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IBM Forum 2011 Presents a View into the Future

This year’s event features a distinguished international cast of lecturers, divided into five topic groups, who will provide 50 lectures, the Watson Super Computer, IT solutions for the future and examples of good practice from Slovenia and the world.

Ljubljana, 6th April – The 15th IBM Forum began in Portorož today. Over the course of today and tomorrow, over 800 participants will hear internationally acclaimed experts discuss examples of good practice from Slovenia and abroad. The evening lecture, which is always a highlight in terms of its content, will be given by Peter J. Korsten, the global leader of the IBM Institute for Business Value and one of the top consultants in the world. The two-day event will also be marked by the 100th anniversary of IBM. It will be concluded by a conversation with Peter Florjančič, a Slovenian inventor and a cosmopolitan character.

For the 15th consecutive year, the two-day IBM Forum event is highlighting global trends in IT's future direction. “Today, as the need for constant progress is as distinctive as never before, only bold ideas count. Ideas which shift boundaries,” said Roman Koritnik, General Manager of IBM Slovenia, in his opening speech to the IBM Forum participants. This year’s IBM Forum lectures are divided into five topic groups: Cloud Computing, Smarter Planet – Reference Stories, Smarter Decisions, Smarter Infrastructure and Smarter Work.

This year's IBM Forum is no exception in terms of attracting the most distinguished guests, the most prominent being Peter J. Korsten, the global leader of the IBM Institute for Business Value. He has been ranked among the top 25 consultants in the world by the Consulting Magazine and has been awarded the Dutch Star twice. During his evening lecture on 6th April, he will take the IBM Forum participants and select Slovenian managers on an interactive journey through the changes that await companies over the next ten years.

In the plenary part of the event, the participants were greeted by David Stokes, General Manager, IBM Central and Eastern Europe, who presented the ways in which IBM Slovenia and its solutions can contribute to keeping the Slovenian economy on its path to realising its development strategy for the 2013–2020 period, while Tom Rosamilia, General Manager, IBM Power and Systems z, spoke about the capabilities of IBM’s Watson Super Computer and the challenges related to artificial intelligence.

This year, IBM is marking its 100th anniversary. “An entire century has passed since Thomas J. Watson established a company with a vision encompassed in its famous slogan "THINK", and more than 70 years have passed since IBM became present in Slovenia,” Roman Koritnik, General Manager of IBM Slovenia, pointed out. Since its beginnings, IBM has created an abundant legacy of knowledge and witnessed the numerous historical events of the 20th century, which are being presented at IBM Forum within special exhibition areas prepared by the sponsors of the event.

IBM Forum will conclude tomorrow, on 7th April, with an afternoon lecture in which participants will be able to hear all about the turbulent life path of Peter Florjančič, the Slovenian inventor and a cosmopolitan character.

Further information: Tanja Subotič, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, IBM Slovenia, telephone number: +386 1 479 69 03, Fax: + 386 1 479 66 01, e-mail: tanja.subotic@si.ibm.com, www.ibm.si.