2012-Oslo

GSE Nordic Region Conference

2012

21-23 May 2012

Oslo, Norway

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Welcome
Dear colleague,

The GSE Nordic Region has the pleasure of inviting you to the Nordic Region Conference to be held in Oslo, Norway, at the Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica the 21st - 23rd of May 2012.

The GSE Nordic Region Working Groups are groups of information technology specialists, focusing on IBM software, who meet regularly. The main objective of the groups is to give their members an opportunity to meet, to exchange ideas and experiences, to deepen their knowledge and to broaden their perspective, and in co-operation with IBM to participate in influencing the future of data processing in general and particularly in the IBM software areas covered by the groups. Four of these groups are cooperating to arrange the yearly Region Conference: The CICS, DB2, IMS, and Mainframe Infrastructure Groups.

The conference offers a full view on the enterprise IT landscape. On the back end it focuses on the mainframe as the robust back end of the enterprise IT landscape, especially when using the transactional, database, and infrastructure subsystems including CICS, DB2, IMS, and the WebSphere family of products on the mainframe platform.

Also the ambition of the conference is double: It is not only a deep, technical conference for product specialists in these areas, but also a learning source for application developers, architects, and technically oriented managers who need to update their knowledge on the new features of the mainframe in order to make best use of it for their companies and organisations.

The conference also invites a number of staff members and students of the Universities of Oslo as participants to broaden the scope and the networking opportunities.

The conference language will in general be English. But since this is a user conference, and since the most important aspect of it is users sharing their experiences with each other, you should be prepared for users who might prefer sharing their experiences in their own language.

Please note that GSE is non-profit, membership organisation, and all participants at a GSE conference are expected to come from a GSE member company or organisation or to be an individual member of GSE. If that is not yet the case, however, you can use this possibility to get to know more about GSE and to experience the value of participating at a GSE Nordic Region Conference.

The Program will be available in spring 2012 so please let us know if you have subjects that you wish us to cover

The GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee is looking forward to seeing you in Oslo.

By Dr Graham Spittle CBE,  IBM, UK

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Audience: General Interest, Opening Keynote

As more and more of the worlds population moves into cities,known problems become more acute and new ones emerge that will have to be addressed.This presentation will review some of the challenges and some of the technology solutions that IBM has been working on across the globe.

Graham Spittle was appointed to his present role as CTO and VP, Software Group in January 2010.  Previously he held several senior executive positions within IBM: Vice President, Software UKI (UK & Ireland); Vice President, Worldwide Integration Development; Director of the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the United Kingdom, and Director of MQ Development.

Graham joined IBM in 1985 at the Hursley Laboratory and has held professional and managerial positions in Business Operations and Software Development.  His roles have included development and strategy responsibility for major IBM products such as CICS and Business Integration Middleware (including the MQSeries family), as well as Business Development responsibilities.  From 1995 to 1997 Graham was on international assignment in Software Group located in New York. He has lectured and had articles published on Software Contracting and Intellectual Property. Graham lives in Hampshire and is married with two children.

In June 2008 Graham was appointed as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to industry.

Graham received a Masters Degree from Edinburgh University, an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Southampton University, and an Honorary Degree from University of Surrey for his contribution to the Technology Strategy Board and for his immensely positive impact on the Higher Education.  In addition to his IBM responsibilities, Graham holds a number of external positions:

- Chair of the UK Technology Strategy Board 2004-2011
- Member of Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology
- Director of The Foundation for Science and Technology
- Fellow of the British Computer Society 
- Member of HM Higher Education Commission
- Member of the Design London Advisory Group
- Member of the NHS Health Innovation Council
- Visiting Professor University of Bristol
- Visiting Professor University of Edinburgh
- Visiting Professor University of Southampton
- Member of the Council of Southampton University
- Member of the Court of Benefactors of Oxford University
- Member of the Informatics Advisory Board at Edinburgh University

By Curt Cotner - IBM (US)

Audience: General Interest Level: Basic/Intermediate/Advanced

This presentation will cover new technology directions that we are likely to see in commercial relational databases. It will describe how IBM envisions databases evolving in the area of cloud computing and multi-tenancy. We will discuss NoSQL, and the technologies that are coming in that area. Lastly,we will also describe how data analytics needs are transforming the traditional OLTP/data warehouse architectures in customer enterprises.

Curt Cotner is an IBM Fellow and Vice President. Curt is the chief technology officer for the DB2 family and Informix IDS database servers, and has both management and technology oversight responsibility for all the client software offerings used with DB2 and IDS. This includes the client runtime APIs (JDBC, .NET, CLI, pureQuery, etc.) and the application development and administration tools offerings (Data Studio and Optim tool portfolio).

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By Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK

Audience: All CICS, Level: All

Hear from Ian Mitchell about the the CICS portfolio of products and how they may complement and extend your existing enterprise infrastructure. You will see the latest enhancements made to CICS, the CICS Tools and connectors and how they may be combined with other products in the extended CICS family. You will gain insight into the key sessions that will give you deeper knowledge on specific capabilities to create your own CICS family roadmap to maximise your Impact experience.

Ian J Mitchell is an IBM Distinguished Engineer at the Hursley Development Lab. He's spent over 20 years working on CICS and is currently the Architect for CICS Product Portfolio. He regularly presents sessions at SHARE, the Transaction and Messaging Conferences and for regional GUIDEs. Ian works with many of IBM's largest customers ensuring that CICS continues to provide the world leading capabilities and qualities of service it has been renowned for over 40 years.

 

By Will Yates, IBM, UK

Audience: Sys Prog, App Dev, Architects, Level: Basic

From Terminals to mobiles, LU6.2 through to web services over the releases CICS has integrated many connection technologies, Out of the hundreds of potential ways to drive work into CICS which one makes the most sense for your particular scenario. 60 minutes is not enough time to discuss them all but we promise to list enough for you to think about

William Yates is a senior test engineer for CICS.  He is an expert in revitalising CICS applications and workloads to integrate with a modern enterprise.  His work within test is to ensure that new CICS function doesn't just satisfy specifications but satisfies the real customer requirement.

By , Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK

Audience: AD, Sys Prog, Architect   Level: Intermediate

One of the major new capabilities in CICS TS V4 is the ability to non-invasively emit events from CICS systems and applications, when certain predefined criteria are met. This session will explore this tremendously powerful technology, and discuss of variety of potential use cases, both with and without the addition of popular event consumers such as WebSphere Business Events and WebSphere Business Monitor. There will also be a demo showing how a CICS-based insurance application can be combined with IBM Cognos technology to provide the insight that your business needs to become more competitive.

Anthony Papageorgiou is a Software Developer for CICS TS working at IBM Hursley UK. Before he joined IBM in 2007 he worked for Mintel International Group Ltd as a Web Developer. Anthony holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Warwick. His areas of expertise include Web 2.0, Event Processing and Mobile Technologies and he was closely involved with the design an development of their support in CICS V4. He is currently working as a developer on the eclipse based CICS tools.

By John Tilling, IBM, UK

Audience: CICS, Sys Prog Level: Intermediate

The trace table is one of the most helpful debugging tools for both CICS application and system programmers. This session takes the basics one step further to discuss using the trace entries to identify and solve problems. Abends, loops, waits, storage, OTE, and trace overviews of Web and Web Services are some of the areas that will be addressed by this session. At the end of this session, you'll be convinced that the CICS trace table is a great way of making debugging easier!

John Tilling is a senior software engineer working in the CICS Strategy and Planning group at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the U.K. He joined IBM in 1985 after graduating from York University with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He has 27 years of experience developing CICS, working in data access components, and was responsible for restructuring the CICS-DB2 and CICS-MQ attachment facilities to exploit Open Transaction Environment (OTE). He’s a regular speaker at IBM and user group conferences and customer briefings.

By Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK

Audience: CICS, Sys Prog, IT Mgr, Level: Basic

CICS has been taking helping workload management of your z/OS workloads for many years, but in recent times it has been enhancing this support to take advantage of improvement made in the operating system.  In CICS TS V4.1 Sysplex Optimised WLM was introduced and this was followed with new routing algorithms in CICS TS V4.2.  In this session you will hear about the advances made in recent releases of CICS to optimise workload flows and make your CICS environment more efficient and effective.

