2014-Copenhagen

By Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, JN Data A/S (DK)

This session will set the scene for the conference and introduce you to what your expectation would be.

Svenn-Aage Sønderskov is a DB2 Systems Programmer at JN Data A/S and has been working with many aspects of System z since 1976, where tooling and support to developers, infrastructure-people and Operations has been the focus areas apart from the normal daily routines as a System Programmer..

Svenn-Aage Sønderskov is Region Manager for the GSE Nordic Region.

By Niels Simanis, Danske Bank, DK

Performance Management at Danske Bank is a key asset to achieve resilience, availability and cost restraint. Over the last 9 years Performance Management has been evolved from being occasional tuning effort for various applications to be institutionalised from top management, directors, vice presidents, system managers to the individual developer. The presentation will cover operational, QA and the development proces aspects and discuss the various tools available and the reasoning behind some of the custom built tools at Danske Bank.

The presentation will also cover the challenge of keeping developers current with resilience and performance best practices  within a demographically  and geographically changing environment.

Next evolutionary step in Performance Management at Danske Bank is based on realtime Business Analytics using SPSS - the current state of this project will be presented.

Niels Simanis is SM for the system programmers and performance teams with 30+ years as a system programmer

By Nick Garrod and Ian Michell, IBM UK

Abstract description

To open the CICS track this year Nick and Ian will provide an introduction into what has been delivered in the past year highlighting sessions to attend for deeper dive information.  All the latest announcements and technology developments in the CICS space will be discussed as you hear how the worldwide CICS team is transforming your expectations with a range of innovations that you will want to exploit both now, and in the years to come.

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 Isabel Arnold, IBM Germany

Abstract description

The CICS System Programmer (Porthos) and the Application Developer (Athos) have been working on and fighting for the mainframe for ages, armed with console based screens like ISPF and keyboards. For quite some years they are in good company with the Host Modernizer (Aramis), similarly armed, and connecting CICS to the outside world using Web Services, JCA, Web 2.0, dynamic scripting and other new technologies. But times are changing making it harder and harder especially for the modernizer to keep up to date with evolving trends using their traditional weapons.
Now it’s 2014 and the time is ripe for new gear including mouse and graphical interfaces. Join the speaker trying to walk in the shoes of each musketeer, carrying new weapons like CICS Explorer or Rational Developer for System z and taking her hat off to them.

Isabel Arnold has been working as CICS Technical Sales Specialist 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 three ITSO Redbooks and has been presenting at conferences like System z or WebSphere Technical Conference. Isabel teaches System z Software basics at German universities, is IBM representative for the German CICS user group and leads a team of CICS TechSales specialists across Europe.

By Joe Winchester, IBM UK and Mark Hollands, IBM UK

The CICS and Problem determination tools are awesome.  They let you see how your applications are performing on CICS and what resources are being used and how.  They provide you with change control and audit capabilities as well as provision and clone CICS systems.  If things go wrong then the problem determiniation tools allow you to find out where the problem is: transactions abending, applications performing badly, bad data, poor code.   This talk will show all of the tools inside the z/OS Explorer platform and demonstrate end to end fault diagnosis and performance analysis.  Lots of demos and chances to heckle and win prizes  - a must see talk for all z/OS folks at 2014 Nordic GSE.

Joe Winchester, Editor-in-Chief of Java Developer's Journal, was formerly JDJ's longtime Desktop Technologies Editor and is a software developer working on development tools for IBM in Hursley, UK.

After joining IBM in 2010 Mark worked as part of the WebSphere Voice team based in the Hursley Development Labs. Since joining CICS he has worked in CICS Tools developing CICS Explorer plug-ins for CICS Configuration Manager and CICS Deployment Assistant. 

By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM UK

Abstract description

Do you fumble with bundles? Do you groan at USSHOME? With CICS using zFS for more and more artifacts it's easy to end up with a large set of files and folders that become difficult to manage. Come along to this session to learn some simple best practices that will help you to tame the zFS beast and keep you out of heirachical hell. 

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 & Mobile Technologies and he was closely involved with the design & development of their support in CICS V4. He is currently working as a developer on the eclipse based CICS tools.

By Prad Gohil, IBM UK

Abstract description

CICS as a platform and the applications that run on it have often evolved into systems that can be complex to manage.

The relationships between the system resources, regions, and applications - not to mention the need to deliver on your SLAs - makes the whole process of managing the CICS platform and the application lifecycle challenging.

What can be done to simplify these issues? This session will explain how the capabilities introduced in CICS TS v5 allow the principles of DevOps to be applied to CICS, and show the incremental steps that can be taken to gain benefit from them.

 Pradeep Gohil is a software developer for CICS Transaction Server for z/OS. Since joining IBM in 2002, he has developed for CICS Systems Management, CICS Feature Packs and several releases of CICS TS. Most recently, he has been part of the development team that provided the CICS Cloud enablement enhancements and specializes in CICS bundles.

