AI and the Future of Databases | Monday, 16 November, 16:00 - 16:30 CET

IBM CTO for AI Strategy & IBM Fellow Sam Lightstone will discuss how AI is fundamentally changing computer science, the practice of coding, and the future of databases. He will review recent advances in hardware and software as well as breakthrough innovations that will change the use and objectives of data systems. Hear how AI is disrupting our relationship with databases and how you can be an active part of it.

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Sam Lightstone, CTO AI Strategy, IBM Fellow

Sam Lightstone is IBM CTO for AI Strategy, IBM Fellow and a Master Inventor in the IBM Data and AI group. Sam has led a number of technical teams in product development for relational databases, data warehousing & big data, cloud computing, analytics for IoT, data virtualization, data movement, and machine learning. He co-founded the IEEE Data Engineering Workgroup on Self-Managing Database Systems. Sam has had more than 65 patents issued and pending and has authored four books and over 30 papers. His Twitter handle is @samlightstone.

Db2 for z/OS - Accelerating Enterprise AI and Cloud Leadership | Monday, 16 November, 16:30 - 17:00 CET

Db2 for z/OS is the best-in-class hybrid cloud server, adapting to support new hybrid cloud applications and workloads while continuing to meet transaction processing expectations. Db2 for z/OS will continue to deliver secure, reliable, direct access to systems of record and offer embedded AI acceleration for highly efficient IT operations within the hybrid cloud. The key to future value will be the ability for Db2 for z/OS to both inform and be informed by its ecosystem. Join Sharon Cocco, VP Development, Db2 for z/OS and Regtech, to hear how Db2 for z/OS is supporting your organization’s hybrid cloud and AI journey now and into the future.

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Sharon Cocco, IBM VP Data and AI on IBM Z & RegTech

Sharon Weed Cocco is the vice president of development for Db2 for Z/OS and Regtech (OpenPages, Safer Payments, FCI). She formerly was the director of IBM Blockchain Technologies Development. She has expertise in strategy development, full-cycle solution delivery, hardware, and software engineering, delivering capabilities as Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).


Challenges and Opportunities in Hybrid Data Management | Monday, 16 November, 17:00 - 17:30 CET

What is Hybrid Data Management doing to help clients deal with the current environment and challenges? Come learn about latest features in our world-class database offerings released in 2020, our vision, and our roadmap into the future.

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Vikram Murali, IBM Vice President

Vikram Murali is vice president of engineering for Hybrid Data Management within IBM Data and AI. Hybrid Data Management encompasses development and support for Db2 Distributed, Netezza, Cloud Pak for Data Systems, BigData partnerships as well as hosted and managed Cloud Database offerings. Vikram has close to two decades of experience with databases and appliance and has skills in data science and machine learning. Hybrid Data management databases provide the core data plane of the Cloud Pak for Data Platform that helps customers in furthering their journey to AI.

Embracing ‘Open-First’ on Mainframe to Drive Innovation | Tuesday, 17 November, 16:00 - 17:30 CET

Achieving a leadership position in today’s digital marketplace requires sustained innovation and agility. Discover how top-performing organizations are accelerating innovation and growth by opening up their mainframe and integrating it with their cloud. Learn how to work across platforms for a holistic approach to transformation and preview programs that go beyond code to help you get there.


Greg Lotko, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mainframe Division

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

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