Ian J Mitchell is an IBM Distinguished Engineer at the Hursley Development Lab. He's spent over 20 years working on CICS and is currently the Architect for CICS Product Portfolio. He regularly presents sessions at SHARE, the Transaction and Messaging Conferences and for regional GUIDEs. Ian works with many of IBM's largest customers ensuring that CICS continues to provide the world leading capabilities and qualities of service it has been renowned for over 40 years.

 

By  Anthomy Papageorgiou & Will Yates, IBM, UK

Audience: CICS, AD, Sys Prog, IT Mgr, Level: Basic

Imagine if the systems of 90% of all Fortune 500 companies were to collapse overnight. How do we in CICS prevent this from happening? Fundamental to the industry-leading quality CICS boasts is a focus on testing. Join members of the CICS System Test team as they guide you through the unique problems, and innovative solutions, in ensuring that CICS conforms to the standards of quality your business demands.

William Yates is a senior test engineer for CICS.  He is an expert in revitalising CICS applications and workloads to integrate with a modern enterprise.  His work within test is to ensure that new CICS function doesn't just satisfy specifications but satisfies the real customer requirement.

Anthony Papageorgiou is a Software Developer for CICS TS working at IBM Hursley UK. Before he joined IBM in 2007 he worked for Mintel International Group Ltd as a Web Developer. Anthony holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Warwick. His areas of expertise include Web 2.0, Event Processing and Mobile Technologies and he was closely involved with the design an development of their support in CICS V4. He is currently working as a developer on the eclipse based CICS tools.

Speaker Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK

Audience: CICS AD, Architects, IT Mgr, Level: Basic

CICS TS V4.1 introduced a new resource type into CICS: the bundle. This session will provide an introduction to bundles, what they are, why we introduced them into CICS, and what benefits they bring your business. The session will also feature demos of creating bundles, showcasing CICS Explorer functionality to make bundles as easy as possible!

Anthony Papageorgiou is a Software Developer for CICS TS working at IBM Hursley UK. Before he joined IBM in 2007 he worked for Mintel International Group Ltd as a Web Developer. Anthony holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Warwick. His areas of expertise include Web 2.0, Event Processing and Mobile Technologies and he was closely involved with the design an development of their support in CICS V4. He is currently working as a developer on the eclipse based CICS tools.

By Will Yates, IBM, UK

Audience: CICS, AD, Architecture Level: Intermediate

Are you an efficient bug hunter?.  Spend too little time inefficiently testing and your quality may decrease, too much and you risk losing market share.  Join a senior CICS tester as he shares experience, toolsets and busts some common testing myths!  Bugs beware after this lecture a whole new group of bug hunters will be ready to fund you.

William Yates is a senior test engineer for CICS.  He is an expert in revitalising CICS applications and workloads to integrate with a modern enterprise.  His work within test is to ensure that new CICS function doesn't just satisfy specifications but satisfies the real customer requirement.

By John Tilling, IBM, UK

Audience: CICS, Sys Prog, Architect, Level: Intermediate

Abstract The newest CICS Transaction Server V4.2 release is focused on helping our customers to deliver a smarter transaction processing experience. New and enhanced capabilities have been made in 5 key areas. This session will cover one of those areas - Scalability - in detail. First, there will be a summary of the capabilities that exist in CICS TS V4.1. Then there will be a deep dive into the enhanced Scalability capabilities in CICS TS V4.2 covering  extensions to OTE and 64bit infrastructure and exploitation.

John Tilling is a senior software engineer working in the CICS Strategy and Planning group at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the U.K. He joined IBM in 1985 after graduating from York University with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He has 27 years of experience developing CICS, working in data access components, and was responsible for restructuring the CICS-DB2 and CICS-MQ attachment facilities to exploit Open Transaction Environment (OTE). He’s a regular speaker at IBM and user group conferences and customer briefings.

By John Tilling, IBM, UK

Audience: CICS, AD, IT Mgr, Sys Prog, Level: Basic

This session will discuss how CICS Tools are extending the value of CICS systems. It will help you understand:  
   * Why CICS PA, CICS CM and CICS IA are becoming a key part of every CICS ecosystem to ensure optimum performance, efficient control of CICS resource definitions and deep understanding of complex CICS applications.
* How IBM Session Manager provides a highly available, secure and user-friendly method of accessing multiple systems from a single terminal.
   * How CICS Deployment Assistant is helping with discovery, modelling, visualisation, creation and deployment of CICS regions using policy driven advice and automation.

 

John Tilling is a senior software engineer working in the CICS Strategy and Planning group at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the U.K. He joined IBM in 1985 after graduating from York University with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He has 27 years of experience developing CICS, working in data access components, and was responsible for restructuring the CICS-DB2 and CICS-MQ attachment facilities to exploit Open Transaction Environment (OTE). He’s a regular speaker at IBM and user group conferences and customer briefings.

By Will Yates, IBM, UK

Audience: CICS, AD Architect, IT Mgr, Level: Intermediate

Java was fist properly introduced into CICS around version 2, since then we have evolved our Java support each release.  However for version 4 we decided to revolutionise our Java support.  This talk will take an honest look at Java support in CICS, what sucked before and what have we done to fix it.

William Yates is a senior test engineer for CICS.  He is an expert in revitalising CICS applications and workloads to integrate with a modern enterprise.  His work within test is to ensure that new CICS function doesn't just satisfy specifications but satisfies the real customer requirement. 

By John Campbell - IBM UK

Audience: DB2 DBA's, System programmers Level: Intermediate

This session will introduce and discuss pitfalls, surprises and gotchas related to customer experiences in migrating DB2 10 for z/OS. Hints and tips will be provided to avoid these problems. Technical guidance and direction will be provided to help customers migrate safely to this new release of DB2.

John is an IBM Distinguished Engineer reporting to the Director for z/OS Development at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab. He has extensive experience of DB2 in terms of systems, database and applications design. He specialises in design for high performance and data sharing. He is one of IBM's foremost authorities for implementing high end database / transaction processing applications.

By John Campbell - IBM UK

Audience: DB2 DBA, System programmer  Level: Intermediate

This session will introduce and discuss some of the performance and scalability improvements in DB2 10 for z/OS. Recommendations will be provided on how get the most out of the performance enhancements, what the sweet spots are, what to monitor and analyse.

 John is an IBM Distinguished Engineer reporting to the Director for z/OS Development at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab. He has extensive experience of DB2 in terms of systems, database and applications design. He specialises in design for high performance and data sharing. He is one of IBM's foremost authorities for implementing high end database / transaction processing applications.

By Patrick Bossman - IBM (US)

Audience: DB2/DBA/Application Devfelopers Interest Level: Intermediate 

Many users have expressed a new or renewed interest in parallelism, often because parallelism enables zIIP offload.  This presentation will discuss database design to encourage efficient parallelism.  This includes examining typical queries, filtering, then discussing what can be done with the physical design to encourage efficient parallelism.  The presentation will also discuss things to consider when configuring the system when enabling parallelism.  Users should come away with a better idea on how to encourage efficient parallelism in their database systems.

Patrick Bossman started working with DB2 in 1993.  Patrick has worked as a customer with DB2 as an applications programmer, database designer and administrator, and complex query performance tuner.  Patrick joined IBM in 1999 as a DB2 Advocate where he assisted customer with query performance tuning.  Patrick joined the DB2 for z/OS Query Optimization team in 2000 working on query performance service.  Patrick is a STSM within the DB2 for z/OS Query Optimization organization and is  responsible for service as well as identifying areas of improvement in query optimization and query tuning tools.  Patrick holds numerous patents in the area of query optimization and query tuning tools.

By Haakon Roberts  IBM (US)

Audience: DB2 DBA, System Programmer Level: Intermediate/Advanced

The DB2 for z/OS Utilities Suite continues to be enhanced with significant new function. But how best to take advantage of new features? Reducing resource consumption and maximising availability also depends on how utilities are invoked and what parameters are specified. Come along to this session to hear from the lead development architect and strategist about hints, tips and avoiding pitfalls. You will learn about unique considerations for PBGs and LOBs, and how best to tune REORG for maximum success and minimum impact.

