IBM i Futures Conference - Speakers


Steve Bradshaw has worked in the IBM Business Partner world for over thirty years.
In 2008 he set up his practice (Rowton) and now spends his time time supporting clients or designing new IT solutions using a combination of Power servers, Intel and storage with a little extra cloud magic where it's needed.


Alison Butterill is the offering manager for IBM i. She owns the responsibility for the IBM i business, including defining and guiding future directions and strategies. She works with the IBM i sales, marketing, and development teams as well as clients and partners to ensure that the IBM i operating system and associated products reflect their requirements. Alison has worked in the mid-range area for more than 30 years and has held a wide variety of positions at IBM, primarily with midrange servers and software. She speaks at a wide variety of events, including industry and technical conferences around the world.


Joe Cropper is an IBM master inventor.


Technical Steering Committee(TSC). He contributes to a broad range of community efforts including platform support, build infrastructure, N-API, Release, as well as tools to help the community achieve quality with speed (ex: ci jobs, benchmarking and code coverage reporting). As IBM Node.js community lead, he works with IBM's internal teams to plan and facilitate their contributions to Node.js and v8 within the Node and Google communities. Past experience includes building IBM's Java runtime, building and operating client facing e-commerce applications, building PKI and symmetric based crypto solutions as well as a number of varied consulting engagements. In his spare time, he uses Node.js to automate his home and life for fun.


Koen Decorte is CEO of CD Invest, a Belgian ISV specialized in modernizing IBM i applications. Koen started his career in computer linguistics and in 1994 changed his focus to the internet, AS/400/IBM i and open source applications. He donated his own POP3 client written in RPG to the open source EASY400 community. Today CD Invest is proud of its state of the art applications and modernization projects. Koen and his team recently developed a web based 3D furniture configurator on IBM i for JORI, a high-end furniture manufacturer. This application won the BeNeLux Power 2016 Excellence Award. Another of his clients, Deknudt Frames, won the 2017 BeNeLux Power Excellence Award with their webshop application. Koen is IBM Fresh Face 2017 and IBM Champion 2018. 


With over 20 years working in the IBM i community previously at IBM and now with Zend by Perforce I have worked with a number of technologies on the POWER platform including cloud (PowerVC), Dev/Ops solutions (Docker, Chef), Open Source technologies (Linux, MySQL/MariaDB, PHP). I have expertise in a variety of technologies including virtualization, storage, networking, and operating systems including AIX, IBM i, and Linux. I am a frequent speaker at various user groups and technical conferences and have authored numerous articles on Linux, PHP, virtualization, and systems management. 


Jesse 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.


As Product Marketing Manager at LANSA, Tony draws on his experience as a former Information Systems Manager where he was responsible for developing enterprise applications. His broad range of experience includes leading a digital transformation initiative that included rewriting a custom legacy ERP system using the Visual LANSA low-code platform. Tony also specializes in software integration and has created custom data collection software for the manufacturing industry.


A leader in the IBM Systems community, Ian has managed IBM's worldwide portfolio of IBM PowerSystems software products, including AIX, IBM i, Linux, PowerVM and PowerHA. His specialties include worldwide brand and product management for enterprise IT systems, software and services.


Chris Koppe is responsible for overall portfolio strategy and or the Strategy Consulting organization at Fresche Solutions. He has led the development of legacy management strategies for hundreds of companies, across a variety of platforms, languages, databases, and technologies. This insight has allowed Chris to accumulate a wealth of best practice expertise that covers everything from discovery and planning through to deployment, project governance, audit and recovery for large-scale legacy management projects. Chris is widely recognized as a thought leader in legacy modernization and is a regular speaker at conferences, events, and in webinars. His expertise has helped companies worldwide develop and execute successful legacy management and modernization strategies. Chris joined Fresche 30 years ago and has occupied a wide variety of roles over that tenure. His varied technical and business experience helps him understand the relationship between IT modernization strategy and business improvement outcomes.


