2016 IBM Systems Technical Symposium

August 16 - 17 | Sydney, Australia | Hilton Hotel Sydney

Full price: AUD 990 Available until 16 August

Join us

Grow your skills with in-depth technical training at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia. Learn how you can harness the power of IBM Systems solutions to help turn your IT challenges into successes.

Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia

Get the opportunity to:

Sharpen your expertise with sessions led by IBM product and industry experts

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

Keynote speaker

Brad McCredie

Dr. Bradley McCredie is an IBM Fellow, Vice President of IBM Power Systems Development, and one of the founders of the OpenPOWER Foundation. He is also a member of IBM’s Technology Team, a senior executive group that sets IBM’s technical strategy. In his current position, he oversees the global development and delivery of IBM Power Systems. His responsibilities span system hardware, software, solutions, and ecosystem development teams, incorporating the latest technology advancements to support clients' changing business needs.

Brad first joined IBM in 1991, focusing on electromagnetic design and electronic packaging for IBM’s mainframe systems. He later took a position within IBM Power Systems, engaging in POWER3 processor development. Brad has since worked in a variety of technical and executive leadership roles within the Power Systems group.

Brad holds a BS, MS, and PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois.

2016 IBM Systems Technical Symposium Key Speakers

Why attend?

The agenda will include more than 130 information-packed technical sessions delivered by top IBM developers and experts.


The technical sessions start at 10:30 on Day 1 and end at 17:30 on Day 2.


Full price: AUD 990

Solution Center

The Solution Center opens on Day 1 after the Keynote Session and stays open until 17:00 on Day 2.

Ensure you don’t get left behind by mastering new skills in Hybrid Cloud, Mobile and Analytics, and harnessing the power of IBM Systems Technologies. Whether you are a service provider or IT manager - you need to become agile and responsive.

Who should attend:

  • IT Executives & Business Managers
  • Data Center Managers
  • Technical Support Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Systems & Application Programmers
  • IT Architects
  • Hardware Planners & Capacity Planners
  • Performance Analysts
  • Systems, Database & Storage Admins
  • IBM Business Partners
  • Other IT Professionals

Speakers topics:

  • Architecture
  • IBM z Systems
  • IBM AIX and IBM i
  • IBM PowerLinux
  • IBM Storage
  • Competitive topics
  • High Performance
  • System Networking
  • System Software
  • Business Analytics
  • And more!

Certification testing:

The first 40 certification tests are offered complimentary to IBM Business Partners and Clients as part of the event registration. Tests are granted on a first-come-first-serve basis and by appointment only.

Appointments can be made at the IBM Registration Desk


Diamond Sponsor:


Emerald Sponsor:

Red Hat


Black Hill Software
Computer Merchants
Fresche Legacy
IT Learning Solutions

Attendees should plan to arrive Monday, 15 August in the evening or on Tuesday, 16 January in the morning. Registration opens at 07:30 on Tuesday. All sessions will be presented in English and business casual attire is appropriate for all conference sessions, including evening activities.

Registration fees

The registration fee covers admission to all sessions and the Solution Center. It also covers meals, coffee breaks and networking activities mentioned in the event agenda. Individual travel expenses, lodging, incidental expenses and additional meals are not included and are the attendee's responsibility. Registration closes 16 August 2016.

Client and Business Partner rates

Type Availability Price
Standard Rate (IBM Clients & Business Partners) Available until 16 August AUD 990

Note: Price shown is inclusive of GST.

** If you plan on using a coupon or voucher to pay for all or part of your registration fee, you must provide the voucher number at the time of registration. If you do not have a valid voucher number, you will be billed the full registration fee.

Hotel accommodation and event policies

Please note that you are responsible for your hotel booking and that your hotel reservation is not part of your conference registration. Hotel cancellations and substitutions must be made directly to the hotel or via the travel agency.

Guests must settle their own account.

Sydney hotel

Hilton Hotel Sydney
488 George Street
Sydney 2000
New South Wales, Australia

Reservations must be made directly with the hotel using the link below.

IBM event hotel booking http://ibm.biz/IBMTS2016HiltonSydney

Rooms are limited so make sure to be quick!

Sydney room

IBM negotiated room type and rates

Double/twin room for single occupancy at AUD 329.

Note: Room rates are per night and include GST. Room rate does not include breakfast.

Sydney hotel wine bar

Substitutions and cancellations should be made using the registration application. In order to change your registration record, you need to log back in to the registration application.

