Amy McCormick

Principal Offering Manager – IBM MQ Distributed IBM Automation

Amy McCormick is the principal offering Manager for IBM MQ. Her main responsibilities are identifying trends in the Integration market with a specific focus on supporting messaging between applications, presenting innovative and creative product solutions, managing new product development and launches, monitoring the performance of existing products and services to ensure they deliver value for our clients around the world.

David Ware

Chief Architect of IBM MQ

David is the Chief Architect of IBM MQ, IBM’s enterprise grade message queueing solution. He has responsibility and a passion for driving the architecture and innovation of IBM MQ across all its many environments and form factors, from on-premise to the cloud. He spends much of his time working with MQ’s many users across the world, teaching and learning from their experiences, which all feed back into MQ’s future direction. He has been working with messaging solutions for many years, having performed most roles possible

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Nicholas Glowacki

Executive IT Specialist, IBM

Evangelist for IBMs integration Portfolio

Nick is a technical evangelist for IBMs integration portfolio working as a technical specialist exploring current trends and building leading edge solutions. He has spent the last 5 years working in the field and guiding a series of teams through their microservices journey. Before that he spent 5+ years in various other roles such as a developer, an architect and a IBM DataPower specialist. Over the course of his career he’s been a user of node, xsl, JSON, Docker, Solr, IBM API Connect, Kubernetes, Java, SOAP, XML, WAS, Docker, Filenet, MQ, C++, CastIron, IBM App Connect, IBM Integration Bus.

Peter D’Agosta,

Co-Founder and Chief Product Manager, Avada Software

Peter D’Agosta has been in IT for 35 years. Cofounder/COO and Product Manager at Avada Software, his background includes application and systems programming, enterprise architecture, consulting, management, analysis, strategic 24/7 systems including airline, banking, and  internet, as well as technology innovation. Peter oversaw infrastructures for airlines, branch banking, and online service companies before moving into the software vendor arena where he worked with new innovations in email, messaging, portal and web service technology.  Interspersed with engagements for some of the world’s largest companies, Peter’s varied background provides him a unique perspective in applied technology.


Moderator: Nicholas Glowacki

Nick Felicione

Senior Vice President, Information Design, Inc. (IDI)

Nick Felicione serves as IDI’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. With over 35 years of IT, Software Security and Integration experience, Nick provides the synergy to our clients and prospects. His unique ability to solve problems has poised him as a Subject Matter Expert and is highly regarded in our field.

David Corbett Middleware Architect, USBank (Retired)

David Corbett

Middleware Architect, USBank (Retired)

David is a seasoned IT professional with 45+ years in the world of technology. He has set standards for the middleware space that are still in use today and is a recognized expert in the world of messaging, with a specific focus on IBM MQ. AS an IBM Certified MQ Solution Designer and IBM Certified MQ System Administrator, David spent more than 20 years working with USBank’s IBM MQ environment across the spectrum of platforms (Windows/Linux, z/OS, AS/400 and HP-Non-Stop) managing the growth and change with projects like implementing shared infrastructure, external gateway systems, establishing big IP pools for ease of server swapping and high availability, migrations to virtual servers, and MQ based HA solutions.

Arthur Rodriguez

Senior Solution Architect, TxMQ

Art Rodriguez is an IT systems architect, with decades of experience leading business process integration projects. Art has extensive experience in Enterprise Application Integration analysis, architecture and design, project management, team leadership and iterative and RUP process management. Arthur’s technical background includes concentration on the IBM Integration & Automation Portfolio (IBM MQ & ACE, WebSphere Application Server, Business Automation Workflow and Operational Decision Management products, among others). Art has focused on understanding customer needs, designing and implementing IT solutions tailored to those needs, including platform migrations and other modernization efforts. 

Greg Hanson

Infrastructure Manager, The Options Clearing Corporation

A software architecture specialist with expertise in Middleware and database interfaces, Greg has served as CTO at numerous organizations and overseen IBM MQ implementations, expansion projects, and re-architectures with clustering and HA.   

Peter D’Agosta

Cofounder and Product Manager, Avada Software

In Peter’s 35-year history in IT, he has worked on and consulted on many enterprise architecture projects that give him a world of information to share. He is a major MQ customer, Cofounder/COO and Product Manager at Avada Software, the premiere provider of MQ administration and monitoring solution, Infrared360. He has managed 24/7 MQ infrastructures for world-leading airlines, banks, and online service companies. Interspersed with engagements for some of the world’s largest companies, Peter’s varied background provides him a unique perspective in applied technology.

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