Mike Ryan i-UG Chairman

Mike has been associated with the IBM Mid-Range since 1977 and has made a career in Systems and Data Management.  Mike has grown with the systems, always seeking out the best way to configure and implement the systems and how to make our tools and applications get the best out of these configurations.  In getting to grips with more and more ways to manage and bring out the most in this unique Platform, Mike has embraced many new technologies, philosophies and methods and is well placed to make comment on current market trends and opportunities.  Now as the Chairman representing i-UG and Common UK, Mike is putting forward some challenging, independent and pragmatic views on the options we have for growing, adapting and looking after our systems and applications as the platform moves inexorably forward.

Steve Bradshaw
Steve Bradshaw - i-UG Technical Director and Rowton MD

Steve has worked in the IBM Business Partner world for over thirty years now and despite IBM’s best attempts I still love them 😉 In 2008 I set up my practice (Rowton) and now spend my 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. When I’m not looking after my own clients, I help run the UK’s largest IBM i User Group the i-UG and also serve on the Common Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) to helping IBM shape the future of IBM i. In 2019, IBM made me an IBM Champion in recognition of the work I have done to help and evangelise the IBM i platform, Happy Days 🙂 

Steve Cast - i-UG Marketing Director

Steve Cast started his career as an RPG programmer.  He’s held numerous technical and senior managerial roles and is now Managing Director of Redbourn Business Systems, a company he founded in 1994, CEO of AdvantageNFP Ltd, a company he founded in 2001, and IT Director at Bruni Erben.  Steve joined the i-UG board in 2020, and now leads the marketing activity.

Steve has a unique blend of technical and senior managerial skills.  This allows him to both assess the business benefit of change and to understand and advise on the technical delivery requirements for change.  Having supported the IBM CUA and i-UG for many years, Steve looks forward to his new challenge.  Raising the i-UG’s profile, meeting other likeminded i-UG members and delivering on the three tenets of the i-UG; Education, Information and Communication.  

Chris Fenn - Consultant

Chris is a Consultant with the IBM POWER team at Redbourn Business Systems.  His early technical career started with a background in Mainframe Systems Programming.  In the early 1990’s Chris joined the “AS/400” world, then IBM POWER systems and specialising in IBMi. During his career he has worked with some of the largest users on the platform, including JP Morgan and IBM.

Chris’s technical specialities are working with hardware and Operating System software to help Redbourn’s customers with operational and software maintenance challenges, facilities management, disaster recovery and system performance tuning.

Chris has had a long term relationship with the i-UG.  He’s worked with several organisations who actively support i-UG including Bluechip, Rowton IT and more recently at Redbourn Business Systems.

Andy Youens - Formaserve

Andy has been an IBM i Consultant/Instructor at FormaServe for over 30 years and has over 40 years IT experience working with S/34, S/36, AS400, iSeries & IBM i. These days, Andy’s skills range across IBM i, RPG, PHP, Zend Server, Zend Frameworks, SQL, DB2 & Node.js. An accomplished instructor & an article writer, Andy specialises in programming on and writing about the the IBM i Platform and you have probably seen many of his articles in PowerWire.  Prior to his career in IT, Andy is proud to have served 10 years in the Royal Navy as a communications expert.

David Spurway - IBM

David has been with IBM since 1995 and has spent a great deal of that time with the Power systems and has been IBM Power Systems Product Manager for the UK and Ireland for the past four years.  Originally concentrating on the AIX side of Power, David is an enthusiastic convert to the IBM i branch and is currently the Power Systems Manager with responsibility for the platform in all guises.  David has recently been very active in the AI and OpenSource part of IBM i and is constantly looking for real-life applications for this technology. 

No stranger to the group, David has presented on the benefits of the platform and where it is heading and remains an authority in this area.

Nnamdi Affia
Nnamdi Affia - IBM

A Technical Specialist within IBM Systems with a strong focus on Power hardware and software, as well as emerging IBM i Hybrid Cloud & AI strategies. I’m also a huge Linux fan and spend some of my free time contributing to the community whenever I encounter and (on some occasions) solve issues while building Linux From Scratch (my latest project!).

Jim Fisher
Jim Fisher - SoftLanding

Jim is a multi-disciplined IT leader with a passion for running commercial and technical business functions. He has worked in the IBM i sector for over 25 years, many of which have been spent designing and developing bespoke and off-the-shelf software packages for both IBM i and other platforms.

mike potter
Mike Potter - TechData

Mike is a Solution Architect from TechData. Mike enables IBM business partners to help develop new solutions and deliver technicatl expertise based on IBM technology’s.  Mike’s core area is infrastructure based, Power (Linux/AIX) and storage.

