The conference agenda will include more than 60 knowledge-packed technical sessions and hands-on training delivered by top IBM developers and experts.
Agenda Grid 2013
Topics and Sessions
Business Unit Leader, IBM PureFlex, Middle East & Africa
Lee Allcorn is the Business Unit Leader for IBM PureFlex. He is responsible for IBM Expert Integrated Systems business in the Middle East and Africa, including sales, technical, product management and support functions.
Most recently, Lee was System x Sales Leader, UK and Ireland, Mid market, with the responsibility of leading IBM's company-wide focus on expanding sales to small and medium business and working with the Business Partner ecosystem to deliver innovation.
Previously, he served as Partner Alliances Leader for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this capacity, he was instrumental in building partner relationships in the x86 market and driving incremental revenue for the business. Prior to that, Lee was the Executive Assistant to North East Europe STG Sales Leader, System i Financial Market Sales Manager, as well as Client Manager in the UK.
Lee has more than 11 years experience in the information technology industry and has held several key positions in IBM Sales and Distribution, Europe, UK, Middle East and Africa. His experience extends across a wide portfolio of IBM products and solutions, with a strong heritage in UNIX, x86 and Storage, specializing in Cloud, Virtualization and Big Data.
System x Business leader for Middle East and Africa IBM
Guy has spent over 25 years in the hardware business with IBM in Sales, Channels, Marketing and Product management around the world. Guy is heavily focused on how IBM infrastructure can be delivered easily and make a business impact to our customers.
Storage Leader for Middle East and Africa
has been with IBM for 17 years. During his tenure he managed IBM storage for over 10 years. Jeff comes to Dubai from Chicago were he lead the IBM STG team for the AT&T account. Jeff has an MBA in Information Systems from DePaul University. He has been in his current position for 4 months.
Business Development Manager
System x, PureFlex and BladeCenter
IBM STG Growth Markets
Steve Edwards was appointed as the Business Development Manager for System x and BladeCenter in January 2010 . In this role he is responsible for training the IBM and Business Partner Sales teams on major new announcements and technologies, working with the country teams on significant acquisition accounts, and liaising with the development laboratories in the US and Taiwan to ensure that future products meet customer needs.
Mr Edwards joined IBM in 1990, initially as a test engineer. In 1993 he took his first Brand Marketing Role, and in 1994 was responsible for the development of the first release of ServerGuide. He spent 1995-1998 on assignment to Research Triangle Park, NC as part of the development organization, and then later as the Worldwide Product Manager for the low end Intel based servers. In January 1998 he returned to the UK, and became the New Products Manager for the EMEA Brand, In this role he was responsible for new product introductions, gathering requirements for future products and liaising with manufacturing and procurement on volumes. In 2006 he transferred to a Sales Role, initially in South West Europe, and then in 2010 started a similar role in the Growth Markets Unit, with particular focus on Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.
In his role he has regular discussions with Intel, AMD, Microsoft, Emulex, VMWare and many other key industry suppliers – and ensures that products under development are taking account of key industry trends.
He graduated with honours from the University of York in 1990, with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. He is regularly invited as a key note speaker at the IBM Systems Group Technical Conferences.
General Manager, GCC
Nassir Nauthoa has been the General Manager of Intel in the GCC since July 2009 with responsibility for overseeing Intel’s operations in this region. In addition he is chartered to extend and drive Intel’s business development and communications initiatives in the GCC. Nauthoa is also a key player in promoting the advancement of digital communities in the Middle East through collaborative work undertaken within the education sector, on-going support of local entrepreneurship, training and Intel’s CSR initiatives in the region.
Prior to his current role Nauthoa managed the Intel sales team for the GCC region where he made a strong contribution towards year on year sales growth for intel. Nauthoa joined Intel in 2001 as Distribution Business Manager for the Middle East and North Africa during which time he optimised distribution coverage to enable customers to get faster and local access to intel products.
Before joining Intel he worked in the UK for Xircom, a worldwide leader of mobile connectivity products as their UK & Ireland Distribution Sales Manager. In July 1999 he moved to Dubai to take up the role of Xircom Area Sales Manager for Middle East and Africa to develop their distribution channels and business in this area. His prior role to Xircom was with Hayes Microcomputer Products as UK, Ireland and Netherlands Sales Manager.
Nauthoa has a B.A (Hons) in Business Studies from Kingston University in the UK. He also holds a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK and has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Leicester in the UK.