IBM Systems Technical University

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Have you thought about the future of your career? Technology is changing the way we work and affecting future career choices. In the era of digital transformation, IT pros must adjust to a rapidly shifting technology and business landscape. Learn to leverage disruptive technology trends like cloud and cognitive at the IBM Systems Technical University (TechU) in Atlanta. Join us for the most comprehensive technical training event on IBM Systems, products and solutions.

You'll learn how to plan, architect, install, configure, migrate, operate and tune your IBM infrastructure for today and tomorrow. Train to stay ahead with IBM Systems TechU.

Get the opportunity to:

  • Sharpen your expertise with hundreds of sessions led by IBM Distinguished Engineers and product experts…the A-team of the IBM Systems community
  • Experience the latest technology via demos geared to all skill levels
  • Test-drive new products from IBM and IBM Business Partners in the Solution Center
  • Expand your professional network when you connect with product developers and industry leaders
  • Learn from your peers via networking sessions and discussions on real-world IT challenges and successes

Why attend?

The agenda will include more than 700 information-packed technical sessions delivered by top IBM developers and experts.

Ensure you don't get left behind by gaining new skills to harness the power of IBM Systems technologies. Whether you are a service provider or IT manager - you need to become agile and responsive.

What's new at TechU!

TechU Built for You

Power/AIX for Rookies

Send your new system admins to this face-to-face learning offering.

TechU Built for You

z/OS Fast Start for Rookies

Send your early career IBM Z programmers and engineers for this hands-on training.

TechU Built for You

DevOps Fast Start for IBM Z and LinuxONE

For intermediate application developers, software programmers and database administrators to understand the new DevOps methodology.

TechU Built for You

LinuxONE Fast Start for Linux Experts

Linux Administrators already familiar with Linux can learn how to transfer these skills over to the LinuxONE environment.

TechU Built for You

Storage Fast Start for Rookies

Send your new system admins to this face-to-face learning offering.

TechU Built for You

What’s new at TechU for IBM Power?

Receive the latest news, updates and topics in Atlanta.

TechU Built for You

AI/Cognitive Systems Track

Take a deep dive into AI on IBM Power Systems

TechU Built for You

Storage Certification Boot Camps

Get a deep dive to prepare for certification exams on IBM Storage hardware and Spectrum Software products.

Who should attend:

This conference is intended for IBM clients, IBM Business Partners and IBM employees:

  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Administrators
  • Specialists
  • Systems Programmers
  • Network Administrators
  • IBM Business Partners
  • Other IT Professionals
  • Application Developers and Testers
  • IT Managers and Directors
  • Business and IT Consultants
  • IT Analysts
  • New users of z/OS, z/VM, Power, AIX, IBM i, and Linux

IBM TechU features skill-building sessions that are in demand and appeal to attendees who share a technical vision and curiosity. IBM TechU offers technical breakout sessions, roundtables, demos, hands-on labs, certifications, and more.


IBM Power Systems

  • IBM AIX®, IBM i and Linux on Power
  • Power Virtualization and IBM Cloud™ Solutions with IBM PowerVM®, IBM PowerVC, IBM Cloud Private, OpenStack, Nutanix
  • SAP HANA and Modern Data Platform, Oracle, Open Source Database Solutions
  • Cognitive: HPC, IBM PowerAI, Data Analytics, Hortonworks
  • Security with IBM PowerSC™
  • High Availability with IBM PowerHA®
  • Deep Dive Performance and Tuning

IBM Z and LinuxONE

  • IBM z14™ and IBM LinuxONE™ Servers
  • IBM z/OS®
  • IBM Db2®, Oracle, IBM CICS®, IBM WebSphere®, and IBM IMS
  • IBM z/VM®, CMS and Virtualization
  • Linux on IBM Z®
  • Performance Monitoring and Capacity Planning
  • Spark, Hadoop and Machine Learning
  • DevOps and Application Development
  • Hybrid Cloud, Docker and Kubernetes
  • Pervasive Encryption and Data Protection
  • Open source applications

IBM Storage and SDI

  • IBM FlashSystem®
  • Cloud and Virtualization
  • Software-Defined Storage
  • Security and Encryption
  • Server and Storage Hardware
  • Data Protection Archive and Backup
  • Object Storage
  • Networking

Keynote speakers:

Monday April 29 - Branding Sessions - Storage

Eric Herzog

Eric Herzog
Chief Marketing Officer
VP, WW Storage Channels
IBM Storage Systems

Denver Hopkin

Denver Hopkins
Product Marketing Manager
IBM Systems Enterprise Storage

Session Title:

Traverse the world of multicloud at warp speed with IBM Storage

Session Abstract:

Learn about IBM's hybrid multicloud strategy and how it will help you derive business value from your oceans of data. This keynote will introduce you to our latest storage strategy for AI, cyber resiliency and security, multicloud deployments and the world of containers.

