Designed for business and technology leaders looking to leverage next generation technologies to build and innovate at scale. At this forum you will immerse yourself in ground breaking technologies and see first-hand how clients are using them across all industries and explore how IBM is putting smart to work.

Solutions Forum: will cover the breadth and depth of technology and business topics including cloud, AI, data and analytics, infrastructure and many more.

Technology Session Agenda

The session is designed to bring forward the technology eminence through a series of show-and-tell sessions with LIVE   demonstration. You will experience what it takes to unlock the value of their data , accelerate innovation with modern infrastructure on secure platform and built on multi cloud environment

The morning event will start at 9.00 am

The event will cover :

  • Leadership Agenda on Building Smarter Business
  • Journey to Cloud in a Hybrid Multi Cloud world
  • Infrastructure Modernization to deliver scale in the AI world
  • Securing your Business : New Rules of Security

Technical Deep Dive Tracks

Track 1 - Hybrid Cloud, Data & Security
Time: 2.00 PM - 3.30 PM

  • Making Hybrid Multicloud a reality
  • Journey to modernize your Data architecture
  • Digital Business Automation in a hybrid cloud Environment


Track 2 - Modern Infrastructure and technology Services in the AI & Multi cloud
Time: 2.00 PM - 3.30 PM

  • Getting more out of your Infrastruture  in the AI & Multi-Cloud world
  • Adapt and respond at speed with the right Business resiliency services
  • Simplify your Journey to Cloud – migrate and modernize with IBM Cloud Managed Services

Business Session Agenda

Business is being digitally reinvented. All around us, industries are being altered, and – in many cases – reinvented by the transformative power of digital technologies. This event will explore key tenets of digital transformation with specific focus on infrastructure modernization, Journey to Cloud, automation and security, and how IBM is helping clients like you navigate this journey.

The evening event starts at 6.00 pm.

The event will cover :

  • Architecting Business for Future
  • Digital Transformation is not a destination: Modernizing Infrastructure Journey to Cloud
  • Reinvent how you work - Digital Workplace

* Please Note - Agenda is subject to change


Dr. Ananda K Vaideeswaran

Dr. Ananda K Vaideeswaran, Global Integrated Delivery Leader for IBM Security

Ananda is the Global Integrated Delivery Leader for IBM Security. He has a breadth of security expertise across Identity & Access Management, Infrastructure and Managed Security Services, Data Protection and Application Security.

Karan Bajwa

Managing Director
IBM India South Asia

Karan Bajwa is a business leader with rich experience and expertise in driving transformation across the IT and Telecom sector in India as well as in the Asia Pacific region.

Karan is currently the Managing Director of IBM India Pvt. Ltd and the Regional General Manager for India South Asia. In addition, Karan also plays a key role in en abling capabilities across IBM's global missions in India, including research and innovation labs.

Kuah Ann Thye

Digital Business Automation Executive,
IBM Asia Pacific

A seasoned leader with a proven 22 years of track record in identifying and implementing process change. He has deep experience in helping the adoption of both business and technology in banking, insurance, telco, govt and retail. . Range of use cases include business rules with customer service ,loan origination, underwriting, claims processing, service delivery and loyalty management esp in insurance.
His strong focus is enabling consistent high quality customer and partner experience in building deep expertise in Smarter Process Technology.. He has a deep understanding of the customer journey to building from pilot to programme to centre excellence for smarter process.. Having travelled extensively and gained experience in different countries and with different cultures, he is able to differentiate between local cultural variations and systemic weakness in working practices in adopting Smarter Process.

Kuah Ann Thye

Lal Dias

Chief Executive Officer, Sri Lanka CERT

Lal was instrumental in setting up Sri Lanka CERT and presently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He has been able to use his vast international exposure to forge relationships with other National CERT’s and recognized global bodies in the Cyber Security space.

As an active member of FIRST (Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams) and APCERT (Asia Pacific CERT), he is a trusted contributor to the Asia Pacific and global Cyber security community. He has great insight on the challenges of building and growing resource constrained security teams and operations.

In 2014, he was honoured with the Asia-Pacific Information Security Leadership Award for his workforce improvement initiatives to build human resource capacity to counter cybercrime in Sri Lanka.

Lal is a Chartered Information Technology Professional and a Member of the British Computer Society. He was educated in the UK and Australia where he obtained a Computer Science Degree from Manchester University and an MBA from Murdoch University.

