**Just Added** 4:00 PM - Executive/Vendor Roundtable - Afternoon Question & Answer Session with Steve Will - If you are an executive or an IBM i vendor, please register here to attend this session and meet up close and personal with Steve Will, IBM i's Chief Architect 2013-January-RoundtablePlease note that you will need to make a separate reservation below if you will be attending the dinner and keynote presentation.
Please click here to make a reservation for the dinner: 2013-January-IBMiTrends This meeting, including dinner, is free for individual members and up to five persons per corporate membership, as long as you make a reservation by Thursday, January 10th. The cost for non-members who make a reservation by January 10th, is $40. Seating will be very limited at the door. Become an OCEAN member for only $80 for an individual membership or $250 for a Corporate membership, and benefit all year!
5:00 pm - Check In, No-Host Bar, and Networking
6:00 pm - Dinner at the Wyndham Orange County Hotel
7:00 pm - IBM i Trends & Directions - Keynote presentation by Steve Will Where is IBM i going? What are its next steps? How does IBM's overall strategy affect the strategy of IBM i? What kinds of enhancements have been delivered recently, and why were they chosen? What is a "Technology Refresh" and why is it important for users of IBM i to understand? How is IBM using social media to get out the word about IBM i? Steve Will, Chief Architect for IBM i, will discuss all of these topics, and talk about the current state of the operating system which offers the total integration option on IBM's Power Systems. Its heritage of stability, security and low total cost of ownership lays the foundation for its success today and into the future.
Steve Will is the Chief Architect for the IBM i Operating System. In over five years in this position he has become an award-winning speaker, author of the Top i Blog according to IT Jungle ("You and i" - ibmsystemsmag.blogs.com/you_and_i/) , and is one of the most sought-after voices at customer briefings and events. Steve has worked on IBM i and its predecessors since before the creation of the AS/400, and is currently responsible for setting the strategy of the IBM i operating system, as well as deciding which enhancements will be implemented. In his role, he talks to many clients and partners, explaining the direction of the platform, while listening to the requirements of IBM i users around the world.