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2018 IBM Champions Named! Congrats to Scott Klement, Alan Seiden, Mike Pavlak, Liam Allan, Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, Paul Tuohy!

Expert Speakers

System i Developer is proud to bring you some of the most prominent speakers in the industry, renowned for their expertise in areas such as RPG, ILE, SQL, DB2, RSE/WDSC/RDi, and more. Benefit from the insight and experience these RPG & DB2 enthusiasts bring to their sessions.

"The Summit stands out as having great speakers who really reach out to folks." Joe Bailey

System i Developer Instructors
Susan Gantner
Jon Paris
Paul Tuohy
Guest Instructors
Scott Klement
Scott Forstie
Liam Allan
Ted Holt
Robert Bestgen
Doug Mack
Alan Seiden
Mike Pavlak
Stephanie Rabbani
Rob Bestgen & Doug Mack

 

Susan Gantner

www.partner400.com

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Susan's career has spanned over 30 years in the field of application development. She began as a programmer developing applications for corporations in Atlanta, Georgia, working with a variety of hardware and software platforms. She joined IBM in 1985 and quickly developed a close association with the Rochester laboratory during the development of the AS/400 system.

Susan worked in Rochester, Minnesota for 5 years in the AS/400 Technical Support Center. She later moved to the IBM Toronto Software Laboratory to provide technical support for programming languages and AD tools on IBM i.

Susan left IBM in 1999 to devote more time to teaching and consulting.Her primary emphasis is on enabling customers to take advantage of the latest programming and database technologies on IBM i.

Susan is a regular speaker at user group and other technical conferences around the world and holds a number of Speaker Excellence medals from COMMON.

Susan is a Technical Editor and regular author for IBM Systems Magazine.

Jon Paris

www.partner400.com

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Jon's IBM midrange career started when he fell in love with the System/38 while working as a consultant. This love affair ultimately led him to joining IBM.

In 1987, Jon was hired by the IBM Toronto Laboratory to work on the S/36 and S/38 COBOL compilers. Subsequently Jon became involved with the AS/400 and in particular COBOL/400.

In early 1989 Jon was transferred to the Languages Architecture and Planning Group, with particular responsibility for the COBOL and RPG languages. There he played a major role in the definition of the new RPG IV language and in promoting its use with IBM Business Partners and Users. He was also heavily involved in producing educational and other support materials and services related to other AS/400 programming languages and development tools, such as CODE/400 and VisualAge for RPG.

Jon left IBM in 1998 to focus on developing and delivering education focused on enhancing IBM i application development skills.

Jon is a frequent speaker at User Groups meetings and conferences around the world, and holds a number of speaker excellence awards from COMMON.

Jon is a Technical Editor and author with IBM Systems Magazine.

Paul Tuohy

www.comconadvisor.com

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Paul Tuohy, IBM Champion and author of Re-engineering RPG Legacy Applications and The Programmer's Guide to iSeries Navigator, is a prominent consultant/trainer/educators for application modernization and development technologies on the IBM Midrange. He currently holds positions as CEO of ComCon, a consultancy firm based in Dublin, Ireland, and founding partner of System i Developer, the consortium of top educators who produce the acclaimed RPG & DB2 Summit conference. Previously, he worked as IT Manager for Kodak Ireland Ltd. and Technical Director of Precision Software Ltd.

In addition to hosting and speaking at the RPG & DB2 Summit, Paul has been an award-winning speaker at COMMON, COMMON Europe Congress and other conferences throughout the world. His articles frequently appear in IBM Systems Magazine, The Four Hundred Guru, RPG Developer, and other leading publications.

Paul also produces the popular iTalk with Tuohy audio blog with IBM Systems Magazine.

Scott Klement

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www.scottklement.com

Scott Klement is a computer geek (just like you!). He is a Product Developer at Profound Logic Software, and an award winning writer and speaker in the IBM i community.

He lives with his wife and son in the Milwaukee WI area.

Scott Forstie

Scott Forstie is a Senior Technical Staff Member within IBM i development and spends most of his time working as the DB2 for i Business Architect. He has worked on IBM operating system development since joining IBM in 1989.

In addition to his development responsibilities, he is the IBM i developerWorks content manager and IBM i Technology Updates wiki owner.

Scott is a frequently published author, speaker at industry events and can be found @Forstie_IBMi and forstie@us.ibm.com. Scott is an avid runner and enjoys cooking.

Liam Allan

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Liam Allan, an IBM Champion, helps IBM i development teams modernize their applications and bridge the gap between traditional and modern development practices. Founder of Works of Barry, he specializes in DevOps, RPG, ILE, Node.js, PHP, PASE and open source. He also supports the community by creating open source tools — such as the ILEditor — that make IBM i development more intuitive for the next generation. His passion is to bring IBM i and the world of open-source closer together.

