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.

“Ranga” has been using IBM i and its predecessors in his entire IT professional career at Institut Jules Bordet, the Comprehensive Cancer Centre of the University of Brussels, Belgium.

Ranga has been an IBM Champion since 2012 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award of the IT Executive Circle, Belgium. He is President of COMMON Europe and Vice-President of COMMON Belgium. He is also Senior Advisor at the IT Executive Circle, a premier CIO think tank in Belgium. Ranga has been on the Common Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) since its launch in 1991 helping IBM shape the future of IBM i. He is a frequent speaker at national and international events.

With a doctorate in Biology, Ranga also had a previous academic career. Constant improvement of people’s quality of life through the informatics ecosystem is Ranga’s passion.