By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM UK

Abstract description

It is well known that Java is one of the most popular programming languages in use. In this session we'll look at how CICS allows you to make use of OSGi, the service orientated approach to Java. We'll also look at the fast and lightweight Java web container that is provided in CICS TS V5. Liberty Profile technology in CICS provides the rich features of Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages specifications, and fast local access to your existing CICS applications and data. Add the CICS VUE and Java on CICS just makes sense!

 

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 & Mobile Technologies and he was closely involved with the design & development of their support in CICS V4. He is currently working as a developer on the eclipse based CICS tools.

 

By Prad Gohil, IBM UK

Abstract description

CICS TS v5 introduces new infrastructure to increase your service agility and move towards a service delivery platform for cloud computing. For agile service delivery, CICS resources are packaged together, hosted as applications on a platform, and managed dynamically with policies. You can thus move resources through their lifecycle with greater ease and flexibility, and respond to changing business and user requirements with increased speed and confidence.

Application resources enable a far greater level of control and management than in previous CICS releases. To facilitate deployment of a new application level resource, CICS introduces the concept of a platform. Platforms provide services and resources so that applications can be rapidly deployed based on their requirements.

In addition, we introduce the concept of a policy. Policies enable the behavior of applications and platforms to be managed by determining whether tasks running as part of a platform, as an application, or as types of operations within an application, exceed certain predefined thresholds. When a threshold is breeched, CICS can provide automated actions in the form of messages, issuing events and even abending the task.

Pradeep Gohil is a software developer for CICS Transaction Server for z/OS. Since joining IBM in 2002, he has developed for CICS Systems Management, CICS Feature Packs and several releases of CICS TS. Most recently, he has been part of the development team that provided the CICS Cloud enablement enhancements and specializes in CICS bundles.

By Prad Gohil, IBM UK

Abstract description

Enterprise systems offer integrity, rollback, durability and thousands of other characteristics that make your business run without error 24/7, but enterprise systems also have a reputation of 'hiding' their data from the mobile platform. This session will demonstrate how to integrate Worklight, IBM's mobile platform for application development and application management with CICS allowing your business to expose your 'hidden' data to the mobile platform so that your business can start to exploit its hidden value.

Learn why connecting CICS to a mobile world is essential, and how it could be done using IBM's Mobile Platform.

Learn how the latest additions to CICS makes it easier and an even more powerful place to handle mobile related workload.

Learn with some examples how to connect CICS up to Worklight to allow CICS to service Mobile Workloads.

Pradeep Gohil is a software developer for CICS Transaction Server for z/OS. Since joining IBM in 2002, he has developed for CICS Systems Management, CICS Feature Packs and several releases of CICS TS. Most recently, he has been part of the development team that provided the CICS Cloud enablement enhancements and specializes in CICS bundles.

By Birgit Vesterling and Niels Simanis, Danske Bank (DK)

During recent years the CPU speed has grown and the total capacity “on the box” has increased to a level where most Z shop can fit into a few box’es. At Danske Bank we have carried out a number of consolidation projects to reduce cost and increase transparency in the infrastructure. The presentation will cover the reasoning behind consolidation, the difficulties in achieving the goal,  the cost of executing the projects and the financial and non-financial benfits achieved. After the consolidation projects Danske Bank have realized that there are huge cost reductions to be harvested in a condensed environment – the presentation will cover the technical aspect of these opportunities being realized at Danske Bank in 2014.

Birgit Vesterling is a systems programmer with 15+ years experience in Cics and 10 years experience as application programmer. Birgit Vesterling is responsible for Cics at Danske Bank.

Niels Simanis is SM for the system programmers and performance teams with 30+ years as a system programmer

By Mark Hollands, Joe Winchester IBM UK

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Have you ever wondered if managing your CICS deployment could be easier? Do you have people in your organisation who struggle to understand your CICS topology? Are you looking for an easier way to clone regions or even create whole CICS environments from scratch? Using CICS Deployment Assistant you can discover, model, visualise, query and manage your CICS topologies alongside 30 other types of z/OS entity. This session will demonstrate the main features of CICS DA, including some exciting new features of v5.2, and show you how you can use it to easily create an entirely new CICS deployment in under 10 minutes! 

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After joining IBM in 2010 Mark worked as part of the WebSphere Voice team based in the Hursley Development Labs. Since joining CICS he has worked in CICS Tools developing CICS Explorer plug-ins for CICS Configuration Manager and CICS Deployment Assistant. 

By Ian Michell, IBM UK

Abstract description

In this session you will hear from the AIM zCTO and Distinguished Engineer giving an outlook into the journey he sees CICS taking in the future.  Ian will focus on our intentions for Performance and where our recent adoption of support for WebSphere Liberty will take us.  Ian will also give an introduction to the Information Center replacement, the IBM Knowledge Center and the innovative ways it will improve your experience with CICS.

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 Jeff Josten, IBM, US

DB2 11 addresses many key customer requirements, and this session will review the key features. The following areas will be covered:
 
Performance:  DB2 11 delivers out-of-the-box performance improvements that will benefit a wide range of  customer workloads.  There are also new performance features that can  provide further benefits with some DBA or application work.
 
Reduced Management Costs:  DB2 11 provides several improvements to utilities and to system automation that   reduces the time and effort required to manage DB2 systems and data bases.  DB2 migration tasks are also made significantly easier in this release.
 
