Journey to Cloud

WebSphere and Cloud at Think 2018

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A big part of what sets Think 2018 apart from other tech and business conferences is cloud. Not only will you learn how to craft the perfect cloud for your business, but you’ll also meet innovators and industry disruptors who have migrated to a secure cloud using WebSphere and other solutions to achieve fantastic results.

Learn how to build your application server and cloud skills with the latest WebSphere and IBM Cloud technologies at an event tailored for IT leaders and developers. 

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Why WebSphere at Think?


Sessions with IBM’s top WebSphere and Cloud experts will help increase your skills, deepen your expertise, and grow your career.


Keynotes, Think Tanks, demos and hands-on labs that help you learn about the latest trends, tools and solutions across cloud, data, technology and security.


Pose questions, share best practices, and network with experts who can help you get the most out of application server solutions and the cloud.


Hear success stories from IBM clients using WebSphere to help you lead your organization through real digital transformation.


Cloud keynotes

Put Your Data to Work on the Cloud for Smarter Business

Tuesday, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

The hallmark of a smarter business is the ability to transform data into digital intelligence that can fuel innovation and competitive edge. The right cloud architecture will simplify access to all types of data, and the latest technologies — AI, ML, blockchain, analytics, quantum computing — no matter the source, to put data to work inside and outside the firewall in new ways. It will apply unique expertise, and agile, cloud-native design to put the right workloads and data on the right delivery model personalizing the journey to cloud to your unique business requirements. That’s the power of a flexible cloud for smarter business that’s designed for data, AI ready, and secure to the core.

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Beyond Infrastructure: Architecting a New Cloud Platform for Business

Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 11:10 AM

The primary driver of cloud adoption has evolved considerably, from cheap storage and compute to one that addresses the exponential explosion of data –structured, unstructured or yet to be defined –and leverages the extraordinary potential of AI. To build with data and AI at a competitive pace requires new, natively integrated tools, as well as massive network and compute power. Whether you’re ready to modernize existing applications to run on cloud, optimize your data portfolio strategy, require management of your multi-cloud or hybrid environments or are ready to explore how the combination of data and AI can augment decision-making across the enterprise, join this session to see how the IBM Cloud can meet you there.

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Featured sessions

From educational to aspirational to downright amazing, the Featured Sessions at Think will allow you to experience firsthand how you can help change the world. Learn more about WebSphere Featured Sessions below:

IBM Cloud Private and WebSphere: A Complete Solution for Application Modernization and New Workloads

Wednesday, 3:30 PM – 4:10 PM | Session ID: 5612A

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Get Practical Answers to Your IBM WebSphere Questions from Cross-Industry Client Experts

Wednesday, 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM | Session ID: 6062A

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Ask the Experts: IBM WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Liberty

Thursday, 8:30 AM – 9:10 AM | Session ID: 8316A

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WebSphere On-Premises and in the Cloud: Spearheading Your Digital Transformation

Wednesday, 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM | Session ID: 3327A

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Shaping the Future of IBM Application Platform and WebSphere

Thursday, 8:30 AM – 9:10 AM | Session ID: 8317A

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Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation: Preparing to Shift to the Cloud with WebSphere Liberty

Tuesday, 4:30 PM – 5:10 PM | Session ID: 3128A

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Modernization of Core Insurance Applications Leveraging Java EE 7 and IBM WebSphere Liberty

Wednesday, 8:30 AM – 9:10 AM | Session ID: 4075A

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American Airlines is Gaining Business Value by Transforming Legacy Apps with IBM Cloud and Liberty

Wednesday, 3:30 PM – 4:10 PM | Session ID: 3733A

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All That’s New in WebSphere—On Premises, in Cloud and in Open Source

Monday, 10:30 AM – 11:10 AM | Session ID: 8321A

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IBM WebSphere: World-Class Java in a Cloud World

Wednesday, 2:30 PM – 3:10 PM | Session ID: 8568A

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Cloud Native Development with the Open Java Stack

Wednesday, 12:30 PM – 1:10 PM | Session ID: 8569A

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Additional sessions of interest