Monday April 29 - Branding Sessions - Z

Tony Pearson

Tony Pearson
Content Manager -TechU
IBM Systems

Brian Sherman

Brian Sherman
Distinguished Engineer
Storage ATS
IBM Global Markets

Joy Spohn

Joy Spohn
Big Data & Analytics
IBM Systems

Darren Surch

Darren Surch
COO, Americas
Interskill Learning

Session Title:

IBM Z and LinuxONE Opening

Session Abstract:

In the opening brand session, Kathy Hubbley, BUE for IBM Z and LinuxONE, sets the stage for the week ahead. Meet Tony Pearson, the new TechU content manager for IBM Z and LinuxONE who took over for Glenn Anderson. Tony and Frank De Gilio, IBM CTO for Mainframe Modernization, will cover the latest news on IBM Z and LinuxONE. Tony and Darren Surch will explain the new learning paths. We will wrap up with Brian Sherman highlighting some synergy between IBM Z and IBM Storage.

Monday April 29 - Branding Sessions - Power

Steve Sibley

Steve Sibley
Vice President, Power Systems Offering Management
IBM Systems

Chris Konarski

Chris Konarski
Vice President, WW Technical Sales and Client Success
IBM Systems

Session Title:

What's New with Power?

Session Abstract:

Join the Power team and receive the latest news, updates, features and capabilities in IBM Power Systems. Start your learning journey with topics such as AI, cognitive, cloud, programming basics, and understand the extensive and power capabilities of IBM Power Systems.

Tuesday April 30 - General Session

Tom Rosamilia

Tom Rosamilia
Senior Vice President,
IBM Systems Chairman,
North America

Danny Branch

Danny Branch
Chief Information Officer
AMB Sports & Entertainment

Session Title:

The Future of Infrastructure

Session Abstract:

Technology forces and innovation accelerators are transforming businesses at an unprecedented rate –from AI and machine learning to blockchain and hybrid multicloud. Looking to the future, the winners will be those who make the right IT infrastructure decisions today. Join Tom Rosamilia as he shares his view of emerging technology trends, how they're shaping requirements for modern infrastructure, and how IT leaders can prepare to compete and lead in this new reality. You'll also hear from Danny Branch, CIO for AMB Sports & Entertainment, who will describe how IBM and Atlanta Mercedes-Benz stadium collaborated to build the architecture that delivers the ultimate fan experience.


Tom Rosamilia is Senior Vice President of IBM Systems and Chairman for IBM North America. Mr. Rosamilia has global responsibility for IBM server and storage systems and software as well as the company's global Business Partner organization. In addition, he is responsible for ensuring operational synergies across the breadth of IBM to drive value and growth in the North America market.

Previously, Mr. Rosamilia served as Senior Vice President of IBM Systems and Technology Group and IBM Integrated Supply Chain, where he led IBM’s semiconductor, servers, storage, and the system software business; all of IBM’s supply chain; and the company’s Global Business Partners organization.

During his 30-plus years with IBM, Mr. Rosamilia has held several leadership roles, including General Manager of IBM WebSphere; General Manager of System z and Power Systems; and Vice President of Corporate Strategy and General Manager of Enterprise Initiatives.

Mr. Rosamilia received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University, with majors in computer science and economics. In April 2016, he was elected to the board of directors of Rockwell Automation. Mr. Rosamilia has also served on the boards of the United Way of Dutchess County, the United Way of Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group and the California Manufacturing and Technology Association. In 2015, Mr. Rosamilia was appointed as Economic Advisor to the Governor of Guangdong Province of the People's Republic of China and was re-appointed in 2017. In April 2018, Mr. Rosamilia completed a year-long assignment in Beijing, China, where he led the global IBM Systems business and acted as a local representative of IBM Corporate Headquarters.


Danny Branch begins his 15th year as Chief Information Officer for AMB Sports & Entertainment and boasts more than 30 years of experience in systems development, deployment, and support. As Chief Information Officer, he is responsible for all information technology related activities for the Falcons, Atlanta United, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and all other enterprises in the Blank Family of Businesses. Highlights from Branch’s tenure at AMBSE include leading the creation and launch of the Atlanta Falcons first official mobile app, Falcons Mobile, directing the launch of the Falcons first retail operations and Team Store and leading the initial creation and launch of the official e-commerce site for PGA TOUR Superstore. Branch also leads all IT operations for Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the technology experience behind the stadium’s award-winning fan experience, which culminated in a record-breaking IT and technology performance metrics during Super LIII at MBS.

