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Keynote Addresses *

all keynotes *livestreamed to VIRTUAL participants*

Mon Jul 11
8:00-9:00am EDT

Keynote Address, presented by IBM:
Behind the Birth of an Accidental Enterprise

K01 | Constitution Ballroom
*livestreamed to VIRTUAL participants*

Think necessity is the mother of invention? Not always. There is a very thin line between brilliant innovation and absolute failure. In fact, many groundbreaking inventions were accidental discoveries. So, why are some organizations prone to accidental discoveries while others see them pass by as uninterested observers? In this keynote session, hear Daniel Hernandez, General Manager of IBM Data and AI, share the history of IBM Db2 and why he believes you can’t overlook an idea—because you never know if it might evolve into a multi-billion-dollar enterprise.

Daniel G. Hernandez 
General Manager of Data and AI, IBM

Daniel G. Hernandez leads all aspects of IBM's hybrid data management, unified governance and integration, and AI businesses. His team is responsible for the strategy, road map, and overall performance for IBM Cloud Private for Data, Watson Studio, Watson Machine Learning, Db2, Integrated Analytics System, Informix, Information Server, Data Replication, MDM, Optim, StoredIQ, SPSS, and Decision Optimization offerings.

Tue, Jul 12
8:00-8:45am EDT

Keynote Address, presented by Broadcom:
Mainframe - Plug Into the Future of Data

K02 | Constitution Ballroom
*livestreamed to VIRTUAL participants*

The mainframe is everywhere. It is the technology that does the heavy lifting to keep the engine of society humming. The mainframe is more important now than ever. Join Greg Lotko, SVP & GM, Chris Crone, Distinguished Engineer, and Jasminder Singh, Director of Database Tools of Broadcom Mainframe Software, for a look at how the pace of transformation today translates to an exciting future ahead for the platform and mainframe Db2 professionals.

As “operators” of your own IT matrix, discover how embracing open, simplifying, and automating allows you to plug into z16 advances in areas such as AI-driven automation, enhanced cryptography, improved auditing conformance, and resilience. Be the force behind open and follow the white rabbit to get clarity on how you can amplify the value of your mainframe and the Db2 databases that you manage.

Greg Lotko
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mainframe Software Division,
Greg Lotko is a passionate leader and his customer-first approach has helped countless organizations drive business and technical success resulting in lasting customer relationships. He is responsible for all facets of Broadcom's mainframe division, including strategy, product management, engineering, services, support, and marketing. Under Greg's leadership, the division helps the world’s top companies operate, automate, secure, and modernize the mainframe systems that run their businesses.

Chris Crone
Distinguished Engineer, Broadcom Mainframe Software

Chris Crone oversees strategy and architecture decisions for the Broadcom database products IDMS and Datacom, as well as for the DB2 and IMS Tools portfolios. With 30+ years of mainframe database experience, Chris has a deep understanding of how hardware and software can work together to solve real-world problems. He regularly engages with customers on new development projects, prioritizing requirements and advising them on how to best use technology to achieve their business goals.

Jasminder Singh
Director of Database Tools, Broadcom Mainframe Software

Jasminder (Jas) is the Engineering Leader of Mainframe Database Tools at Broadcom. Jas’s experience includes leadership roles across Engineering, Product and Program Management disciplines in Databases, Database Tools and API Lifecycle Management. In his current role, he drives innovation that helps clients to manage their mainframe data as part of overall IT strategy.

Thu, Jul 14
8:00-9:00am EDT

Keynote Address, IDUG Women In Technology
sponsored by Broadcom: Closing Tech Talent Gaps in Db2 & Embracing STEM Career Reentry

K04 | Constitution Ballroom
*livestreamed to VIRTUAL participants*

The challenges of improving an organization's diverse technical talent are well documented across tech industries around the world. Successful organizations hire for potential and recruit today's IT talent using a new lens, including looking in non-traditional places. Have you considered mid-career, technical talent who are reentering the workforce following a career break as your target demographic? These “relaunchers” have the intelligence and flexibility to manage complex job roles and are in a great position to maintain and expand Db2 infrastructures. Sourcing a mix of recent grads with more experienced, relauncher talent is a great investment!  

Join Jennifer Howland, retired IBM engineer and executive and current managing director at iRelaunch, as she explains her past work improving the representation of mid-career, diverse, technical talent at IBM, her recent work with iRelaunch and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), successes in building global career reentry programs and how relaunchers are the true, diverse, gems of the workforce. Drawing on her 35-year career at IBM and now at iRelaunch, she will share why – and how – employers have implemented successful STEM career reentry programs, including gaining executive buy-in and recruiting candidates that are fit for complex job roles, like those associated with Db2.

Jennifer Howland
Managing Director iRelaunch, Women in Technology advocate, Unconscious Bias speaker

Jennifer Howland is recognized in the industry as an expert in leading large, global development teams, developing and progressing diverse technical talent, career reentry programs, unconscious bias and career development, having been a frequent speaker at many notable conferences. As the Managing Director at iRelaunch, the pioneering company in the career reentry space, she co-leads the consulting practice with the CEO and co-leads the STEM Reentry Task Force with the Society of Women Engineers. Prior to joining iRelaunch, Jennifer spent 35 fulfilling years at IBM as an engineer, manager and executive spanning engineering, strategy, product and services development, business and process transformation and service delivery. Her last role prior to retirement was the executive of IBM’s Pathways Program for experienced, diverse technical talent, a worldwide program to develop and implement bold actions to increase the representation of women and under-represented minorities in IBM’s technical executive positions. Through her numerous management and executive level roles in male-dominated environments she has always been passionate about helping women advance their careers.