Areas of Expertise

Clients from all over the world come to the IBM Systems Executive Briefing Center in Poughkeepsie to hear the latest information on IBM z Systems and other IBM product offerings. Linux on z Systems, Analytics and Cloud Computing are today’s hot topics, and our experts are ready to provide demos, workshops and discuss the latest offerings in these areas. Each topic and briefing is customized, so if you do not see a discussion point listed, do not worry. When planning your briefing, your briefing manager will develop an experience tailored for you and find the appropriate subject matter experts to address your challenges.

IBM Mainframe Systems

IBM z Systems offers legendary qualities of service, security, scalability, and industry leading virtual partitioning for z/OS, z/VM, and Linux. Our presentations can provide IBM z Systems updates, strategies, trends, directions, and futures. Poughkeepsie is home to mainframe development, which provides you with a deep pool of on-site IBM z Systems expertise and the opportunity to speak directly with our developers.

IBM z Systems software

Enables an optimized infrastructure, cloud delivery, and integration of operational data with analytics - driving new levels of performance and cost efficiency. This topic takes you through updates, strategies, and futures for all z Systems software offerings.

Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social and Security

IT Infrastructure matters. Learn what, why, and how infrastructure matters for Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social, and Security and how your organization can realize a competitive advantage building your IT infrastructure on z Systems.

Cloud Computing

By deploying cloud computing, or investing in IBM Cloud solutions, you can save money and provide unprecedented service to your end users. Discover the ideas behind Cloud Computing, the steps required to create a private cloud, and IBM Cloud offerings for IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS.

Total Cost of Ownership and z Systems

Total cost of ownership is more than the cost of the box. When you include all of the costs (purchase costs, administration, software licensing, depreciation, environmentals etc.), mainframe systems have been saving customers money. Find out how.

IBM System Storage

This topic covers the broad range of IBM storage offerings. The focus can be on the storage technology or DS8000 synergy with z Systems for a converged infrastructure. Subtopics can include: Disk technology overview and directions, IBM FlashSystems, Enterprise, and mid-range SAN storage, Tape Storage subsystems, and SAN Volume Controller.

Service Management

Learn how to provide visibility, control and automation across all business and IT assets to deliver higher value services.


As end users become more connected and the costs of a security breach in terms of financial impact and damage to corporate reputation and brand continue to increase, security is a growing concern.  IBM z Systems offer a rich set of built-in enterprise security capabilities to help simplify and improve operational security processes.  This session addresses risk management and compliance solutions as well as the security features that IBM builds into hardware technology.

Operating Systems (z/OS™, z/VM™, Linux®, AIX™)

This topic presents the business value that an operating system can provide. It can include a technical update on current operating systems as well as future plans or focus on the business benefits you can expect when selecting a particular operating system.

IBM DB2 Analytic Accelerator

You are now processing and analyzing larger quantities of structured and unstructured data. Learn how the IBM DB2 Analytic Accelerator works with zEnterprise to accelerate complex queries in a highly secure and available environment.

Business Analytics on z Systems

Structured and unstructured data can provide insights for your company if you can analyze it and draw conclusions from the results. Learn why z Systems provides a strong platform for this analytical work and what tools IBM has to assist in this process. Common subtopics would include: SPSS, Cognos and IDAA.

Linux Workshops

The Linux Live workshop will help you gain an understanding of the value of Linux on z Systems and z/VM. Are you deciding whether to deploy applications with Linux on the mainframe? This workshop will provide the basic skills necessary to launch a Linux on z Systems and z/VM trial evaluation. The workshop is modular, allowing you to choose what you want to see and learn, with minimal lecture and maximum hands-on, practicing a learning by doing methodology. Experimentation is encouraged.

IBM Power Systems™

IBM has become a leading UNIX systems provider by delivering more performance and reliability for clients' IT investments than other UNIX or Linux system providers. IBM's consistent delivery of POWER™ processor-based systems offers leadership performance and modular designs that grow easily with your workload needs. This performance assurance gives you the ability to focus on business innovation without being slowed down by the capability and flexibility of your IT infrastructure.

Business Resiliency / GDPS™

Business resiliency is manifested in business continuity strategies and a highly resilient infrastructure. Whether you need an introduction to the concepts, or a deep dive into technology and futures, we have subject matter experts in this complex area. Of course, continuous availability, disaster recovery, and business continuity are hallmarks of z Systems. We offer presentations on Parallel Sysplex and GDPS, the business resiliency solution for our mainframe systems.

New Workloads on z Systems

SOA, J2EE, and Cloud workloads can be hosted on z Systems. We are ready to discuss how experienced mainframe customers can grow their workloads or show new customers the consolidation that can be achieved with z Systems.

Energy Efficiency and Green IT

Efficient, green and optimized infrastructure and facilities use technologies and data center best practices that address facilities management and overall energy consumption in partnership with IT management. During this presentation, learn about IBM's products, best practices and capabilities to help you build and evolve a greener data center. The Green Data Center Showcase is conveniently located a short indoor walk away, We offer tours of this customer-oriented showcase of energy-efficient technologies in a working data center.

Development Test Floor Tours

See the largest concentration of MIPS and fiberchannel I/O in the world. Take a tour of the z Systems test facility located a short walk from the briefing center. Poughkeepsie is also home to the raised floor on which the world's fastest supercomputers are tested prior to delivery.

Manufacturing Tours

IBM z Systems and high-end Power servers are assembled, tested, and shipped throughout the world from this large facility across the parking lot from the briefing center.

Customer Solution Center Tours

IBM and non-IBM equipment are built and tested for customer-specific integrated solutions.

Contact IBM

We're here to help

Want to work with an IBM Executive Briefing Center close to your location? Select a center below for more details.

IBM Systems Client Centers