Haakon Roberts is a Distinguished Engineer at the IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory in San Jose, California. He is the technical architect and strategist for DB2 for z/OS Utilities and is also focused on availability, service and serviceability issues. He is a regular speaker on these and other topics.

By Phil Grainger, Grainger Database Solutions, UK

Audience: DBA/Application Developers, Level: Intermediate
 

This presentation will introduce you to new features of DB2 V10. In this session you will get an overview of enhancements related to Migrations, Performance and Availability.

Migration

Migrate from DB2 V8 as well as DB2 9, More automated install,Catalog restructure (to UTS) ,Deprecation of Plans with DBRMs, old plan_table formats, DB2 Private Protocol, classic partitioned table spaces

Performances

Out of the box up to 10% cpu savings, Hash access to data, Include columns in indexes, In-line LOBs, Dynamic statement cache improvements, Dynamic SQL stability and the access path repository

Availability

On-line schema evolution and deferred alter, Data "as of" last commit, Reorg Aux table improvements, Recover backout

Phil has over 20 years experience of DB2, from DB2 Version 1.2 to DB2 10, From a DBA for the largest user of DB2 at that time in the UK, through his time at PLATINUM technology and his Senior Principal Product Manager role for CA, Phil has always supported user groups. His work with IDUG includes being a past member of the European IDUG Planning Committee, an inductee into the IDUG Volunteer Hall of Fame and now chair-elect for the IDUG Global Marketing Committee. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Phil was honoured by IBM as an Information Champion. Currently Phil is running Grainger Database Solutions, working with Cogito, providing DB2 consultancy and product design & development services in support of Cogito’s EZ-DB2 family of tools

By Phil Grainger, Grainger Database Solutions, UK

Audience: DBA/Application Developers, Level: Intermediate

This presentation will introduce you to new features of DB2 V10. In this session you will get an overview of enhancements related to Security, Productivity and XML.

Security

Row and column level access control, Finer administrator privileges, Administrator privileges without data access, New audit abilities

Productivity

Immediate compression, LISTDEF partition range support, REORG SHRLEVEL CHANGE enhancements

XML

XML schema validation in z/OS, Multi versioning of XML data, XML update, insert and delete, XML schema as column modifier, CHECK DATA for XML, and much MUCH more

Phil has over 20 years experience of DB2, from DB2 Version 1.2 to DB2 10, From a DBA for the largest user of DB2 at that time in the UK, through his time at PLATINUM technology and his Senior Principal Product Manager role for CA, Phil has always supported user groups. His work with IDUG includes being a past member of the European IDUG Planning Committee, an inductee into the IDUG Volunteer Hall of Fame and now chair-elect for the IDUG Global Marketing Committee. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Phil was honoured by IBM as an Information Champion. Currently Phil is running Grainger Database Solutions, working with Cogito, providing DB2 consultancy and product design & development services in support of Cogito’s EZ-DB2 family of tools

By Miao Zheng, Gene Fuh, IBM, China

Audience: DBA/Application Developers Level: Basic/Intermediate

CICS & DB2 play the critical role for application to achieve high performance. This session includes 2 parts.  First part outlines some basic but key tuning factors to ensure optimum end2end performance and those settings that can influence the performance of both systems, e.g. thread reuse, package options. The second part will talk about what's new in DB2 10 & CICS TS4.x for performance enhancement, the recommendation and side effect.

Miao Zheng is technical leader for zAIM Performance Center of Excellence in IBM China Development Lab that lead end2end performance optimzation for IBM z softwares, especially CICS, DB2, MQ, etc.

By Patrick Bossmann, IBM, US

Audience: DBA/Application Developers, Level: Intermediate

This presentation will discuss pitfalls and tips for application developers.  Patrick will share how he approaches query performance diagnosis, as well as methods to influence the optimizer and choices it has available that us sure to prove valuable for users.  Some of the topics will include:
- How to encourage DB2 to avoid a sort and list prefetch, and where to be careful
- Techniques to influence predicate indexability and filter factor estimation
- Methods to force materialization
- Examining estimated and actual filtering
- Things to understand about outer joins
- Influencing when a subquery is evaluated

Patrick Bossman started working with DB2 in 1993.  Patrick has worked as a customer with DB2 as an applications programmer, database designer and administrator, and complex query performance tuner.  Patrick joined IBM in 1999 as a DB2 Advocate where he assisted customer with query performance tuning.  Patrick joined the DB2 for z/OS Query Optimization team in 2000 working on query performance service.  Patrick is a STSM within the DB2 for z/OS Query Optimization organization and is  responsible for service as well as identifying areas of improvement in query optimization and query tuning tools.  Patrick holds numerous patents in the area of query optimization and query tuning tools.

 

By Haakon Roberts, IBM, US

Audience: DB2 DBA, Level: Intermediate

Maximising data and thereby application availability is becoming ever more essential. This session will cover the major availability enhancements delivered in DB2 10 for z/OS and will also provide details on recent improvements that have been provided in the maintenance stream that you can take advantage of today.

Haakon Roberts is a Distinguished Engineer at the IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory in San Jose, California. He is the technical architect and strategist for DB2 for z/OS Utilities and is also focused on availability, service and serviceability issues. He is a regular speaker on these and other topics.

By Susan Lawson, YLA, US

Audience: DB2 DBA/Application Developers, Level: Intermediate

This presentation looks at the features of DB2 10 for z/OS with an emphasis on the features focusing on performance from a systems and database perspective. DB2 10 promises opportunities for CPU savings in various areas, as well as availability. We will review those enhancements and look at all available features in the database and system. We will look at where the performance opportunities are, what we need to do to take advantage of them, and any additional considerations when exploiting these features. We will also look at experience with these features and performance realizations.
• Database and System Performance Features
o Virtual storage relief
o Inline LOBs
o Index I/O parallelism
o LOB streaming(DDF and DB2)
o Member cluster for UTS
o Deferred alters
o Index include columns
o Compression during INSERT
o Auto-stats usage
o Reduced need for reorganizations for indexes
o In-memory objects
o Index split monitoring IFCIDs
o XML versioning
o XML modify and node update

Susan Lawson is an internationally recognized consultant and lecturer with a background in system and database administration. She currently works with several large clients to help develop, implement and tune some of the worlds’ largest and most complex DB2 databases and applications. She also performs Performance and Availability Audits for many clients to help reduce costs through proper performance tuning and to help ensure availability. Her other activities include authoring articles and white papers, presenting at user group meetings, and teaching a variety of DB2 courses. She is an IBM GOLD Consultant for DB2 and z/Series, and an IBM Information Champion and has authored the IBM ‘DB2 for z/OS V8 DBA Certification Guide’ and the IBM ‘DB2 for z/OS V7 Application Programming Certification Guide’. She is also the co-author of several DB2 books including the IBM ‘DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification Guide’, IBM ‘DB2 9 for z/OS DBA Certification Guide’, ‘DB2 High Performance Design and Tuning’ and ‘DB2 Answers’. She is also a SME(Subject Matter Expert) for the IBM Certification exams for DB2 z/OS Database and System Administration assisting with writing and verifying questions for the exams.