Prior to setting up Sri Lanka CERT, he worked for more than 25 years in the Banking Industry, where he gained extensive international exposure with the French Bank Societe Generale in Europe, Africa & Australasia.

Lal Dias

Riza Wadood

Country General Manager, IBM Sri Lanka

Riza Wadood is a business and technology leader with more than 26+ years of global experience in strategic management, business consulting, client services and financial management.

As the Country General Manager, Riza is responsible for managing and growing IBM’s business in Sri Lanka. As we engage with new clients with emerging technologies like Cloud, Security, AI and IBM Services to differentiate and drive business growth.

Riza joined IBM in 2011 as the Head of Business Consulting in GBS and briefly left IBM for a year to join a strategic consulting firm based in Australia and rejoined IBM in 2016 as GBS Associate Partner. Under his leadership, IBM SL has been able drive IBM’s new offerings in Sri Lanka, especially the digital transformation services and this has significantly improved IBM’s presence in some of our large clients.

Ruwindhu Peiris

Managing Director and head of the Colombo office of Stax

Ruwindhu Peiris is a Managing Director and head of the Colombo office of Stax, a global strategy consulting firm with offices in Boston, Chicago, New York and Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Ruwindhu’s passion is to help Asia based companies grow into global brands while attracting global investors to participate in the tremendous potential in the region. He currently serves on the national Innovation and IT steering committee appointed by the government cabinet to position Sri Lanka as the “Island of Ingenuity” and guide the industry towards a $5B export target by 2022. He served as the Chairman of SLASSCOM (2017-2018) , one of the most influential national chambers that acts as a catalyst of growth for the Sri Lankan knowledge and innovation industry.

Prior to joining Stax, Mr. Peiris was Vice President and the Global Head of Operations for Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU), a global information technology services company. During his tenure at Virtusa, he has successfully implemented multiple complex solutions for Global 500 companies in the Banking, Financial Services, Insurance and Telecom industries, transforming their data and information into critical dashboards and decision tools.

Ruwindhu Peiris

Subram Natarajan

CTO, IBM India/South Asia

Subram, as the CTO, leads the technology mandate for IBM India/South Asia. Along with a team of Deep Technology experts he drives IBM's Platform conversations around Cloud and Cognitive with Enterprises, ISV's, Developers, and Startups. He is responsible for all technical engagements with key customers in the region in helping them address their IT and Business challenges. In the recent past, he was leading the Industry Solutions team and the client center teams for IBM in India and South Asia. In this role, he helped develop key architectural patterns and drove industry adoption of cutting edge domain specific solutions. Subram has been with IBM for the past 20+ years serving various roles. Apart from industry solution group, he held various roles in the past. He was the leader for the Technical Sales function of Systems Hardware group where he was responsible for providing innovative hardware solutions to customers. Prior to this he led the Technical computing group and was responsible for the fast-growing segment's business development and sales. In an earlier role, Subram was the Solutions Architect for ASEAN and Asia Pacific division. Until, 2005, he was based out of Beaverton, Oregon, USA, where he led various product development teams for the SAN file system, storage and database. Apart from IBM, his 25+ years of industry experience includes leading various engineering teams with Procter & Gamble and Informix. He holds a master's degree in industrial engineering from McGill University, Canada.

Vikas Arora

Cloud, Security & Cognitive Solutions & Services Leader
IBM India & South Asia

Vikas is responsible for sales of all IBM Cloud, Security and Cognitive portfolio across IBM India and South Asia, and leads Hybrid Cloud Integration, Data Platform, AI, Security Software, Security Services and Cognitive Applications (Blockchain & IOT Platforms) businesses.

Vikas has close to 30 years of experience across Cross Geography Business Leadership roles, IT Services Business, Telecom / Service Provider business and Cloud Computing. During his career, Vikas has worked in several geographies including Europe and APJ and led large teams and charters in India and across Asia Pacific & Japan.

Viswanath Ramaswamy

Director, IBM Systems, India South Asia

In this role, he is responsible for entire P&L of business for the complete range of IBM SYSTEMS (Power, Mainframe & Storage) and related services in the India-south Asia region for clients from a diverse set of Industries.  He assumed this responsibility in April 2016.

Prior to this appointment, Vishwanath held various leadership positions in Systems and Software business at IBM.