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IBM Interconnect 2017: March 19-23 (Las Vegas, NV)

IBM Interconnect US 2017


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Event Details:

  • Date:
        March 19-23, 2017
  • Location:
         Mandalay Bay Resort
         Las Vegas, NV


  • IBM Interconnect Day 1 Kickoff

  • IBM Interconnect 2017 – Day 2 Wrap Up

  • IBM Interconnect 2017 – Wrap Up Day 3

  • Guests on theCUBE:

    Wednesday, March 21st, 2017

    Guests Interviewed

    Jamie Alexander
    CTO & CoFounder Sensibill

    Key lessons for tiny startups in a market full of giants
    Every business starts somewhere, even under the dark shade of industry giants. Sensibill Inc. is one such startup, offering business-level billing and receipt management services for banks. In the land of giants in the digital transformation, what lessons did Sensibill learn to compete in this market? Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Tanmay Bakshi
    Developer, IBM Champion

    The Cognitive Story: IBM algorithmist changes lives in a positive way
    During IBM Interconnect 2017 this week, “The Cognitive Story,” a project that partners IBM Corp. with the Darwin Ecosystem, LLC, held a presentation on their research. The compelling story is about a 29-year-old woman who suffers from Rhett’s Syndrome, a rare disease that mainly affects women. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    John Brennan
    COO, Green Brain Technologies


    Jim Casey
    Offering Manager, IBM

    Can this tool put Watson AI in the hands of average, non-tech workers?
    IBM Corp. has tried to democratize artificial intelligence for enterprises with the IBM machine learning platform. Now, with its Digital Business Assistant, the company aims to do the same for pretty much anyone with a computer. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Harley Davis
    VP, Operational Decision Management and France Lab, IBM

    Can streaming engines and machine learning show us data from the future?
    Data streaming engines are now drilling down to a single event at a time so enterprises can see consumer behavior in real time. Add machine learning analytics, and it gets better, said Harley Davis, vice president of operational decision management and France Lab at IBM Corp. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Dr. Angel Diaz
    VP, Cloud Technology and Architecture

    Next-gen developers need master class in open source, says IBM
    The demand for software applications with baked-in cognitive and data science technology is raising expectations of what a developer must bring to the table. Open-source Application Programming Interfaces lower the “concept count” needed, but composing them into next-gen apps will take practice, according to Angel Diaz, vice president of cloud architecture and technology at IBM Corp. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Seth Dobrin
    VP & Chief Data Officier, IBM Analytics

    Can open source and APIs make data governance easy?
    Many companies buried under data muck lack a plan to clear a path to monetization. The first step to digging themselves out is through unified governance, according to Seth Dobrin, Ph.D. (pictured), vice president and chief data officer of IBM Analytics. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Mohammad Farooq
    GM GTS Brokerage Services, IBM

    Could IBM’s off-stage integrator role earn them more revenue in cloud?
    On the shelf between the geeky Google Cloud and blockbuster Amazon Web Services is IBM, with a service integration offering that may look comparatively lackluster to businesses shopping for a cloud provider. But Mohammad Farooq, general manager of brokerage services at IBM Corp., said that in this hyper-fragmented information technology world, enterprises need nothing so much as a single point of contact. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Scott Francis
    CEO & CoFounder, BP3

    Real-time data insights requires timely process and decision management
    Data is the lifeblood of business because it fuels the engine of innovation. Data can reveal insights, suggest action and illustrate developing trends. The question then becomes, how does a company adapt to take advantage of the insights data provides? Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Mike Gilfix
    VP Process Transformation, IBM

    Can this tool put Watson AI in the hands of average, non-tech workers?
    IBM Corp. has tried to democratize artificial intelligence for enterprises with the IBM machine learning platform. Now, with its Digital Business Assistant, the company aims to do the same for pretty much anyone with a computer. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Mark Godard
    Manager of Customer Success & Partnerships, SparkCognition

