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Get connected to IBM and industry experts, colleagues and many others who share experiences with System x and BladeCenter. Discover ways to connect with people who share your interest in seeking technical advice, solving problems, getting questions answered and more. Learn more below and meet some great people along the way.

Meet the experts

  • Chris Johnson

    Marketing Segment Manager for System x
    IBM System x, x86 Competitive Tools, Sales Enablement

Elisabeth Stahl

Chief Technical Strategist, Performance Marketing

Elisabeth Stahl is Chief Technical Strategist, Performance Marketing for the IBM Systems and Technology Group and has been working in systems performance for over 25 years. Elisabeth’s blog is designed for the open exchange of ideas relating to systems performance and benchmarking.

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Cliff Kinard

Social Media Strategist & Sr. Marketing Manager

Cliff is one of the new "intrapreneurs" at IBM, Cliff was digital...when digital wasn't cool or profitable. Today, he is helping reinvent the IBM System x server team's social media and internet marketing approach to engaging customers in the x86, Intel® and AMD server hardware market.

Cliff’s blog:

Cliff’s blog is an open discussion of ideas relating to IBM System x and BladeCenter® servers, with experts from multiple areas lending opinions on many topics: virtualisation, VMware, networking, systems management, Linux®... just to name a few.

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Barbara Beltrame

x86 & Cloud Competitive Specialist

Barbara is a competitive expert working with servers and cloud computing, part of an IBM worldwide team. She is a public speaker at IBM technical events and IBM Top Gun courses. In March 2011 she graduated with an MBA dissertation on the strategic implications of cloud computing for IBM x86 servers. She has been with IBM for 10 years.

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Meet the experts

  • Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson

    Marketing Segment Manager for System x
    IBM System x, x86 Competitive Tools, Sales Enablement

  • Joshua Miller

    Joshua Miller

    VMware Program Manager, IBM Systems & Technology Group, Pure Systems & Modular Software Development

  • Cliff Kinard

    Cliff Kinard

    Social Media Strategist & Sr. Marketing Manager

  • Dave Weber

    Dave Weber

    Program Director, Global Financial Markets, Wall Street Center of Excellence

  • Jill Caugherty

    Jill Caugherty

    Worldwide Market Management Offering Manager,
    IBM System x Rack & Tower Solutions

  • Pat Massey Byers

    Pat Massey Byers

    System x Linux and Open Virtualisation Business Development and Marketing Program Director

Pat Massey Byers

System x Linux and Open Virtualisation Business Development and Marketing Program Director

Within IBM's System x server organisation, Pat focuses on Linux, where she is responsible for business development, marketing, relationships with major Linux companies including Red Hat, SUSE and Canonical (Ubuntu) and manages IBM System x's Linux operating system product portfolios.

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Kevin Murray

Worldwide x86 Server Marketing Manager

Kevin is responsible for worldwide marketing programs for System x and BladeCenter. Kevin has a broad background in IT marketing and business line management, with over 15 years experience working with servers, networking, storage, and IT education.

Area of expertise

x86 based servers and networking, including System x and BladeCenter

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Barbara Beltrame

x86 & Cloud Competitive Specialist

Barbara is a competitive expert working with servers and cloud computing, part of an IBM worldwide team. She is a public speaker at IBM technical events and IBM Top Gun courses. In March 2011 she graduated with an MBA dissertation on the strategic implications of cloud computing for IBM x86 servers. She has been with IBM for 10 years.

Ways to connect with Barbara:

Elisabeth Stahl

Chief Technical Strategist, Performance Marketing

Elisabeth Stahl is Chief Technical Strategist, Performance Marketing for the IBM Systems and Technology Group and has been working in systems performance for over 25 years. Elisabeth’s blog is designed for the open exchange of ideas relating to systems performance and benchmarking.