Reliability Availability Serviceability (RAS) and Security:  DB2 11 extends the industry leading RAS and Security capabilities of System z.  Enhancements that reduce downtime required to make some kinds of application and schema changes as well as  extensions to DB2's logging archtecture are discussed.
 
Extended SQL and Analytics Capabilities:  DB2 11 delivers several important SQL and XML enhancements, along with providing new capabilities for JSON and for connecting to Big Data.  

Jeff Josten is an IBM distinguished engineer at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab and the lead architect for DB2 for z/OS.

By Haakon Roberts, IBM, US

DB2 11 delivers yet more performance, availability and functionality within the DB2 Utilities Suite. This session not only gives an overview of new features in V11, but also what recent enhancements have been delivered in V10 that you can take advantage of today. In addition to this the session will give practical advice on how to make the most of utilities to maximise availability and performance and at the same time minimise CPU and resource costs for managing DB2 systems.

Haakon Roberts is an IBM Distinguished Engineer at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab. Haakon is the Technical Lead of DB2 Utilities and DB2 Tools.

By Meg Bernal, IBM (US)

DB2 11 for z/OS introduces the concept of Application Compatibility to simplify migration.  This session will introduce the concept and provide the information you need to know to exploit this new capability to simply your migration from DB2 10 to DB2 11.  We will also cover how to exploit this new capability to identify changes you need to make to applications that may be affected by incompatible changes in DB2 11.

Meg Bernal has been a DB2 for z/OS Developer at the Silicon Valley Laboratory for the past seventeen years.
She has participated on many SQL enhancements throughout the releases of DB2 such as
Muliple-Row Fetch, Scrollable Cursors, SELECT FROM INSERT/UPDATE/DELETE, INSTEAD OF TRIGGERs, etc.
Most recently, Meg has been dedicated to providing SQL PL support since
native SQL PL procedures were first introduced in DB2 9 for z/OS.

 

By Haakon Roberts, IBM, US

Although first introduced in DB2 V6, LOBs have now become a common feature of DB2 environments. Yet there are unique attributes which are important to understand to ensure best performance and avoid pitfalls in terms of LOB management. This session will explain LOB support in DB2 and provide practical advice in how best to implement and manage LOB data in DB2 for z/OS.

Haakon Roberts is an IBM Distinguished Engineer at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab. Haakon is the Technical Lead of DB2 Utilities and DB2 Tools.

By Frank Petersen, JN Data, DK and Leif Pedersen, IBM, DK

When looking at a ner DB2 version like DB2 11 the installation doing the early testing need to try to ensure or validate the performance “out-of-the box”. This presentation will give the audience a view into the amount of work being done in this area which is normally known as “regression testing”. During this testing we try to expose a new version to a direct repeatable workload without any changes to neither the applications nor the system. We will therefore NOT discuss new features in DB2 11 but only give a preview of how JN Data saw DB2 11 in aspect of performance and stability. More important is it to take a view on the methods and the tools used to re-produce a given workload and repeating this. Finally we will talk about how performance figures were collected and compared. This walk-through can be used by other installations to do similar testing for instance when investigating impact of table changes etc.

Frank Petersen has worked as a systems programmer in large installations since 1978, mainly with database products. He has a broad insight in DB2 as he has been involved in every release since version 1. He has worked with the technical side of almost every aspect of DB2, like performance, application development and warehousing. Besides DB2 on z/OS Frank has worked with DB2 LUW and he also has a broad insight into ‘modern’ things like Web development, .Net and Java etc. Together with a colleague Frank received the 2008 IBM IOD Innovation Award for the best solution powered by DB2 on z/OS for a monitoring and alerting system. Frank has been a frequent speaker at many international conferences like IDUG, IOD and GSE. Frank is a member of the IDUG "Speakers hall of fame".

Leif Pedersen is a solutions architect working for the Optim Enablement Team located at the SVL Lab in San Jose California. Leif has worked with database technology for more than 25 years. Today, Leif helps customers with the Optim products such as Query Workload Tuner, pure Query, Optim Performance Manager, Optim Configuration Manager, and Optim Workload Replay.

 

By Akiko Hoshikawa, IBM, US

DB2 development continues to innovate to produce great CPU reduction in DB2 11.  DB2 performance team in Silicon Valley Lab will discuss various performance items benefit in OLTP, batches and query performance and share the promising preliminary performance results with DB2 11. Similar to DB2 10,  the range of improvement varies depending on the workload characteristics.

This session will provide the information to set expectation for your workloads and what actions are needed or recommended to fully utilize DB2 11 improvement.

Akiko Hoshikawa is a STSM working for the DB2 Performance team at the SVL Lab in San Jose, California.

 By Phil Grainger, BMC Software, UK

What's going on with SQL?

We're used to asking questions and we know how to code them in SQL - but how do you ask a question about a specific point in time?

