Tom McBride, IBM

January 17, 2006 FASUG Meeting

*Note: we are NOT allowed to tell you whether this presentation will or will not be about V5R4. The actual terms and conditions, as specified by Tom McBride are:
"Due to the sensitivity and timing of the material I will be presenting, I will not be providing softcopy nor handouts. Additionally, reporters/press are not to be allowed in the session, and those attending need to understand that we are presenting the information for their benefit alone and it should not be shared with the press. I'm sure you can appreciate the problems that could result from the information going completely public too soon. Your assistance and understanding here is greatly appreciated."

Our Speaker is Tom McBride ,iSeries System Chief Engineering Manager, who has worked in Rochester, MN for his entire IBM career, starting in 1979 on the S/38. He has throughout his career worn many hats and at times multiple hats at the same time. You will probably recognize many of his contributions.

His initial assignment was on Common Data Management on S/38. In Release 3 of S/38, he lead the rewrite of Common Data Management.

In 1986, Tom and his team developed a product called DDM/PC which allowed PC access to record oriented data on S/38, S/36, CICS, and AS/400.

From 1990 through 2004, Tom was the lead designer and architect for the Integrated File System (IFS) that was introduced in 1994.

From 1996 through 2001, Tom was the lead designer for Client Access which resulted in the creation of Client Access Express and ultimately the iSeries Access family. At the same time, Tom drove the revitalization of the System Interface from Green Screen to iSeries Navigator.

From 2001 through 2004, Tom was responsible for globalization of the OS/400 and is responsible for the Unicode support in the system.

From 2002 through 2004, Tom became the Lead Technologist for the Technical Chief Engineering Managers that worked on the core of i5/OS.

From 2004 to today, Tom is now the System Chief Engineering Manager in charge of the overall direction and plans for i5/OS. Tomís current rank is a Senior Technical Staff Member.

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