Smarter Computing in the New Era of IT

Rod Adkins is the senior VP for Systems and Technology Group, which encompasses all aspects of IBM’s semiconductor, server, storage, and system software with 2011 revenues of $19 billion. The company’s Integrated Supply Chain, which includes global manufacturing, procurement, order to cash, and customer fulfillment, also reports to him.

Mr. Adkins was named to this position in October 2009, after serving as senior vice president, Development and Manufacturing for Systems and Technology Group.

He sits on the IBM Operating Team, which drives the company’s financial and global business performance, and serves on the Board of Governors for the IBM Academy of Technology.

Dr. Colin Parris is the General Manager for IBM’s Power Systems business in the IBM Systems & Technology Group. Dr. Parris is also a member of the IBM Performance Team and the Integration and Values Team and sits on the Board of Governors of the IBM Academy of Technology. His previous roles include Vice President and Business Line Executive, Power Systems; Vice President, Systems Software Development and Lab Services; Vice President of Industry Solutions in IBM Research; and Vice President, Strategic Growth Development, responsible for the commercialization of the Blue Gene Supercomputer. Dr. Parris received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.E.E.) at the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters in the Science of Management (M.S.M) from Stanford University, (as a Sloan Fellow), a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (M.S.E.E.C.S) at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.) at Howard University. He has also received various technical and community honors and awards.

Brian J. Truskowski is the general manager of System Storage and Networking, IBM Systems and Technology Group.  He is responsible for strategy, product development, marketing, sales support, and program profitability for IBM’s storage and networking businesses, which include disk, tape, networking, storage software and solutions.  He is also responsible for driving the integration of storage and network solutions with IBM’s server, software, services and financing teams to deliver innovative new offerings for extended client value. 

Prior to this position, he was general manager, Internet Security Systems (ISS), IBM Global Technology Services (GTS).  In this role, Mr. Truskowski led ISS in its efforts to deliver world-class security solutions.  The ISS team delivered software, hardware and services capabilities that secure enterprise customers around the world. 

Since joining IBM in 1981, Mr. Truskowski has held a diverse series of technical and management assignments in IBM’s systems and services businesses.  He has served as IBM's global chief information officer (CIO), with responsibility for leading IBM’s transformation to an on demand enterprise through implementation of leading-edge information technology. 

Mr. Truskowski also served as technical assistant to Louis V. Gerstner, then IBM chairman and chief executive officer.  He is a member of the IBM Corporate Performance Team and Integration & Values Team. 

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University, a Master of Science degree in management of technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MBA from Winona State University, Minnesota.

Mr. Truskowski served on the College of Engineering National Advisory Council of Marquette University and the Society of Sloan Fellows of MIT Board of Governors.  He currently is a member of the board and secretary for the Land Conservancy of Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Satya Sharma is an IBM Fellow, and Chief Technology Officer, POWER Systems. In this role, he is driving Power Systems Strategic Priorities and Roadmap to deliver client value and differentiate Power systems in the market place. He also drives Power Stack technical roadmap both from internal IBM partners’ standpoint – Tivoli, DB2, WebSphere, etc. and from external ISVs standpoint.

Satya collaborates with clients extensively both informally, and in a structured fashion as a Chairperson of Technical Collaboration Council (TCC) – a customer body designed for collaboration with clients to develop Power Systems community and to provide extensive product feedback to IBM.

Satya has been associated with Power Systems Development since 1993 in different roles, including Chief  UNIX Architect during 2000-2005. Satya has been instrumental in driving AIX / POWER Systems innovation in key technology areas:

  • Scalability
  • Virtualization: Logical Partitioning (LPAR), Virtual I/O, Virtual Ethernet etc.
  • InfiniBand based Clustering
  • Workload and Resource Management
  • Accounting / Chargeback

For Satya's 20+ years of contributions to the IBM Company, he was appointed as one of only 75 IBM Fellows within our global technical community of more than 200,000 people.

In Dec. 2005, Satya was appointed to lead AIX Collaboration Center, established to collaborate with customers and ISVs, and Business Partners to drive innovation around AIX and Power architecture.

As Vice President, System z Global Sales, Paulo Carvao is accountable for the profitable growth of the System & Technology Group’s System z product line. In this role, he is focused on the execution of sales strategies to help clients leverage the platform as they transform and modernize their IT infrastructure. Paulo also oversees the global executive team responsible for the growth of the overall IBM System z stack, including hardware, software, services and financing assets.

Prior to this role, until September 2009, he was the IBM Software Group Vice President for WebSphere Foundation Sales. In that capacity, he led the worldwide sales team for IBM’s WebSphere Application Infrastructure portfolio (including the WebSphere Application Server across all platforms, distributed and host), DataPower SOA appliances, Voice technologies and the Application & Integration Middleware components of our System z mainframe software portfolio.

From April 2004 to September 2007, he was responsible for worldwide sales of large systems software. In that role he led the sales force responsible for System z software solutions, helping large or fast growing customers modernize and enhance productivity in their mainframe based environments while leveraging their infrastructure and application assets.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Carvao acted as the Vice President for Sales of the iSeries server brand in the Americas, responsible for sales of this midrange product to customers in the United States, Canada and Latin America.