i-POWER Midlands 2020 (This Year's Speakers)
Birgitta worked on the IBM i and its predecessors since 1992. She graduated with a business economics diploma, and started programming on the AS/400 in 1992. She worked and works as a traditional RPG Programmer but also as Database and Software Engineer, focusing on IBM i application and database modernization.
Currently she is self-employed and works in Consulting and Application and Database Modernization on IBM i and Db2 for i. Since July, 2019 she is occasionally working for Fresche Solutions Inc. (Montréal) as a contractor.
She also works in education as a trainer for RPG and SQL developers.
Since 2002 she has frequently spoken at the COMMON User Groups and other IBM i and Power Conferences in Germany, other European Countries, USA and Canada.
In addition, she is co-author of two IBM Redbooks and also the author of several articles and papers focusing on RPG and SQL for the ITP Verlag (a German publisher), IT Jungle Guru and IBM DeveloperWorks.
In 2015 she received the John Earl Speaker Scholarship Award. In 2018 she received the Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship Award.
IBM Champion 2020
Rudi van Helvoirt
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 GUI's, System Object Access that later evolved into System i Navigator and 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.
Rudi is member of the COMMON Europe Advisory Council, an IBM and End User Experts strategy think tank for the IBM i.
Mike Ryan 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 IBM Midrange and POWER systems, always seeking out the best way to configure, implement and get the very best out of all the systems, new and old.
In getting to grips with more and more ways to manage and bring out the most in IBMs POWER platform, Mike has embraced many new technologies, philosophies and methods to make use of the many flavours of O/S on the POWER systems and is well placed to make comment on current market trends and opportunities.
Now as the Chairman of i-UG and Common UK – and spurred on by IBM’s new-found love of the IBM i O/S- 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.
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.
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.
Andy Youens is an IBM i Consultant/Instructor at FormaServe, who has over 32 years IT experience working with IBM midrange servers.
His specialities are IBM i, RPG, PHP, CL, Zend Server, Zend Frameworks, SQL and DB2.
He is also an accomplished instructor and an article writer specialising in programming on the IBM i.
Prior to his IT career, Andy is proud to have served 10 years in the Royal Navy as a communications expert.