Elisabeth's blog:

Other ways to connect with Elisabeth:

Elisabeth also recommends:

Dave Weber

Program Director, Global Financial Markets, Wall Street Center of Excellence

Dave is focused on System x and low latency technologies. He created and has been leading the IBM Wall Street Center of Excellence in New York City since 2008 and in 2011 has begun to expand the initiative globally. The Center has a particular focus on financial markets clients to help them solve their most challenging business objectives relating to ultra low latency computing, with technologies spanning solid state, hardware accelerators and acceleration techniques, network adapters and switches, as well as collaborating with partners and clients to drive new standards such as precision time. Dave also leads the IBM relationship with STAC®, the Securities Technology Analysis Center, which works with clients and vendors to create industry standard benchmarks for high-performance capital markets technologies.

Area of expertise

System x

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David Watts

IBM Redbooks project leader and author

David Watts is a Consulting IT Specialist in the IBM Redbooks® team in Raleigh, North Carolina in the USA. He manages residencies and produces IBM Redbooks publications for hardware and software topics that are related to IBM PureFlex, IBM System x, and IBM BladeCenter servers and associated client platforms. He has authored over 300 books and papers. David has worked for IBM both in the U.S. and Australia since 1989. He is an IBM Certified IT Specialist and a member of the IT Specialist Certification Review Board. David holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Queensland (Australia).

Area of expertise:

Product knowledge on Flex System, System x, and BladeCenter servers and options.

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David also recommends:

Cliff Kinard

Social Media Strategist & Sr. Marketing Manager

Cliff is one of the new "intrapreneurs" at IBM, Cliff was digital...when digital wasn't cool or profitable. Today, he is helping reinvent the IBM System x server team's social media and internet marketing approach to engaging customers in the x86, Intel® and AMD server hardware market.

Cliff’s blog:

Cliff’s blog is an open discussion of ideas relating to IBM System x and BladeCenter® servers, with experts from multiple areas lending opinions on many topics: virtualisation, VMware, networking, systems management, Linux®... just to name a few.

Other ways to connect with Cliff:

Cliff also recommends:

Chris Johnson

Marketing Segment Manager for System x
IBM System x, x86 Competitive Tools, Sales Enablement

Chris is a Marketing Manager for IBM System x, focused on sales enablement and competitive tools. He works closely with System x product managers, IBM sellers, and IBM Business Partners to provide the right resources and tools to enable all IBM System x sellers.

Other ways to connect with Chris

Otis Lackey

Worldwide System x Channel Marketing

Otis is the Marketing Manager for System x 1- and 2-socket rack and tower servers, including the best-selling IBM server, the System x3650 M3. He is a frequent speaker at customer, seller and Business Partner events, and manages communications to the IBM System x seller and Business Partner community.

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Otis recommends:

Joshua Miller

VMware Program Manager, IBM Systems & Technology Group, Pure Systems & Modular Software Development

Joshua Miller Josh is a Program Manager for a team that develops, manages, and releases VMware vSphere (ESXi) Hypervisor with IBM Customisation.

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Gaurav Chaudhry

Sr. Product Marketing Manager, System x HPC Solutions

Gaurav Chaudhry Gaurav is an enthusiastic, resourceful and results oriented professional with over 12 years of experience in business development, marketing, leading cross-functional teams, interfacing with customers, and product development.

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Ilya Krutov

Project Leader, ITSO Redbooks

Ilya KrutovIlya Krutov is a Project Leader at the ITSO Center in Raleigh and has been with IBM since 1998. Before he joined the ITSO, Ilya served in IBM as a Run Rate Team Leader, Portfolio Manager, Brand Manager, Technical Sales Specialist, and Certified Instructor. Ilya has expertise in IBM System x, BladeCenter, and Flex System products; server operating systems; and networking solutions. He has authored over 120 books, papers, Product Guides, and Solution Guides. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Moscow Engineering and Physics.

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Jill Caugherty

Worldwide Market Management Offering Manager,
IBM System x Rack & Tower Solutions

Jill CaughertyJill is a results-driven, collaborative Strategic Marketing Manager at IBM with a unique blend of strong technical and business experience and education.

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Vinay Kulkarni

IBM System x solutions and performance Engineer

Vinay Kulkarni Vinay leads a team that works with customers and account teams on pre-sales engagements and develops IBM x86 solutions based on Microsoft technologies.

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