Rick is a Migration Consultant in the IBM Systems Lab Services Migration Factory, specializing in technical pre-sales where he advises clients all over the world on migration to IBM systems. He is customer-facing and customer-friendly and also enjoys presenting at conferences and events. Rick has worked in the Migration Factory since 2004 but has been in the migration business for 29 years. He has a technical background and spent many years programming in a UNIX/C environment. Open Source Databases are a focus area for the Migration Factory in 2017, new implementations as well as migrations.