Temporal data support allows the user/programmer to concentrate on WHAT the questions are whilst DB2 Temporal support manages the underlying data to provide the answers

And what about recursion? Can an SQL statement really re-execute itself repeatedly until it gets to the final result set? With Recursive SQL, yes it can

 

This session gives an overview of these two, new, SQL possibilities

Phil has over 20 years experience of DB2, starting work all those years ago in 1987 with DB2 Version 1.2. Since then he has worked with all versions, including DB2 10

From his beginnings as a DB2 DBA for one of the largest users of DB2 at that time in the UK, through his time at PLATINUM technology and including almost 10 years as Senior Principal Product Manager for CAs line of DB2 solutions, Phil has always been a keen supporter of user groups and is a regular speaker at both vendor sponsored and independent events. 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 Board Liaison for BMC Software

Phils focus as Senior Principal Product Manager for DB2 tools at CA was with an international view as to the usage of DB2

In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Phil was honoured by IBM as an Information Champion

Phils is now at BMC Software working as their Lead Product Manager in support of their DB2 tools portfolio

In addition, Phil is a regular contributor to the IDUG sponsored
DB2-L discussion list 

By Jeff Josten, IBM, US

With the flattening of Moore's Law, processor speeds will not serve as a significant source of performance improvement in coming years. Database systems are looking to use large real memory to avoid I/O latency and processor overhead. DB2 10 and 11 deliver enhancements to use large real memories and IBM z/OS features, such as large page sizes and
flash memory. This session discusses these recent DB2 enhancements and highlights the potential performance benefits of large real memories and how the DB2 development team plans to exploit such opportunities. 

Jeff Josten is an IBM distinguished engineer at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab and the lead architect for DB2 for z/OS.

By Susan Lawson, YLA, US

With every new release of DB2 we look to see what features will allow us to improve the performance of our existing applications and the availability of our data. We also begin to plan to utilize new feature in our development efforts. This presentation takes a look at the features in DB2 11 that will both improve our performance and provide us with maximum data availability.

Topics:

  • Discuss overall improvements and migration goals in DB2 11
  • Discuss features for improved application performance
  • Discuss features for improved data availability
  • Discuss implementation and expectations of these new features .

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 Phil Grainger, BMC Software, UK

We always assume that tuning, and thus saving cpu, will result in actual monetary savings

Well, with IBMs Measured Workload Pricing this is not the case - we need to target our tuning at specific times of the month to see real value

This presentation starts by explaining how IBMs MLC works in practice and what this means to our DB2 world, before looking at some methodologies for SQL tuning that will result in paying lower software license charges

Phil has over 20 years experience of DB2, starting work all those years ago in 1987 with DB2 Version 1.2. Since then he has worked with all versions, including DB2 10

From his beginnings as a DB2 DBA for one of the largest users of DB2 at that time in the UK, through his time at PLATINUM technology and including almost 10 years as Senior Principal Product Manager for CAs line of DB2 solutions, Phil has always been a keen supporter of user groups and is a regular speaker at both vendor sponsored and independent events. 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 Board Liaison for BMC Software

Phils focus as Senior Principal Product Manager for DB2 tools at CA was with an international view as to the usage of DB2

In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Phil was honoured by IBM as an Information Champion

Phils is now at BMC Software working as their Lead Product Manager in support of their DB2 tools portfolio

In addition, Phil is a regular contributor to the IDUG sponsored DB2-L discussion list 

By Akiko Hoshikawa, IBM, US and Maggie Jinis, IBM, US

Come to hear the deep dive discussion and lessens learned on IDAA performance from DB2 IDAA performance experts.  One of the greatest values with IDAA solution is less need of performance tuning.  Yet it is essential to understand the performance expectation, DB2 impact and monitoring consideration to take full advantage of IDAA solutions.  In this session, we will focus on performance expectation in both side of DB2 and IDAA, guideline on choosing the queries to accelerate, key performance tuning knobs,  such as choosing organization and distribution keys or how WLM setting influence IDAA.    Sessions includes performance updates on incremental updates,  IDAA V4 and DB2 11 enhancements

Akiko Hoshikawa is a STSM working for the DB2 Performance team at the SVL Lab in San Jose, California.

Maggie Jinis a member of the DB2 for z/OS performance department at the IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory. She has been with IBM for 11 years, 9 years with DB2 for z/OS query optimization and 2 years with DB2 for z/OS performance.  She has a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from University of California Irvine (UCI). Her areas of expertise include query optimization, query parallelism, and IDAA.

Deepak Kohli IBM,US   Deepak Kohli IBM,USDeepak Kohli IBM,USDeepak Kohli IBM,US 

You couldn't miss the buzz around IMS 13 when the incredible milestone of 100K transactions per second was announced!
The IMS lab and the worldwide IMS community is re-energized thanks not only to the momentum from this achievement but also to the positive feedback of clients, including very important Nordics clients.
Come to hear what is planned for the future of IMS - Yes, it is a bright future!!

 

Deepak is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley lab. Currently, he is part of the IMS product management team providing product direction. In the past, Deepak has also been 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 also taught various IMS & DB2 courses. His presentations have won him rave reviews at conferences world wide.  

