IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - August 2017 - 32
X KELLY MASON
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NAME: Kelly Mason TITLE: Software engineer COMPANY NAME: Smalley Steel Ring COMPANY'S FUNCTION: Manufacturing
HEADQUARTERS: Lake Zurich, Illinois YEARS IN IT: 2
The biggest challenge our data
center is facing today is finding
young talented RPG programmers.
The next big thing for our
business will be the integration
of cognitive thinking.
My favorite IBM product is the
Watson* music maker.
If money were no object, the
one thing I'd purchase is an
My favorite activity outside
of work is playing pool.
My favorite musical artist is
The best movie I've seen
recently is "Into the Wild."
The geekiest thing I've ever
owned is a Tardis wallet.
If I were stuck on a desert
island, the one item I'd want is
a metal container.
The trend affecting my work is
the modernization of source code
to allow for younger programmers
to easily learn the syntax of RPG.
The favorite part of my day
is when the user sees the end
product and they express how
much it will help them.
I ended up in IT when I was
thinking about the jobs that
would last. I knew a career in
the medical field would always
be around, but I didn't want to
work with bedpans. Another field
that would be around would be
criminal justice, but I didn't want
to work with criminals, either. The
field that runs them both is IT. And
once I got into programming it
was a perfect fit.
My favorite or most impacting
book is "The Giver" by
The business skill I'd more
like to acquire or improve is
My guilty pleasure is Red Bull.
My greatest mentor has been
Jim Buck. I was fortunate to take
his classes at Gateway Technical
College. All of my success I owe
to him and the faith he has always
put into his students to be great
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