By Susan Lawson, YLA, US

Audience: DB2 DBA/Application Developers, Level: Intermediate

This presentation looks at the features of DB2 10 for z/OS with an emphasis on the features focusing on performance. DB2 10 promises opportunities for CPU savings in various areas. We will review those enhancements and look at all details surrounding new SQL and application features. We will look at where the performance opportunities are, what we need to do to take advantage of them, and any additional considerations when exploiting these features. We will also look at experience with these features and performance realizations.
• SQL and Application Performance Enhancements
o Hash access
o Access path stability and hints enhancements
o Query parallelism enhancements
o PLAN_TABLE and other Explain table enhancements
o Temporal tables and versioning
o Enhanced SQL scalar functions
o SQL table functions
o Enhanced native SQL procedures
o IFCIDs for performance
o Optimization enhancements
o ACOMPARE
o Access to currently committed data
o Literal reuse

Susan Lawson is an internationally recognized consultant and lecturer with a background in system and database administration. She currently works with several large clients to help develop, implement and tune some of the worlds’ largest and most complex DB2 databases and applications. She also performs Performance and Availability Audits for many clients to help reduce costs through proper performance tuning and to help ensure availability. Her other activities include authoring articles and white papers, presenting at user group meetings, and teaching a variety of DB2 courses. She is an IBM GOLD Consultant for DB2 and z/Series, and an IBM Information Champion and has authored the IBM ‘DB2 for z/OS V8 DBA Certification Guide’ and the IBM ‘DB2 for z/OS V7 Application Programming Certification Guide’. She is also the co-author of several DB2 books including the IBM ‘DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification Guide’, IBM ‘DB2 9 for z/OS DBA Certification Guide’, ‘DB2 High Performance Design and Tuning’ and ‘DB2 Answers’. She is also a SME(Subject Matter Expert) for the IBM Certification exams for DB2 z/OS Database and System Administration assisting with writing and verifying questions for the exams.

By Helene Lyon, IBM Fr

Audience: IMS, DBA, System Programmer, Application Developers, Architects. Level: Basic/Intermediate/Advanced

This presentation will highlight IMS, the IBM's premier transaction and hierarchical database management system has changed to answer every single business need of customers. It will cover the many ways you can get the most out of your IMS investment in applications and databases based on the latest IMS technology and product integration possibilities.

Helene Lyon is the technical leader of the European IMS Architect team whose focus is to develop database and transaction management solutions that fully integrate and collaborate with existing IT.systems in order to perform a business function. Her focus is the ? right fit? positioning of the IMS database manager and transaction manager capabilities within those systems. She is recognized worldwide as a Technical Leader for mainframe middleware and is called up to work with clients in all geographies around application modernization for Enterprise Information Systems (e.g. IMS, CICS, DB2, WAS and SOA).

 

By Alison Coughtrie, IBM UK

Audience: IMS, DBA, System Programmer, Application Developers    Level: Intermediate

IMS Version 12 adds many new capabilities to IMS in the transaction management and connectivity areas. This session will discuss the enhancements that affect OTMA, APPC, IMS Connect, and MSC. Topics include OTMA security and performance and the new command interface for IMS Connect.  It will also explain how you can more easily send messages from one IMS to another using TCP/IP connections.

 Alison Coughtrie, Certified IT Specialist is a member of the newly formed European IMS Architecture Team, focussed on helping Customers to maximize their IMS investment to best meet their business needs. Alison has specialised in IMS over the past 30 years both as an IMS customer as well as within IBM. She is a regular presenter at IMS conferences, GSE and seminars particularly focussing on new IMS features and their implementation.

By Alison Coughtrie, IBM UK

Audience: IMS, DBA, System Programmer, Application Developers, Architects       Level: Basic

This session will introduce you to the forthcoming IMS Catalog.  An IMS Catalog? Yes, the concept of a catalog is a totally new to IMS. The IMS Catalog will include information needed by IMS to support applications: program resources, database resources, and application metadata. The catalog will store trusted IMS database metadata that is accessible across the enterprise and is a very important component of IMS database modernization. This session will give an overview of the catalog and how to use it in your IMS environment

Alison Coughtrie, Certified IT Specialist is a member of the newly formed European IMS Architecture Team, focussed on helping Customers to maximize their IMS investment to best meet their business needs. Alison has specialised in IMS over the past 30 years both as an IMS customer as well as within IBM. She is a regular presenter at IMS conferences, GSE and seminars particularly focussing on new IMS features and their implementation.

By Anders Öhrnberg, Volvo IT SWE

Audience: IMS, DBA, System Programmer, Application Developers, Architects      Level: Intermediate

This session will describe the solutions used for Volvo IT repository yesterday, today and the way to tomorrow.....

Anders Öhrnberg, IMS Certified Sys Prog. Anders has specialised in IMS over the past 22 years at Volvo.  

 

By Alison Coughtrie, IBM UK

Audience: IMS, DBA, System Programmer, Application Developers      Level: Intermediate

This session will cover the many enhancements to IMS Database and DBRC for IMS 12. Alison will share details of reliability, availability, and usability enhancements made to IMS Full-Function DB, Fast Path DB, and DBRC: storage enhancements, DEDB secondary index enablement, Fast Path 64-bit buffer manager enhancements, and more! Which will you take advantage of first?

Alison Coughtrie, Certified IT Specialist is a member of the newly formed European IMS Architecture Team, focussed on helping Customers to maximize their IMS investment to best meet their business needs. Alison has specialised in IMS over the past 30 years both as an IMS customer as well as within IBM. She is a regular presenter at IMS conferences, GSE and seminars particularly focussing on new IMS features and their implementation.

By Deepak Kohli, IBM US

Audience: IMS, DBA, System Programmer, Application Developers, Architects, General Interest Level: Intermediate

Most of the IMS customers also use Websphere MQ.  They need to invoke IMS transactions from Websphere MQ applications.  They also need to invoke Websphere applications from IMS transactions.  This presentation will show you all of the options for interfacing IMS and Websphere MQ.

Deepak is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley lab. Currently, he is part of the IMS SOA core team helping customers SOA enable their IMS systems. Deepak also provides IMS Level 2 technical support specializing in IMS On-Demand and TM areas. He has a Masters in Computer Science from NYU. In the area of IMS, Deepak's experience ranges in applications, DBA, Systems, performance tuning and problem determination. He has taught various IMS & DB2 courses. His presentations have won him rave reviews at conferences world wide.

By Nick Griffin, BMC US

Audience: IMS, DBA, System Programmer, Application Developers, Architects       Level: Intermediate

Well you have reached that magical line in the sand and need to make a decision on which way to go. Let me tell you the options and pitfalls. Since converting is only a onetime event, let’s now talk about managing and testing. In this session you’ll learn that HELP is on its way.

Nick Griffin, IMS Product Manager at BMC Software

By Deepak Kohli, IBM US

Audience: IMS, DBA, System Programmer, Application Developers, Architects, General Interest       Level: Intermediate

A new function aligned with IMSs strategic architectural direction, the IMS repository is shared between multiple IMS systems to manage, store and retrieve resource definitions from a single location. Attend this session to learn about the new repository functions components, setup requirements, implementation and usage with DRD, including new IMS commands.

Deepak is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley lab. Currently, he is part of the IMS SOA core team helping customers SOA enable their IMS systems. Deepak also provides IMS Level 2 technical support specializing in IMS On-Demand and TM areas. He has a Masters in Computer Science from NYU. In the area of IMS, Deepak's experience ranges in applications, DBA, Systems, performance tuning and problem determination. He has taught various IMS & DB2 courses. His presentations have won him rave reviews at conferences world wide.

By Deepak Kohli, IBM US

Audience: IMS, DBA, System Programmer, Application Developers, Architects, General Interest   Level: Basic

News in OTMA/IMS/MQ.

Deepak is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley lab. Currently, he is part of the IMS SOA core team helping customers SOA enable their IMS systems. Deepak also provides IMS Level 2 technical support specializing in IMS On-Demand and TM areas. He has a Masters in Computer Science from NYU. In the area of IMS, Deepak's experience ranges in applications, DBA, Systems, performance tuning and problem determination. He has taught various IMS & DB2 courses. His presentations have won him rave reviews at conferences world wide.

By Helene Lyon, IBM Fr

Audience: IMS, DBA, System Programmer, Application Developers, Architects, General Interest             Level: Basic

IMS has supported critical business applications for over 40 years. This session discusses how IMS applications can be rejuvenated and extended to answer today's needs. It will cover modern development capabilities as well as new technologies to simplify IMS usage by developers. It will also present a way to modernize applications using business rules.

