The Customer Activated Enterprise: CIO Insights from the Global C-Suite Study

Keynote Address: Anthony Marshall, IBM Global CEO Study Program Director Anthony Marshall, IBM Global CEO Study Program Director and Strategy and Transformation Leader for the IBM Institute for Business Value will discuss how CIOs, in the next three to five years, will need to connect more efficiently with the CEO's top priorities including operational strategies, customer relationships and partner alliances. Creating synergy across the entire organization to improve interactions will benefit the business, customers, employees and partners.

Harnessing the Power of Big Data and the New Analytics Ecosystem

Keynote Speaker: Les King: Director, Database, Analytics and Big Data Solutions Information Management, Software Group. More than ever before, data-based initiatives play a critical role in business strategy. This discussion will focus on how to harness the potential of "big data" and "operational analytics" to make more informed decisions at all levels of your organization. Exploration on the importance of how these solutions can turn your data into understandable, relevant information and insights that you can act upon quickly will also be discussed.

Understanding the Security Challenges Facing Your Organization

Keynote Speaker: Caleb Barlow: IBM, Director of Application, Data and Mobile Security Maintaining a strong security posture is an ongoing and ever-increasing challenge. Many organizations have struggled to find efficient ways to ensure that they fully understand the information security risks affecting their operations and implement appropriate controls to mitigate these risks. IBM Security solutions powered by X Force are built on a framework of comprehensive and robust tools and best practices designed to help you address and manage the threats facing your organization.

Breakthroughs in Innovation with IBM Storage and Software Solutions with highlights from the IBM Edge Conference in May and IBM Recent Storage Announcements

Clod Barrera, IBM Chief Engineer This session will revolve around how to identify strategies to make your business more cost effective. Managing the complexity of business for increased productivity and performance improvement becomes paramount and therefore improved efficiencies and faster time to market becomes critical. How to position IT as an enabler of business growth while mitigating risk to help protect your company assets from disaster will also be discussed. The right data architecture can help your business get the most out of its data, storage, and people. Hear the latest updates from the IBM Edge Conference: The Premier Event for Infrastructure Innovations. Learn how IBM's System Storage and Software are critical to enabling innovation and business transformation, with particular focus on growth solutions such as Cloud, Big Data, Security and Infrastructure.

Architect a Strategic Cloud Foundation with IBM Softlayer

Jeff Klink, Worldwide Channel Sales Technical Leader, SoftLayer, an IBM Company It isn't public versus private cloud, it's both! By the end of this year, 61% of enterprises will have a hybrid cloud environment and use it to power business growth. In this session you will learn how Softlayer offers performance, control, flexiblity and cost efficiency so you can easily deploy an application architecture designed precisely for your needs, with infrastructure control built in.

Gain a Competitive Advantage by Optimizing Oracle Applications Performance Using Flash Technology

Michael Ault, IBM Oracle Flash Storage Consulting Manager In order to gain the competitive edge application performance is a key element. Learn about critical Oracle tuning and application acceleration techniques that overcome I/O related latency using IBM's Flash Technology Solutions. This discussion will show you how to identify application constraints, parameter tuning, undocumented parameters using low latency appliances. Gain insight into how you can improve application performance that cannot be fixed by disk or cache.

Innovation Designed for the Workloads of Today and Tomorrow, Including IBM POWER8 Systems
Announced in April

Pat O´Rourke, Power Consultant, IBM Austin Briefing Center Success in today's business environment requires the ability to innovate and respond quickly to change. This session will discuss how to accelerate delivery of new applications, and unleash the power of analytics, and exploit big data, all while changing the economics of IT to create strategic value. The session will focus on IBM's Server strategy discussing IBM POWER8 and its balanced data-centric design to support the most challenging and complex data-hungry applications. IBM POWER8 is 2x faster providing more computing power to distributed workloads.