Growing your skills is always a smart career move. The industry-renowned IBM Systems Technical University, October 5-9 in Orlando, is the perfect forum for polishing your skill set. Designed for technical and professional development in IBM Systems, this 4.5 day conference offers you a deeper dive into smarter computing implementation, product announcements, and key topics across the z Systems, Power Systems and Storage platforms. Here are 5 reasons to attend IBM Systems Technical University:
1. Sharpen your expertise with 750+ sessions led by IBM product and industry experts
It's hard to beat the value of learning from the IBM experts who develop the products. Their insight and perspective are unrivaled. Many sessions are led by staff from our Systems Centers. These people work closely with clients so they can speak to how the technologies perform out of the labs in customer environments. Plus numerous opportunities are available for you to learn from your peers via panel discussions on real-world IT challenges and successes. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a peek at some of the most popular, in-demand sessions and speakers.
2. Experience the latest technologies via hands-on labs, demos and workshops geared to all skill levels
Learning by doing is one of the best ways to enhance your skills. IBM Systems Technical University offers hundreds of hands-on labs, demos and workshops so you can experience the products firsthand. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newbie, there's a session for you!
3. Test-drive new products from IBM and IBM Business Partners in the Solution Center
More than 50 vendors will be on hand to showcase their latest offerings. Many IBM organizations will also have booths, including IBM Redbooks, which will highlight the latest Redbooks videos, blog posts, and publications. The Solution Center is your go-to destination for using the latest technology while getting your questions answered by experts.
4. Expand your professional network when you connect with product developers, industry analysts and IBM executives
Post-conference surveys reveal that professional networking consistently ranks as a top reason people attend IBM events. Where else can you meet product developers, IBM executives and industry analysts all in one place? Throughout the 4.5 day conference, there are multiple venues for exchanging ideas and business cards!
5. Earn your IBM Professional Certification via onsite certification testing
Validate your expertise when you earn the valuable credential of an IBM Certified Professional. Certification testing is available on a drop-in basis during conference business hours. Exams are offered at a special rate of only $USD100 -- a 50 percent discount from what you'd pay at a testing center.
If you register by August 30, 2015, you can save $300 with our Early Bird rate. Don't wait. Register today!
Here are just a few of the sessions at IBM Systems Technical University. Get the details when you browse the session titles:
IBM z Systems
- Configuration and performance details on the new IBM z13 mainframe - Harv Emery and Kathy Walsh, IBM Washington Systems Center
- Everything you need to know to migrate to and exploit the new features of the latest z/OS® Version 2.2 - Marna Walle and Greg Daynes, IBM z/OS development lab in Poughkeepsie
- z/VM and Linux on z Systems planning and implementation updates - Brian Hugenbruch, z/VM development in Endicott; Stefan Reimbold, Linux on z Systems development in Boeblingen, Germany
- Latest cloud hybrid architectures and the API economy - Frank DeGilio, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for Cloud
IBM Power Systems
- 300 technical IBM Power sessions across AIX, IBM i and Linux
- POWER8 scale-out and Enterprise server deep dives - Bill Starke, IBM Distinguished Engineer
- A deep dive into CAPI technology - Bruce Wile, IBM Distinguished Engineer
- OS Trends & Directions - Jay Kruemcke, Program Executive in IBM Cloud Software Development; Steve Will, Chief Architect for IBM i; Jeff Scheel, Chief Engineer for Linux on Power
- Virtualization new features and updates - Bob Kovacs, IBM Software Architect in Power Systems Virtualization
- Linux on Power/KVM implementation and best practices - Michael Perzl, IBM Certified IT Specialist in Power Systems
- Big data, cloud and hybrid cloud deployments
- IBM FlashSystem product updates and announcements
- Big data, cloud and hybrid cloud deployments
- IBM DS8000, XIV, SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and Storwize storage subsystems updates and product announcements
- IBM TS7700 update and new tape product announcements
- IBM Spectrum Protect™ (Tivoli® Storage Manager), Software Define Storage (SDS), and IBM Spectrum Scale (IBM Elastic Storage)
- Detailed technical sessions on performance and tuning, storage implementation and best practices
This post was written by Sharon Kent. Sharon works on marketing communications for IBM Technical Events & Conferences.