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The Best Way to Master a Technology Is to Teach It to Others

John Soyring

Vice President, Solutions and Software
IBM Corporation

Conference Opening Keynote Presentation
Monday Morning, October 20

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John Soyring provides global business leadership for a multi-billion dollar annual revenue portion of the IBM software business. This role includes functional leadership for strategy, research & development, marketing & sales, business development, product support, and services related to the IBM offerings that include: software solutions for 17 industries; zSeries software products; and a set of software solutions related to emerging technologies, such as RFID, Retail On-Demand and speech recognition.

John was previously vice president and senior executive for the IBM Software Services and Support business unit. The Software Services business unit is a global IBM business with the mission of developing and delivering fee-based professional services for IBM’s clients and business partners to help these companies design, develop and deploy On Demand Business™ solutions using IBM's set of middleware software products, such as the WebSphere family of products.

John joined IBM in 1976 after graduating with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University. He later completed graduate studies in the fields of computer science, electrical engineering and business administration at the University of Minnesota and State University of New York.

During his career with IBM he has held a variety of technical, professional, managerial and executive positions within the company, including: leading IBM's programming centers in Charlotte, North Carolina (for retail banking software) and Austin, Texas (for personal computer software); leading the worldwide OEM sales business for personal computer software; leading the worldwide strategic relations business for personal software; leading the worldwide professional services business for network computing software; and vice president of IBM worldwide e-business operating systems solutions.