Helene Lyon is the technical leader of the European IMS Architect team whose focus is to develop database and transaction management solutions that fully integrate and collaborate with existing IT.systems in order to perform a business function. Her focus is the ? right fit? positioning of the IMS database manager and transaction manager capabilities within those systems. She is recognized worldwide as a Technical Leader for mainframe middleware and is called up to work with clients in all geographies around application modernization for Enterprise Information Systems (e.g. IMS, CICS, DB2, WAS and SOA).

By Deepak Kohli, IBM US

Audience: IMS, DBA, System Programmer, Application Developers, Architects, General Interest     Level: Basic

IMS offers many ways to call out from an IMS transaction.  These include both synchronous and asynchronous interactions.  This also includes invoking Web Services from an IMS transaction.  This presentation will show you all of the options for calling out from IMS transactions.

Deepak is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley lab. Currently, he is part of the IMS SOA core team helping customers SOA enable their IMS systems. Deepak also provides IMS Level 2 technical support specializing in IMS On-Demand and TM areas. He has a Masters in Computer Science from NYU. In the area of IMS, Deepak's experience ranges in applications, DBA, Systems, performance tuning and problem determination. He has taught various IMS & DB2 courses. His presentations have won him rave reviews at conferences world wide.

By Stuart Reece, IBM, UK

Audience: Developer, System programmers, Level: Intermediate

WebSphere® Message Broker V8 is a significant release which delivers further enhancements to productivity and ease in developing and managing enterprise service bus (ESB) deployments, complementing its industry-leading performance and scalability. Some of the new features include comprehensive support for Microsoft™ .NET environments, record and replay functionality complemented by new graphical tooling, direct connectivity with IBM® Sterling Connect:Direct and a tiered pricing model including the new Express® Edition. Come to this session and get right up to date with this key connectivity product.

Stuart joined IBM in 1999 as a tester on the first releases of Message Broker, working on GUI test automation for functional verification and to drive system test scenarios, earning an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award. Stuart then moved to lead the L3 customer support for the WebSphere JMS team and then WebSphere MQ for distributed platforms, receiving the NE Europe Cluster Customer Service Award. After 8 years Stuart returned to Message Broker as a Development Manager, and was jointly responsible for the delivery of V8.0. Stuart's own personal interests have resulted in him also leading an Invention Development Team and the Hursley Green Team, helping IBM become accredited with the UK Carbon Trust. Stuart is a keen cyclist and environmentalist, with a passion for adventure and new challenges.

 

By Morag Hughson, IBM, UK

Audience: Application developers, System programmers, architects Level: Intermediate

Come to this session to hear all about the new release of WebSphere MQ. Learn about new functions and interfaces. This session gives an overview of all the new features.

Morag has worked in IBM for over 14 years designing, developing and servicing the WebSphere MQ product (formerly MQSeries). Her main areas of expertise include security, channels, the MQ API, MQSC and PCF, Publish/Subscribe and the z/OS platform. She regularly presents on these topics at a variety of technical conferences around the world. She is now the architect for the base MQ product with responsibility across both z/OS and distributed platforms.

By Zheng Miao, Liu Ya, IBM, CH

 

Audience: Application developer, systems programmers, architects, Level: Basic

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By Tom Juhl, CA (DK)

Audience: System programmers, Architects  Level: Intermediate

Deploying Mainframe software: shouldn’t that be easier?

Compare a Mainframe with any other system and the procedures to install & manage software will look archaic. Not much has changed in the past 15 years while the rest of the world has changed dramatically. 2 years ago, CA Technologies introduced MSM (Mainframe Software Manager). This helped mainframe professionals to install software and ptf’s in minutes instead of hours. The current product not only installs software, but now also helps you to reduce the mundane tasks of deploying and configuring it. Do you want to learn how to save not just hours, but days every month? Join this interactive session with a live demo of MSM.

Tom is a long time CA Mainframe veteran at CA Technologies and with 30+ years of experience in the industry and is currently acting as manager and advisor in the European Mainframe team. He further brings extensive knowledge in Mainframe Operations Management areas.

By Morag Hughson, IBM, UK

Audience: Application developers, Level: Basic

This session will provide a helpful insight and details on the basic verbs in the WebSphere MQ API in COBOL. The session will contain basic/entry level details on how the MQ API could, and in some cases should, be used by applications developer. The session will be a mixture of slides and a live demonstration and will have all sample code snippets in COBOL.

Morag has worked in IBM for over 14 years designing, developing and servicing the WebSphere MQ product (formerly MQSeries). Her main areas of expertise include security, channels, the MQ API, MQSC and PCF, Publish/Subscribe and the z/OS platform. She regularly presents on these topics at a variety of technical conferences around the world. She is now the architect for the base MQ product with responsibility across both z/OS and distributed platforms.


By Deepak Kohli, IBM, US

Audience: General interest, Level: Basic

According to the Chinese, 2011 was the year of the rabbit. But if you speak to the IT folks they'll say taht 2011 was the year of the cloud. Apple introduced the Icloud. IBM bought cloud computing companies and also introduced their own cloud managing appliance called IWD(IBM Worldload Deployer). But what is cloud computing? Is it truly innovation or just a marketing tool? Is it different from virtualization? What's a Hypervisor and how does it relate to cloud computing? How did the term "cloud" come about? What's the difference between public and private clouds? Does Lady Gaga have her own cloud? Can YOU get your own cloud? Can you buy a cloud for your child? If these questions have been keeping you up at night or if you just feel like being enlightened, them come to this session. God willing and if Murphys doesn't show up, we might even do a demo of IBM's IWD.

 Deepak Kohli is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley lab. Currently, he is part of the IMS SOA core team helping customers SOA enable their IMS systems. Deepak also provides IMS Level 2 technical support specializing in IMS On-Demand and TM areas. He has a Masters in Computer Science from NYU. In the area of IMS, Deepak's experience ranges in applications, DBA, Systems, performance tuning and problem determination. He has taught various IMS & DB2 courses. His presentations have won him rave reviews at conferences world wide.

By Morag Hughson, IBM, UK

Audience: System programmers, architects, Level: Intermediate 

Do you have sensitive data in your MQ messages? Do you want to ensure that data cannot be read by anyone other than the intended recipient? Come and hear all about how WebSphere MQ Advanced Message Security (AMS) can provide services to encrypt your data even while it resides on a queue, and also ensure that only the intended recipient can read the message.

Morag has worked in IBM for over 14 years designing, developing and servicing the WebSphere MQ product (formerly MQSeries). Her main areas of expertise include security, channels, the MQ API, MQSC and PCF, Publish/Subscribe and the z/OS platform. She regularly presents on these topics at a variety of technical conferences around the world. She is now the architect for the base MQ product with responsibility across both z/OS and distributed platforms.


By Jamie Squibb, IBM, UK

Audience: System programmers, developers, Level: Advanced

This presentation gives an overview of the MVS Queue Manager Internals. There is an overview of transactions and why the concepts are so important to the MVS Queue Manager. This is followed by a description of the functions performed by each of the Queue Manager sub-components. Finally, there are some examples of MQ API commands and the various internal component used by each command.

 

Jamie Squibb is one of the main WebSphere MQ for z/OS developers. Prior to this he worked in a team developing cross-platform test automation infrastructure for WebSphere Message Broker, specialising on z/OS and Linux.

By Deepak Kohli, IBM US

Audience: General interest, Level: Basic

Offshoring and outsourcing have become a way of doing business. Especially in IT. And yes, we have all seen the impact of Offshoring and Outsourcing. But have we? What is the short term vs long term impact? Is this the way of the future? Will it change? What does this mean in terms of the living standards for the so called "developed" countries. What does it do to the skill set in the "developing" countries? Do you think the "occupy" movement that started in the US will help reverse this? Do you have suggestions on how to deal with this? Come to this moderated "discussion" session (very much like a talk show) and share your thoughts on this business policy that is affecting the labor market worldwide. P.S. Feel free to have a few drinks before coming to this session.

  Deepak Kohli is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley lab. Currently, he is part of the IMS SOA core team helping customers SOA enable their IMS systems. Deepak also provides IMS Level 2 technical support specializing in IMS On-Demand and TM areas. He has a Masters in Computer Science from NYU. In the area of IMS, Deepak's experience ranges in applications, DBA, Systems, performance tuning and problem determination. He has taught various IMS & DB2 courses. His presentations have won him rave reviews at conferences world wide.

