Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame comprises individuals who have made a long lasting and significant contribution to Common Europe and its community. Each year we will honour a person (or persons) nominated by our user groups who they believe should be recognised.


2023 (inaugural year)

Scott Klement is an American computer scientist, author, and speaker recognized as a top evangelist for IBM i on IBM Power Systems computers. For twenty-eight years, Scott served as the IT Director of family owned Klement’s Sausage, which was sold to Altamont Capital Partners in 2014. In 2012 he left to work for Profound Logic Corporation.

Scott is a member of the Strategic Education Team (SET) and a Subject Matter Expert (SME) at COMMON (North America), the largest association of users of IBM compatible technology in the world. He has developed numerous frameworks and other open-source development tools, often works that make other technology accessible to the IBM i technology directly from RPG. Many developments by others, including Thomas Raddatz as well as IBM itself, make use of Klement’s software in products of their own. 

His work in developing tools which open the i is widely quoted by others, including sockets and other tools in the book Hacking iSeries, and UNIXCMD, which allows PHP to access UNIX commands from a script. In addition, Klement was a frequent contributor to various Penton Media trade magazines.

Shrirang “Ranga” Deshpande, a visionary in healthcare, stands out for his pioneering work at Institut Jules Bordet, a Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the University of Brussels. His journey epitomizes technological mastery and a lasting legacy. Ranga’s expertise harnessed advanced platforms, delivering results that go beyond the norm.

Beyond technical prowess, he designed a groundbreaking Hospital Information System from scratch, notable for its human-centered approach. Doctors, nurses, administrative staff, and management seamlessly embraced this transformative system, fundamentally enhancing patient care, streamlining operations, and elevating the entire healthcare experience.

Ranga’s role as an IBM Champion since 2012 underscores his significant influence in technology that was further crowned as Lifetime Achievement Award from the CIO Executive Circle, Belgium. Leading as President of COMMON Europe from 2016 to 2022 and Vice-President of COMMON Belgium from 2001, Ranga embodies the spirit of collaborative excellence, fostering a culture of innovation and growth through networking. To recognize his merit, Common Europe inducted him in Common Europe Hall of Fame, the very first edition in 2023.

Ranga’s contributions to the Common Europe Advisory Council from 1991 to 2022 have left a lasting mark on IBM i’s evolution. As a Senior Advisor at the CIO Executive Circle, his insights shape executive thought in the ever-evolving tech landscape.

With a doctorate in Biology, his multidisciplinary perspective enriches his expertise. Ranga’s passion for using informatics to improve lives highlights his unwavering commitment to progress. Throughout his life and work, Ranga’s constant pursuit remains enhancing the quality of life through technology.