Substitutions can be made at any time.

Late cancellations (fourteen calendar days before the event) or no-shows will be charged the full tuition fee.

Air and ground transportation


Sydney Tourist Information

Sydney Airport is located 9km (6 miles) south of Sydney's city centre.

Sydney is serviced by several taxi companies, and taxi ranks are located outside each of the terminals. Depending on traffic conditions, a trip into the city CBD takes about 20 minutes and should cost around AUD 30. This online taxi fare calculator can provide you with an estimate for your chosen journey. Please note, a AUD 3.50 toll is charged by Sydney Airport, payable by all passengers taking a taxi from any of the Airport's taxi ranks.

More information including taxi phone numbers, is available on the Sydney Airport website.

Sydney Airport train stations are located at both the International and Domestic Terminals and are accessible from the Arrivals level in each. Trains run every 10 minutes and the journey to Central Station in the City takes about 13 minutes. Adult one-way fares to any of the City Stations are AUD 15 from the Domestic Airport Station / AUD 15.80 from the International Airport Station. More information.

Shuttle bus services
Several private companies run shuttle services between the Airport and various city hotels and motels. They depart regularly from the front of the terminals and cost around AUD 16– 18 per person one-way. Group booking discounts are usually available. Please see websites such as KST Sydney Airporter and Sydney Airport Shuttle for more details.

Directions to the Hilton Hotel
The Hilton Sydney hotel is located right in the heart of the Sydney CBD on George Street, close to shopping, entertainment and corporate offices. Just 30 minutes from Sydney International and Domestic airports and only 50m from Town Hall Station, Hilton Sydney is ideally located for business or leisure.

The first 40 certification tests are offered complimentary to IBM Business Partners and Clients as part of the event registration. Tests are granted on a first-come-first-serve basis and by appointment only.

The Professional Certification Program from IBM provides skilled sales and technical professionals an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in business solutions to the world. The program is designed to validate skills and proficiency in the latest IBM technology and solutions. Professional certification instills confidence in your employer. Your skills have been tested and demonstrated, enabling you to deliver higher levels of service and technical expertise than non-certified employees and move on a faster career track. Professional certification puts you in control of your career.

The Professional Certification Program from IBM provides a structured program leading to an internationally recognized qualification. The program is self paced, allowing you to select your role, advance and take tests at your convenience. Certification is achieved by completing exams that validate required skills and knowledge. Course recommendations are offered to help you prepare. All certifications require some level of field experience. As a certified professional, you will receive a certificate of completion and certification mark for use in advertisements and business literature.

IBM professional certification

Certification is both a journey and a destination. It's a business solution. A way for skilled IT professionals to demonstrate their expertise to the world. It validates your skills and demonstrates your proficiency in the latest IBM technology and solutions. The certification requirements are tough, but it's not rocket science, either. It's a rigorous process that differentiates you from everyone else.

The mission of IBM Professional Certification is to:

• Provide a reliable, valid and fair method of assessing skills and knowledge.

• Provide IBM a method of building and validating the skills of individuals and organizations.

• Develop a loyal community of highly skilled certified professionals who recommend, sell, service, support and/or use IBM products and solutions.

• We are pleased to announce that certification testing will be available at this event.

Registering for a test

Certification tests are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and by appointment only. Appointments can be made at the IBM Registration Desk.

Preparing for an exam

There you'll find test descriptions, including:

• Certification job role names and descriptions to which the tests apply.

• Test objectives measured on the tests.

• Recommended educational resources.

• Assessment and sample tests to help gauge your readiness for the actual exam.

• Estimated time required to take the test.

Important notes on certification testing

The same test may be taken by an individual only twice in a 30 day period. Both attempts may be taken at this event. For each test, test takers are required to sign a confidentiality agreement, show their conference badge and one government issued ID with a recent photo (for example: passport, national ID, or driver license). All tests are closed-book containing multiple-choice questions. They are delivered in a proctored environment via a web-based tool.

2016 Solution Center

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

The Solution Center opens on Day 1 after the Keynote Session and stays open until 17:30 on Day 2.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Being a sponsor offers you:

  • An opportunity to generate revenue by closing existing deals and developing new opportunities with executives, directors, managers and other decision makers
  • An environment for building brand awareness
  • A venue for presenting to potential customers
  • A space in the vibrant Solution Center where attendees can learn more about your products and services
  • Options to customize your solution space

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