Informing the IBM Community

Soltis & Co keep the faith with iBelieve Tour



You’ll be able to catch some of the biggest names in the Power i industry around Europe in November.

Dr Frank Soltis, father of the AS/400, Steve Will, IBM’s head of Power Systems and Trevor Perry, leading evangelist for the platform, all feature on this year’s iBelieve Common Europe Tour.

The iBelieve roadshow will visit Oslo, Norway on November 10, Glattfelden, Switzerland, on November 12 and Vienna, Austria, on November 13.

The tour, which also features IBM’s uber-expert Alison Butterill as well as Maxava’s Matthew Ashton and looksoftware’s Paul Hodgkinson, then takes in Zakopane, Poland, on November 17, Einhoven, the Netherlands on November 19 and finishes up in Warwick, UK, on November 20.

iBelieve was organised by New Zealand HA specialists Maxava and Australian modernisation firm looksoftware (recently bought by Fresche Legacy) with Common Europe, the umbrella organisation for 15 national user groups. It follows a successful string of similarly-themed events last year.

This year, Frank Soltis is set to deliver some much-needed perspective on why the i makes a perfect cloud platform, Trevor Perry will talk about convincing management that IBM i is the right choice for your business and Alison Butterill will present of future directions for the i.

While some countries’ organisations like Common Benelux and Common Poland are effectively adding an iBelieve day to their existing annual conference agendas, others, including Common Norway, are hosting them as standalone events.

The UK’s i-UG is doing a bit of both by incorporating the iBelieve speakers (albeit without Steve Will) into its one-day Northern i-Power conference at IBM Warwick on November 20.

Attendees will also hear from‘s Steve Bradshaw (who is also i-UG’s technical director) on his favourite bits of IBM i 7.2, circuit favourite Paul Tuohy on development strategy and Typex’s John Taylor on disk housekeeping.

All the iBelieve tour dates are open to i users whether or not they are members of their national Common user group. You can register for them at the individual country links at the top of this article.

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