Main Tent Keynote Speakers
Vice President and Business Line Executive, System z
IBM Systems and Technology Group, Power and z Systems
Greg Lotko is the Business Line Executive of the System z Division for IBM Systems & Technology Group, responsible for all facets of IBM's mainframe business including strategy, marketing, sales, operations, technology development and overall financial performance. Prior to his current position, he was Vice President of Warehouse Solutions, responsible for the Software Group, SWG, Information Management Warehouse Strategy and Solutions across databases and platforms. He previously held other Executive positions in SWG including: Director of Development for WebSphere Information Integration, Director of IMS, and Director of DB2 for z/OS.
Greg joined IBM in 1988 after obtaining his Computer Science degree from Clarkson University. He held a variety of positions in CHQ Financial Systems as a programmer, business analyst, project manager (PM), and Manager supporting IBM's finance and accounting community. Greg joined IGS in 1998 where he became the Delivery Executive on a large Application Outsourcing account in the Insurance & Finance Industry and obtained certification as a Senior Executive Project Manager.
Bernard S. Meyerson, Ph.D.
IBM Fellow, Vice President, Innovation
IBM Systems and Technology Group
Dr. Meyerson now serves as the Vice President for Innovation, and leads IBM’s Global University Relations Function within IBM’s Corporate HQ organization. He is also responsible for the IBM Academy, a self-governed organization of ~1000 technical executives and senior technical leaders from across IBM. Dr. Meyerson was appointed to this position in October 2009.
In 1980, Dr. Meyerson joined IBM Research as a Staff member, leading the development of silicon:germanium and other high performance technologies over a period of 10 years.
Dr. Meyerson is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has received numerous technical and business awards for his work, which include: the Materials Research Society Medal, the Electrochemical Society Electronics Division Award, the IEEE Ernst Weber Award, the Electron Devices Society J. J. Ebers Award, and the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from SEMI. He was most recently announced as having won the 2011 Pake Prize of the American Physical Society, honoring him for his combined original scientific research and subsequent leadership in managing a major business for IBM.
For his innovation efforts, Dr. Meyerson was cited as “Inventor of the Year” by the New York State Legislature in 1998, and he was recognized as “United States Distinguished Inventor of the Year” by the US IP Law Association and the Patent and Trademark office in 1999. He was most recently recognized in May of 2008 as “Inventor of the Year” by the New York State Intellectual Property Lawyers Association.
Vice President ,Worldwide System z Software Sales
IBM Software Group
Ray Jones is the Vice President of System z Software Worldwide Sales for IBM's Software Group. He has responsibility for IBM’s mainframe middleware software solutions portfolio, including sales and pricing strategies and methodologies, and overall customer relationships and satisfaction. Prior to his current position, he was a member of the core strategic team that created the modern IBM software business, now called IBM Software Group, which continues to be a major contributor to IBM's revenues and profitability. He has also served as Controller for IBM Software Group, and as Chief Financial Officer of the System i and p divisions in IBM's Systems Technology Group. His earlier experience includes IBM executive positions in development, pricing, and marketing. Ray travels extensively to meet with System z clients, and has advised more than 1000 leading companies on mainframe technology, total cost of ownership, and the strategic business value of mainframe solutions for driving competitive advantage.
Ray joined IBM in 1975 as a sales representative in Chicago and worked on the beta test for MVS at Allstate Insurance. When he is not travelling, Ray spends time on his farm in the Boston area.
The 2012 IBM System z Technical University provides a key opportunity to learn all about what’s new, the latest features and best practices on IBM System z. See below, a few of the experts you will hear and can ask questions in dedicated sessions.
Featured System z speakers include:
From the z/OS Development Labs
From IBM Advanced Technical Support
From IBM Lab Services and Training
More to be announced!