Ted Holt

Ted Holt has worked in the information industry for over 30 years, primarily with IBM midrange systems. He currently serves as senior technical editor and writer for the Four Hundred Guru newsletter, published by ITJungle.com.

Ted has taught at the university, community college and vocational-technical school levels. He is the author or co-author of six books, and has published hundreds of articles and technical tips in various publications. He currently works as a Senior Software Developer for Profound Logic Software.

Robert Bestgen

Rob Bestgen is an IBM DB2 for i architect and consultant. He has held a variety of roles including: database developer, database architect, Business Architect, chief architect of the DB2 for i SQL Query Engine (SQE), and product development manager. Rob is currently a proud member of the DB2 for i Lab Services team, helping customers utilize the amazing capabilities of DB2 for i, IBM i, and DB2 Web Query for i. Rob is also the product development manager for DB2 Web Query for i, the popular IBM i product for query reporting and analytics. Besides working directly with customers, he is also a frequent presenter at user conferences.

Doug Mack

Doug Mack is a DB2 for i and Business Intelligence Consultant in IBM’s Power Systems Lab Services organization.

Doug started his IBM career in 1980, and his thirty plus year career spans many roles, including product development, technical sales support, Business Intelligence Sales Specialist and DB2 for i Product Marketing Manager.

Doug is currently the Business Intelligence practice lead for the DB2 for i Center of Excellence team within IBM Rochester Lab Services. This team conducts many “getting started” and “query/400 modernization” services to help enable clients in moving to a more modern reporting and BI infrastructure.

Doug is a featured speaker at User Group conferences and meetings, IBM Technical Conferences and Executive Briefings, and has written many articles and white papers on the attributes of DB2 for i for analytics.

Doug holds a degree in Mathematics from Washington State University (Go COUGS) and is an avid soccer (football) player and fan!

Alan Seiden

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As an IBM Champion and founder of Seiden Group and Club Seiden, Alan and his team mentor CIOs and IBM i development teams on projects that involve integrations or high-performance web and mobile applications using IBM i business logic. He co-developed the PHP Toolkit with IBM, was one of the first Zend Framework certified engineers and a charter member of IBM/COMMON's PHP Advisory Board. An award-winning speaker, Alan has been called "the performance guru of PHP on IBM i."

Alan's passion for the IBM i community inspires him to host the CIO Summit twice per year and mentor talented younger developers within the Club Seiden forum.Contact him at Seiden Group (alan@seidengroup.com) or via his web site: seidengroup.com.

You can also subscribe to Alan's free PHP on IBM i newsletter at: seidengroup.com/tips.

Mike Pavlak

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Mike Pavlak has been working with IBM midrange solutions since 1992 and IBM Mainframes before that. After years of developing applications using RPG, CL and PHP he recently joined Fresche as senior IT Strategist.

Mike is an IBM Champion and lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, five kids and many pets.

Stephanie Rabbani

I have 14 years of experience developing web applications on the IBM i. I would love to hear about your application or what you are thinking of doing on your system.

 

Rob Bestgen & Doug Mack

Rob Bestgen is an IBM DB2 for i architect and consultant. He has held a variety of roles including: database developer, database architect, Business Architect, chief architect of the DB2 for i SQL Query Engine (SQE), and product development manager. Rob is currently a proud member of the DB2 for i Lab Services team, helping customers utilize the amazing capabilities of DB2 for i, IBM i, and DB2 Web Query for i. Rob is also the product development manager for DB2 Web Query for i, the popular IBM i product for query reporting and analytics. Besides working directly with customers, he is also a frequent presenter at user conferences.

Doug Mack is a DB2 for i and Business Intelligence Consultant in IBM’s Power Systems Lab Services organization.

Doug started his IBM career in 1980, and his thirty plus year career spans many roles, including product development, technical sales support, Business Intelligence Sales Specialist and DB2 for i Product Marketing Manager.

Doug is currently the Business Intelligence practice lead for the DB2 for i Center of Excellence team within IBM Rochester Lab Services. This team conducts many “getting started” and “query/400 modernization” services to help enable clients in moving to a more modern reporting and BI infrastructure.

Doug is a featured speaker at User Group conferences and meetings, IBM Technical Conferences and Executive Briefings, and has written many articles and white papers on the attributes of DB2 for i for analytics.

Doug holds a degree in Mathematics from Washington State University (Go COUGS) and is an avid soccer (football) player and fan!

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