The conference agenda will include more than 200 knowledge-packed technical sessions and hands-on training delivered by top IBM developers and experts.
Agenda at a Glance
Please find below an agenda at a glance for this conference. A more detailed agenda including tracks and topics will be available a couple of weeks prior to the conference so please check back regularly.
Topics and Sessions
Please find here the Track and Topics List. Please note that all content contained within this document is subject to change. A more detailed Topic and Session list will be available early 2013.
Adalio T. Sanchez
IBM System x
Adalio Sanchez is General Manager of IBM’s System x server unit. In this role, Mr. Sanchez is responsible for all facets of IBM's multi-billion dollar x86 server business, including product development, marketing, sales, operations, and overall financial performance. He is also a member of the IBM Performance Team, a group of the company's highest senior executive officers.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Sanchez was General Manager of IBM Microelectronics, responsible for the operational and financial performance of IBM’s semiconductor and engineering services operations.
Mr. Sanchez has more than 27 years of experience in the Information Technology marketplace with an extensive background in product development, manufacturing, operations, and brand management. Before his position as the head of IBM Microelectronics, Mr. Sanchez was General Manager of IBM’s UNIX server business. Over a four year period, he turned around the business, and drove IBM to become the worldwide share leader in the largest segment of the server marketplace at that time.
Mr. Sanchez also served as General Manager of the Storage Networking Division, and prior to that as General Manger of Manufacturing Operations and Business Transformation for the IBM Personal Systems Group. In this role, Mr. Sanchez served as the chief operating officer of IBM’s PC business and managed all IT and supply chain operations globally. During his tenure, he significantly restructured manufacturing operations, and improved profits and overall customer satisfaction.
Mr. Sanchez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Miami and a Masters of Business Administration from Florida International University. He was named the 2007 US Hispanic Engineer of the Year and has frequently been named to the list of the Top 50 Hispanics in Technology and Business. He is a member of the Florida International University (FIU) Foundation Board of Directors, Chairman of the FIU Engineering School Executive Advisory Council, and serves as Chairman of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Advisory Board.
System and Technology Group Europe
A graduate of ENSAE (Supaéro), Nicolas Sekkaki began his career in IBM in 1990, with successful sales roles in industrial, government and insurance client sectors. Following an assignment in 1999 to IBM Corporate headquarters in the US, in September 2000 he then was appointed as the Director of Sales of zSeries Mainframe division for EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), based in England. In 2002, he moved to the role of Vice-President of the division "System Sales" (Servers and Storage) for France and became a member of the Executive Committee of IBM France. He was appointed General Manager in 2007 in charge of IBM Global Technology Services, France. In 2010 he became CEO and corporate officer of SAP France. Since January 2013, Mr. Sekkaki is Vice President of System and Technology Group Europe for IBM.
Global Account Director IBM
Kevin Rusche is the IBM Global Account Director for Intel Corporation, responsible for all sales, marketing and engineering activity between Intel and IBM. In his 24 years at Intel, Kevin has managed various research and development activities and other joint collaborative technologies between Intel, IBM and other customers.
Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
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.