 

 

 

Deepak Kohli IBM,US 

The IMS catalog was introduced in IMS V12 and is strategic for IMS.
But what does that mean for the IMS customer? Why should they implement it? What goes into the catalog? Are there aany gotcha's or issues with the catalog? What if you don't implement the catalog? If these questions have been keeping you in therapy or if you just want to have fun, then come to this session and learn the secret to life.

 

Deepak is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley lab. Currently, he is part of the IMS product management team providing product direction. In the past, Deepak has also been 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 also taught various IMS & DB2 courses. His presentations have won him rave reviews at conferences world wide.

 

 

 Alison Coughtrie,  IBM, UK 

Lab Overview.

These will be hands-on sessions and may require the participants to work in pairs depending on numbers attending.
 
Accessing the Catalog using the IMS Explorer.
Accessing an IMS database using the IMS Explorer
Adding copybook metadata to a database using the IMS Explorer
Exporting the new DBD to the host and populating the Catalog with it
Running SQL queries against the Catalog and new metadata in the database from the Explorer
Catalog "Housekeeping" - running the Purge Utility 

Alison Coughtrie, Certified IT Specialist is a member of the European IMS Architecture Team, focussed on helping Customers to maximise 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.
 

 Alison Coughtrie,  IBM, UK 

Lab Overview.

These will be hands-on sessions and may require the participants to work in pairs depending on numbers attending.
Accessing the Catalog using the IMS Explorer.
Accessing an IMS database using the IMS Explorer
Adding copybook metadata to a database using the IMS Explorer
Exporting the new DBD to the host and populating the Catalog with it
Running SQL queries against the Catalog and new metadata in the database from the Explorer
Catalog "Housekeeping" - running the Purge Utility

 

Alison Coughtrie, Certified IT Specialist is a member of the European IMS Architecture Team, focussed on helping Customers to maximise 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.
 

 Alison Coughtrie,  IBM, UK 

Lab Overview.

These will be hands-on sessions and may require the participants to work in pairs depending on numbers attending.
Short overview of  IMS Native SQL for COBOL
Running SQL queries using IMS Native SQL for COBOL against the Catalog and other IMS databases.

Alison Coughtrie, Certified IT Specialist is a member of the European IMS Architecture Team, focussed on helping Customers to maximise 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.
 

Deepak Kohli IBM, US 

IMS V13 offers some significant enhancements in the TM area. Namely in the areas of MSC, OTMA, ISC over TCP/IP and the Non-Discardable messages exit. This session describes these and few other IMS V13 TM enhancements. Come and be enlightened!

Deepak is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley lab. Currently, he is part of the IMS product management team providing product direction. In the past, Deepak has also been 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 also taught various IMS & DB2 courses. His presentations have won him rave reviews at conferences world wide.
 

 

 

 

Kurt Jönsson DBA Volvo IT , SWE 

Abstract description

Kurt Jönsson is a member of the mainframe team at ADT (Application Development Techniques) at Volvo IT. Working primarily as a DBA for DL/1 and DB2.
 

 

 

 

 Curt Bergkvist, IMS Systems Programmer at Handelsbanken, SWE 

This presentation will describe the different components used in IBM Tools Base with a focus on IMS Explorer for Administrators.If you have other IMS tools installed, there is also support to get help to analyze and simplify the work needed for some of these. When installed, IE4A will search and find the IMS resources in your system and presents them using a modernized GUI with a possibility to get online help. To make it easier for new users to learn how IMS works, IMS Explorer for Administrators - IE4A, uses IBM Tools Base as a fundament. IBM Tools Base for z/OS contains the infrastructure for IBM tools and presents the data using a web interface.   

Beside the normal work like maintenance and system support to operations, developers and architects, he participated in the implementation of Parallell Sysplex, IMS Connect and installation and customization of IMS tools.

Curt has also worked as a developer with focus on integration using MQ Series and cryptography with ICSF on System z.  

 

 

 

 

 Steve Nathan, IBM, US 

There have been many enhancements for IMS Database in IMS 13 including Database Versioning, HALDB Alter, DEDB Alter, SSA Qualify by Position, SQL access, and Datapower access.
This session will show you the details of these enhancements.


Mr. Nathan has 40 years experience using and supporting IMS. For the first 30 years he was a customer: application programmer, application analyst, systems programmer, DBA and performance specialist. For the last 10 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support.

Sudipta Sengupta, BMC Software, US

Policy based database maintenance - you specify "what" you need and the tools determine "how" to accomplish it. This presentation takes a look at policy base database management that helps maintain your environment, automate tasks, increase availability and reduce cost. In this presentation we will cover how users can determine which database needs reorganization and when, how to dynamically tune batch resources, recover control block libraries and perform analysis of DBRC history data.


Sudipta Sengupta is a Product Line Manager responsible for the development and delivery of BMC Software’s IMS Database Reorganization & Recovery Utility products. He has been with BMC for 14 years. In his previous roles Sudipta has worked as a quality assurance engineer and as an application developer

 

 

Steve Nathan, IBM, US 

Unerstanding OTMA Commit Mode and Synclevel
If you are using OTMA to send messages to IMS, and most customers are, it is very important that you understand how Commit Mode and Synclevel affect the processing of those messages. It is very complicated. It is different for IMS Connect and WebSphere MQ. And you may even have to consider OTMAASY and orphaned TIBs. This may sound scary, but fear not. This session will explain all of the details and implications of this processing.


