Meet the professionals that will teach your IBM i Driveway to Watson sessions.

Rob Bestgen | Alison Butterill | Patty Clancy | John Eberhard

Scott Forstie | Jesse GorzinskiGreg Hintermeister | Doug Mack

Bill Rapp | Tim Rowe | Paul Tuohy

Rob Bestgen

Rob Bestgen is a Business Architect for IBM i, responsible for development strategy for systems management and external interfaces. He is also chief architect of the Db2 SQL Query Engine for DB2 i. Rob is also a member of the Db2 for i Center of Excellence team in lab services and does consulting and education in that role.

Alison Butterill

Alison ButterillAlison Butterill is the WW Product Offering Manager for IBM i. In this role, she works with the entire IBM i team to define the future of IBM i including the content for releases and technology refreshes. Her responsibilities include working with the IBM i sales, marketing, development and clients and partners to ensure that the IBM i Operating System and associated software products reflect their requirements.

Having worked in the mid-range area for more than 30 years, Alison has held a wide variety of positions at IBM, primarily with midrange servers and software. She has held a range of positions including field Systems Engineer, an instructor in Customer Technical Education, national support representative for IBM Canada and Worldwide Technical Marketing support representative for the development tools and compilers from the IBM Toronto Laboratory.

Alison is a regular speaker at industry and technical conferences around the world.

Patty Clancy

Patty ClancyPatty Clancy is Director, IBM Systems Transformation – Agile, Design Thinking, & DevOps. Patty joined IBM in 1992, after working for five years in IT at Mayo Clinic for Laboratory Medicine group. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Winona State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management –University of Minnesota. She has held many software engineering, people management and offering management positions in IBM across multiple divisions including Systems & Software – mainly focused on IBM i including optical, tape, print – Integrated PC Server, Database, Integrated File System, Journal, Java Toolbox, iAccess, Web Solutions, Java, PASE, Lotus and WebSphere products. Patty spent several years in Power Software Offering Management and was responsible for AIX, IBM i, Linux, PowerHA and PowerVM. Currently, she leads the IBM Systems Transformation team which drives several initiatives that enable teams to work in new ways to achieve their business commitments and accelerate their adoption of Agile, IBM Design Thinking and DevOps.

John Eberhard

John EberhardJohn Eberhard is a Software Engineer at IBM. He is an experienced Java and C programmer responsible for the Java access to Db2 on IBM i. In this role, John supports the native JDBC driver, which interfaces between Java and Db2. He has ported the support for Db2’s Java stored procedure and Java user defined functions from Db2 LUW’s codebase. The support allows stored procedures and user defined functions to be written in the Java language. Recently, John’s responsibilities have been extended to include the Java toolbox, which allows Java access to various IBM i resources.

Scott Forstie

Scott ForstieScott Forstie is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM. He is the Db2 for i Business Architect, working on all things related to the database on IBM i. Scott is responsible for everything related to Db2 for i. He is a frequently published author and speaker at industry events. He also is the content manager of the IBM i Technology Updates wiki, where IBM i operating system enhancements are described. He can be reached at or followed on Twitter @Forstie_IBMi. Scott enjoys running and is an avid cook.

Jesse Gorzinski

Jesse GorzinskiJesse Gorzinski works for the IBM i development lab in Rochester, MN. He is the Business Architect of open source technologies. Jesse, who was doing RPG programming at the age of 18, is an expert on application development on IBM i, as well as system access and modernization.

His hobbies include playing with his dog, replacing complex applications with 5-line Python programs and advocating for the use of new technologies on IBM i!

Prior to his 2006 employment at IBM, Jesse worked with the AS/400 as an I/T administrator for an IBM customer in the finance/mortgage industry, where he specialized in data backup/recovery, process optimization and information integrity. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science as well as a Master of Business Administration degree.

Greg Hintermeister

Greg HintermeisterGreg Hintermeister is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM focusing on user experience and is an IBM Master Inventor. As a member of the IBM Hybrid Cloud CTO office, he works across IBM Cloud to create innovative solutions to the problems most concerning to clients. Greg has extensive experience designing for IBM cloud, systems, IBM i and mobile. Additionally, he is a regular speaker at executive briefings and technical conferences. You can reach him at, Twitter @greghint and interact with his thoughts on user experience, inventing and more at

Doug Mack

Doug Mack’s career at IBM has spanned many roles, including product development on the S/38 and AS/400, Systems Engineer, Business Intelligence Specialist and Db2 for i Product Marketing Manager.

Doug currently leads the Analytics team within Power Systems Lab Services, delivering Query/400 modernization, Db2 Web Query, Data Warehouse design, training and implementation guidance services worldwide.

Bill Rapp

Bill RappBill Rapp is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect of the Watson Cognitive Healthcare Platform. As such, he is leading the technical team that is adapting Watson for use by the healthcare industry. Prior to this, Bill was the co-director of the Medical Imaging Informatics Innovation Center (MI3C) – a joint collaboration between IBM and Mayo Clinic – and Chief Technology Officer for IBM’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Division. Bill holds over two dozen technology patents and has co-authored numerous publications. Bill has 38 years of experience in system and software architectures, 15 of those in healthcare related technologies.

Tim Rowe

Tim RoweTim Rowe is the Business Architect for Application Development and Systems Management for IBM i. He is responsible for the content in the operating system and ecosystem that our IBM i Applications need to be successful today and in to the future. In addition, he owns the tools for Accessing and Managing the IBM i operating system. He spends much of his time ‘preaching’ the modernization story to our IBM i users. In his free time he works as a sound engineer, specifically live mixing.

Paul Tuohy

Paul TuohyPaul 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 is a 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.