Lauren Arakawa is a Client Success Manager for North America evangelizing the value of data security on cloud to clients across the country. In Lauren’s current role, she is viewed as an ambassador to deliver new and existing business strategy and support for IBM’s data security on cloud. Lauren has been featured on IBM’s webcast – Riding the Data Privacy Wave – How Will You Stay Afloat? and worked alongside IBM CTO, Cindy Compert, to identify classification patterns for California Consumer Privacy Act.
John works with IT system users and translates their requirements into working systems or modifications to existing systems. He specializes in the use of CASE tool methodology, specifically Synon/2E. He is experienced with ASNA Visual RPG for .NET platform in addition to ILE RPG on the iSeries.
Raghunath Daita (Raghu) has been a Principal Software Engineer in the CA 2E Team for the past five years. He has over 11 years’ experience in the software industry on IBM i and allied technologies. He is based out of Hyderabad, India. Outside of work, he is an avid trekker with a love for the outdoors.
Don Estes has more than 40 years’ experience in IT, and has been specializing in application modernization since the late 1980s. He has worked with 6 different specialist modernization companies, and had his own independent consultancy in modernization for 20 years until accepting a position with Atos Syntel in 2016 to head up their modernization practice in North America. As part of his goal to eliminate risk in modernization projects, he developed the Dynamic Business Rule Extraction process, for which he was issued a patent in 2017.
He has a multi-disciplinary academic background, holding a degree in Physics from M.I.T. and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas. He lives in suburban Boston.
Christoph has spent more than tweny years in the IT industry in the areas of software development and project management. During this period he has held positions as senior consultant and development manager for several companies in Switzerland and the USA. Over the past fourteen years Christoph has managed CM First, focusing on the development of the MatchPoint Software Change Management solution and on creating enterprise software solutions for many different customers worldwide. Christoph holds a B.S. degree in Information Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He enjoys skiing in the slopes of Utah and competitive cycling.
Jon Kelly helps clients reduce IT risk and achieve regulatory compliance by protecting their data. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011 and began his IBM career selling middleware infrastructure solutions. Jon ran the Analytics SaaS business in the southeast for 4 years before moving to the client success team in support of the Data Security business, the role he presently occupies.
Andrew has over twenty years in the IT industry working in both the US and the UK. He began his career in the UK as a mainframe COBOL programmer, then stepped up to model-based design with Synon’s Obsydian product (now CA Plex). He joined Synon Professional Services in the USA as a software consultant, working with customers around the country. After two years, he joined Synon in the UK, then worked as an independent contractor for a number of companies around London. In 2006, he returned to the USA to join ADC Austin and then CM First, where he provides consultancy, mentoring, and training for CA Plex, CM WebClient, HSync and mobile development.
A strategist by profession, and an entrepreneur by design -Renu has led product directions and strategies in startups as well as big technology companies. Renu’s work is driven by the principles of delivering value to businesses, and productivity to her products’ users. Renu believes that technology should continue to evolve to become more relevant and applicable to not just new use cases but also to innovate the ways in which we do things today. Her products exemplify these principles.
As head of CM M3 sales, Mark is responsible for driving worldwide revenue, helping customers transform their legacy software assets into modern applications that exploit the latest technologies. He is also manages the company’s strategic partnerships with IBM, CA Technologies, and others. Prior to joining CM First, Mark spent several years as a marketing and sales executive selling software tools and modernization services worldwide for MicroFocus, Borland, TogetherSoft and Semantic Designs. Previously Mark was Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Xerox Corporation, and held leadership roles at IBM, Okidata and Radius Corporations.
Mark holds an MBA from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Away from the office, he is a competitive multi-hull sailboat racer, hiker and tennis player.
Marcel holds a Master of Science in Informatics degree, with a focus on business information systems and business processes. With an impressive college rap sheet, Marcel had already held three solid positions before graduating in 2015. With each position bringing their own unique challenges, Marcel has gained a deep understanding on everything from application development, to predictive analytics and cloud marketing. It’s no wonder that he’s now a solutions engineer for AXON IVY. From POC to implementation, Marcel has become the “go to” guide for AXON IVY. In his downtime, Marcel enjoys sailing, skiing, and anything that involves traveling with a backpack.
