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Biography for Jim Elliott
Jim Elliott Consulting Sales Specialist
z Systems, IBM Systems
IBM Canada Ltd.
Jim is a z Systems Consultant at IBM Canada
and has worked at IBM for over 42 years. He is
the z Systems hardware sales lead acting
as the consultant for all the Server Sales specialists
(z Systems and Power Systems) across Canada.
He is also the lead for Linux on z Systems
for IBM Canada and in that role is the public
spokesperson on Open Source and Linux issues.
As a zChampion, Jim is the leader for
new technology and
"New Workloads" for z Systems in Canada.
Jim has spent most of his career at IBM in
technical roles and since 1992 has been the
Product Manager for the mainframe operating
systems in Canada. From May 1998 to December
2001 he was a mainframe Product Manager for
IBM Americas where he led the launch of Linux
on the mainframe. From January 2002 to May 2007
he was the Linux and Open Source leader for
IBM Canada and then moved to System z sales
in May 2007. He took on his current role in January 2015.
He is a graduate of the BC Institute of
Technology, has co-authored over 20 IBM Redbooks,
and is an active speaker on information
technology across the US, Canada, and around the world. He splits
his time between Toronto and Vittoria, Ontario.
From June 1973 through August 1976 he was a systems
programmer in the IBM Canada computing centre.
From August 1976 through November 1978 he was a branch
systems engineering rep in the retail sector in Vancouver.
From November 1978 through December 1981 he was an
application developer working at the IBM Toronto Lab.
From December 1981 through August 1984 he was a systems
analyst in IBM Americas/Far East HQ in White Plains, NY.
From September 1984 through June 1992 he was a technical
specialist supporting VM and VSE in the Canadian Systems Centre
From 1991 through 1993 Jim also provided support for the OS/2
version 2 beta programs and was a Canadian lead for Team OS/2
From June 1992 through May 1998 he was in addition the
product manager for the VM and VSE operating systems for IBM
From May 1998 through December 2001 he was the product
manager for VM, VSE and Linux on the mainframe for IBM Americas
in White Plains, NY. During this period he was responsible for
launching Linux on IBM S/390 (now System z) mainframes for IBM
From January 2002 through May 2007 he was the Advocate for
Linux, Open Source, and Virtualization across all STG products
and in that role led IBM Canada's activities in this area. He
continued as the product manager for the System z operating
systems (z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE, and Linux on System z) for IBM
In May 2007 he moved back to the mainframe team as a
Consulting Sales Specialist covering Western Canada. He continued
as the product manager for the System z operating systems and as
Linux Champion for IBM Canada.
In January 2008 he took on the additional leadership role for
"New Workloads" on System z across Canada.
In January 2009 Jim took on the responsibility for all System
z customers in Canada outside Ontario and for General Business
customers in Ontario.
In January 2010 he changed his System z sales role to directly
support the General Business customers and business partners arcoss
Canada and continues the "New Workloads" on
System z role.
In January 2012 he added responsibility for System z customers
In January 2013 he added responsibility for System z customers
in the Commercial and Provincial Public sectors.
In November 2013 he added responsibility for System z customers
in the Federal Public sector.
In January 2014 server sales in Canada was reorganized into
into five units and Jim became the System z sales rep for the
Canadian federal government while also providing support to the
Industry (Public and Commercial) and Enterprise (West, Ontario/Atlantic,
and Quebec) customers in Canada.
In January 2015 moved into the consultant sales role for z Systems.