    IBM powers cognitive revolution through software-defined storage
    IBM Corp. is all-in on artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company provides a broad range of cognitive products for businesses of all sizes. However, it is also using its other product lines, such as its storage business, to assist customers in developing products around Internet of Things and machine learning. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Ramesh Gopinath
    VP Blockchain Solutions & Research, IBM

    The new business disrupter: How IBM is taking blockchain all the way to the bank
    If bitcoin is the new currency then blockchain is the new bank. IBM Corp. recently made investments in developing blockchain technology and is working with the open-source project Hyperledger to advance the concept of blockchain throughout the enterprise. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    John Granger
    GM, Cloud Application Innovation, IBM


    Harriet Green
    GM IoT, Commerce & Education, IBM

    Watson was made for this: IBM on the business of cognitive tech
    IBM Corp. has made big investments into its Watson Internet of Things business. The company is producing real business outcomes and delivering insights through its billions of sensors embedded into a large number devices scattered around the globe. In addition to IoT, the company is doubling down on its artificial intelligence investment on the Watson platform. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Bina Hallman
    VP Offering Management Storage & Software Defined, IBM

    Breaking the catch-22 of high security and instant availability
    Much like money, data now is a lot better than data tomorrow. Getting information into the right hands at speed is vital for modern business, but there’s a catch. Security demands controls and safeguards that slow down data. Both security and availability are vital. How does a business solve that problem? Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Eric Herzog
    Vice President, Product Marketing & Management: IBM Storage, IBM

    IBM powers cognitive revolution through software-defined storage
    IBM Corp. is all-in on artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company provides a broad range of cognitive products for businesses of all sizes. However, it is also using its other product lines, such as its storage business, to assist customers in developing products around Internet of Things and machine learning. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.

    Automation is key to lowering storage costs in data-driven world
    Data is a business’ most precious asset, and in this data-driven world, any company that isn’t collecting, storing and using data will be devoured alive by those who are. Given that, the issue of storing all that data becomes a prime concern. Costs on data storage are dropping, but one bottleneck remains; the cost of employing people to perform the mad dance we call data management. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Matt Kalmenson
    VP, Service & Cloud Providers, Veeam

    CIOs demand ‘always-on’ availability
    Data recovery is a 24/7/365 business. A simple tagline of “IT JUST WORKS!” led a 10-year-old company down a fast, high-growth path into the data availability market. Veeam Software Inc. can attribute its growth to its “always-on” availability for applications and data. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Shankar Kalyana
    IBM Fellow, CTO, Cloud, IBM Global Business Services

    Key strategies to beating cloud migration problems
    When it comes to changing the way a business runs its workloads, the journey is not the destination. This is doubly so when it comes to cloud migration. There must be a purpose behind the migration, a business need that can only be served by taking a workload to the cloud, according to Shankar Kalyana, fellow and chief technical officer for IBM Global Business Services’ cloud portfolio. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Abby Kearns
    Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation

    Cloud Foundry connects open-source standards for quicker code development
    Technology businesses are discovering a powerful truth: building custom code is no fun. It takes time, it’s a distraction from working on core products and it’s likely someone out there already did it better. The real solution is for a company to integrate mature and tested products into their own systems, but that can be a job in itself. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Jason Kelley
    VP & Partner, Global Lead, GBS Solutions & Design, IBM

    Evocative design drives the digital transformation for IBM’s global cloud play
    There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to designing user experiences in the digital transformation, but IBM Global Business Services is offering organizations the opportunity to take advantage of its global reach, outcome-focused methodologies, domain skills and deep industry expertise today, according to Jason Kelley, vice president and partner, global business leader, solutions and design, at IBM Corp. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Russ Kennedy
    VP Product Strategy & Customer Success, IBM

    Can IBM’s Flex cloud object storage win customers from Amazon S3?
    Can IBM Corp.’s new Cloud Object Storage Flex compete with Amazon S3? Unique user-friendly pricing might tip the scale its way, said Russ Kennedy, senior vice president of product strategy and customer solutions at Cleversafe, an IBM Company. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Adam Kocoloski
    CTO, Watson Data Platform, IBM

