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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
Barbara Morris
Mike Cain
Robert Bestgen
Alan Seiden
Liam Allan
Tom McKinley
Mike Pavlak
Scott Forstie
Ted Holt

 

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

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.

Barbara Morris

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

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.

Robert Bestgen

Rob Bestgen is a lead database architect working in the heart of the IBM i development lab in Rochester, MN. As chief architect of the DB2 SQL Query Engine (SQE) for DB2 for i, he has directed the team in providing SQE's numerous industry leading (and patented) capabilities. He is also a proud member of the DB2 for i Center of Excellence team, helping customers utilize the amazing capabilities of DB2 i and IBM i. He is a frequent presenter at customer briefings and customer conferences both domestically and internationally.

Alan Seiden

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."

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.

Liam Allan

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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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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