IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - May 2017 - 43
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module for Lua (running in ILE).
He does a lot of open-source development to show that IBM i can be
like any other OS. "I want to show
people what they're missing out on
for going to less reliable hardware.
These operating systems are just as
capable as any other, but with lots
of benefits," he explains.
Bodily has also authored or
co-authored numerous technical documents, including
IBM Redbooks* publications. He
manages the PowerHA wiki. "It's
important to remind people that
not only are there alternatives to
Intel systems-there are superior
ones," Bodily explains.
Director of IBM i Innovation,
Shrirang "Ranga" Deshpande
President, COMMON Europe,
An IBM Power Systems Champion
since 2012, Aaron Bartell creates
new products and services for
Krengeltech on the IBM i platform.
Litmis Spaces (spaces.litmis.com)
is one such effort that brought
browser-based development of
IBM i open source to the masses
with the click of a button.
"PASE on IBM i is basically AIX,
and the majority of my time is
spent in PASE, so you could say I
spend time in AIX," he explains.
"I also work on Linux projects for
some customers when they prefer
that over PASE."
Bartell likes to spread the word
about Power Systems by teaching others. This includes writing
articles and aggregating news on
Twitter (@aaronbartell). "Technology not known about can't be
adopted," he says.
Senior IT Consultant,
Clear Technologies, Dallas
Now in his second year as a Power
Systems Champion, Shawn Bodily
provides presales-solution design
assistance and post-sales implementation services. His focus is on AIX
and Linux. His favorite channels to
spread the word about Power are
Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Now in his fifth year as a Champion,
Ranga Deshpande does volunteer
work to advance the IBM Power
Systems and IBM i community.
A user and advocate of IBM i
and Linux, his goal is to continue
building the COMMON Europe user
group with passion and an eye
toward the future. He's achieving
this goal by organizing education and networking activities
in international Power and IBM
i communities, reinvigorating
dormant user groups and involving graduate students in these
activities to let them discover the
strength of Power Systems for
themselves. He also participates in
advisory councils for the platform's
continuous improvement, as well
as enhancing the community
through social media, particularly
"Business executives and personnel wish to focus on boosting their
business. The strengths of IBM i on
Power is their best guarantee, today
and in future," says Deshpande.
"It's essential that Gen Z to Baby
Boomers know and embrace it."
Director, IT Down Under,
Anthony English was an inaugural IBM Champions in 2011. He
For almost 30
years, I've been
to meet, and
in a few cases,
be peers with
in the IBM midrange community.
A few of these people have been
formally assigned IBM's "Champion"
honor, but most of them are just
regular folks like you and me. No
matter, they are champions to me.
Co-workers, customers, students,
editors (especially editors)and
yes, even the occasional sales or
marketing person, comprise my
champions. I can't list you all here,
I hope you know who you are and
that I've made it clear that I am
grateful to you.
I'm sure you also have your
own group of personal champions.
Thank them when you get time.
They are precious.
Some of my champions are
no longer with us. Don't forget to
thank them, too. The other day,
I searched the web for an answer,
and sure enough, one of my
champions had the answer. Again.
I wish he could hear me say this,
"Thank you, Ernie Malaga. You are
ASNA Product Specialist, ASNA Inc.
Roger Pence has been working
with IBM midrange computers since
Jimmy Carter was president. He
spends his spare time coding and
listening to Flo and Eddie-era Mothers of Invention records.
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