IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - May 2018 - 43
Technical solutions consultant,
Arbor Solutions Inc.
Richie Palma describes himself as
"a millennial who loves the platform and is actively growing the
next generation of IBM i talent." As
a consultant, he's helped many clients move off legacy applications
to IBM i 7.3 on IBM POWER8.
Palma founded Midrange Meetup
in Grand Rapids, Michigan, serves
on the strategic education team for
COMMON and the steering committee for Young i Professionals.
He regularly speaks at conferences
and user group meetings, and he's
active on social media.
"With a background and passion for lean manufacturing, my
mind is wired to seek the most
efficient means toward producing
a desired result," says Palma. "I
believe Power Systems-and especially IBM i-is the most efficient
compute platform for business."
Jon Paris' IBM midrange career
started when he fell in love with
the System/38 while working as a
consultant. This led him to joining
IBM, where he worked for more
than a decade. He left in the late
1990s to develop and provide
education focused on IBM i application development skills.
Through his conference
company, System i Developer,
Paris and his colleagues run two
RPG & DB2 Summit conferences
per year. He also speaks at user
groups and participates in online
forums related to IBM i application development.
"I spread the word about IBM
i and the hardware it runs on,"
says Paris. "Too many compa-
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is excited to
to the IBM i
Her desire is
to see IBM i clients and business
partners fully utilize the platform's
integrated features to secure
their systems and data.
Her 10 years of experience as a
chief engineering manager and
iSeries Security team leader at IBM
in Rochester, Minnesota, give Carol
a unique understanding of the
inner workings of IBM i. She doesn't
take this knowledge for granted.
Thanks to her experience working
with IBM business partners and
large clients, Carol has the ability
to listen to problems and architect
solutions that meet clients' unique
requirements. Listening to the
IBM i community and helping
organizations protect their systems
and information is her passion.
Carol shares her knowledge
of cybersecurity concerns and
vulnerabilities with her consulting
clients at HelpSystems and the
IBM i community as a whole
through her monthly webinars,
digital publications and live
seminars. She understands
that sharing her passion for the
platform will result in more secure
systems and data, and greater
appreciation for IBM i itself.
Vice president of Global Security
Systems Security Professional
Information Systems Control
(CRISC) and has her PCIP
marks the third
year that Tom
an IBM Champion. Tom also
looks forward to celebrating
three decades of IBM i thought
leadership at HelpSystems and
the 30-year anniversary of the
IBM i platform this year.
Tom's annual IBM i Marketplace
and AIX* community surveys have
become dominant authorities on
IBM Power Systems* activity. Often
cited by fellow IBM Champions
and IBMers alike, the results
provide valuable information on
the innovative ways companies
are using Power Systems servers
across the globe.
Tom discusses the results with
platform advocates and leaders
in the community, including
Timothy Prickett-Morgan, Susan
Gantner, Carol Woodbury, Brett
Murphy, Stefanie Chiras and
others. The consensus? The future
People are picking up opensource development tools,
adopting new data storage
technologies and virtualizing
their servers. It all points to a user
community that understands the
potential of this server and the role
it plays in their mixed environments.
Tom can't wait to see what IBM
users will do once they get their
hands on POWER9*.
Executive vice president
of Technical Solutions
Tom is executive vice president of
Technical Solutions at HelpSystems
and a subject matter expert on
automation, business continuity,
security and monitoring software.
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