By Yi Jin, E Feng Lu, Liu Ya, IBM, CH

Audience: Application developers, System programmers, Level: Intermediate

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By Henrik Thorsen - IBM (DK)

Audience: General Interest, Level: Intermediate/Advanced

The demands of IT clients in a fast moving market—are stretching the limits of today’s data centers. Add to this the management and integration challenges data centers face as they invest in the next generation of smart applications and it is clear something new is needed.  Smarter computing systems—systems that raise the bar on efficiency, performance and cost savings while lowering management complexity.

IBM zEnterprise offers a revolutionary system design that addresses the complexity and inefficiency in today’s multi-architecture data centers. The zEnterprise extends the strengths and capabilities of the mainframe—such as security, fault tolerance, efficiency, virtualization and dynamic resource allocation—to other systems and workloads running on AIX on POWER7, and Microsoft Windows or Linux on System x —fundamentally changing the way data centers can be managed.

The zEnterprise is a workload-optimized, multi-architecture compute system capable of hosting many workloads integrated together, and efficiently managed as one single entity. It is designed to deploy and intelligently manage workloads across both mainframe and distributed technologies with the same tools, techniques and a single management interface.

The zEnterprise System includes a CPC—either the z196 or the z114, the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) with its integrated optimizers and/or select IBM blades, and the zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager.

Henrik Thorsen, holds a Master's Degree of Science from DTU. In his current assigment, he is IBM's Nordic Technical Director and System z Platform leader for the Nordic Countries. He has worked in the IT industry since the late 1970s and joined IBM in 1983. During his IBM career in Denmark, Sweden and the US, He worked with a wide range of technologies, with a specialty in z/Os, Parallel Sysplex and cross brand architecture. His project experience includes systems programming, systems architecture and design, department management, project management, education, and sales and marketing.

By Gary Mazo, IBM, US

Audience: CICS Level: Intermediate

If your organization ever considered cost of adding XML and/or REST related processing to modernize your applications, IBM's WebSphere DataPower appliances is a potential solution to offload that cost from your mainframe.  Come to this session to learn about some practical approaches to using the XI50 or XI50z  DataPower transformation appliance within the Enterprise.  Using real live examples, the speaker will show how to use several  protocols such as HTTP, REST, XML, SOAP, MTOM and web services, in conjunction with the power of the DataPower processing and connect the dots to the mainframe applications. A set of live demos will be shown as part of this session.  Familiarity with basic concepts of HTTP, XML, and SOAP is helpful but not strictly required.  Some familiarity with services development process is also a plus.

Gary Mazo is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM Rational Developer for System z (RDz). Gary joined IBM in 1987, and currently is in charge of architecture and tools for Services development.  He holds 3 software  patents and has authored articles and blogs on topics of software development and Enterprise modernization.

By Marcel den Hartog, CA Technologies, NL

Audience: DBA, Application Developers Level: Intermediate

Programs, applications and systems are not static and should be treated almost like organisms. And the more "new" is introduced, the more unpredictable our applications and systems will behave. "Commercialization of IT" is generally recognized as THE trend for 2012. What does this mean for our Mainframe? The introduction of a "simple" app can cause problems nobody anticipated and can severely harm the reputation of your company. Performance management is vital for IT, but unfortunely, is often not recognized as such. How do you prepare for the unexpected, and what measurements do you take so you are not caught by surprise. In this sessions I will use some examples I came across in the past 2 years and we will discuss how they could have been prevented using a variety of tools, but more importantly, by breaking down the silo's between different groups and / or departments.

Marcel den Hartog is Principal Product Marketing EMEA for CA’s Mainframe solutions. In this role, he is a frequent speaker on both internal (customer) and external events like GSE gatherings, IBM’s zUniversity and many others where he talks about CA’s mainframe strategy, vision and Mainframe trends.

Marcel joined CA in 1986 as a Pre-sales consultant. Before this, he worked as a programmer/systems analyst on VSE and MVS systems, starting with CICS DL1/IMS and later with DB2. He is still an expert in CA Easytrieve and Cobol and has hands-on experience with many CA products.  He was responsible for managing CA’s pre-sales teams in The Netherlands, Belgium and South Africa. Prior to his current role Marcel worked as a Linux Development Architect for CA’s Linux and Open Source team. In that role, he served almost two years as a board member of the Plone Open Source Community.

By Leif Pedersen, IBM (DK), Yong Hua Zen IBM China

Audience: DB2 DBA, DB2 System Programmers Level: Basic/Intermediate

This session will cover Optim Configuration Manager and give a technical preview of Optim Query Capture and Replay.

Imagine having an up-to-date, comprehensive, consolidated view of what`s going on in the data landscape: What levels and configurations of data clients and servers are deployed where; what applications are hitting (too heavily, too lightly) which databases; which data resources are being overused or under-used and what`s changing with data clients and servers. With all this knowledge, comes considerable power to control the data environment, molding it to better support application performance and availability - all from a centralized point of control. Come and see what Optim Configuration Manager can do for you.

Testing large and complex enterprise systems can be very difficult and error prone. This session describes how Optim Query Capture Replay  can help automate much of the work associated with validating system changes, database changes, and application changes. This session describes both the functional behavior as well as validating that performance has not been impacted.

Leif Pedersen is a member of the Optim Enablement Team located at the SVL lab, in San Jose. Leif, is located in Denmark and is help customers using the Optim products e.g. Qeury Workload Tuner, pure Qeury, Optim Performance Manager, Optim configuration Manager and Optim Query Capture Replay.

Yong Hua(Henry) Zeng is the solution architect of Optim tools from IBM China, he is now leading the Optim database tools solution enablement in Asian Pacific area. Prior to this, he was a member of Optim performance management tools architect board, focus on the architecture and development of OPM/OPME integration with other products such as OQWT, IBM Tivoli Composite Application (ITCAM) etc.

By Susann Thomas, IBM Germany, DE

Audience: General Interest, Level: Basic/Intermediate

z/OS provides a superior environment for batch processing, and users are generally very successful in fulfilling their batch requirements on z/OS. However, there can be reasons to introduce new processes, tools, and technologies to the batch environment. In this session we discuss those reasons and provide an overview of modernization techniques and technologies for Batch on z/OS. The presentation reviews the technical and business justifications for Batch design and system processing and the explains the new requirements for modern Batch processing based on Java Batch technologies on z/OS. You will understand the IBM’s Batch Modernization Strategy for your z/OS infrastructure and explore current and future directions.

Susann Thomas is a Client Technical Professional for Software on System z at IBM Germany, and specializes in modern technologies such as WebSphere solutions on z/OS.
She worked as a lab services specialist for Worldwide Technology Practice in the IBM Software Group, Application, and Integration Middleware Software. Her area of expertise is WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, WebSphere Compute Grid on z/OS, Java Batch, and XML on z/OS, as well as modern application development on z/OS.

By Michael Erichsen, Xact Consulting, DK

Audience: General Interest, Level: Advanced

We could define a modern enterprise as an enterprise that can adapt to the rapid, complex, or even chaotic changes in the modern world. This goes for institutions and authorities as well. From this definition derives a requirement of IT in enterprise modernization as changing IT to support this as well as possible.
A Modern Enterprise needs all the information it can get. What do we know about ourselves, our business, our processes, our suppliers, and our customers? What do they know about us? And what do they think about us?
The sources of this information are expanding immensely now. Besides the structured data we have unstructured data, which can be stored or streaming, we have static and temporal data, and we have implicit data. We need new data models to handle all this data – and to figure out how to turn it into information, knowledge and even understanding. We need methods and tools to handle this.
In turn this puts new requirements on our development process and tools. New ways must be combined with traditional tools and methods to support our businesses.
The modern developer must know the business, know the toolset, exchange experiences, knowledge and inspiration, and stay on the beat with new technologies and methods.
This session will sketch some of the challenges before getting technical with one of the most promising new tools called UIMA, Unstructured Information Management Architecture.
UIMA was developed by IBM Research and is the core of technologies like Watson, which can win Jeopardy and perhaps assist doctors. It is used in products like IBM OmniFind and LanguageWare.
UIMA is freely available as open source from Apache and has been extended by universities, companies and nerds to cover many areas of special knowledge. UIMA can run as an Eclipse Plug-in, which means it can also be embedded in your Rational Development tools.