A founder of CM First Group in North America, John is a seasoned technology professional focused on enterprise software development. As an architect and project lead for Kraft Foods, John developed and managed large scale IBM i (CA 2E/Synon) and IBM z based business intelligence systems centered on logistics, transportation, and ERP. Later with CA Technologies and CM First Group, John has worked across different industries on the modernization and mobile/web enablement of CA 2E and CA Plex based systems. John holds a degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University and a Master’s from New York University, and enjoys boating and wakeboarding on Lake Austin.
Mark has worked in software development for over 20 years. He utilized his extensive experience in application development and web development to help CM First move forward in enhancing and modernizing. Mark is an expert in the using CA 2E (Synon 2E) for developing applications on the IBMi (AS400). Mark is particular interest in helping companies with 2E applications extend the life of their applications and modernize the applications to fit business needs.
Cybersecurity Specialist, IBM Security Guardium
John Sullivan is technical specialist covering North America for IBM Security Guardium Data Protection family of products. He has over 25 years of experience in various development, support, sales and deployment teams, working to help customers solve their complex security problems. John is based out of Austin, Texas.
Kiyoshi has worked with Synon, Sterling Software, and CA Technologies, and has devoted his career to CA Plex (and 2E). He was the one of the last core Plex architects and is an author of ObVariableGroupX and CA Plex .NET-Client (WPF) and many other features. Surprisingly, he doesn’t have a degree in Computer Science, but rather a degree in Agriculture Science.
Senior Product Manager with a rich background in both product marketing and product management, with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Product Launches, Pricing Strategy, Sales Enablement, Go-to-market Strategy, and Product Marketing. Strong professional with an MBA from Georgetown University – The McDonough School of Business.
Ramon Edgardo Castillo Núñez
Ingeniero en Sistemas, nacido en Choluteca, Honduras, 6 años desempeñándome en el área de Análisis, Desarrollo de Sistemas y Soluciones Informáticas en el rubro Estudiantil, Financiero y Control de Producción Agroindustrial.
Gerente de Producto de Soluciones de Información y Sistemas Automatizados S.A. (SODISA) actualmente con un aproximado de 12 proyectos en curso entre ellos Sistemas de Control Financiero, Control de Producción, Control Estudiantil-Cobros Bancarios y Supervisión de Proyecto Móvil.
Experiencia en Desarrollo e Implementación de Proyectos de Sistema de Información, Análisis y Programación, Desarrollo de Informes Dinámicos y Atención y Soporte al Cliente nacional e internacionalmente.
Participación en eventos nacionales e internacionales como CA Partner Fast Forward Panamá, Taller de Desarrollo de Aplicaciones Móviles Tegucigalpa – Honduras, Conferencia Internacional WebConfLatino Honduras, Simposio de Open Source Honduras, Simposio DBMS / Seguridad Informática y Desarrollo Web Honduras.
Hugo E. Rodríguez T.
Ingeniero de Sistemas, nacido en Guatemala, con más de 30 años de experiencia en el Análisis, Diseño, Desarrollo e Implementación de Sistemas de Información Bancarios, Financieros, Comerciales, Hospitalarios y de Producción Agroindustrial.
Gerente General de Soluciones de Información y Sistemas Automatizados, S.A. (SODISA) y presidente de Grupo SODISA a nivel centroamericano, empresa con contratos de desarrollo de software y servicios en Centroamérica y USA.
Experiencia en formulación de estrategias sobre tecnologías de la información en diferentes empresas a nivel Centroamérica.
Amplio conocimiento del mercado de bienes y servicios tecnológicos a nivel de la región centroamericana.
Participación en congresos internacionales en Montevideo, Uruguay, San Jose Costa Rica, Guatemala, Managua, Nicaragua, Austin, Texas y Montreal, Canadá promoviendo los servicios de personal técnico Hondureño en modalidad de nearshore services.