    IBM goes all-in on its hybrid cloud services strategy
    When IBM Corp. decided to bring an analytics platform to market, a “data-first” strategy and developing a method for how the business uses data were the first two steps in the process. The company is working with various verticals, and the customers’ process begins by uncovering how to take their existing technology investments and create a hybrid cloud environment with the IBM Cloud Data Services platform. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Andy Lin
    VP Strategy, Mark III Systems

    BlueChasm attempts to read enterprise minds with cognitive development
    Two and a half years ago, IBM Corp. and long-time partner Mark III Systems Inc. started BlueChasm to develop digital solutions for enterprises. Andy Lin (pictured), vice president of strategy at Mark III Systems, said what they’ve learned so far is “the key to differentiating yourself in the digital world is being cognitive.” Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Dave Lindquist
    IBM Fellow, VP of Development, Cloud DevOps & Analystics, IBM

    A roadmap to the new cloud-native enterprise
    Enterprise business is founded on big systems, doing big work, for big money. That’s been true because people had to buy those big systems to get the benefits of their big work. Cloud technologies are changing all that. Now, companies can rent what they need, as they need it, and get the big work done through cloud-native services. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Shamayun Miah
    Partner & VP, IBM Global Business Service, IBM

    One step away from revolution in tech business
    Business is going digital, but with every innovation the meaning of “going digital” changes. It used to mean reaching out to new customers or trimming expenses. Now, new digital technologies are changing entire business models and reshaping how companies serve their customers. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Joanne Negrón
    CTO, Green Brain Technologies

    Powering a wireless world with wireless energy
    Few things unite people in this modern world like the shared hatred of smartphone battery life. Batteries have fallen far behind the technology they’re meant to power, and while solutions are on the way, perhaps better batteries aren’t really the answer. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Deon Newman
    Vice President, Marketing, Internet of Thing

    Key partnerships expand data democratization for IBM and Indiegogo
    As various online services provide broader access to users in fields such as video, content creation, guides and start-up capital, the ends to which users are utilizing those means are sparking innovation. As for the companies that provide those services, like Indiegogo Inc., things are proving to be more than a one-way street. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Himesh Patel
    CEO, Green Brain Technologies

    Powering a wireless world with wireless energy
    Few things unite people in this modern world like the shared hatred of smartphone battery life. Batteries have fallen far behind the technology they’re meant to power, and while solutions are on the way, perhaps better batteries aren’t really the answer. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Greg Pepper
    Head of Cloud Security Architects, Check Point Software Technologies

    Agility is rule number one for hybrid-cloud security, says Check Point
    Hybrid-cloud infrastructure is now the norm for enterprises, according to RightScale’s 2016 State of the Cloud Report, making single-brand loyalty hard to come by. Securing these diverse clouds will require something far different than a rigid, monolithic firewall, according to Gregory Pepper, security architect at Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Tom Ready
    SVP, State Street Corporation


    Slava Rubin
    Founder & Chief Business Officer; Indiegogo

    Key partnerships expand data democratization for IBM and Indiegogo
    As various online services provide broader access to users in fields such as video, content creation, guides and start-up capital, the ends to which users are utilizing those means are sparking innovation. As for the companies that provide those services, like Indiegogo Inc., things are proving to be more than a one-way street. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Derek Schoettle
    Vice President, Watson Data Platform, IBM

    IBM goes all-in on its hybrid cloud services strategy
    When IBM Corp. decided to bring an analytics platform to market, a “data-first” strategy and developing a method for how the business uses data were the first two steps in the process. The company is working with various verticals, and the customers’ process begins by uncovering how to take their existing technology investments and create a hybrid cloud environment with the IBM Cloud Data Services platform. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Tanya Seajay
    Founder & CEO, Orenda Software Solutions