Michael Erichsen is an Enterprise Modernization Specialist at Xact Consulting in Copenhagen. He has a broad experience as a systems programmer and an IT architect.

By Henrik Sjöstrand, IBM, SE

Audience: Architects, Level: Basic/Intermediate

In this session we will look at different technologies to develop apps for mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad, Android phones and tablets, BlackBerry etc. We will explain mobile HTML5, hybrid and native apps and advantages and disadvantages with each of these technologies. We will also look at what infrastructure components are necessary on the backend side to support a rapidly growing use of mobile apps among your employees, partners and customers.

Henrik Sjöstrand is a Client Technical Professional within IBM Software Group, WebSphere, Sweden. He has been working with the WebSphere Application Server product for more than a decade. Since the introduction of support for mobile apps in the Application Server he has been involved in mobile projects giving guidance on how to use the technology.

By Dusty Rivers, GT Software, US

Audience: DBA, System Programmer, Application Developers, Architects. Level: Basic

A presentation that is focused on how mainframe integration and Web services best practices can drive to maximum value from your existing mainframe investments, while cutting costs. Dusty will stress why having choices for how services are developed, what can be included, how the services are called, and where the services are run are critical to maximize your investments while containing costs. In this session, you will:- Learn how to drive more value from existing mainframe investments without recoding or reworking existing applications. - Learn how to leverage Linux on Z and specialty engines to control MIPS and cut costs

GT Software Architect Dusty Rivers has an extensive 35-year background in global systems integration. Rivers has played an integral role in the design and implementation of distributed mainframe projects for a distinguished list of FORTUNE companies throughout the finance, government, manufacturing and insurance industries. Rivers is well-regarded within the technology community and is a frequent presenter at conferences in the US, as well as in Europe, South Africa, and Australia.


By Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK

Audience: AD, Architects, Level: Basic

In this session Ian will introduce the concepts characteristic of a Restful Architecture and contrast these low ceremony techniques with the developer appeal, functionality, agility and governance capabilities of traditional higher ceremony architectures.

Ian J Mitchell is an IBM Distinguished Engineer at the Hursley Development Lab. He's spent over 20 years working on CICS and is currently the Architect for CICS Product Portfolio. He regularly presents sessions at SHARE, the Transaction and Messaging Conferences and for regional GUIDEs. Ian works with many of IBM's largest customers ensuring that CICS continues to provide the world leading capabilities and qualities of service it has been renowned for over 40 years.

By Curt Cotner, IBM, US

Audience: General Interest, Level: Intermediate

This presentation will cover new technology directions in the Optim, Data Studio, and Guardium tools portfolios within IBM.   We'll talk about the new tools that are coming in the near future, as well as some of the important improvements introduced over the past year.   We'll talk about tools used for development, database administration, and testing.

Curt Cotner is an IBM Fellow and Vice President.   Curt is the chief technology officer for the DB2 family and Informix IDS database servers, and has both management and technology oversight responsibility for all the client software offerings used with DB2 and IDS. This includes the client runtime APIs (JDBC, .NET, CLI, pureQuery, etc.) and the application development and administration tools offerings (Data Studio and Optim tool portfolio)

By Mike Johnson, IBM, UK

Audience: General Interest, Level: Basic/Intermediate

System z applications often contain critical business logic that can be implemented as business rules. Capturing the business rules from the COBOL code and externalizing and managing them in a dedicated Decision Management allows companies to increase their business agility, time to market and business/IT alignment. This session introduces WebSphere Operational Decision Management for z/OS (WODM for z/OS), outlines different usage scenarios, exploitation of new Java features in CICS TS V4, and describes best practices for implementations of rule execution .  Note:  WODM is the evolution of IBM products formerly known as ILOG BRMS and WebSphere Business Events (WBE).

Mike Johnson is a software engineer working in the WODM on z/OS Development group at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the U.K. Mike has worked in development for many years in MQ and Message Broker and currently develops the ILOG Rules Engine offering on z/OS which is part of the WODM offering from IBM.  Mike provides consultancy on WODM to the Technical Sales teams of IBM and has contributed to IBMs patent portfolio, redbooks and technical papers

By Leif Pedersen - IBM (DK)

Audience: DB2 DBA,DB2 System Programmer, Architects, Level: Basic/Intermediate

Testing large and complex enterprise systems can be very difficult and error prone. This session describes how Optim Query Capture Replay  can help automate much of the work associated with validating system changes, database changes, and application changes. This session describes both the functional behavior as well as validating that performance has not been impacted.

Leif Pedersen is a member of the Optim Enablement Team located at the SVL lab, in Aon Jose. Leif, is located in Denmark and is help customer using the Optim products e.g. Qeury Workload Tuner, pure Qeury, Optim Performance Manager, Optim configuration Manager and Optim Query Capture Replay.

By Will Yates, IBM , UK and Isabel Arnold, IBM, Germany

Audience: CICS, AD, Architect, Level: Basic

Eclipse started life as a replacement for IBMs Visual Age for Java .  Although originally a Java IDE it also provided an extensible framework for other programmers to contribute new additions.  After eclipse was given to the open source community it has grown and now provides over 1million extensions for free download.  With so much available it is more than just an IDE it can function as your entire desktop.

William Yates is a senior test engineer for CICS.  He is an expert in revitalising CICS applications and workloads to integrate with a modern enterprise.  His work within test is to ensure that new CICS function doesn't just satisfy specifications but satisfies the real customer requirement. 

Isabel Arnold has been acting as Client Technical Professional for System z since 2004. She started working in the field of Information Technology in 2001 and holds a German Diploma from University of Corporate Education Stuttgart. Her areas of expertise include CICS with focus on integration and modernization as well as modern application development for System z. In her role she worked on two ITSO Redbooks and has been presenting at conferences like System z or WebSphere Technical Conference. Isabel teaches System z Software basics at German universities and is IBM representative for the German CICS user group.

By Guy Slade, IBM, US

Audience: General Interest/Application Development, Level: Intermediate

Spend an hour watching Guy become a number of different players in a demonstration of a day in the life of a COBOL programmer in a CLM enabled environment. We will walk through the creation of requirements using RRM, a test case using RQM, planning using RTC and some basic SCM tasks a developer would go though to complete his tasks using the ISPF based client. Through this demonstration you will get to see how seamlessly integrated these three products are and how, combined together they provide an extremely powerful environment for all players in a development shop.

Guy has been working on the RTC product for over two years now and is the Chief Programmer for the Enterrpise Extensions functionality in the product.

By Vankat Balabhadrapatruni, IBM, USA and Ian Mitchell, IBM, UK

Audience: AD, Architects, IT Mgr, Level: Intermediate

This session will demonstrate how Rational integrated tools help the typical IBM System z or zEnterprise developer to improve project management, productivity, testing and deployment across the application lifecycle. During this session you will see a live demonstration show casing a typical "day in a life" scenario, featuring:
  • Rational Developer for System z for coding, application transformation, debugging and    application deployment with CICS Explorer
  • Rational Developer for System z Unit Test Feature for building z/OS applications on a shared x86 Linux server
  • Rational Team Concert for workflow, governance, source code management and collaborative development
Session attendees will walk away with a better working knowledge of IBM Rational Enterprise Modernization solutions and product capabilities, strategies for deploying an affordable and flexible System z / zEnterprise development environment, and how to build a common team infrastructure for distributed and mainframe development.

Vankat Balabhadrapatruni is the Chief Architect and Development Manager for IBM Ratinal Developer for system z (RDz). Vankat joined IBM in 2000 and was involved with the RDz devopment from Day 1. Current responsibilities include defining the RDz technical roadmap and architecture including the integration with other tools and runtimes.

