Join the Rocket team at IBM World of Watson 2016!

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IBM World of Watson Rocket Software

It may be hard to believe, but the first-ever IBM World of Watson event is just a few weeks away. We’re excited to be the Marquee Sponsor for this event once again, and the Rocket team has a lot going on in and around the Mandalay Bay while World of Watson is taking place. If you (or members of your team) are planning to attend, here are a few places you’ll find us:

On the Cognitive Concourse

We’ll be set up at booth #500. Stop by, say hello, and register to win a guitar that we’ll be giving away.

Party with The Rocket Band

CEO Andy Youniss and The Rocket Band will be playing an opening set at Tuesday night’s Rock the Mainframe party, taking place at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. You’ll need to get a “z” pin from the IBM team to get in, and doors open at 7:20 pm. This event is first-come, first-served, so don’t be late!

Check out a breakout session (or 14)

World of Watson isn’t just about having fun–it’s also about learning new things you can use when you get back to the office. On every day of the event, you have a chance to attend breakout sessions led by Rocketeers and IBM employees discussing Rocket solutions including data virtualization, collaborative BI, and DB2 tools. Come learn something new, and be sure to say hello.

Monday, October 24th
Time Session Title Speakers Session number Location
10:00pm – 10:45pm Using Mainframe Data Virtualization to Accelerate Digital Business Transformation Bryan Smith, Vice President Research & Development and Chief Technology Officer, Rocket Software 3975 Breakers G
1:00pm – 1:45pm What’s New in Database Tools: IBM Data Server Driver, DB2 Connect and DB2 Advanced Recovery Feature Anson Kokkat, IBM 2684 Palm D
3:00pm – 3:45pm Best Practices for Protecting Sensitive, Mission-Critical z/OS Data with zSecure and Guardium Cindy Fung, IBM
Julie Bergh, IBM
Howard Hirsch, IBM
Barry Davis, Rocket Software
2971 South Pacific H
3:00pm – 3:45pm How Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Modernized Its DB2 Utilities to Save Time and Money Perry Shindle, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Baha Majid, IBM
1621 Mandalay Bay – Jasmine A
4:00pm – 4:45pm Intro to Open Source on z/OS: Develop in Python, SparkR, and PHP on z/OS with Open Source Tools Joe Devlin, VP of Software Development, Rocket Software
Peter Fandel, Senior Manager Software Engineering, Rocket Software
4086 Jasmine E
Tuesday, October 25th
1:00pm – 1:45pm Scenarios for z Systems-Centric Data Lake Implementations Eberhard Hechler, IBM
Thomas Kraus, IBM
Jeff Josten, IBM
1105 Mandalay Bay – Jasmine F
1:00pm – 1:45pm Levering Operational Analytics to enable Self Managing DB2 Tim Willging, Distinguished Engineer, Database Tools Architect & Strategist, Rocket Software 4091 Islander F
4:00pm – 4:45pm Leveraging IT Operational Analytics with IBM IMS Tools and Spark on z Systems Ron Bisceglia, Rocket Software 2499 Mandalay Bay – Jasmine A
Wednesday, October 26th
9:00am – 9:45am Information at the Speed of Thought: How Social Business Solutions Power Collaborative Analytics Patrick Spedding, Rocket Software
Natalya Makarnyaeva, Rocket Software
1202 Breakers F
4:00pm – 4:45pm Advanced DB2 Recovery Analytics Using Spark on z/OS and Machine Learning Patterns Jim Reed, IBM
Timm Zimmermann, Rocket Software
2695 Mandalay Bay – Jasmine A
Thursday, October 27th
9:00am – 9:45am DB2 z/OS Accelerator/Loader Integration at American International Group Peter Bongiovanni, American Intl Group, Client
Anthonty Ciabattoni, Rocket Software
Bill Anani, USA, Client
1322 Mandalay Bay – Jasmine F
11:00am – 11:45am Enterprise Data: Don’t Move It—Analyze It In-Place with IBM DB2 Query Management Facility Udo Hertz, IBM;
Doug Anderson, Rocket Software
Linus Olson, Rocket Software
2003 Mandalay Bay – Jasmine F
11:00am – 11:45am Query Performance Enhancements That Will Keep Your DB2 Systems Running At Their Best Anson Kokkat, IBM 3054 Palm D
1:00pm – 1:45pm Stories from the Front Line on Improving DB2 for z/OS Availability and Operations Bharath Nunepalli, HCA
John Tillman, HCA
Anthony Ciabattoni, Rocket Software
1112 Mandalay Bay – Jasmine F

If you’re interested in a personalized demo of Rocket solutions, you can stop by our booth and one of our team members will schedule something that accommodates your schedule.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone!

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Matthew West

Director of Content Marketing at Rocket Software
I like plate reverb, Rat pedals, Thai curry, New Weird fiction, my kids, Vespas, Jazzmasters, my wife & Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not necessarily in that order. Director of Content Marketing here at Rocket.

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