Mr. Nathan has 40 years experience using and supporting IMS. For the first 30 years he was a customer: application programmer, application analyst, systems programmer, DBA and performance specialist. For the last 10 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support.

By speaker Susann Thomas, IBM DE

This session is about news in WAS V8.5.5 including Liberty on z/OS, new features like WebSphere Batch, Virtual Enterprise, Extreme Scale and other items of V8.5 and V8.5.5 like Java improvements on z/OS, the Installation Manager and WOLA new features in V8/V8.5 f.e. development mode, remote EJB call, connection fail-over, request routing, SMF 120-10, WAS CICS request correlation, 64 bit API support, IMS/WAS 2PC, IID tooling support.

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 Jamie Squibb and Andreas Martens, IBM UK

IBM WebSphere MQ is the market-leading messaging product that enables anywhere-to-anywhere integration, from the simplest pair of applications or devices requiring basic connectivity and data exchange, to the most complex business process management environments using a wide variety of endpoints. IBM Integration Bus (IIB) aims to provide a universal connectivity solution with its ability to route and transform messages FROM anywhere TO anywhere, and is often referred to as an "Advanced Enterprise Service Bus". This session gives a high-level, technical overview of both products. Come to this session learn about the rationale behind messaging and connectivity and the business problems they solve.

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.

Andreas Martens.  Andreas has been a developer for IBM and the Integration Bus for over 10 years. His specialties include security, performance, operating systems and all things globalisation.

By Morag Hughson, IBM UK

Come to this session to learn all about what's new in the IBM MQ V8 product. Changes include Platforms & Standards, Security, Scalability and System z exploitation.

Morag has worked in IBM for over 15 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

Come to this session to learn all about what's new in the IBM MQ V8 product. Changes include Platforms & Standards, Security, Scalability and System z exploitation.

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 Jamie Squibb, IBM UK w Jørgen Malmstrøm, EVRY NO

Are you backing up your MQ system? Do you have good recovery procedures. In this session we tell you why it is a good idea to back up your system, and illustrate what you need to know for recovery. This session will include a customer perspective on why it is a good idea to have good backup and recovery procedures.

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.

Jørgen Malmstrøm has worked for EVRY in many years as a developer, and the last years with some focus on MQ.

By Bob Rogers,  US

Corporations, governments and other large enterprises always have and always will have a nearly insatiable demand for more mainframe computing capacity.  Over the last four decades advances in hardware chip technology met the lion's share of this demand. However, we are entering an era when hardware advancement is most likely not going to continue at the same pace. So now is a perfect time to review other techniques for growing capacity like multiprocessing and Sysplex clustering; and to prognosticate on how we can continue to grow mainframe capacity, without benefit of the large contributions from chip technology that we are so accustom to. Your future will include expanding the use of MP and Sysplex, but you'll also have to be ready for some entirely new technologies that are likely to be introduced into your mainframe environment.

Bob Rogers worked on mainframe system software for 43 years at IBM before retiring as a Distinguished Engineer in 2012. He started with IBM as a computer operator in 1969. After receiving a B.A. in Mathematics from Marist College in 1971, he became a computer programmer at the Poughkeepsie Programming Center, where he worked on the OS/370 operating system. Bob continued to work on mainframe operating system development for his entire career at IBM. He contributed to the transitions to XA-370 and ESA/370, and was lead software designer for the transition to the 64-bit z/Architecture. He implemented the support for single z/OS images with more than 16 CPUs and was a lead designer of the z/OS support for the zAAP and zIIP specialty engines. His last assignment at IBM was to foster greater synergy between System z hardware and software. Today's z/OS implements dozens of his design ideas. Bob has been for many years, and continues to be, a popular speaker at the System z Technical University and other venues. He is currently working with Trident Services, a California-based z/OS software and services company.

By Andreas Martens, IBM UK

IIB Industry Packs provide industry-specific development accelerators which solve common industry integration problems. They can help users to deploy working integration solutions in literally a few clicks of the mouse. Each pack is a fully supported software product, independently delivered from the core IBM Integration Bus product, but developed by the IIB team in the Hursley software development laboratory. IIB Industry Pack content is structured around three delivery pillars:Connectors and Data DefinitionsIntegration PatternsWeb based Monitoring

Andreas Martens.  Andreas has been a developer for IBM and the Integration Bus for over 10 years. His specialties include security, performance, operating systems and all things globalisation.

Speaker:  Joe Winchester IBM UK, Mark Hollands IBM UK

Have you ever thought it was odd that IBM has a CICS Explorer, an MQ Explorer and an IMS Explorer ?  Why not just have one explorer for all of them, and wouldn't it great if this could also let you create data sets, view the JES spool of active jobs, edit and submit JCL, and have the ability to install of the plugins from the differnet IBM tools at the touch of a button ?  If the answer is yes, then this is the talk for you.  The z/OS Explorer does all of this and more, so roll up and see end to end demos that show how the mainframe of today belongs to today's developers and system programmers.

