IBM Systems Technical University

Featuring IBM Power Systems, IBM System x, IBM PureSystems
and IBM System Storage

8-11 April | Istanbul, Turkey

Why attend IBM Systems Technical University?

The Systems Technical University will explore the capabilities of IBM System x, IBM Power Systems, IBM PureSystems and IBM Systems Storage in depth through many topical tracks.

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Attendees should plan to arrive on either Monday, April 7th, during the day or on Tuesday, April 8th, early in the morning. Registration opens on Monday at 4 p.m.

The conference starts on Tuesday, April 8th, at 9 a.m. with the keynote session.
The sessions end on Friday, April 11th, at 1 p.m. followed by lunch until 2:30.

Agenda at a glance (45KB).

Systems TU GRID - March 24 (156KB).

Session Abstracts - March 24 (1.6MB).

This agenda is not final and can be subject to change.

Keynote and featured speakers

Conference Host

Amy Purdy

Amy Purdy
STG Technical Training, IBM Systems and Technology Group

Keynote Speakers

Torsten Kahrmann

Torsten Kahrmann
Director Data Center Sales, Intel
Multinational OEM Customers
Europe, Middle East & Africa

Torsten Kahrmann joined Intel in 2000 where he is currently Director of Data Center Sales for Multinational OEM customers in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Torsten held a variety of roles in Intel’s Online Services group, Intel Solution Services and Account Management position for several OEMs. Prior to joining Intel, Torsten worked for MKS Sofware in Canada and Maplesoft in Canada and Germany. Educated in the UK and Germany, Torsten holds business degrees and completed Executive Education programmes at Wharton Business school and INSEAD.

Nicolas Sekkaki

Nicolas Sekkaki
Vice President
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.

Louise Hemond-Wilson

Louise Hemond-Wilson
Distinguished Engineer and
Chief Technology Officer for
Lab Services and Technical Training

Louise Hemond-Wilson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer for Lab Services and Technical Training. Louise has over 30 years of IT experience with applied skills in executive and IT consulting, competitive analysis, product marketing, product management, technical support, sales management and product development. Her executive consulting experience includes advising clients in numerous industries worldwide and is built on a foundation of experience in the banking and higher education industries prior to joining IBM. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University and a Masters in Theology from Loyola University.

Solution Center - attendee benefits

IBM Technical University Solution Centers:

  • Are a proven and efficient way to discover and learn about new products and services
  • Allow you to receive the most current information and see cutting-edge demos directly by the best solution providers and vendors
  • Contain highly interactive forums where you can meet face-to-face with hundreds of users and potential vendors
  • Provide opportunities during event reception and coffee breaks for you to assess the competition, solidify your position in the marketplace, network with industry colleagues and build relationships with important decision-makers

And you can do it all in one location in a limited timeframe!