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Susan Gantner's career has spanned over 30 years in the field of application development. She began as a programmer, developing applications for corporations in Atlanta, Georgia, and working with a variety of hardware and software platforms. She joined IBM in 1985 and quickly developed a close association with the Rochester laboratory during the development of the AS/400 system. She worked in Rochester, Minnesota, for five years in the AS/400 Technical Support Center. She later moved to the IBM Toronto Software Laboratory to provide technical support for programming languages and AD tools on the AS/400 and iSeries.
Susan left IBM in 1999 to devote more time to teaching and consulting. She co-authored one of the most popular System i Redbooks ever, Who Knew You Could Do That with RPG IV? She and partner Jon Paris make up Partner400, a consulting company focused on education and mentoring services related to application modernization. Susan is also part of System i Developer, a consortium of top educators on System i technology who produce the RPG & DB2 Summit events. Its members include Jon Paris, Paul Tuohy, Skip Marchesani, and Susan.
Jarek Miszczyk is a senior software engineer at the ISV Enablement organization in Rochester, Minnesota. His mission is to provide consulting services to independent software vendors (ISVs), large IBM clients, and other IBM organizations on issues related to DB2 for IBM i. Before joining the ISV Enablement organization in 2000, he worked for several years at the IBM International Technical Support Organization (ITSO), also in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was the leading author of several popular IBM Redbooks on databases.
Jarek holds a masters degree in computer science and has almost 20 years of experience in the computer field. His areas of expertise include cross-platform database programming, performance tuning, and database integration with emerging technologies (such as XML, Java, and Microsoft .NET). Recently, Jarek has expanded his interests into the area of virtualization and cloud computing. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jon Paris's IBM midrange career started when he fell in love with the System/38 while working as a consultant. This love affair led him to join IBM. In 1987, Jon was hired by the IBM Toronto Laboratory to work on the S/36 and S/38 COBOL compilers. Subsequently, Jon became involved with the AS/400 and in particular COBOL/400. In early 1989, Jon transferred to the Languages Architecture and Planning Group, with particular responsibility for the COBOL and RPG languages. There, he played a major role in the definition of the new RPG IV language and in promoting its use with IBM Business Partners and users. He was also heavily involved in producing educational and other support materials and services related to other AS/400 programming languages and development tools, such as CODE/400 and VisualAge for RPG. Jon left IBM in 1998 to develop and deliver education focused on enhancing AS/400 and iSeries application development skills.
Jon is a frequent speaker at user group meetings and conferences around the world, and he holds a number of speaker excellence awards. from COMMON.
Thomas M. Stockwell is an independent analyst and writer. He is the former editor in chief of MC Press Online and Midrange Computing magazine and has over 20 years of experience as a programmer, systems engineer, IT director, industry analyst, author, speaker, consultant, and editor.
Tom works from his home in the Napa Valley in California. He can be reached at ITincendiary.com.
Mike Tharp currently holds a position of Software Engineer at Jack Henry and Associates, Inc. Mike graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 1993 after obtaining his BS in Mathematics. He began his IT career after graduation at Contract Freighters Inc. located in Joplin, MO. Mike joined the JHA team in 2001 in the Special Projects division of the Installation Services group. In 2004, he was transferred to Research and Development where he now fulfills his developer role. Mike’s latest area of focus has been programming for performance. He has worked closely with IBM’s Lab Services group in resolving performance issues which has led to several trips to the Benchmark Center located in Rochester, MN.
Mike resides with his wife and two sons in Monett, Missouri, where they enjoy being outdoors playing baseball and attending minor league baseball games. He can be reached at email@example.com.