2024 Influential Mainframers

This month, Planet Mainframe celebrates influential mainframers nominated by the community. The field benefits from their efforts in making the mainframe what it is today and working towards the mainframe of tomorrow.

Today we showcase one of the foremost authorities for implementing high-end database/transaction processing applications.

John Campbell

Senior Consultant, Triton Consultant
Former IBM Distinguished Engineer

Alton, United Kingdom

John is an IBM Alumni and retired IBM Distinguished Engineer who is now a senior consultant for Triton Consulting.

John Campbell has worked with Db2 for z/OS for over 40 years and has extensive experience with Db2 systems, databases, and application design. In his 44 years at IBM, John was the magic behind Db2 and so many of the features that the community relies on, including Proqty and Secqty. John’s succeses made the mainframe safe, reliable, performant, and exciting for many.

With a specialization in design for high performance, continuous availability, restart/recovery, and data sharing, his work keeps many major banks and critical systems around the world running. He is one of the foremost authorities in the industry on implementing high-end transaction processing database applications.

“My favorite memories,” John said, “involve helping clients implement new releases and features and supporting them to operate more safely, optimize performance and efficiency, and achieve a high level of continuous availability.”

Consistently approachable and willing to teach, John is an IDUG Hall of Fame Speaker. In 2022, IDUG recognized him for his leadership, loyalty, and distinguished service to the global DB2 community.