IBM i CIO Summit Announced for October 2017

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Focus on potential of IBM i, peer discussions and problem solving

Seiden Group and System i Developer today announce their collaboration on a 2-day IBM i CIO Summit to be held October 16-17, 2017 in Minneapolis. The complimentary event is designed to help executive-level IT professionals understand the potential of today’s IBM i applications, and to help them overcome challenges they face in reaching that potential.

“Many CIOs don’t have a network of peers who fully understand the nature of the decisions they must make related to IBM i. They want to nurture IT innovation, but they face hurdles,” explains Alan Seiden, CEO of Seiden Group. “The purpose of the CIO Summit is to give IT leaders insight into how others have already addressed the issues they face and, for the longer term, to help create a community of peer advisors.”

The first day of the CIO Summit, held in the executive boardroom at Capella Tower in Minneapolis, will feature open discussions—facilitated by Seiden—on topics of interest to the group. Conversation will be supplemented by brief talks on select topics such as staffing and how to attract young RPG developers.

On the optional second day, CIO guests can join their developers at the RPG & DB2 Summit free of charge. The October 17 agenda includes sessions on such topics as IBM i development strategies; a roundtable discussion on “Future-Proofing Your IBM i Investment” led by Jon Paris, Susan Gantner and Paul Tuohy; time to network with other CIOs; and opportunities to socialize and brainstorm with their developers in an environment where leading development experts can answer questions on the spot.

According to System i Developer partner Paul Tuohy, collaborating on Seiden Group’s second CIO Summit helped fill a need expressed by RPG & DB2 Summit Alumni.

“One of the recurring themes we hear at the RPG & DB2 Summit is that development teams are looking for permission to innovate, but they need the support of their IT executives,” he says. “By inviting CIOs to join their developers at the RPG & DB2 Summit for a day, we hope to inspire discussions on the best opportunities to add value to the business through IT.”

The IBM i CIO Summit is a free, by-invitation-only event open to a limited number of CIOs or IT Directors who manage 3 or more developers. It is sponsored by IBM Systems Magazine.

For additional information and to request an invitation or nominate your CIO for the event, visit

About Seiden Group

Seiden Group specializes in innovative, reliable software solutions using PHP, IBM i, DB2, and open source technologies. We mentor and assist CIOs, IT Directors and IBM i teams in all phases of PHP development — from setting up the ideal PHP development environment to architecting and coding solutions that people love to use. With unparalleled performance and trouble-shooting services, our experienced team focuses on solving your immediate problem while helping your staff understand the causes and the best solution.