    The trust economy: measuring the market of trust
    Historically, business has not been very big on the whole “trust” concept. They didn’t need to worry about it, as the only information customers knew was what the company told them. The internet and social media have changed all that, and a generation is growing up that favors trust over almost all other factors. Now, a lapse in trust can cost a business millions. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Meg Swanson
    VP Marketing, Bluemix, IBM

    IBM amps up cloud transition services, commits to hybrid cloud strategy
    As cloud becomes increasingly accessible for businesses across the spectrum of industries, helping make smooth cloud transitions is becoming a focus in itself for the companies most engaged in the cloud systems, a particularly tricky effort when underlying information technology architectures are involved. To that end, IBM Corp. is doubling down on its hybrid cloud strategy. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Ali Tahir
    Director, Enterprise Architecture, City of Hope

    Breaking the catch-22 of high security and instant availability
    Much like money, data now is a lot better than data tomorrow. Getting information into the right hands at speed is vital for modern business, but there’s a catch. Security demands controls and safeguards that slow down data. Both security and availability are vital. How does a business solve that problem? Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Don Tapscott
    CEO, The Tapscott Group

    Blockchain will blow Uber-style disruption out of the water, says analyst
    Could geeky, nichey blockchain be the sleeper hit of the Digital Age, ushering in a new internet era? Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Willie Tejada
    IBM Chief Developer Advocate, IBM

    Can IBM’s $10M investment fill the cognitive developer shortage?
    Among IBM Corp.’s new partnership ventures is a $10 million investment in tech skills education community Galvanize. Willie Tejada (pictured), chief developer advocate at IBM, said the partnership addresses a shortage of cognitive developers that mirrors the dearth of data scientists. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Jamie Thomas
    GM, Systems Development & Strategy, IBM

    At the intersection of cognitive workloads and security
    Today’s advances in cloud computing, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things have the enterprise rapidly trying to catch up with modern technology, many looking to use existing infrastructures while taking advantage of the cloud. Businesses want real-time insights, cognitive computing and security in a hybrid cloud environment. IBM Corp. is hoping to make gains in the enterprise cloud market a big product push for hybrid cloud, containers and security. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Andy Vandeveld
    Vice President, Global Alliances, Veeam Software

    CIOs demand ‘always-on’ availability
    Data recovery is a 24/7/365 business. A simple tagline of “IT JUST WORKS!” led a 10-year-old company down a fast, high-growth path into the data availability market. Veeam Software Inc. can attribute its growth to its “always-on” availability for applications and data. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Ed Walsh
    General Manager, Storage & Software Defined Infrastructure, IBM

    Can automated DevOps fill private cloud hole?
    Private clouds and software as a service applications claiming to mimic the public cloud experience sans migration pains and security holes might seem to good to be true. They usually are, said Ed Walsh (pictured), general manager of storage and software-defined infrastructure at IBM Corp. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Marie Wieck
    GM, IBM Blockchain, IBM

    Can blockchain stop the raid on data privacy?
    Open-source project Hyperledger is democratizing blockchain for developers and businesses. The initiative is a collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Greg Wolfond
    Chairman & CEO, SecureKey Technologies, Inc.

    Can blockchain stop the raid on data privacy?
    Open-source project Hyperledger is democratizing blockchain for developers and businesses. The initiative is a collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.


    Justin Youngblood
    VP, Hybrid Cloud Management; IBM

    Can an IBM Watson-powered chat tool multiply companies’ best brains?
    Seventy-one percent of enterprises now use three or more clouds, according to RightScale’s 2016 State of the Cloud Report. Add SaaS applications and “shadow clouds” to those, and they now have sprawl that can only be reigned in with automation, according to Justin Youngblood (pictured), vice president of hybrid cloud management at IBM Corp. Read the full blog post with highlights from her interview at SiliconANGLE.com.

    Farooq Akbar
    National Account Executive, IBM Cloud



    Calline Sanchez
    Vice President, IBM Enterprise Storage Development, IBM


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