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

Rob BestgenJohn Eberhard | Scott Forstie | Jesse Gorzinski

Doug Mack | Sarah MackenzieTim Rowe

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.

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.

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.

Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah Mackenzie has been a developer on the IBM i query team since 2013. Prior to joining the query team, Sarah was a member of the IBM i database team.

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.