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Introducing Expert Hour: a series of Tech Talks by IBM Champions

By Libby Ingrassia posted Fri July 01, 2022 05:30 AM

IBM Champions are top experts, advocates, and thought leaders who dedicate their time and energy to sharing their experiences and knowledge of IBM products.

in this new series sponsored by the IBM Community and the IBM Champions program, IBM Champions will bring their knowledge to a computer near you. Topics will range across the IBM product line and related open source offerings. 

The first set of sessions in the series are scheduled for July and August 2022 - check them out below and register to join them - then keep an eye out over the upcoming months as we hope to plan approximately five new webinars each month. And, of course, the webinars will be available in replay in case you miss the live show.

What's really happening on IBM Power for IBM i(AS/400)

August 4, 11 am ET

IBM i (AS/400 or iSeries) is one of technology’s best-kept secrets, but there is little information about how people use the IBM Power server and what the future of IBM i looks like in their organization. The IBM i Marketplace Survey—now in its eighth year—was designed to solve this problem.

The annual IBM I Marketplace Survey provides a close look at how organizations running IBM I are using the IBM Power hardware and the operating system.
Watch this webinar where we reveal the results of the 2022 survey. You’ll gain insights from Tom's 34-year career of visiting customers around the globe on IBM I technology along with his year-over-year trends and data points from the 2022 IBM I Marketplace Survey, including:

  • What are the biggest challenges presented by increasingly the remote workforce?
  • Are more organizations adopting IBM i in the cloud?
  • What does the IBM i development scene look like?
  • Are shops expanding their IBM i usage?
  • How does IBM i’s ROI compare to other servers?

@tom huntington is Executive Vice President of Technical Solutions at HelpSystems, and has been with the company for 34 years. He helps manage the worldwide HelpSystems software engineer team that works to integrate and promote our automation and security.

Beat the Recession with IBM Planning Analytics

August 16, 1 pm ET

BM Planning Analytics with Watson is a hidden gem of technology that drives decision making at the most successful companies in the world, and yet flies under the radar, even within IBM and its ecosystem. For practitioners, its a flexible workbench for data and model-building at scale, while for users it's both an enterprise reporting and self-service analytics tool with powerful Excel integration. In this presentation we will demonstrate why IBM Planning Analytics remains the best planning platform technology available, and explain how companies that embrace it are able to weather external shocks like pandemics and recessions better than their competitors.

@Ann-Grete Tan is Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at QueBIT Consulting and an IBM Champion. Her co-presenter is Colin Macdonald, pre-sales manager at QueBIT.

The Historical and Human Context of IBM Mainframes

August 10, 1 pm ET

Oh the humanity!" - possibly the most famous cry of despair at something (the Hindenburg) crashing and burning. Twenty-seven years later, our shared humanity produced a technological context and ecosystem that has become essential to our future.

This webinar, based in part on the text book "Introduction to Enterprise Systems," discusses the realization of the enterprise computing platform that changed everything in historical, technical, timeline, and human context.

@Reg Harbeck is Chief Strategist at Mainframe Analytics and an IBM Champion. He has been working in IT and mainframes for over 35 years, writing, presenting, teaching, and working on security, systems, applications, networks, automation, performance, and more.

Replays Available

Quantum Computing: What the IT Pro Needs to Know

July 19, 10 am ET

IBM is one of the industry leaders in Quantum Computing which is already garnering revenue as a cloud service. What is Quantum Computing behind all the hype? Should you care about Quantum Computing if your job is not today directly concerned with Quantum Computing?
And if so, what should you know today, and expect for tomorrow? IBM Champion and Qiskit Advocate Jack Woehr will fill you in.

@Jack Woehr, IBM Champion and Qiskit Advocate, is also an independent  consultant specializing in IBM i modernization. He was a contributing Editor for Dr. Dobb's Journal for 20 years (1991-2011) and serves as current secretary of the OpenQASM 3 Technical Steering Committee, an industry-wide body for standardizing the basic language of gate-oriented quantum computing.

Automating IBM Systems with Ansible Automation Platform

July 21, 1 pm ET

It's been understated, but IBM has been very involved with Red Hat's Ansible Automation Platform. This webinar will look at how Ansible can be used to automate IBM Systems from the Mainframe to the IBM Spectrum Virtualize.

@Ian Wright spent the better part of two decades working for IBM. Since then he's been working for Mainline Information Systems for the past 5 years and has spread out into areas outside of IBM storage, including Red Hat, and other vendors.

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Wed July 06, 2022 06:56 PM

Thanks Libby! Looking forward to sharing my nerdy passion for IBM Planning Analytics (formerly known as TM1) on August 16 2022!