Mike is also the technical lead for TechData’s emerging/disruptive technologies, including cloud and application modernization. He also speaks at TechData and IBM events, appearing recently on the opening IBM storage keynote at IBM TechU 2020. Mike is an IBM Champion for Storage.

Nick Hampson - Fresche Solutions

Nick has extensive experience in Design, UX, Product Management, Innovation and Pre-Sales. Focused on bringing the business value of design and UX to IBM i customers and the community at large, Nick is recognised as a UX expert on IBM i.

Carol Woodbury
Carol Woodbury - DXR Security

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.

Paul Tuohy
Paul Tuohy - Prominent Consultant/Trainer/Educator

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 modernisation 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 podcast with IBM Systems Magazine.

Susan Gantner
Susan Gantner - IBM i Evangelist

Susan Gantner is an IBM i evangelist, specialising in modern application development, primarily with RPG and RDi. A developer, trainer and author, she is also an IBM Champion for Power Systems. Susan’s career began as a programmer in Atlanta on a variety of platforms. Then she met the IBM System/38 and decided to stick with it. The System/38 morphed into the AS/400, since renamed (a few times now) to IBM i. A developer, trainer and author, she is also an IBM Champion for Power Systems. After developing applications for 10 years, she joined IBM as a Systems Engineer and later worked in both the IBM Rochester and IBM Toronto labs, supporting developers on her favourite platform. She was part of the team who created the still popular IBM redbook, “Who Knew You Could Do That with RPG IV?” and the more recent “Modernizing IBM i Applications” redbook. She has authored a wide variety of articles on the subject of modern development tools, techniques and languages for IBM i for IBM Systems Magazine, IT Jungle and others. Susan now works with Jon Paris as half of Partner400 – teaching and writing about modern development techniques. She is also a part of System i Developer, hosts of the RPG & DB2 Summit. You can check out the collected works of Jon and Susan at authory.com/jonparisandsusangantner.

Rudi Van Helvoirt - Van Helvoirt Automatisering

Rudi started as a System/38 programmer in 1986. In 1989 he made the switch to system programming and systems management. Being passionate about systems management he founded van Helvoirt Automatisering in 1993. Rudi has enjoyed helping IBM i customers ever since for running their business applications. He is an early adopter of the IBM i Systems management GUI’s, System Object Access that later evolved into System i Navigator and more recently Navigator for i. He has been involved in IBM i BRMS for the past 15 years, helping to improve the backup strategy of IBM i data and also involved in improving IBM i Access Client Solutions and Administration Runtime Expert. Rudi is member of the COMMON Europe Advisory Council, an IBM and End User Experts strategy think tank for the IBM i. On top of that IBM made him an IBM Champion in 2020.

Birgitta Hauser
Birgitta Hauser - Independent Database & Software Architect

Birgitta Hauser has worked on the IBM i for more than 25 years.

Currently she is working in consulting and delivering support on application and database modernization.  She also works in education as a trainer for RPG and SQL developers. She speaks frequently at the COMMON User Groups and POWER Conferences in European Countries, USA and Canada.

Birgitta is co-author of 2 IBM Redbooks and the author of several articles focusing on RPG and SQL for a German publisher and IBM DeveloperWorks.

Jon Paris
Jon Paris - System i Developer

After working on a variety of systems for over a dozen years, Jon Paris was introduced to the System/38. This began a “love affair” that ultimately led him to join IBM’s Toronto laboratory, working on the S/3X and AS/400 compilers. While with IBM he played a major role in the definition of the RPG IV language and in promoting its use. Jon left IBM in 1998 to focus on providing IBM i users with education and consulting services to enhance their application development skills. Together with his partner Susan Gantner, Jon runs Partner400, a consulting company focused on application modernization on the IBM i platform. Partner400 are also one of the founding members of the System i Developer education consortium – hosts of the RPG & DB2 Summit events which are held twice annually. Jon and Susan also co-authored IBM’s Redbook for RPG programmers, entitled: Who Knew You Could Do That with RPG IV – A Sorcerer’s Guide to System Access and More. They are also technical editors for IBM Systems Magazine – IBM i Edition and authors for IT Jungle and other IBM i-related site. You can check out the collected works of Jon and Susan at authory.com/jonparisandsusangantner

Paul Tinker
Paul Tinker - Covenco Applied Technologies

Paul Tinker started off his IT career as a very young child as an operator on a System 38 in 1985 and has done pretty much all jobs up to IT Manager during his career whilst always staying loyal to IBM Midrange.  Worked across many industry sectors and have been with Covenco Applied Technologies for the last 9 years doing all things Power.  Hardware/OS/Operation/Sys Admin/Mimix etc.

