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Innovation Matters for the Next Generation Web

Location: 2016 Level: Novice

An introduction to the newest infrastructure innovation from IBM for the Web 2.0 build out environment. Solving the challenges of dense environments through optimized power and cooling technologies which reduce the cost to acquire and operate a massive scale out data center.

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Jim Gargan


Jim Gargan, Vice President, Business Line Executive, Modular Systems, leads marketing and product strategy and execution for the IBM’s multi-billion-dollar x86 business — the fastest growing x86 business in the world. Jim also serves as executive sponsor of “Express Seller,” an IBM initiative to advance productivity and profitability of Business Partners.

Jim brings extensive experience in branding, strategy, product marketing and operations to his current role as brand leader. Earlier in his IBM career, he was instrumental in creating and launching IBM’s x86 systems, particularly as chief marketing strategist for X-Architecture, the blueprint for IBM innovation and differentiation in the otherwise commoditized x86 market. He has more recently served as Vice President, Operations, System x, where he led an analysis and transformation of the System x supply chain.
Experience outside of IBM has given Jim a broad and unique industry perspective. He served three years as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer at Stratus, where he was responsible for all aspects of business development, product marketing, and corporate communications. Jim also spent 15 years at Digital Equipment Corporation, lastly as director of strategic alliances for commercial desktops.

Jim has an MBA from the Southern New Hampshire University Graduate School of Business, and he earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

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Gregg McKnight

IBM Modular Systems Development

Gregg is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM Modular Systems Development. He is responsible for technology leadership of Modular systems which include IBM rack servers and low-end storage for Systems i, Systems p, and Systems x.
Gregg is also an IBM Distinguished Engineer with over 23 Years experience with IBM. He has a Bachelors degree in Physics and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. He has extensive experience in server architecture, systems performance, systems design and customer requirements.

He is chair of the Technology Portfolio Review Board which does regular reviews of product technology strategy and direction.