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Get connected to IBM and industry experts, colleagues and many others who share experiences with Power Systems, AIX, IBM i and Linux. The Power Systems Community has so many ways to connect with people who share your interest in seeking technical advice, solving problems, getting questions answered and more. Use the sections below to learn more and meet some great people along the way.

Perspectives from leading experts

Mike Cain

Team Leader, DB2 for i Center of Excellence

Mike Cain

Mike Cain is the team leader of the IBM DB2 for i Center of Excellence in Rochester Minnesota USA. Along with a team of highly skilled subject matter experts, Mike travels the world guiding, educating and supporting clients who want to get the most out of DB2 for IBM i. He specializes in SQL query performance and scalability, as well as very large database, business intelligence and analytics within the IBM i environment. Mike is a frequent speaker at technical conferences and user groups. He has spoken to and educated thousands of people on database concepts and information management at events across the United States, Europe and Asia.


Mike's blog: DB2 for i

This blog is used to provide insight and perspectives on data management using IBM i

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Steve Will

Chief Architect: IBM i Operating System

Steve Will

Steve is the Chief Architect for IBM i, a Power Systems operating system used by hundreds of thousands of enterprises world wide. He is a frequent speaker at client events, collects requirements from customer advisory groups, and works with professionals inside and outside IBM on future technology.


Steve's blog: You and i

This blog is used to discuss topics related to IBM i, including our strategy, benefits of the architecture, announcements, and news. It allows the large and passionate IBM i client community the ability to respond, have conversations about what we say, and make the blog really be about you and i.

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Elisabeth Stahl

Chief Technical Strategist, Performance Marketing

Elisabeth Stahl

Elisabeth Stahl is Chief Technical Strategist, Performance Marketing for the IBM Systems and Technology Group and has been working in systems performance for over 25 years.


Elisabeth's blog - benchmarkingblog

This blog is for the open exchange of ideas relating to systems performance and benchmarking. You can also find her on the IBM developerWorks blog - Benchmarking and systems performance


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Rob McNelly

IBM Premier Business Partner from Meridian IT Inc.

Rob McNelly

Rob McNelly got his first big break when he started working with three IBM AS/400's as a computer operator. Although he still remembers OS/400 fondly, he now spends most of his time with AIX and Linux on IBM Power servers. Rob spent six years with IBM Global Services in Boulder Colorado, and is now employed by IBM Premier Business Partner Meridian IT in a pre and post sales role. Rob is a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and an IBM Certified Advanced Technical Expert (CATE).

Rob has worked in computer operations, systems management, systems architecture, and planning for organizations ranging from healthcare to financial services to retail.


Rob's blog

AIXchange is meant to be an exchange of tips, ideas, and information around IBM's Power systems and AIX operating system. Although Rob tries to exclusively write about these topics, now and again you will find him reminiscing about computing environments from twenty years ago, along with observations on tools and techniques that are useful for system administrators.

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Dawn May

Senior Technical Staff Member

Dawn May

Dawn's current position is the technical lead for the IBM i Systems Software Development organization and IBM i Business Architect. In this position she has the responsibility for the overall strategy and plan for the core components of i.


Dawn's blog - i Can

The "i Can" blog is to share the "hidden gems" within IBM i. The name "i Can" is to convey the fact that IBM i can do more than most realize. The updates to this blog will generally be information about the latest features in the most current releases.

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Chris Gibson

AIX and PowerVM Specialist, Southern Cross Computer Systems

Chris Gibson

Chris Gibson is an AIX and PowerVM specialist located in Melbourne, Australia. An IBM CATE, AIX, Chris has over 10 years of AIX experience and 20 years working in IT, Chris is keen to share his knowledge with the AIX community. He works with clients to help design and implement AIX and PowerVM solutions running on the IBM Power platform. One of the co-authors of the IBM Redbooks publication, "NIM from A to Z in AIX 5L", Chris has also written numerous technical articles on AIX and PowerVM. A regular contributor to the IBM developerWorks AIX and UNIX technical library. His articles have covered many of the latest AIX and Power technologies, such as Micro-Partitioning, Virtual I/O, Live Partition Mobility and Active Memory Sharing. Chris also writes his own AIX blog on the IBM developerWorks website.

Here is a full list of all of Chris's published technical articles.


Chris's AIX blog

Chris's AIX blog is a place where ideas, information and experiences with AIX and PowerVM can be shared. Chris provides regular updates on his real-world experiences with AIX/PowerVM and offers advice on implementing these technologies. Chris hopes that by sharing his ideas with the AIX community, it will foster a culture of collaboration within the IBM developerWorks AIX community.

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Jeff Scheel

Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM's Linux Technology Centre

Jeff Scheel

Jeff Scheel, a Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM's Linux Technology Centre, serves as the PowerLinux Chief Architect. He directs IBM's technical investment in PowerLinux and works with customers and partners to solve problems with Linux on IBM Power Systems and PowerLinux servers.


Jeff's Blog: The PowerLinux Community

Jeff's a frequent contributor to the developerWorks PowerLinux community blog — providing answers to commonly asked questions, sharing insight from his travels and discussions with users, and highlighting key product and technical information. Join the community, follow along, and engage with other PowerLinux community members.

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David Bruce

WW Enterprise Power Systems Marketing

Steve Will

David Bruce is an IBM marketing manager responsible for Enterprise Power Systems. He works with Power Systems marketing and development teams to help identify and communicate the capabilities and benefits of Power Systems to clients. With more than 30 years with IBM, David has held positions in client hardware service, product development, offering management, sales, marketing, and management – all with a strong focus on applying technology to business problems and processes. David is fond of wide-open spaces, carpentry, and fresh air. You’ll find him occasionally tilting at windmills.


Architecture Matters

The intent of this blog is to discuss and help answer some of those questions about technology and architecture, and explore the benefits and the implications of different approaches. Should I choose private or public cloud for customer service? What’s the best way to integrate analytics for improved customer insights and a more personalized customer experience? What are the implications of bring your own device (BYOD) engagement models on data availability, security and privacy? We’ll explore these and other important questions through this blog.

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IBM Champions for Power Systems

IBM Champions are IT professionals, developers, and educators who lead and mentor others and help them make best use of IBM solutions and services. Get to know the IBM Champions for Power Systems! Visit the IBM Champions for Power Systems site and click their photos to see their full profiles.

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