings, for all three days of sessions (Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th, Friday 18th).

Here's the current draft agenda:

Wednesday 16 September
9:00 AM Welcome - John Rathke, Briefing Project Manager for Europe and Latin America
9:10 AM IBM Dynamic Infrastructure - Kurt Rump, Consulting IT Specialist
9:40 AM IBM i Update and Directions, including hardware and IBM i V6R1 update - Kurt Rump
10:40 AM Break
11:00 AM IBM i - Beyond 6.1 - Steve Will, Chief Architect, IBM i
12:00 PM Luncheon
1:15 PM Virtualization - AIX, Linux, XIV, VIOS, Blades - Nick Harris, Consulting IT Specialist
2:45 PM Break
3:05 PM Backup and Recovery Update - Debbie Saugen, IBM Rochester

Thursday 17 September
8:20 AM Continental Breakfast
8:40 AM Portable Utilities - Fant Steele, Advanced Technical Support
9:10 AM Application Development Directions
10:25 AM Break
10:45 AM DB2 Update (to include Omnifind) - Michael Cain, DB2 for i5/OS Lab Services Co-Chair
12:05 AM Luncheon
01:05 PM IBM Systems Director - Greg Hintermeister, User Experience Imagineer and IBM Master Inventor
2:25 PM Break
2:45 PM Security Update - Terry Ford, Project Manager, Security Services Delivery

Friday 18 September
8:40 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM Marketing Update - Ian Jarman, Manager, Power Systems
9:45 AM Break
10:00 AM Smart Business Update - Mike Smith, Distinguished Engineer, STG Software Architecture/Strategy
11:00 AM Break
11:15 AM Energy Management - Brad Brech, Distinguished Engineer, STG Software Architecture/Strategy
12:15 PM Luncheon
1:15 PM Cloud Computing - Dave Gimpl, Software Architect
2:15 PM Break
2:35 PM Web Support Update - Paula Fulton, Executive IT Specialist - Technical Sales and Support

We can probably also arrange a Plant and/or Benchmark Center Tour for those who are interested.

Please let Sharon Ferguson or me know ASAP if you are interested in attending the trip. Current IT Forum members may send one delegate within the subscription (flights, hotel accommodation, and meals are covered). If others are interested, please speak to Sharon or me re costs. A current IT Forum Confidential Disclosure Agreement is required (I can arrange these).

We would anticipate flying Heathrow-Minneapolis direct (NWA), and then hiring cars (volunteers to drive are always very welcome). We normally stay at the Hawthorn Suites, very close to the labs, and move to the Minneapolis Airport Marriott (100 yards from the Mall of America) on the Friday night.

I will organise some sort of outing on the Friday night and/or Saturday, and there will be plenty of free time before we fly out on Saturday evening. The Minnesota Twins are playing at home on the Friday night. A riverboat trip is also a possibility.

My contact details:
Email mandy.shaw@iperimeter.co.uk
'Phone 01225 436302