Speaker Bios

Michael Cotignola is a Principal Software Consultant supporting BMC's DB2 Mainframe Solutions. In this role, he helps his clients maximize the value they receive from BMC's DB2 products. Michael has worked in IT since 1975 in numerous IT disciplines, including operations, application development, and database administration. He has been working with DB2 since version 1.1. Prior to joining BMC Software in 1996, Michael was a Managing Consultant for a large telecommunications and technology firm in Canada. Michael was president of IDUG and continues to be involved with IDUG in several capacities, and nominated as an IBM Analytics Champion for 2018.

Jim Knisley is currently an zAnalytics Architect with IBM in the Financial Services Sector. He works with many of IBM's largest banking and insurance customers to develop analytics solutions on z/OS. Prior to joining IBM 6 years ago, during his 30+ year career, he has been an application developer, database administrator, and system programmer for Db2 z/OS and IMS for various companies in manufacturing, defense, banking, and insurance. He began his Db2 career on Db2 Version 1.3 and IMS 3.1.

Robert Catterall is a Senior Consulting Db2 for z/OS Specialist with IBM. He started his IT career with IBM in 1982, and worked throughout the 1990s as a member of the Company's DB2 for z/OS National Technical Support team. From 2000 to 2007, Robert worked as a database technology strategist for CheckFree (now part of Fiserv). After working for three years as an independent DB2 consultant, he rejoined IBM in 2010. Robert is a past President of the International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), and a member of IDUG's Speakers Hall of Fame. He presents frequently at conferences, and blogs about DB2 for z/OS at http://robertsdb2blog.blogspot.com/