Benoit Marolleau is an Cloud Architect working at the IBM Client Center, Montpellier, Cognitive Systems AI & PowerAI Pre-Sales Architect. He started in 2006 as a Java Developer & Business Process Analyst and joined the Power Systems / IBM i Benchmark Center, helping customers and partners from all over the world in all industries in their Infrastructure transformation, with strong skills around Unix/Linux and IBM i, WebSphere performance, Stress Test & Solution Architecture Design. From 2013 to 2015, he was actively engaged in the design of Cloud Solutions for IBM Training Course Delivery WW, working on first of a kind projects using leading edge multi-vendors Cloud technologies and virtualization. He currently works at the Cognitive Systems / Linux & PowerAI Center, for Technical Pre-sales support in Europe. His focus areas are Power architecture for business critical applications, One AI Solutions (PowerAI & Watson) , IBM i modernization, Open Source & Cloud solutions architecture, DevOps & IBM Cloud, with a constant motivation: put the client first and bring value and innovation to our customers.


Pete Massiello has been working with the AS/400, iSeries, and IBM i since 1989, focusing on systems management and technical support. He is the President of iTech Solutions Group, an IBM Premier Business Partner delivering solutions and services to IBM i shops throughout the world. He is a member of IBM’s certification test-writing team, an IBM Certified Systems Expert with certifications in IBM i design, administration, LPAR, virtualization, implementation, and HMC management.

Pete has a B.S. in Computer Science from Hofstra University and an MBA from the University of New Haven. He was President of COMMON from 2010 to 2012, and again in 2014. He is a COMMON Hall of Fame speaker and a frequent speaker at user groups all over the world. In 2011, IBM established the Champions award for Power Systems, and Pete was one of the first recipients. In 2018, Pete was recognized as the first Lifetime IBM Power Systems Champion. 


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. Later Mike was instrumental in developing the adoption of PHP as a primary solution for web development on IBM i working with Zend Technologies. Today, as Solutions Architect with Profound Logic, Mike helps companies around the world approach the challenges of modernization and open source technologies. In addition to several roles as a volunteer with COMMON the premier IBM midrange user group, Mike also teaches PHP & Python classes part time at Moraine Valley Community College in Suburban Chicago. Mike lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, five kids, dog, cat, a leopard spotted gecko, Russian tortoise, and a half dozen fish.


Justin Reock has over 20 years’ experience working in various software roles and is an outspoken free software evangelist, delivering enterprise solutions and community education on databases, integration work, architecture, and technical leadership. He is currently the Chief Architect at OpenLogic by Perforce.


William Starke is the IBM Distinguished Engineer currently serving as Chief Architect/Engineer for the POWER10 microprocessor. Bill has been employed by IBM for over 30 years in several roles, spanning mainframe and Power systems performance analysis, logic design, and microarchitecture. Over the past two decades, his innovation and leadership have been focused on the cache hierarchies; coherence architectures and scaling capabilities; memory, I/O, and accelerator architectures; and system architectures underpinning several generations of Power Systems. Bill's work has resulted in the balanced scaling, RAS, energy efficiency, and performance characteristics that have established Power as the dominant platform for virtualization, consolidation, and mission critical AIX, IBM i, and enterprise Linux deployments, as well as the world's most powerful supercomputers.


Experience gained from leading major projects, including application modernization, at 100s of corporations has given Donna a well-rounded view of development needs, audit requirements, and testing principles.


Author of Ublu, an open source remote language for IBM i.  A Quantum Computing enthusiast, Jack is an IBM Qiskit Advocate. A consulting programmer with over 30 years' experience in open source, he specializes in open source based IBM i modernization.


Carol Woodbury is President and CTO of DXR Security – a firm dedicated to improving organizations’ IBM i Security – one step at a time. Carol is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and has her PCIP certification. She is also a member of the ISACA organization and has been named an IBM Champion since 2018. With over 25 years of experience in IT security, Carol is known worldwide as an expert in the area of computer security. During her career, Carol has architected security solutions for Fortune 100 companies as well as small- and medium-sized organizations. Carol is passionate about helping organizations understand and make use of the security features provided in the IBM i operating system.

Carol is an educator, architect, designer, implementer and an award-winning speaker and author. Her latest book, IBM i Security Administration and Compliance, 3rd edition is available from the MC Press Bookstore.