 Ian J Mitchell is an IBM Distinguished Engineer at the Hursley Development Lab. He's spent over 20 years working on CICS and is currently the Architect for CICS Product Portfolio. He regularly presents sessions at SHARE, the Transaction and Messaging Conferences and for regional GUIDEs. Ian works with many of IBM's largest customers ensuring that CICS continues to provide the world leading capabilities and qualities of service it has been renowned for over 40 years.

By Vankat Balabhadrapatruni, IBM, US

Audience: Application Developer Level: Basic/Intermediate

Rational Developer for System z (RDz) accelerates the development of Mainframe applications, including traditional COBOL, PL/I, C/C++, and Assembler applications, Web services, and XML-based interfaces linking to the Web. RDz uses industry standards to simplify the development of rich client interfaces, Web user interfaces, traditional terminal interfaces, and back-end, business logic deployable to CICS, IMS, DB2, Batch, UNIX System Services, and WebSphere transactional environments. RDz integrates with existing System z development processes, including problem determination and System z source management systems. This session will review the new features added to RDz V.8.0.3, a discussion of what's on the horizon, and will include a live demonstration.

Vankat Balabhadrapatruni is the Chief Architect and Development Manager for IBM Rational Developer for system z (RDz). Vankat joined IBM in 2000 and was involved with the RDz development from Day 1. Current responsibilities include defining the RDz technical roadmap and architecture including the integration with other tools and runtimes.

By Kim Mortensen, Compuware, Denmark

Audience: General Interest, Application Developer, System Programmer  Level: All

The Compuware Workbench is an eclipse-based modern interface to the Mainframe. For newcomers and experienced Mainframe  Application developers Compuware Workbench is providing an integrated platform for developing and maintaining applications using state of the art tools for accessing data on the mainframe, Debugging applications, measuring performance and processing abends.

This session is a live demonstration of the Compuware Workbench, that shows you how the workbench integrates to the Compuware product portfolio like:

  • File-AID
  • Xpediter
  • Strobe
  • Abend-AID

And also show new tooling like Host Explorer, JES Explorer and SlickEdit as an intelligent editor for Cobol, PL/I an assembler applications. You will see how these tools operates as an interactive development toolkit, the enables you to work with multiple aspects of development and simultaneously makes the processes easier.  

Kim Mortensen is a Technical Account Manager at Compuware in Denmark and the Nordic area.

With more than 25 years of experience working with the mainframe Kim has worked as an Application Developer on the z/OS platform for 10 years, worked as BI Consultant across the industry with major Danish accounts, and the last 6 years as a DB2 Systems programmer on z/OS.

Kim is currently the main contact for technical aspects of the Compuware portfolio on the Mainframe in Denmark.

By Rajesh Kumar Khare, DNB, NO

Audience: Application Developers, Level: Intermediate

As a developer in Mainframe Batch Applications it is often required to perform various management reporting based on some input data file(s). A typical DB2 batch application processing involves handling sequential files, accessing DB2 tables, business logic, formatting data and perform table operation such as insert/update/delete.  In general such DB2 batch application performs well, but with growing size of input files or table size it suffers heavily on performance. In this presentation let us share some tips and techniques which can make your batch application share DB2 workload or in other words avoid unnecessary calls to database.
In this session, we will share some real life examples where we would like to present How as a Developer one can ensure easier, simpler and effective DB2 batch application.

Rajesh Kumar Khare, is a Senior Conultant in DNB (Den Norske Bank). Worked on development and maintenance of several business applications on distributed platform. Since last 13 years involved in develeopment, maintenance and performance tuning of Batch Applications in z/OS and DB2.

By Tom Ross, IBM, US

Audience: Application Developers Level: Intermediate

Come and hear about what is going on in IBM COBOL development, some hints about what may be coming in the future, and what may be going away in the COBOL language!  There have not been any recent announcements about new CO BOL compoilers, but that does not mean that IBM COBOL developers are not busy working on something new and exciting!

Tom Ross is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development. Tom has been developing COBOL product for 29 years, including compiler and run-time libraries for every release of VS COBOL II thru IBM COBOL on AIX AND Windows. Tom is an expert in debug support for COBOL, IBM COBOL customers, and customer migration issues for COBOL and Language Environment for z/OS, and in many issues facing IBM mainframe customers.

By Vankat Balabhadrapatruni, IBM, US

Audience: Application Developers Level: Basic/Intermediate

RDz UT, based on the IBM z Personal Development Tool (zPDT) provides a small-scale, personal test environment for developers that can run z/OS® and z/OS middleware from IBM, but on an Intel® or Intel-compatible (x86) personal computer (PC), eliminating the cost differentials that exist between distributed and existing mainframe development environments. Running a personal System z development environment on a PC allows a more portable, flexible, and lower-cost environment for individual developers.

Vankat Balabhadrapatruni is the Chief Architect and Development Manager for IBM Rational Developer for system z (RDz). Vankat joined IBM in 2000 and was involved with the RDz development from Day 1. current responsibilities include defining the RDz technical roadmap and architecture including the integration with other tools and runtimes.

By Tom Ross, IBM, US

Audience: Application Developers Level: Intermediate

Years ago IBM tools for debugging were not as good as some vendor's products, but that is not the case anymore!  Debug Tool is much improved, and since IBM made it competitive with hookless debugging, automonitor and playback in 2001, we have shipped improvemnets almost every year in response to customer requests and also to keep up with changing compilers.  You might be surprised how good Debug Tool and its partner Problem Determination tools really are!  The speaker will also talk about what we are planning in the future for Debug Tool and COBOL.

Tom Ross is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development. Tom has been developing COBOL product for 29 years, including compiler and run-time libraries for every release of VS COBOL II thru IBM COBOL on AIX AND Windows. Tom is an expert in debug support for COBOL, IBM COBOL customers, and customer migration issues for COBOL and Language Environment for z/OS, and in many issues facing IBM mainframe customers.

By Wang Yun Ting IBM (China), Leif Pedersen IBM(DK)

Audience: DB2 DBA Level: Basic/Intermediate

SQL optimization is a critical piece of the application performance puzzle. When SQL queries and workloads in applications are not tuned for optimal performance, they can consume precious resources or in extreme situations cause application outages. Optim query tuning solutions provide an environment to identify and tune poorly performing SQL statements with advisors and tools that help guide you to a solution.

The session will give a brief overview of Optim Query [Workload] Tuner, and share some real SQL tuning best practices from a top bank customer in China. We will introduce the performance challenges that customers faced, and discuss the most common issues in SQL tuning, and then demonstrate how to use Optim Query Tuner to identify problem queries and diagnose the root cause of performance problems. This session will also cover how to perform health check for each problem SQL, and analyze problem query/statistics/index design using Optim Query Tuner.

Wang Yun Ting is the technical lead of the IBM Optim Query Tuner and Optim Query Workload Tuner products, working in the IBM China development lab. She has worked with these products in their previous incarnations as the DB2 Optimization Expert and Optimization Service Center products since the team was founded in 2004. She has rich experience in query optimization.                                                                                            

Leif Pedersen is a member of the Optim Enablement Team  at the SVL lab, in San Jose. Leif, is located in Denmark and is help customer using the Optim products e.g. Qeury Workload Tuner, pure Qeury, Optim Performance Manager, Optim Configuration Manager, Optim Query Capture Replay

By Gary Mazo, IBM, US

Audience: Application Developers (CICS) Level: Intermediate

Latest versions of CICS and Rational tools have introduced some new features for Web Services and XML processing that are very powerful on their own.  When combined together, they can offer even higher flexibility and choice in handling situations that require non-trivial XML processing.  In this session, the speaker will demonstrate a combination of Web Services and XML resources provided by CICS and complemented by conversion technologies provided by Rational Developer for System z (RDz). 

This session will first go through a brief introduction of the latest features for CICS Web services and XML support, describe the tools, and then will dive deep into a hands-on live demo.  Familiarity with XML and Web Services will be helpful to the audience.

Gary Mazo is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM Rational Developer for System z (RDz). Gary joined IBM in 1987, and currently is in charge of architecture and tools for Services development.  He holds 3 software  patents and has authored articles and blogs on topics of software development and Enterprise modernization.