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3rd December 2020


60 mins

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About this webinar:

IBM’s AS/400 series, launched in 1988, and better known these days as IBM i, has had a long and storied history. Three decades of continuous use mean that many enterprises working with IBM i have highly tailored and tightly bound business critical apps that are at the heart of operational workflows.

There are challenges on the horizon in modernisation and optimisation, cost management with the ever decreasing IT budget that has also been impacted by this year’s pandemic with high IT spend to enable remote working and business continuity.

And the undeniable emerging skills gap - the number of highly skilled staff able to develop and support IBM i is falling. It’s tougher to recruit, and many top engineers are approaching retirement age – leaving enterprises with a challenge in terms of how they will execute change and support applications over the long – or even short - term.

Join us as our expert panel discusses the way forward with IBM i and we unveil exclusive research into current challenges.




Claire Connor

Claire Connor

Mainframe Solution Architect

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Claire is a Mainframe Solution Architect, influencing strategic and tactical decisions throughout the business. Focusing on driving value for her clients through efficiencies and modernisation. She joined Ensono in February 2020 following 7 years with IBM.

David Spurway

David Spurway

IBM Power Systems Chief Technology Evangelist, UK and Ireland
IBM UKI Systems Partner Ecosystem Team

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"David Spurway is the Chief Technology Evangelist for IBM Power Systems in the UK and Ireland. As a member of the IBM Systems Partner Ecosystem Team and Technical Consultancy Group, David works with customers at all levels to resolve their challenges. David has been working in the IT industry for 25 years, in a range of different roles and positions. He regularly presents at events, discussing all things to do with IBM Power Systems, including AI, Cloud, AIX, IBM i, Linux and more. With the occasional unexpected LEGO element and/or superhero turning up as needed!"
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Tom Wright

Executive Director Incisive Works and Consulting Editor on Computing

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Tom has had a 20 year career in IT media, for most of that time working in senior management as a publisher with responsibility for large editorial teams. Tom launched Computing’s conference series and set up Computing’s research arm in 2011, with the aim of providing analyst-grade insight into IT trends to help professionals separate market fact from marketing fiction and so make better strategy decisions.

More recently Tom has headed up the Incisive Works business unit at Incisive, and as a Consulting Editor on Computing he’s written and published numerous research studies from cybersecurity to digital transformation.

John Leonard

John Leonard

Research Director, Incisive Media

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John Leonard is Group Research Director for the Enterprise Technology Group at Incisive Media. He has designed and conducted research studies and analyses covering many of the aspects of business technology that are driving the way we live and work today.


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