Free Educational Event for IBM i IT Leaders 

Six City European Tour
February 26, 2018 - March 8, 2018

IT leaders need to prioritize initiatives including security, improving agility and developing a forward-looking IT strategy.  

Attend the IT Leadership Forum to meet and hear from leading IBM i experts, industry thought leaders, other IT executives and special guests from IBM. We'll discuss how IBM i shops like yours are innovating for the future, overcoming modernization challenges and leveraging existing systems to build a solid strategy for IT.

Conveniently hosted at the following IBM Client Centres across Europe.



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March 1


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March 8


Event Registration:

IT Leadership Forum Agenda


8:30 - 9:30

Registration - Coffee & Networking Hour

9:30 - 10:30

Welcome from Fresche & Keynote from CIO Advisory: How to Improve Business with Digital Transformation

10:30 - 11:15

Where Can Your IBM i Take You? by Alison Butterill, IBM i Offering Manager, IBM.
Discussion topics include: Where customers, market and business are going, innovation with cognitive computing and what i can do for business

11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:15 Aligning IT Initiatives with Business by Emmanuel Tzinevrakis, IT Strategist, Fresche Solutions.
Discussion topics include: Leveraging existing systems for optimal outcomes, addressing skillset challenges today, designing a roadmap that satisfies both IT and the business and injecting innovation strategies.
12:15 - 13:00 Lunch Break - Meal included 
13:00 - 13:45 Importance of IBM i with Your IT Strategy by Mike Pavlak, Strategist & IBM i Expert, Fresche Solutions.
Discussion topics include: Application strategy, APIs, open source and team building. 
13:45 - 14:30 The GDPR Countdown: Time Is Running Out by Donnie MacColl, Director EMEA Technical Services, Help Systems. 
Discussion topics include: GDPR implications, 8 rights according to GDPR, how to identify and remove data that you process and store. 
14:30 - 14:45 Coffee Break 
14:45 - 15:30 Architecting Modern Systems by Trevor Perry, Strategist & IBM i Expert, Fresche Solutions.
Discussion topics include: Developing your digital transformation strategy, leveraging existing IT investments for quick wins, IT initiatives that add value (UI modernisation, blockchain, security and analytics).

15:30 - 16:00

Round Table Discussion: MC, Trevor Perry will lead an engaging round table discussion with all of the event speakers. They'll discuss key initiatives in the market and have open dialogue with attendees on the top issues facing IT Leaders. 

16:00 - 16:30 

Networking - Opportunity to mingle with speakers and other attendees

* The agenda is subject to change without prior notice.

Some of the experts you will meet:


Alison Butterill
IBM i Offering Manager,

Alison Butterill is responsible for the IBM i business at IBM US, which includes defining and guiding future directions and strategies. She works with the IBM i sales, marketing and development teams, as well as clients and partners, to ensure that the IBM i operating system and associated products reflect their requirements. Alison has worked in the midrange environment for more than 30 years and has held a wide variety of positions at IBM, primarily with midrange servers and software.


Emmanuel Tzinevrakis
VP & IT Strategist,
Fresche Solutions

Mani leads a global team of specialists who help our clients find creative solutions to meet their business, technology and organizational goals. As an IT Strategist, he works with clients to facilitate visioning, strategizing, and planning for their mission-critical IBM i business applications to maximize organizational impact, value creation and ROI.

Mike Pavlak
Senior IBM i Expert,
Fresche Solutions

Mike has worked with IBM midrange solutions since 1992 and IBM Mainframes before that. After years of developing applications using RPG, CL and PHP, he managed IT development and IT for power protection manufacturer Tripp Lite. Most recently, Mike was at Zend Technologies, working as a solutions consultant with their IBM i sales team. We’re now happy to have his expertise at Fresche, where he is quickly building a name for himself as one of our open source experts.


Donnie MacColl 
Director of EMEA Technical Services,
Help Systems

Donnie has worked for more than 20 years in the IT industry, initially specializing in the management of IBM i systems in manufacturing and logistics companies, and later in his career developing expertise in network and enterprise management. He specializes in systems management and advanced automation across multi-platform environments for managed services providers.


Trevor Perry
IBM i Modernisation Strategist,
Fresche Solutions

Trevor Perry is a Modernisation Strategist at Fresche Solutions, where he provides innovative strategies to IBM i users around the world. Well-known in the IBM i community for leading efforts to promote modernisation, he specializes in setting strategy and direction, aligning business and IT, guiding evolution of IT DNA and motivating entire companies.


Pascal Polverini
Modernisation Strategist,
Fresche Solutions

Pascal Polverini is an expert on IBM i modernization architecture and a Senior Solutions Architect at Fresche Solutions. He is part of the IBM i ISV Advisory Council and a pioneer in RPG Open Access. Pascal is a driving force of the RPG Open Access Metadata Open Standard and he provides modernization solutions for the vast array of dependable and proven business-critical RPG applications.

Jenko Gaviglia

Jenko Gaviglia
Director of Sales South EMEA,

Jenko Gaviglia is responsible for both direct and channel sales in several European countries for all HelpSystems brands. Jenko worked at Tango/04 from 1998 in International Sales until the company was acquired by HelpSystems in 2016. With over 20 years’ experience in the software industry, Jenko has a solid background in Cyber Security, IT Operations Management and IT Monitoring. Jenko holds a degree in Economics and International Business from the University of Genoa.


Space is limited, so reserve your seat today!