Meet, Greet…and Eat
It’s been a busy few days for Rocket at this year’s IBM Edge conference in Las Vegas. We’ve seen (and participated in) some great presentations about the future of data and computing, but it’s also been an opportunity for Rocketeers to connect with our colleagues at IBM, meet with industry experts, and spend time with the people who rely on IBM systems to run their organizations.
In order to mix business with pleasure, Rocket hosted two meetups so that we could connect with all of the great people here at Edge in an informal setting. One, hosted by Rocket CTO and mainframe evangelist Bryan Smith, was geared toward professionals working in the z Systems environment who wanted to kick back after a long day and enjoy relaxed, informal conversations. The second, for IBM Power Systems users, was hosted by Dan Magid, Rocket Software’s VP of Applications Development and DevOps & Chief Technologist for IBM i Solutions. Several hundred Edge attendees came to enjoy some food and drinks and meet with their peers in an informal setting.
“We wanted to give people a way to kick back after a long day and connect socially, not just in a structured setting,” says Smith. “It was a great way for old friends to reconnect, catch up, and learn what everyone is up to. Rocket enjoys sponsoring these kinds of events because they really help us focus on the people who work in z and i, not just on the technical and business sides.