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StandOut Influence – How to Get People on Board
Connie Podesta, Author and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker
Monday, March 6, 2017

Successful people are GREAT influencers. They know how to get consensus, ownership and buy-in from the people who count — without manipulation, intimidation, sacrificing relationships or stepping on toes.

Bottom line: Getting the job done the right way hinges on your ability to "sell" yourself and your ideas in such a trusting and positive way that people will CHOOSE to: Follow your lead. Cooperate with you. Learn from you. Buy from you. Partner with you. And…support you so you can make things happen!

With a rare blend of laugh-out-loud humor, uncanny insight into human nature and killer persuasive strategies, Human Relations expert Connie Podesta will take you right inside the minds of the people you need to influence and impress.

You will learn how to negotiate differences, influence behaviors, change attitudes, overcome objections and close the deal so you can create an amazing network of PEOPLE who have one common goal: to willingly help you GET THE JOB DONE NOW!

About Connie Podesta

Connie Podesta is a game-changing, revenue-building, idea-generating ball of fire whose rare blend of humor, substance, and style have made her one of the most in-demand speakers in the world today. 25 years. Two million people. 1,000 organizations. Hall of Fame speaker. Award-winning author. Seven books. Former Radio/TV personality. Therapist for 30 years. Expert on the psychology of sales, leadership, change, life balance and getting your act together! Plus (what we all probably could use in today’s crazy world) … a comedienne.

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Tuesday Keynote

The Mainframe in the Digital Age: Not Just for Legacy Workloads
Peter Rutten, IDC (Sponsored by CA Technologies and  IBM Corporation)
Jonathan Adams, BMC Software
Hayden Lindsey, IBM Corporation, and Ashok Reddy, CA Technologies
Keith Sisson, Compuware

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Start your day by participating in this interactive series of TED-style talks focused on "The Mainframe in the Digital Age: Not Just for Legacy Workloads." There is a growing realization that innovation on the mainframe is actually feasible. Participants in a recent IDC study, co-sponsored by CA Technologies and IBM Corporation, have realized they can deliver innovation at a pace comparable to the rest of the IT organization. First, Peter Rutten from IDC will present the findings of this study, and Ashok Reddy from CA Technologies and Hayden Lindsey from IBM will continue the conversation by sharing case studies that illustrate how organizations are innovating on the mainframe. Keith Sisson will then walk through Compuware's journey to make the mainframe the center of their universe by moving everything that was mission critical and possible onto it. Finally, Jonathan Adams from BMC Software will highlight how digital business is having measurable effects on the mainframe, as illustrated by a recent BMC Software mainframe survey he will review.

About the Speakers

Peter RuttenPeter Rutten
Peter Rutten is a Research Manager, Server Solutions with IDC’s Enterprise Platforms Group. In this role, Rutten focuses on the high-end server market, including Unix, mainframes and high-end x86 servers. His research also covers subjects that are of critical importance to high-end server customers, such as high availability, big data and flash storage.

Prior to joining IDC, Rutten was a senior market and business analyst at innovation consulting firm GEN3 Partners, where he co-developed and executed a comprehensive methodology to provide objective customer data to the research and development (R&D) teams of Fortune 1000 companies. Rutten has also worked as a market and business strategist for several Silicon Valley tech start-ups and was an early developer of ebook business models at Cybergold, now MyPoints. He was a co-founder of Electric Word magazine, which became WIRED magazine, and served as the president and publisher of WIRED’s book division. Rutten has written several technology-related books for Random House and HarperCollins, and co-authored Where We Stand, a comparative study of economies in the developed world, published by Bantam Books.

He has spoken about new innovation methodologies to client forums, has been a speaker on ebooks at public conferences and on radio, and he has addressed emerging web trends to numerous audiences during book tours.

Rutten studied philosophy and political science at the University of Amsterdam and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Jonathan AdamsJonathan Adams
Jonathan Adams is vice president and general manager of ZSolutions at BMC Software. He leads product management and research and development for the company’s full suite of mainframe products. Since joining BMC in 1995, Adams has proved himself adept at significantly improving product reliability and delivering new releases that target customers’ top needs. He has held positions of increasing responsibility, leading product development for DB2, IMS and MainView solutions. During his tenure, he has led the acquisition and integration of technology for each of these areas while delivering new products, most recently with Next Generation Utilities for DB2 and MainView for Java Environments.  

Adams initiated and continues to lead the company’s Mainframe Cost Optimization mission, which focuses on delivering products to lower customers’ mainframe costs and provide them better availability. 

He began his career as a systems programmer for BellSouth Services after receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a master’s of business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Hayden Lindsey

Hayden Lindsey
Hayden Lindsey is vice president and distinguished engineer of Rational's Enterprise Modernization and Emerging Technologies group. He is based in Research Triangle Park, NC. In his current role, he is responsible for the development, product management, sales enablement and services of this portfolio. Lindsey has worked at IBM for 28 years and has held a variety of positions, including software developer, product architect, product manager, co-leader of the Eclipse tools platform, and director of the WebSphere Studio / Rational modeling and construction tools. Technically, Lindsey was an early adopter of object technology and Smalltalk, applying it in the areas of code generation, debugging, IDEs and performance. He has contributed 14 patents to IBM's portfolio. Lindsey is a 1985 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematical sciences.

Ashok ReddyAshok Reddy
Ashok Reddy is responsible for CA Technologies’ Mainframe and Automation Business unit and WW product organization, and is applying his 25+ years of software industry and technology expertise to Mission Critical Applications and Systems on z Systems, where he is setting the vision, strategy and direction to drive the organization to help CA’s customers with their business outcomes of Mainframe Economics, Business Agility, Skills, and Security and Compliance.  

Reddy joined CA in November 2015 from IBM, where he served as the vice president of the company’s API Economy and Hybrid Cloud Integration portfolio. Previously, Reddy has worked at Rational Software, Honeywell, Fluor and Novartis.

He holds MBA, Master of Science and bachelor's degrees in engineering, and is professional engineer (PE, California) with patents in IT governance and automation as well as several published papers. Reddy currently is pursuing a master’s degree at Georgia Tech in artificial intelligence and machine learning. He is an avid runner and has run multiple marathons, including those in New York City and San Francisco.

0023_003920170213_Sisson.jpgKeith Sisson
Keith Sisson is the Director of Technical Services at Compuware. His team is responsible for product manufacturing and delivery, and a wide range of software and services in support of the software engineering group. He has over 30 years of experience in operations, tech services and application development, and has provided IT consulting services to a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Keith holds a bachelor's degree in information systems from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.






Featured Presentation Moderator Richard Laible

SHARE Featured Presentation Moderator Richard LaibleAbout Richard Laible

Richard Laible got a magic kit for 50 cents and two cereal box tops. Since then he has toured the U.S. performing comedy, and is a founding member of The Annoyance Theater, Alumni of Chicago’s world-famous The Second City comedy theater. Laible has been seen in dozens of national commercials, fewer major motion pictures, and written and performed in hundreds of corporate industrials for numerous Fortune 500 companies including Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Cisco, Motorola, Sprint PCS, McDonalds, Ameritech, Kraft USA, Burger King, IBM, SAP and many, many more.