Speakers at the Spring 2017 Summit
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, WDSC, and more. Benefit from the insight and experience these RPG & DB2 enthusiasts bring to their sessions.
This is the great line up of speakers who presented at the March 2017 Summit.
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'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, 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 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.
Barbara Morris is the lead developer for the WDS compilers in the IBM Toronto Lab. She has been working on the RPG compilers since she started at IBM in 1989 after receiving a Computing Science degree from the University of Alberta. The first enhancement she developed was the ENDIF/ENDDO opcodes for RPG/400 in V2R1. Some of her more recent enhancements were Open Access: RPG Edition in 6.1 and the ability to sort and search data structure arrays in 7.1. Some of the other notable enhancements that she developed for RPG include subprocedures, qualified data structures, call-interaction with Java, and V5R4's native XML processing op-codes.
Barbara is a regular participant in several online RPG forums, and has published many articles about RPG.
Mike Cain is a Senior Technical Staff Member within the IBM Systems and Technology Group. He is also the team leader of the DB2 for i Center of Excellence, specializing in very large database, business intelligence and SQL query performance. Prior to his current position, he worked as an IBM AS/400 Systems Engineer and Technical Consultant. Before joining IBM in 1988, Mike worked as a System/38 programmer and DP Manager for a property and casualty insurance company. Mike has extensive experience working with customers and business partners, and uses this knowledge to influence the solutions, development and support processes. He is located in Rochester, MN USA.
Alan founded the Seiden Group consortium and Club Seiden to help IBM i shops become successful at creating web and mobile applications with PHP, RPG, DB2, and Zend Framework. Services range from individual mentoring and consulting to business analysis and large-scale development. Co-developer with IBM of the open-source PHP Toolkit, Alan was one of the first Zend Framework certified engineers, later co-founding the NYC Zend Framework Meetup. Alan was a charter member of IBM/COMMON's PHP Advisory Board and a consultant for IBM's manual PHP: Zend Core for i5/OS. An award-winning speaker, Alan has been called "the performance guru of PHP on IBM i," is a Zend Reseller Partner, and a member of the "Z Team."
Liam Allan is a 20 year young RPG developer. He's been working with the IBM i platform since 2014 (when he was 17) and mainly focuses on RPG with his career. But he loves to dabble in anything ILE + PASE and, among other things, he creates development tools in his "spare" time. His passion is to bring IBM i and the world of open-source closer together.
Tom McKinley works in the DB2 for i Center of Excellence at IBM in Rochester MN. His main focus is complex query performance associated with Business Intelligence running on very large databases.
He has worked as a developer and performance analyst in the database area since 1986, and some of his major pieces of work include the Symmetric Multiple Processing capabilities of DB2 for iSeries as well as support for Large Object data types. In addition he was on the original team that designed and built the SQL Query Engine (aka SQE) - the new DB2 UDB optimizer.
Prior to working in the database area, he worked on Licensed Internal Code for System 34 and System 36.
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 managed IT development and IT for power protection manufacturer Tripp Lite. Mike joined Zend Technologies as a Solutions Consultant working with the IBM sales team in 2008 and enjoys helping IBM i customers explore PHP as a state of the art solution for application modernization. In addition to several roles as a volunteer with COMMON the premier IBM midrange user group, Mike also teaches PHP classes part time at Moraine Valley Community College in Suburban Chicago.
Mike lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, 5 kids, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 rabbits, a leopard spotted ghecko, russian tortoise, fancy mouse and bunch of fish.
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.
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!