Farewell to IBM Edge2015

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been 48 hours since I arrived in Las Vegas for IBM Edge. It’s been a whirlwind two days – so many good meetings, so many good conversations packed into such a short amount time.

IMG_3107I was barely off the plane Monday before I took the stage alongside IBM’s Ross Mauri to announce the new Rocket Mainframe Data Service on IBM Bluemix. Our partnership with IBM has always been about innovation.  It was a huge honor for me and my fellow Rocketeers to announce our most recent innovation at IBM Edge.

I spent all of Tuesday meeting with Rocket customers and partners. I always take away so much from these face-to-face conversations, and I leave Las Vegas today with a list of ideas, new things we can do better serve our customers and partners.

Rocket sponsored last night’s entertainment.  It was a real treat and so much fun to see Penn & Teller perform their unique brand of magic.  After Penn & Teller, I had the opportunity to take the stage and give away one of our custom Rocketcaster guitars.  This is the sixth Rocket “guitar giveaway” we’ve done at an IBM conference and it was still as exciting as the first time we did it.  Then the lights went down and the one and only Grace Potter came out and rocked the house for the rest of the night.

Grace Potter at IBM Edge2015

All of us at Rocket thank IBM and IBM Edge attendees for a great conference and a great week.

The boarding doors are about to close.  I’ll see you in Denver (then Austin, Chicago, Fort Wayne, and Troy) shortly to continue celebrating Rocket 25 together!

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Andy Youniss co-founded Rocket Software in 1990 and continues to be the company's main driving force. Andy successfully established and actively manages Rocket's largest OEM partnerships and is guiding the company's growth through technology investments, acquisitions, new product lines, and strategic partnerships. Prior to founding Rocket Software, Andy was the development manager for DB View Inc., a software company specializing in DB2 database tools. Previously, he was a programmer/analyst at American Management Systems, and was also a project development consultant. Andy holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

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