Smarter Computing: What's Next. Ready Now.

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.

Laura Guio is currently Vice President and Storage Systems Business Line Executive, IBM STG

Laura is responsible for the Storage portfolio investment and business WW.

Laura was the Growth Markets Unit VP of Storage Sales from 4Q 2001 through 1Q 2012.  In that role she lead the Storage sales responsibilities of 149 countries driving over 1 billion in sales annually.

Prior to her current position, Laura was the Worldwide Storage Software Sales Executive where she was responsible for a large percentage of the overall Tivoli revenue in 2009.  In her 22 years at IBM, a significant portion of that was spent in Storage engineering and services which have prepared her to be a strong sales leader in the Storage space.

Prior to her current position she was the Director, Advanced Technology, Tivoli Software, IBM Software Group. She was responsible for WW advanced Technology across the Tivoli Storage suite of products.  Her teams spanned the globe and were key to core technical discussions, demos and proof of concepts that assist the sales organization in closing 500M in Tivoli revenue.

Laura lead a team of approximately 500 employees worldwide as the Director of Storage Software Development. She was responsible for the development of Tivoli’s suite of storage software offerings.

Her first executive position in IBM was as the Director of Storage Software Solutions and Interoperability, IBM Systems and Technology Group, where she managed IBM’s Independent Software Vendor relationships and service, support structure and implementation of IBM’s storage software solutions.  

In 1989, Ms. Guio joined IBM in San Jose, California.

Nigel joined GHY in 1988 and is currently the VP of Information Technology.  During his tenure Nigel has developed and grown the company’s Information Technology area to adapt to the demands of an information-intensive industry. Nigel is the architect and overseer of GHY’s technology backbone and infrastructure, oversees relationships with the company’s technology-related vendors, and is visionary in equipping GHY to meet its present and future challenges. Nigel is a founding member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Innovation Awards with the CIO Association of Canada, has spoken at many national and international conferences, and accepted the IBM/Common Innovation Award for Infrastructure on behalf of the company in Chicago in 2005.

Lori Beer is executive vice president of Specialty Businesses and Information Technology, and a member of the executive leadership team for Indianapolis-based WellPoint, Inc. She is responsible for WellPoint’s Specialty Products, including dental, vision, life, disability and workers’ compensation, and its consumer-centric business 1-800 CONTACTS; Federal Government Solutions, which includes National Government Services (NGS) and the Federal Employee Plan (FEP); Information Technology; Information Management, and technology-driven innovation.

Overall, Ms. Beer and her team have P&L responsibility for more than 15 million Specialty lives and 3.3 million 1-800 CONTACTS consumers. Through Federal Government Solutions, she is also responsible for NGS’ federal contracts that serve nearly 23 million people with Medicare, and 1.5 million civilian federal employees, retirees and their dependents in WellPoint’s14-state service area who are enrolled in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s nation-wide Service Benefit Plan. She is also responsible for developing the first commercial health care applications of IBM’s Watson technology, which is expected to help improve the delivery of quality, evidence-based health care to millions of Americans.

Ms. Beer has more than 20 years of technology and related business experience, including more than 14 years at WellPoint. She has a proven track record of driving innovation, maximizing technology investments and delivering cost-efficiency.