How to Succeed In The i Biz By Really Trying
June 20, 2011 Dan Burger
Brian May has been an integral part of the Young i Professionals organization since its inception. He is a frequent speaker at COMMON conferences and a member of several advisory committees for that organization. He’s a subject matter expert in RPG. Numerous local user groups have brought him in as a guest speaker. You might say he gets around.
A couple of months ago May landed at Profound Logic, where he is now an IBM i modernization specialist for the application development and modernization tool maker based in Dayton, Ohio. His primary project at this stage is rebuilding product documentation, which will be in a new online format. Other responsibilities will include technical sales support, product demonstrations for potential customers, handling support calls from existing customers, and working on customer projects that develop custom applications using Profound products.
Alex Roytman, CEO at Profound, says May is “a perfect fit because he is passionate about helping RPG shops modernize their code and helping them take advantage of everything RPG has to offer. This is very much in alignment with what Profound Logic is all about. He has a lot of insight and knowledge on RPG and the IBM i and is able to contribute to our mission right away.”
Because May is versatile as a techie and a communicator, and because he’s taken the time to cultivate these skills, he will also continue to be involved with the IBM midrange community at large. Profound is supportive of him being on the road and involved in the various user group activities.
In the past year, May has presented sessions at the Long Island Systems Users Group, the Fairfield AS/400 Users Group, and the North Eastern Systems Technology Users meetings, and he’s booked for another round at these LUGs this fall. He is also presenting four sessions at the OCEAN Tech Conference next month in Costa Mesa, California. One of those sessions is a roundtable meeting for the Young i Professionals.
Within the YiPs organization, May is involved in just about everything that goes on. He has helped with the Virtual Learning Center, the building of developer sandboxes for open source software such as Sugar CRM, WebERP, Mantis/400, and Moodle that are found on the YiPs Web site. Recruitment of new members into the group has also been one of his priorities, along with other YiPs leaders such as Aaron Bartell and Justin Porter.
At the COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition last month in Minneapolis, he presented four sessions on modern RPG topics. He is also a member of the COMMON Americas Advisory Council, which provides IBM with feedback and opinions on matters related to IBM i, and the lead volunteer for the COMMON Community and Networking Group. The YiPs group is one organization within the COMMON Community and Networking Group. By the way, May says this group is currently seeking more volunteers.
It’s satisfying to see a good guy like Brian May putting together a successful career in the IBM i niche. He hasn’t done it without trying.