Speakers Bio.

Joe Winchester is a senior technical staff member working for the IBM CICS development team in Hursley UK.  He has worked on a number of projects including the CICS Explorer and the z/OS Explorer and a number of IBM's CICS and problem determination tools.  His goal in IBM is to make System z easier to consume for the new generation of programmers and the new kind of workloads it has to run, while at the same time keeping it relevant and powerful to the system programmers and COBOL programmers who run today's transactions

After joining IBM in 2010 Mark worked as part of the WebSphere Voice team based in the Hursley Development Labs. Since joining CICS he has worked in CICS Tools developing CICS Explorer plug-ins for CICS Configuration Manager and CICS Deployment Assistant. 

 

 

By Morag Hughson, Jamie Squibb, IBM UK

IBM WebSphere MQ for z/OS can be made highly available using features of the product or operating system. This session will describe and compare those features, and show how they can be effectively used together for extremely reliable environments. Included in this session are queue-sharing groups with shared channels, queue manager clusters with cluster channels, and how these types of channels operate differently to traditional channels. Also covered are Shared Message Data Sets (SMDS), the new shared queue storage mechanism introduced in WebSphere MQ V7.1.

Morag has worked in IBM for over 15 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.

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 Morag Hughson, IBM UK

A worked example of setting up security for WebSphere MQ on z/OS, covering authorisation profiles used in both Queue Sharing Groups, and stand-alone queue manager scenarios, channel security using CHLAUTH rules, and a best practice step-by-step approach to setting up security for the first time. All examples are provided as RACF commands.

Morag has worked in IBM for over 15 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 Bob Rogers , US

IBM has recently released a new version of z/OS. It has a lot of interesting enhancements of interest to Sysprogs. So did z/OS V1R13 and V1R12. This presentation will cover the highlights of z/OS V2R1, like new architecture support, many JES enhancements, and Dynamic console add and delete. It will also remember some of best things in the last two releases of version, like Program Management enhancement, VSAM CA Reclaim, PDSE and other DFSMS enhancements.

Bob Rogers worked on mainframe system software for 43 years at IBM before retiring as a Distinguished Engineer in 2012. He started with IBM as a computer operator in 1969. After receiving a B.A. in Mathematics from Marist College in 1971, he became a computer programmer at the Poughkeepsie Programming Center, where he worked on the OS/370 operating system. Bob continued to work on mainframe operating system development for his entire career at IBM. He contributed to the transitions to XA-370 and ESA/370, and was lead software designer for the transition to the 64-bit z/Architecture. He implemented the support for single z/OS images with more than 16 CPUs and was a lead designer of the z/OS support for the zAAP and zIIP specialty engines. His last assignment at IBM was to foster greater synergy between System z hardware and software. Today's z/OS implements dozens of his design ideas. Bob has been for many years, and continues to be, a popular speaker at the System z Technical University and other venues. He is currently working with Trident Services, a California-based z/OS software and services company.

By Elpida Tzortzatos, IBM (US)

The System z platform is an excellent platform for running cloud, analytics, and mobile workloads.  An overview of the System z strategy along with client examples will be discussed. 

Elpida Tzortzatos is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and she is IBM’s leading authority and key strategist in the area of z/OS memory management. Her achievements have focused on bringing new workloads and technology to the System z platform, contributing to innovative products and enhancements that have delivered significant value in a wide range of areas.

By Gary Mazo, IBM (US)

Enterprise DevOps:  Trends in Continuous Software Delivery

Gary Mazo is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM Rational Software. Gary joined IBM in 1987, and until recently was is in charge of architecture and tools for Services development. Now Gary is leads development of cloud-based tools for Mainframe software.  He holds 7 software  patents and has authored articles and blogs on topics of software development and Enterprise modernization.

By Matthias Korn, IBM (DE)

This sessions goal is NOT to discuss bugs that are fixed by APARs. This session discusses issues customers should be aware of that can be either resolved or mitigated by taking specific actions. The speaker talks about performance problems, resource contentions, storage constraints, warnings and error messages and component specific issues and shows parameter settings, tuning configurations, parmlib- and storage management and component specific configurations in order to avoid common problems.

Matthias is a zSeries Software Support Specialist focused on z/OS base components and primarily working on defects in the area of the z/OS kernel as well as Unix System Services for the IBM zSeries system support in Germany. Matthias is working now since 18 years in the area of z/OS SCP (system control program)
defect support and since 15 years supporting Unix System Services. He is a member of the worldwide Global Competency Center (GCC) team for Unix System Services L2 support, member of the world wide zSeries File System (zFS) support team, the worldwide z/OSMF support   team and a team member supporting other base components providing worldwide L2 support frontended to component specific change teams (L3) in the US.
He frequently presents USS problem debug information at the z/OS Guide GSE conference in Lahnstein, Germany. He was a speaker at the 2010 and 2011 and 2013 GSE Nordics Conference as well and acts as a teacher in Europe for z/OS debugging - primarily at onsite customer workshops.

