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Improving Business in a Digital Era

Future-proofing IT is one of many challenges facing modern organizations. As an IBM i IT leader, you need to prioritize initiatives such as improving agility and taking advantage of modern digital technologies such as AI, mobile, cloud, big data and analytics, application modernization and transformation.

This online event focuses on educating IBM i IT leaders on how to align IT initiatives with key business objectives, how to lead their organizations into a digital era and why so many companies are focused on digital transformation.

 

Learn from IBM i Experts

IBM i experts from Fresche, along with Arnab Bag (IBM) and Jim Duggan (former IBM i modernization analyst from Gartner) will discuss:

  • Innovating through digitization to increase competitive advantage
  • Developing IT strategies that align with business 
  • Designing modern applications and processes that leverage your investment in IT and IBM i

Free Virtual Education on January 16

Take advantage of free online IBM i education from the comfort of your home or office on Wednesday, January 16. Sessions begin at 9:45am EST and will wrap up at 3pm EST. See the schedule below for more information on the topics that we will cover. 

If you can't make the live event, please register anyway and you will receive a link to the recorded sessions.

Think Tank for IBM i IT Leaders

Attendees will learn about various approaches to digital transformation and see examples of IBM i environments that are applying different strategies.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual roundtable where IBM i thought leaders will answer your questions related to IBM i digital transformation and other pressing IT topics. You can also let us know in the registration form which topics you would like our speakers to cover in the Think Tank.

MEET THE SPEAKERS

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Arnab Bag

Partner, CIO & Cloud Advisory - IBM

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Arnab Bag

Partner, CIO & Cloud Advisory - IBM

Arnab is a senior executive at IBM with experience in designing and delivering application-enabled business transformation to major corporations. He has held leadership roles in both professional services and Fortune 500 corporate environments. 
Arnab has extensive experience in managing  operations for professional services teams (technology, BPO & product engineering) across multiple industries.
Jim Duggan

Jim Duggan

IT Industry Analyst - Consultant [ex-Gartner]

Jim Duggan

Jim Duggan

IT Industry Analyst - Consultant [ex-Gartner]

After 20 years as Research VP at Gartner, and over 35 years in IT, Jim has business, technical and modernization insight that is almost unmatched. Digital transformation and application modernization were a key element of his research, planning and APM initiatives. He currently consults with companies who benefit from his broad perspective in product and business development, as well as his ability to future-proof IT so that it continues to support evolving business initiatives.

Chris Koppe

Chris Koppe

SVP, Transformation & Modernization Services - Fresche

Chris Koppe

Chris Koppe

SVP, Transformation & Modernization Services - Fresche

Chris is widely recognized as a thought leader in IBM i modernization and is a regular speaker at conferences, events, and in webinars. Since joining Fresche in 1988, he has helped hundreds of companies worldwide develop and execute successful application management and modernization strategies, across a variety of platforms, languages, databases, and technologies.
Brendan Kay

Brendan Kay

Chief Technology Officer in Software Products - Fresche

Brendan Kay

Brendan Kay

Chief Technology Officer in Software Products - Fresche

Brendan Kay is in charge of driving business development and connecting Fresche and Looksoftware solutions to the needs of the IBM i community. With over 20 years of experience in application development and computer communications, he believes the best solutions are simple, effective and sustainable. In his current position as Executive VP, Brendan uses his broad experience and his deep understanding of the IBM i market to ensure that the entire organization is aligned to provide effective and practical solutions to IBM i customers.
Mike Pavlak

Mike Pavlak

IBM i Strategist - Fresche

Mike Pavlak

Mike Pavlak

IBM i Strategist - Fresche

Mike Pavlak has been working 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. Later Mike was instrumental in developing the adoption of PHP as a primary solution for web development on IBM i working with Zend Technologies. Today, as an IT Strategist, Mike helps companies around the world approach the challenges of modernization and open source technologies. In addition to several roles as a volunteer with COMMON the premier IBM midrange user group, Mike also teaches PHP & Python classes part time at Moraine Valley Community College in Suburban Chicago.

