Javier Perez leads the open-source program strategy for the IBM Z and LinuxONE platforms at IBM. Passionate about technology and open-source, Javier is responsible for technical thought leadership and open-source advocacy in the IBM Z organization. Javier has been in the open-source, cloud, SaaS, and mobile industries for 20+ years. Direct working experience with open-source software (OSS) for over 14 years. Javier led product strategy in the OSS security space for Veracode. Previously, Javier was at Axway leading Appcelerator's successful open-source SaaS offering, and at Red Hat as a Director of Product Management driving the OpenShift-based Mobile Application Platform. Javier has a diversified background in software solutions, always working closely with partners and a global customer base. Javier has had the opportunity to speak at webinars and conferences all over the world, covering open-source, AI, security, cloud, and application development topics. Javier has held leadership positions in Product Management and Sales Engineering for different startups, leading successful acquisitions and product integrations post-acquisition. Javier holds an honors degree in Computer Systems and an MBA.