Steve Hollingsworth
Steve Hollingsworth - Applied Technologies

Steve Hollingsworth has worked with IBM Midrange systems from 1991, originally IBM Sys36 and 38 and throughout the entire AS/400, RS/6000 and POWER solutions. He has strong background both commercially and technically, typically operating in a pre-sales/sales role for the IBMi team at Applied.

Michael Bogunovic
Michael Bogunovic - Applied Technologies

Michael Bogunovic has worked in the IBM mid range and main frame arena since 1983, specializing in AS/400 through power systems, iSeries, storage systems, and High Availability. Michael started on the hardware maintenance side of the business (series 1, system 32, 34, 36,38, AS/400,…….),and progressed through system design and implementation to consultancy.

Scott Forstie - Db2 for i Business Architect IBM

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.
Scott is a frequently published author, speaker at industry events around the globe and can be found @Forstie_IBMi and forstie@us.ibm.com. Scott is an avid runner and enjoys cooking.

Tim Rowe - Business Architect (IBM)

Tim Rowe is the Business Architect responsible for Application Development and Systems Management for the IBM i operating system. His responsibilities include helping to make sure that the IBM i has what is needed to be successful both today and into the future. He spends much of his time helping customers understand what is possible on our platform when it comes to modernization of both Application development practices as well as how to manage the system in new and better ways.

Stuart Milligan - Midrange Dynamics NA

Stuart Milligan is a Midrange Dynamics solutions architect and the product manager for MDRest4i. Co-author of two IBM Redbooks on midrange systems modernization and application engineering, Stuart has written numerous technical and management articles. Originally born and schooled in the UK, Stuart studied and worked in South Africa, India and Canada, before settling back in the UK in 2011. Over the past 25 years, Stuart has designed, built, & implemented IBM i modernization tools and services. After selling X-Analysis to Fresche Solutions in 2013, he founded the new IBM i technology Rest4i, before merging it with Midrange Dynamics in 2019. When not building, writing about, or implementing software, Stuart’s love of flyfishing, guitar, mountain-biking, and spending time with his wife and daughter soak up his enthusiasm for life.

Eddie Chaffin - ABP Foods

Eddie Chaffin is currently the Group Enterprise Architect – Power Systems & ERP at ABP Foods and operates out of the UK, Solihull offices. ABP is a world class food processing company concentrating on Beef and Lamb but with other divisions covering non-meat food production and Bio-oil reprocessing. Eddie has been working with IBM i technology for most of his 36 years of work, and has also spent time as a scientist in the Food Manufacturing Industry. During that time he has worked with Associated British Foods, Rank Hovis McDougall (IBM i), Unilever BestFoods (IBM i), EuroSourceLine (outsourced procurement management – IBM i), ABP UK (IBM i and Infor M3), Rexel (Electrical) (IBM i and Infor M3) and finally ABP Foods (IBM i and Infor M3). Eddies skills with IBM i, DB2 and Infor M3 places him in a central role and advisor for both IBM i users (where Eddie is on the i-UG Counsel) and Infor M3 users (where Eddie is on the M3UA Counsel.

Tom Huntingdon - Helpsystems

Tom Huntington is Executive Vice President of Technical Solutions at HelpSystems, and has been with the company for nearly 30 years. He helps manage the worldwide HelpSystems software engineer team that works to integrate and promote our automation and security solutions to partners and customers around the globe.

Tom often speaks on enterprise scheduling, security, automation topics, IBM i technology, and the HelpSystems products, and hosts technical presentations on a variety of automation topics. He is the author of the HelpSystems IBM i Marketplace Survey and has written articles on automated operations, security, cloud computing, and business intelligence for leading trade journals and newsletters. He was named an IBM Champion in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 for over three decades of advocation and thought leadership on the IBM i platform.

Jesse Gorzinski - IBM i Rochester

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 iSeries 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.

Keith Sonnet - Computer Aid International

Keith Sonnet has been the Chief Executive of Computer Aid International for the last 9 years. Computer Aid seeks to use digital technologies to overcome disadvantage and discrimination in environmentally sustainable ways. 

We have brought access to technology to over 14.5 million people We want to build a world where everyone has equal access to technology.