Nick Hampson

Nick Hampson

Director, Design in Software Products - Fresche

Nick Hampson

Nick Hampson

Director, Design in Software Products - Fresche

Passionate about design and User Experience, Nick works with Fresche Solutions  to provide customers with modernized IBM i systems that offer a more productive User Experience, especially in mobile devices. He has recently moved into the position of Director, Design in Software Products.
Trevor Perry

Trevor Perry

IBM i Strategist - Fresche

Trevor Perry

Trevor Perry

IBM i Strategist - Fresche

With over 35 years of IBM i expertise, 12 years at Fresche Solutions (formerly looksoftware) and 5 years as an IBM i Champion, Trevor Perry has established himself as a thought leader and played a key role in educating the IBM i market on what’s possible on this operating system. He has extensive knowledge of green screen modernization and specializes in strategizing for high end user adoption rates of modernized applications. He also frequently presents at Power Systems events all over the world and regularly leads webinars on hot topics in the community such as IBM i Strategy and Green Screen Modernization best practices. He is a true IT strategist with a passion for public speaking and writing!
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RECORDEDSESSIONS

Chris Koppe

Introductory Remarks

Jim Duggan

Digital Transformation, Culture & Challenges

Topics include: Understanding digital transformation, societal and generational aspects, mobile cloud and key findings from market analysts.
Arnab Bag

How to Improve Business with Digital Transformation

Topics include: Innovating through digitization, developing IT strategies that focus on user experience, designing modern systems that leverage existing IT assets and building the right talent pool for an agile IT.

Brendan Kay

AI and Watson In the Real-World

This session, which is focused on real-world examples, emphasizes the business value derived from AI. After attending this session, IBM i clients will better understand where and how Watson/AI can be used in their organization.

Mike Pavlak

Why Go Open Source on IBM i?

As IBM continues to embrace open-source technologies such as Node.js, PHP and Git on IBM i, there are more and more compelling reasons to make open source a part of your IT strategy. Mike will discuss the various open source options available to you and the pros and cons of each approach.

Nick Hampson

Design Thinking and the Importance of User Experience

This session will discuss the value derived from taking a solution-based approach to solving problems, as well as the key advantages of developing solutions that are based on real understanding of the people they are being built for.

Chris Koppe

Innovating For Change - Aligning IT Initiatives to Business Value

This session will highlight how to align IT initiatives with key business objectives, how IT leadership can lead their organization into a digital era and why so many companies are focused on digital transformation. 

Chris will also discuss the different products and solutions available for IBM i organizations to build out their digital strategy and start innovating for the future, as well as the outcomes you can expect based on the approach that you take. 

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Think Tank

Moderated by Trevor Perry, our speakers will engage in a round of discussions on key initiatives in the market and will answer your questions related to IBM i digital transformation and other pressing IT topics. 

Register to watch the recorded sessions

FEATURED SESSIONS

  • Arnab Bag

    How to Improve Business with Digital Transformation

    Arnab Bag - Partner, CIO & Cloud Advisory, IBM

    Arnab is a senior executive at IBM with experience in designing and delivering application-enabled business transformation to major corporations. He has held leadership roles in both professional services and Fortune 500 corporate environments.
    Arnab has extensive experience in managing operations for professional services teams (technology, BPO & product engineering) across multiple industries.
  • Jim Duggan

    Digital Transformation, Culture & Challenges

    Jim Duggan - IT Industry Analyst - Consultant [ex-Gartner]

    After 20 years as Research VP at Gartner, and over 35 years in IT, Jim has business, technical and modernization insight that is almost unmatched. Digital transformation and application modernization were a key element of his research, planning and APM initiatives. He currently consults with companies who benefit from his broad perspective in product and business development, as well as his ability to future-proof IT so that it continues to support evolving business initiatives.

  • Chris Koppe

    Innovating For Change - Aligning IT Initiatives to Business Value

    Chris Koppe - SVP Transformation & Modernization Svcs, Fresche

    Chris is widely recognized as a thought leader in IBM i modernization and is a regular speaker at conferences, events, and in webinars. Since joining Fresche in 1988, he has helped hundreds of companies worldwide develop and execute successful application management and modernization strategies, across a variety of platforms, languages, databases, and technologies.

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