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IBM Systems and Business Partner highlights on tap at IBM InterConnect 2017

IBM InterConnect 2017 is one of IBM’s premier client conferences, and it’s right around the corner. This year the spotlight will be on IBM Systems solutions. The conference is also perfectly timed for mid-March, offering important opportunities to advance and close deals.

Invite your existing clients and network with new prospects at the Business Partner Ecosystem Café as well as during concourse receptions and luncheons. Schedule one-on-one meetings with IBM executives to help move deals along. And exhibit your solutions or sponsor the Concourse to maximize your exposure.

Sessions exclusively for IBM Business Partners

IBM Systems is a huge part of this year’s InterConnect event. We also hope you’ll attend a number of IBM Systems breakout sessions, keynotes, panels and labs. Create your personal systems agenda today. Here are just a few Business Partner–exclusive highlights for your calendar (all times are Pacific).

Business Partner program keynote
Sunday, March 19, 1–2:30 p.m., Mandalay Bay Ballroom G and H
Play the odds to win: Grow your competitive advantage in the Cognitive and Cloud Platform Eras
Artificial intelligence (AI), security, the Internet of Things and cognitive solutions are all in the IBM Cloud. By combining these capabilities with your deep skills and industry expertise, you can provide untold insights into your clients’ data, advance their journey to the cloud and solve their most important business challenges. Speakers: Mike Gerentine, Damion Heredia and Dave Wilson (IBM)

Business Partner Systems keynote
Monday, March 20, 1–2:45 p.m., Mariners A
Capture the cognitive systems opportunity with IBM Systems
As businesses transition to a cognitive model, selecting the optimal server, storage and software defined storage foundation is essential to remain competitive. Learn how to meet and exceed customers’ expectations with IBM Systems, backed by rich marketing and sales support. Speakers: Scott Crowder and Bruce Maule (IBM)

Business Partner cognitive systems breakout
Monday, March 20, 3:15–4 p.m., Mariners A
Capturing the cognitive/AI systems opportunity with IBM Power Systems
IBM Power Systems can handle AI, analytics and cognitive workloads at scale and speed, and they are well suited as a Cognitive Era infrastructure. Now, Business Partners can leverage IBM investments to capture a larger portion of the cognitive and AI systems opportunity. Speaker: Stacie Mason (IBM)

Business Partner breakout
Tuesday, March 21, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Mariners A
Cash in on the converged infrastructure momentum with IBM and Cisco
IBM and Cisco are announcing enhancements to the VersaStack solution. Find out about the channel resources available to deploy VersaStack cost-effectively and give customers rapid time to value. Speaker: Eric Herzog (IBM)

Service provider and software vendor summit
Wednesday, March 22, 9–11 a.m., Mandalay Bay Ballroom E and F
Summit for CSPs, MSPs and ISVs
Gain insight on how cloud and cognitive computing help businesses differentiate and transform themselves. Hear about the disruptive trends that help your services remain competitive and lead to successful business outcomes. Steve White at IDC is the featured speaker, and John Mason and Dave Mitchell are IBM executive hosts.

IBM Systems sessions
Also, be sure to explore some of the other IBM Systems sessions among dozens that are designed for you and your clients:

  • Freeing your data: Integrating your cloud and storage. Speaker: Bina Hallman (IBM). Monday, March 20, 3:15 p.m., session 7310
  • Transform your business with open source database solutions on IBM Power Systems. Speakers: Pat Fleming (Avnet) and Bob Friske (IBM). Monday, March 20, 4:15 p.m., session 1481A
  • Hybrid cloud: The path to modernizing and transforming today’s data center. Speaker: Ed Walsh (IBM). Wednesday, March 22, 10:15 a.m., session 7437
  • DevOps for IBM Power Systems in the cloud. Speakers: Khalid Ahmed and Bruce Anthony (IBM). Wednesday, March 22, 11:15 a.m., session 6254A
  • Reaching operational excellence with modernized system automation on z. Speakers: Juri Dragoun (IBM) and Paul Koniar (FIS). Wednesday, March 22, 11:15 a.m., session 1393A
  • IBM LinuxONE and Greenstack: A flexible combination. Speakers: Mike Friesenegger (SUSE) and Kershaw Mehta (IBM). Thursday, March 23, 11:30 a.m., session 4873A

Stop by the extensive IBM Systems booths in the Expo with your clients, where we’ll feature the latest IBM Storage, software defined infrastructure (SDI), z Systems, LinuxONE and Power Systems solutions for cognitive businesses.

Registration is still available

There is still time to sign up. IBM Specialty and Competency, Partner Growth Incentive (PGI) and PartnerWorld Program vouchers are accepted for this event. You can also let me know what you think by using the comments feature below.

See you in Las Vegas.

Bruce Maule (@BMaule)
Vice President,
WW Systems and Cloud Channel Marketing

Bruce Maule is Vice President, Ecosystem Marketing - IBM Systems. In this role, Bruce has responsibility for the design and execution of worldwide channel and marketing programs for IBM Partners that sell and support IBM Systems hardware and software offerings. He also leads several programs designed to assist influencers, whose solutions are built on IBM Systems offerings, to grow more rapidly. He is a leader in Digital Marketing and helps Partners to transform their marketing activities to digital.

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