Branch joined the Falcons in 2004 from The Home Depot, where he most recently was vice president of information services. Starting at The Home Depot in 1990 as a senior systems engineer, he was promoted rapidly through the engineering and ultimately, the information services management ranks. While at The Home Depot, Branch partnered with NCR to be the first home improvement retailer to implement and deploy self check-out. He also developed and deployed Home Depot’s current gift card program, which replaced their previous paper based gift certificate program.

Prior to The Home Depot, Branch worked in programming, engineering and project management roles for CONTEL, Management Science America, and Texas Instruments. A Georgia product, Danny earned his associate degree in Mathematics from Abraham Baldwin Junior College (Tifton, Ga.). He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Georgia and completed an advanced leadership development program at the Babson School of Executive Education (Babson Park, Mass.). Branch is active in the community and is a strong supporter of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

Danny and his wife, Claire, live in Senoia, Georgia with their daughter, Chloe (24) and son, Alex (21).

Enroll today!

TechU Atlanta is a single-venue conference with both sessions and accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

You won't get lost in the crowd at TechU. Experience hands-on training in one hotel with easy access to the speakers, industry experts and other attendees for learning and networking in a relaxed environment

Attendees should plan to arrive on Sunday, April 28th. Registration will be open from 3:00-7:00pm on Sunday. The event starts on Monday, April 29th, at 8:30am with the IBM Brand opening sessions. All sessions will be presented in English and business casual attire is appropriate for all conference sessions.

Registration details:

Client, Business Partner and IBMer rates:

Type Availability Price
Government Rate* USD 2,095
Standard Rate
(Clients and Business Partners)
USD 2,495
Business Partners with:
  PGI Voucher
  Competency Voucher
  PartnerWorld Voucher

USD 500
USD 1,245
IBM Employee Rate USD 2,495

Rate terms and conditions:
Rate terms and conditions: Standard tuition rate for these events is USD 2,495. Discounts cannot be combined with any other programs or discounts, including IBM Business Partner discounts. Early Bird Rates end 11:59 PM Eastern time on the date determined per event.

You will be charged the conference fees less any applicable discount. Any discount will be applied when the credit card is billed. For further details contact the registration team.

Please note that we have negotiated a special rate at the hotel for conference attendees. Securing your room reservation within the IBM block entitles you to complimentary wireless access for the duration of your stay.

Hotel accommodation and event policies:

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Hyatt Regency Atlanta room

IBM negotiated room type and rates:

Hyatt Regency Guest Room Rate USD 173.00 * per night

Please use the link below to secure a room.

Atlanta at night

Venue photos are owned by the designated property and are only representative of what you may see at the event.

Hotel Policies:

Room Policies
Tax is not included.

Tax Policy
Room Rates shown do not include 1% Tourism Levy (subject to change). Total room charges presented on the website will include all room fees and taxes.

Event cancellation & substitution policy:

To avoid charges, conference enrollees must cancel their registration by end of day March 4, 2019.

For cancellations received March 5 through March 25, 2019, registration fees will be fully refunded less a USD 200 administrative fee. Registration fees will not be refunded for cancellations received after March 25, 2019. Substitutions are permitted at any time; replaced attendees will not be subject to registration fee cancellation penalties.

Train during the day. Play at night!

While IBM TechU is definitely about working and learning, it’s also about networking and having fun.

*Note: In order to attend this event, you must be a registered attendee and your badge must be present at all times. A limited number of guest tickets will be available for purchase.

2019 Solution Center

Thank you to all of our sponsors:

Diamond sponsors:

Platinum sponsors:

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Gold sponsors:

Arrow Electronics, Inc.
IBM Electronic Support
IBM Systems Media
Tech Data

Silver sponsor:

Sirius Computer Solutions

Action Software
Advanced Software Products Group, Inc. (ASPG, Inc.)
Brocade, a Broadcom Inc.
Mellanox Technologies
mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc.
IBM Redbooks
Optica Technologies, Inc.
ProTech Training
Rocket Software
Software Engineering of America
SVA Software
Trident Services
Visual Storage Intelligence

Join us at the Solution Center:

  • Learn about new products and services
  • Explore cutting-edge demos from IBM and top vendors
  • Meet face-to-face with hundreds of potential clients and vendors
  • Assess the competition and solidify your position in the marketplace
  • Network with industry colleagues and build relationships with important decision-makers

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Being a sponsor offers you:

  • An opportunity to generate revenue by closing existing deals and developing new opportunities with C-level executives, directors, managers and other decision makers
  • An environment for building brand awareness
  • Participation in a sponsor panel and a venue for presenting to potential customers
  • A booth in the vibrant Solution Center where attendees can learn more about your products and services
  • Options to customize your booth space or use fully turnkey packages

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