Innovation That Matters

  • November 7, 2017
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM




This session will focus on how ITS can utilize centralized IT products and services to support your mission to provide an IT statewide strategic direction, direct IT policy and deliver a centralized support structure that aligns with the State’s mission. We will focus on the people that utilize the technology; enabling an innovative way of exploring some of the techniques and tools for IBM Z enablement.

Your Hosts:

Bob Samson
Chief Information Officer

Steve LaFleche
Managing Director – NYS

Dexter Doyle
z Client Architect – NYS

Len Santalucia
Chief Technology Officer
Vicom Infinity



Time Session
08:30 AM Breakfast and Networking
09:00 AM Welcome
09:15 AM New Languages on IBM Z
Shereen Ghobrial, IBM Offering Manager, Compilers
10:00 AM Machine Learning / Apache Spark
Mythili Venkatakrishnan, IBM Distinguished Engineer
11:00 AM Pervasive Encryption
Nick Sardino, IBM zGrowth, Initiatives Program Director
12:00 PM Lunch Break – On Your Own
01:00 PM IBM Z in an API Economy
Jeff Bisti, IBM Hybrid Cloud Solutions Architect
02:00 PM IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator
Lester Mui, IBM zAnalytics Technical Specialist
02:45 PM Networking Break Time
03:00 PM Modernizing on Linux on IBM Z
Bruce Gilkes, IBM zSystems Hybrid Cloud
04:00 PM Adjourn


We’d like to give special thanks to the following organizations:




Venue Phone: (518) 437-8686

257 Fuller Road, Albany, New York, 12203, United States