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Unlocking Value with IBM & VMware

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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.

Featured Sessions Keynotes
Keynote Theater, Mandalay Bay Ballroom
Wed (March 21), 10:30AM PT


Bryson Koehler

GM and CTO, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, Distinguished Engineer, IBM

With a grounded, yet visionary approach to innovation through transformation, Bryson’s hands-on leadership style is as creative as it is technical, helping companies achieve short and long-term business and technology objectives.

Bryson is GM and CTO of the IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, and distinguished engineer for IBM. As CTO, Bryson leads the architectural charge bringing together the cognitive and AI computing capabilities of Watson machine learning, a new, true cloud-native IaaS architecture, data and analytics, the Watson Data Platform, Cloud Video and The Weather Company. Before joining IBM, Bryson served as CTO for The Weather Company, where he led the company's transformation by building one of the world's largest IoT/data platforms -- an integral factor in IBM's decision to acquire The Weather Company.

Robin R. Hernandez

Director, IBM Private Cloud, IBM

Robin is the Executive Director of private cloud offerings at IBM. She has 20 years of experience in the software industry, and has been working in the Cloud Computing space for ten of those years. Her experience spans development, technical sales, and product management roles. She enjoys creating new products, developing new markets, and successfully executing across multi-discipline teams.

Faiyaz Shahpurwala

General Manager, IBM Cloud platform, IBM

Faiyaz Shahpurwala is general manager of IBM Cloud Platform
and is responsible for IBM's global public cloud footprint with
data centers across 19 countries and six continents, delivering a
portfolio of cloud offerings that enable enterprises to leverage
solutions such as Watson, Blockchain and IoT.
Prior to joining IBM, Faiyaz was Senior Vice President of Cloud
Infrastructure and Managed Services at Cisco Systems where
he was responsible for designing, developing and maintaining
the delivery infrastructure for Cisco’s cloud offerings, which
included building the Services and Data Center businesses and
directing Cisco's focus on industry solutions.

Ajay Patel

SVP & GM, Cloud Provider Software Business Unit, VMware, Inc.

Ajay Patel, Senior Vice President and General Manager of VMware’s Cloud Provider Software Business Unit, leads the team that develops cloud software and manages one of the world’s largest Cloud and Manage Services Provider ecosystems through its VMware Cloud Provider Program. In this capacity, Ajay is responsible for product development, go-to-market, solutions development, sales and marketing, and all partner operational systems for
the service provider segment. Ajay’s team is also responsible for driving VMware’s multi-cloud strategy and go-to-market of VMware Cloud Services. Previously, Ajay help build and subsequently led vCloud Air, VMware’s cloud service business.
Prior to VMware, Ajay led the core middleware business, Cloud Application Foundation,
at Oracle. He led Oracle Exalogic, a middleware engineered system, and Oracle WebLogic, a Java EE Application Server, which was #1 in the market during his entire tenure.

Denis Kennelly

General Manager, IBM Cloud Integration, IBM

As organizations transition to the Cloud, we see evolution from private data centers to public cloud services for a variety of technical and commercial reasons such as offloading an application or big data management. The reality is that almost every cloud environment has a connection back to the data center. This is resulting in more hybrid cloud services being developed and many large enterprises already have hybrid cloud deployments. Denis is passionate about technology and innovation –with more than 25 years of industry experience in Security, Networking, Telecommunications, Storage and Systems.
Throughout his career, he has seen first-hand that disruptions and innovations can make or break whole industries. Those experiences have shaped his philosophy on the need to continuously drive change and innovation on his teams. Denis joined IBM through the acquisition of Vallent Technologies in 2007.

Jeff Martin

SVP & CTO, Infrastructure Technology Solutions, TD Bank

Jeff Martin is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Infrastructure Technology Solutions with TD Bank Group.
In his current role, Jeff is responsible for leading the technology infrastructure strategy which will empower TD to "Be the Better Bank" by delivering leading infrastructure solutions to our partners with a focus on efficiency and agility. Jeff is responsible for transforming technology ensuring that the bank has the platforms that will help it compete and delivery high customer satisfaction. He is committed to making it easier for our TD colleagues to get their work done by providing modern and flexible collaboration tools that can be used anywhere, anytime.
Jeff has held progressively senior roles with TD, most related IT strategy, infrastructure, digital, business operations and risk.

John LaFreniere

Global Vice President of IT Architecture, Hertz

John LaFreniere is Vice President of Global IT Architecture and Chief Architect for the Hertz
Corporation. Along with traditional IT architectural responsibilities John is the technology
transformation executive with Hertz; focused on positioning Hertz for the future through cloud, data, and application transformation. John serves the community as the President of the Board of Directors, Southwest Florida regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP) and is an active member of the IBM Cloud Customer Advisory Council. Throughout his 30-year career, John has held IT leadership positions for Ally Financial, Vanguard Car Rental, GMAC, Cisco, AT&T and variety of technology service companies. He has a broad spectrum of experience in architecture, data management, application delivery, business integration and application migration, and infrastructure design.

Tom Kershaw

CTO, The Rubicon Project