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Armeen Mazda

CEO, Appeon

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Armeen Mazda is the co-founder and CEO of Appeon. Prior to becoming CEO, Armeen served various other roles in Appeon, including Product Management, Business Development, and Operations. Prior to co-founding Appeon, Armeen was co-founder of NetUpSide, a Silicon Valley-based incubator of high-tech startups. Armeen is a graduate of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, and holds 5 U.S. patents in the area of Web application technologies.

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Julie Jiang

Product Manager, Appeon

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Julie Jiang is the Product Manager of Appeon, driving the product roadmap, feature definitions, and release management. Julie joined Appeon in 2002 and worked closely with Sybase to create the first documentation for PowerServer. Julie’s past work experience includes technical support manager at TUV Rheinland and system analyst at Accela Automation. Julie is a graduate of the University of Science and Technology in China, and holds degrees in both Computer Science and Arts.

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Chris Pollach

Director Developer Relations, Appeon

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Mr. Pollach joined Appeon in 2016 in the capacity as Director, Developer Relations. He is responsible for developer liaison, PowerBuilder courses, technical presentations and support. Mr. Pollach is a former Technical Solutions Architect and DEVOPS specialist with over 30 years experience in Systems Software Analysis, Development, Maintenance and Technical Support IT areas. Mainly in the areas of GUI Design, MS-Windows Programming, Wireless, Application / Web Server Design, Object Oriented Development Tools, Methodologies, Database and Network application development. He has participated in numerous technical, planning and management roles, as well as consulted and educated in these fields for a diverse clientele.

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Bruce Armstrong

Development Lead, Integrated Data Services

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Bruce Armstrong is a development lead with Integrated Data Services (IDS). Prior to joining IDS in 2004 he spent 15 years as an independent consultant doing PowerBuilder development. He is an Appeon MVP and has done sessions on PowerBuilder at Sybase TechWaves, SAP TechEds, Appeon Elevate conferences, local user group meetings in Columbia, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, England, Italy and France as well as online webcasts.

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Luca Arena

Software Engineer, Omicron Sistemi Srl

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Born in 1972. Graduated in computer engineering at the Milan Polytechnic in 1999 and in Business Administration at the University of Bologna in 2022. Software engineer and PowerBuilder Developer since 1996 at the Omicron Sistemi software house in Milan, specialized in applications for accounting, billing and waste management. Co-founder of the Italian Appeon User Group (AUGI). Passionate about software engineering & development, agile methodologies, business design, tennis, music and chess.

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Donald Clayton

President, Intertech Consulting, Inc.

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Don Clayton is President of Intertech Consulting, Inc., Appeon’s North American Consulting Partner. Intertech was previously a PowerSoft Partner and partnered with SAP and Sybase for over 25 years. Don has 32 years of PowerBuilder experience and 39 years of industry and consulting experience. He holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Rice University, where he taught various courses at the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Management for nine years while maintained a research effort on modern software analysis and design techniques. Don is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

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Gian Luca De Bonis

CEO/CTO, Enable Development OÜ

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Gian Luca De Bonis is an international consultant, Scrum specialist, and IT project manager, that has created several solutions for PowerBuilder and is consulting customers around the world on PowerBuilder, Agile methodologies, Managed outsourcing, and PowerBuilder-to-C# migration using the .Net DataStore.

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Christophe Dufourmantelle

President, Novalys

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President and founder of Novalys, a software vendor specialized in development tools.

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Patricia Guzmán

Senior Developer, Dora Sistemas

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I have been working with PowerBuilder for more than 18 years. Manage SQL Server, Oracle and SQL Anywhere databases. I'm in charge of creating some online training PowerBuilder courses such as FastTracks, Mastering the DataWindow Object, etc.

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Brian Le Suer

CEO, Zeenyx Software, Inc

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Brian Le Suer is the CEO of Zeenyx Software, a company dedicated to building next generation testing solutions. He is a founding partner of Star Quality, a New England based firm specializing in consulting and training for SQA and automated testing. Brian served as Executive Vice President of R&D for Segue Software, where he built a world class engineering team and played a key role in a successful IPO. His earlier career experience includes various roles as a SQA engineer, technical writer and technical trainer. He regularly contributes presentations and articles for various industry events and publications. He holds a Masters of Computer Science from the University of New Haven and a BA in English Literature from CCSU.

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Marco Meoni

Appeon MVP, marcomeoni.com

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Ph.D in Computer Science. Appeon MVP and PowerServer enthusiast since the early days. Lead Appeon expert in dozens of worldwide migration projects to Web and Mobile architectures. Invited speaker at Elevate conferences and national User Groups. Taught PowerBuilder and Appeon development techniques to hundreds of developers. Keen on Web and Mobile technologies. Pioneered the field of interactive Grid computing at CERN, publishing several scientific articles. Broad knowledge in Big Data programming frameworks and predictive models using Machine Learning.

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Miller Rhodes

Senior Powerbuilder Architect, Intertech Consulting

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Miller Rhodes has been a member of the professional team at Intertech Consulting for over 7 years. Miller has 30 years of PowerBuilder experience beginning with Version 2.0 Beta. Miller has touched every version leading up to and including Powerbuilder 2021. Miller has also developed extensive knowledge of SnapDevelop and PowerServer as well. Miller previously presented at Elevate 2020 and 2021.

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Kevin Ridley

Managing Partner, Aomega Solutions LLC

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Kevin is a PowerBuilder MVP with 25+ years of experience from version 3 through current 2022. Kevin has written for the PowerBuilder Developer's Journal and first presented at Techwave for Sybase in the early 2000's and most recently for Appeon at Elevate 2018/2019/2020/2021. Kevin specializes in web service integration and does contract and freelance work as well.

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Alex Riofrio

Product Manager, DORA Sistemas

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PowerBuilder Certified Professional since 2002. Sybase Presales, Technical Support and Instructor. I work as Appeon Product Manager for LATAM in Dora Sistemas.




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Filiberto Sosa has been working on an ERP Software for chains of Shoe Stores for 28 years. The software started as a C/S application with PowerBuilder and was migrated to the web using Appeon and SQL Server in 2008. After 14 years of working with PowerServer Web and SQLServer 2012, we are migrating the whole application to PowerServer 2022 with SQLServer 2022 and Windows Server 2022.

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John Strano

Managing Consultant, Intertech Consulting, Inc.

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John Strano has been using PowerBuilder since 1991 and has authored articles for multiple industry periodicals. John has been a certified instructor of PowerBuilder and has presented development tools on an international basis since 1997. Over the last 30+ years John has developed a variety of applications scaling up to enterprise-class, Web-based projects. He has been a Sybase Technology Evangelist and was a charter member of TeamPowersoft/TeamSybase.

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