Larry has grown up with computers since his father became a CE in 1967. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Calvin College in 1982 and soon after began working on IBM midrange equipment with the S/34 and S/36. Larry began working on the As/400 at its introduction In 1988.After spending many years as a developer Larry began working on communications, networking, and systems management tasks. Years of working with SNA, SDLC, SNADS, APPC, APPN followed by Token Ring, Ethernet, and TCP/IP taught strong communications troubleshooting skills. In addition to networking on the IBM side Larry learned the infrastructure components of the network including switches routers and firewalls, working chiefly with Cisco equipment.In 15 years as an IBM Business partner Larry worked with IBMs systems from design through implementation and migration. He has worked on the smallest and largest and everything in between. He has been involved in many Beta and other early release programs with IBM. Larry has held more than 30 IBM certifications on the AS/400, iSeries, System i and Power Systems, including IBM Certified Advanced Technical Expert and is a contributing author to many IBM Certification tests.Larry is a frequent and award winning speaker at users groups around North America covering Systems design and management, networking and connectivity, work management, PTF, and Hardware Management Console topics. He has been a long time volunteer and speaker with COMMON and has been awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and also its highest Honor the Distinguished Service Award.
Wayne Bowers has been with IBM since 1997, where he works with the IBM i Global Support Center in Rochester MN. He is an Advisory Software Engineer specializing in the support of the IBM i Access (aka Client Access) products, Console, the TCP Telnet communications server, and the IFS.
Wayne has been developing and delivering presentations since 1999, and at COMMON and other User Groups and IBM Conferences since 2009.
Andrew Grant is a Senior Solutions Engineer with Systems Advisory Services in Auckland, New Zealand. Andrew is skilled in Service Delivery, Storage Area Network (SAN) and IBM i Storage. Andrew has worked on several following RedBooks for IBM, including: AS/400 Internet Security: Implementing AS/400 VPNs; IBM Network Station Enhancements – WAN deployment strategies; and AS/400 TCP/IP Auto-configuration – DNS and DHCP; IBM Network Station in an AS/400 Environment.
Rohit Sharma is Supervisor of IT Engineering – Operations at Penske Truck Leasing. Rohit has 12+ years experience on IBM i technologies in banking, manufacturing, food, timeshare, transportation and oil & gas domains. He works in IBM i system engineering, server and database administration, production support and development activities.
Max Valdman is an IT professional with an MBA and BS in Mechanical Engineering and over 20 years of IT experience, primarily in the Consumer Goods industry. He is currently an IT Manager for the world’s largest hammock manufacturer, The Hammock Source. Max is an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Group of IBM i Collaborators – MAGiC (www.magic-ug.org) and serves on the Advisory Committee of HarrisData, an enterprise software application company. Max and his family are enjoying the climates of Eastern North Carolina and Greenville, home of the ECU pirates.
Carol Woodbury is Vice President of Global Security Services at HelpSystems. Prior to joining HelpSystems, Carol was the co-founder and Vice President of SkyView Partners, a firm that specialized in security services and software for IBM i, AIX and Linux. Carol is an award-winning, world-renowned speaker in the area of security and compliance and is the former Chief Engineering Manager for Security at IBM for the iSeries system. Carol has over 25 years’ experience in the area of security and has authored several books, her most recent being– IBM i Security Administration and Compliance – and has written hundreds of articles in the area of security and compliance. Carol holds CISSP, CRISC and PCIP security certifications.