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Greg Lotko
zEnterprise – The Smarter Computing Choice – Interactive Panel on Why z
Greg Lotko, VP & Business Line Executive, System z, IBM Corporation
Kevin Barber, Associate Director, Medication Management Center, College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona
Monday, August 12

A new wave of computing is being powered by: Big Data, analytics, mobile and cloud. As a result, the IT environment is moving from stable to unpredictable workloads; from a static infrastructure to cloud services. But something just as meaningful and relevant has happened – businesses and organizations have been refining and optimizing their networks of suppliers and partners. Together, these shifts are connecting customers, employees and partners in new ways to organizations … and to each other. The most successful organizations are the ones who are providing better customer experiences. Greg Lotko, VP and Business Line Executive, along with a speaker from the University of Arizona -Pharmacy, will host an interactive discussion on how IBM System z’s strengths address the market shifts and position businesses and organizations for success in this new era of computing.

Greg Lotko is the Business Line Executive of the System z Division for IBM Systems & Technology Group, responsible for all facets of IBM's mainframe business including strategy, architecture, operations, technology development and overall financial performance.  Prior to his current position, he was Vice President of Warehouse Solutions, responsible for the Software Group, SWG, Information Management Warehouse Strategy and Solutions across databases and platforms.  He previously held other Executive and Senior Management positions in SWG between 2000 and 2010 including:  Director of DB2 for z/OS, Director of IMS, Director of Development for WebSphere Information Integration, Senior Manager of WW IMS Technical Support, and Head of Digital Media Development. 

Greg joined IBM in 1988 after obtaining his Computer Science degree from Clarkson University. He held a varietyKevinBarber.jpg of positions in CHQ Financial Systems as a programmer, business analyst, project manager (PM), and Manager supporting IBM's finance and accounting community. Greg joined IGS in 1998 where he became the Delivery Executive on a large Application Outsourcing account in the Insurance & Finance Industry and obtained certification as a Senior Executive Project Manager.

Kevin Barber is Associate Director of the Medication Management Center at the College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona.  He is responsible for the IT infrastructure, software development and product management of the applications developed and used by the business unit.  Prior to helping to found the MTM center in 2007 he worked for CSC participating in the implementation of the worlds largest HIPAA compliant Data warehouse for Blue Cross Blue Shield Associations Blue Health Intelligence solution.  Kevin has worked as a Systems Programmer for various banks and insurance companies supporting VM, VS and VSE and MVS environments.  He also served as Chief Technology Officer for a major Health Care software development and consulting firm and while there developed the most widely used, off the shelf, Data Warehouse system for health care payers.


Surviving in a Feudal Security World
Bruce Schneier, Chief Security Technology Officer, BT
Tuesday, August 13

Feudalism is an apt model for security today. We pledge our allegiance to service providers, and we expect them to provide us with security in return. More and more, this security is completely opaque; we cannot audit it, and we don't know details about how it works. This power relationship is fueled by two trends: the ubiquity of cloud services, and the increasing control by the manufacturers of our computing platforms. The security results vary, though. The average cloud provider does a better job at security than the average home user, but isn't nearly secure enough to satisfy the needs of many large corporations. Navigating this new world of feudal security is going to be the major challenge in the current decade. This talk examines both the challenges and the solutions.

Bruce Schneier is a security technologist, and called a “security guru” by The Economist. He is the author of 12 books, including his latest best-seller Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive as well as hundreds of articles and essays, and many more academic papers. His newsletter "Crypto-Gram," and his blog "Schneier on Security," are read by over 250,000 people. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, served on several government technical committees, and is regularly quoted in the press.