Torbjörn Appehl started his IT-career in 1997 as a customer engineer and later country specialist for AS/400 hardware employed by IBM Sweden. Later he became program manager for the BCRS (Business Continuity and Recovery/Resiliency Services) center, building High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions for IBM i customers in Sweden.
After leaving IBM in 2008 he worked for a number of business partners including Atea, Evry (Now TietoEVRY), and CGI. He also worked with Arcad Software to bolster their business in the Nordics.
In 2020 Torbjörn founded the IT advisory company Built on Power.
He was a board member for 10+ years and the President for 7 years of the Swedish User Group Common Sweden (Formerly known as Data3). In addition he was also a member of the Common Europe Executive Committee for 3 years.
As the leader of Common Sweden he was a key player to move the sleepy organization into a very vital part of the IBM Power user group community. Among many things he produced a members magazine that was well known all over the world.
Besides this he started IBMiCompetence.com, a networking website where IBM i experts and community members can promote their services.
In 2016 Torbjörn was recognized as an IBM Champion for IBM Power Systems after being nominated by IBM staff in Rochester and Austin.
He has been organizing a number of large conferences such as Common Sweden Fall conference (It grew from 80 to over 200 participants after a members brainstorming meeting initiated by Torbjörn), he arranged Common Europe Congress (CEC) in Sweden 2016 with over 300 participants and later helped arrange CEC in Brussels, Warsaw and Berlin.
He is producing a number of newsletters around IBM technologies. A daily newsletter you can read about HERE
He produces a newsletter for IBM ISV’s in Europe that you can find an example about HERE
From time to time he is also helping IBM, IBM Distributors and IBM Business partners with spreading information and knowledge about IBM Power Systems.
As a speaker at conferences around the world he presents topics such as:
IBM i Explained (IBM i for beginners)
Why replacing an ERP and leaving the platform often is a very bad idea
How to keep yourself updated
IBM i from 1962 until today
400 Arguments for IBM i and IBM Power Systems
60 things IBM i has that other platforms just dreams about
Latest announcements, new and well hidden functions in IBM i & technologies you should at least know about by 2021.. (A bit to long title, i know :))
Torbjörn has written a number of blogposts and articles (To be found HERE)
“The IBM Champions program recognizes these innovative thought leaders in the technical community and rewards their contributions by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. IBM Champions are enthusiasts and advocates: IT professionals, business leaders, developers, executives, educators, and influencers who support and mentor others to help them get the most out of IBM software, solutions, and services.“
Learn more about the Champions program here: https://developer.ibm.com/champions/