DevOps Transformation to Win in the Market

Thursday, 8:30 AM – 9:10 AM | Session ID: 8143A

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Cloud-Scale, Cognitive Management for IT Operations—Helping Drive the Business Outcomes You Need

Tuesday, 5:30 PM – 6:10 PM | Session ID: 3390A

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Deploy Enterprise Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry in Your Private Datacenter with IBM

Monday, 11:30 AM – 12:10 PM | Session ID: 1190A

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Empower Professionals across Your Enterprise to Make More Confident, Insight-Driven Decisions

Tuesday, 10:30 AM – 11:10 AM | Session ID: 8139A

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Integration in a Cloud and Cognitive World

Wednesday, 8:30 AM – 9:10 AM | Session ID: 8272A

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A World of Opportunities with IBM Cloud Object Storage

Wednesday, 8:30AM – 9:10 AM | Session ID: 8593A

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Tech Talks and Labs

Discover how trailblazers, disruptors, and visionaries are radically changing the world. Tech Talks and Think Tanks provide a deeper look inside specific topics, with opportunity to ask the experts. These discussions will be delivered in a variety of formats including: roundtables, meet the expert, demos, and shared interests.

Ask Me Anything about WebSphere and/or IBM Cloud Private

Session ID: 8518

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Come learn about IBM Cloud Private and WebSphere as part of your journey to the cloud

Session ID: 8520

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Modernize Your WebSphere Workloads to Run on Kubernetes in the IBM Cloud

Monday, 12:30 PM – 2:10 PM | Session ID: 2750A

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WebSphere V7/V8 End of Service and Migration to WebSphere V9 and the Cloud: Tools, Tips and Tricks

Monday, 2:30 PM – 4:10 PM | Session ID: 1604A

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Teaching Your Old Dog New Tricks: Extending a WebSphere JEE App with Microservices

Wednesday, 8:30 AM – 10:10 AM | Session ID: 5187A

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Create and Deploy Java Microservices Using MicroProfile and Kubernetes

Wednesday, 8:30 AM – 10:10 AM | Session ID: 5873A

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Create Microservice Applications Using MicroProfile

Tuesday, 2:30 PM – 4:10 PM | Session ID: 7432A

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Reactive Java? Let Us Count the Ways!

Monday, 12:30 PM – 2:10 PM | Session ID: 6915A

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Deploy Your Microservices App to Kubernetes—You Can Do It!

Wednesday, 2:30 PM – 4:10 PM | Session ID: 7604A

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Featured Client Stories

American Airlines

Reducing runtimes and helping their company’s bottomline


Streamlining path to Cloud with WebSphere Liberty

Sompo Japan Sigorta

Modernizing mission-critical applications with microservices and WebSphere Liberty



Modernizing and building APIs to leverage consistent data across channels


Embracing Cloud flexibility to create and store content efficiently

Century Link

Delivering exceptional customer experience by taking advantage of cloud economics and architecture



Migrating VMs and containers with IBM Cloud


Using IBM Cloud Private and Data Science Experience for new university innovation incubation solution



Thought Leaders and Subject Matter Experts

Walt Noffsinger

Director, WebSphere Application Platform and Runtimes

Raj Suryavanshi

Program Director, WebSphere Application Server Family Offering Management

Ian Robinson

Director, Distinguished Engineer, WebSphere Foundation and Chief Architect

Moe Abdula

VP, Cloud Architecture and Solution Engineering, IBM Cloud


Kevin Sutter

MicroProfile and Java EE Architect

Bala Rajaraman

IBM Fellow and CTO, IBM Hybrid Cloud

Alasdair Nottingham

IBM Open and WebSphere Liberty Leader

Danny Mace

Director, Offering Management, IBM Hybrid Cloud Management


Robin Hernandez

Director, IBM Private Cloud Offering Management

Justin Youngblood

Vice President, Hybrid Cloud Management



We can’t wait to show you Think 2018

Watch Think 2018 on demand and learn all about the ways your business can put smart to work. We hope you enjoy the keynotes, interviews, and sessions, and we can’t wait to see you in San Francisco in 2019!


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