By Wilfried van Hecke, IBM (DE)

End of 2013, IBM introduced new versions of the Problem Determination Tools.
IBM Debug Tool V13R1, to debug COBOL, PLI, C/C++ and Assembler Applications
IBM Fault Analyser V13R1, supporting programmers when analysing Abends
IBM File Manager V13R1, handling all type of data
IBM Application Performance Analyser, to analyse run time CPU usage and bottlenecks
This presentation will focus on changes and new functions within the IBM Debug Tool V13R1 and the IBM Application Performance Analyser V13R1. A brief overview will be given for the IBM Fault Analyzer and the IBM File Manager. If the time allows, a live IBM Debug Tool demo will be shown.

Wilfried Van Hecke is a certified client technical professional from Ehningen, Germany. He has over 30 years of experience in debugging including dump analysis on application programming , CICS, compilers and their run-time environments. He has worked at IBM for exactly 40 years, the last 10 years as technical presales. Since 2012 he is the Europe PanIMT PD Tools Community Leader. His areas of expertise include Language Environment, COBOL, PL/I, IMS, CICS, Debug Tool and other IBM problem determination tools. He has worked on several projects on migration to Language Environment and IBM Problem Determination Tools.

By Mike Johnson, IBM (UK)

Business Rules - Agile working for your business implementations from COBOL and PLI to Java and mobile solutions.
IBM Operational Decision Manager for z/OS (ODMz) separates critical decision logic from application code to help ease the change management, implementation and governance of decision automation across applications running as batch or in CICS and IMS.   The trend for mobile applications puts even more requirements on these z/OS applications at the heart of these mobile based solutions.
"IBM Operational Decision Manager for z/OS" is the latest generation of the product family formerly ILOG JRules

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 Marcin Grabiński , Compuware (PL)

EU has decided that every company need to comply to a set  rules in the  Test Data Management area – or they are fined.

With Compuwares Test Data Management and Test Data Privacy solution, you are in control of creating your test data and how to mask the data before they are used. See how metadata are used to create rules that are applied to data using a rules engine and how rules are separated from the actual data it is masking.

Marcin Grabiński is a Mainframe Technical Solution Specialist at Compuware, based in Poland and working in the EMEA region

With more than 15 years of experience with the mainframe Marcin worked as a System Programmer on the z/OS platform, MQ Administrator and instructor at IBM.

Marcin joined Compuware 7 years ago. Over the past 3 years Marcin has specialized in Compuware’s Test Data Privacy Solution, working with customers in Austria, Germany, Poland, Spain and the UK

By Matthias Korn, IBM (DE)

This session shows the basics of the diagnosis in the z/OS world. This session is based on a workshop developed by Level 2 support specialists in the US which is taught world wide also onsite customers and also by the speaker of this session.
It shows independently from any component how to debug the z/OS core lighting up basics about storage - and address space concepts and is eligible to indepth show recovery, cross memory and linkage architecture.

Matthias is a zSeries Software Support Specialist focused on z/OS base components and primarily working on defects in the area of the z/OS kernel as well as Unix System Services for the IBM zSeries system support in Germany. Matthias is working now since 18 years in the area of z/OS SCP (system control program)
defect support and since 15 years supporting Unix System Services. He is a member of the worldwide Global Competency Center (GCC) team for Unix System Services L2 support, member of the world wide zSeries File System (zFS) support team, the worldwide z/OSMF support   team and a team member supporting other base components providing worldwide L2 support frontended to component specific change teams (L3) in the US.
He frequently presents USS problem debug information at the z/OS Guide GSE conference in Lahnstein, Germany. He was a speaker at the 2010 and 2011 and 2013 GSE Nordics Conference as well and acts as a teacher in Europe for z/OS debugging - primarily at onsite customer workshops.

By Andy Ward, CA (UK)

Big Data is an oft used term. What does it really mean? This presentation will outline what Big Data is and why it is likely to significantly change what information we process and how we process it. It will also investigate how DB2 is getting in on the Big Data act and how it is making use of relatively new hardware to help deliver the information business is crying out for.

Andy has been working in the mainframe arena for the past 25 years. During the last 20 of which he has specialised on DB2, working as both a DBA for a large insurance company in the UK and with a number of DB2 tools vendors including; Platinum Technology, BMC and most recently CA. He speaks regularly at user groups and works with DB2 on a daily basis ensuring CA’s customers are gaining the maximum benefit from the CA DB2 solutions in their environments, concentrating specifically on; performance, administration and backup and recovery

By Eric Herness, IBM (US)

Processes and rules are a key building block to modern business sytems.  System Z is a key architectural element in advanced architectures following the pattern which showcases the concept of Systems of Interaction.  Smarter Process represents processes and rules in these environments.  This session will provide an overall architecturally view of Systems of Interaction and then show where processes and rules fit within that.  Relevant examples will be used to further explain this key reference architecture.   The idea of a process hub will be introduced as a refinement of the general Systems of Interaction approach.

Eric Herness is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the CTO for IBM's software business that is centered around Smarter Process.   Eric has deep experience in WebSphere, integration, ESB, BPM, Rules and enterprise architecture in general. 

By Tom Juhl, CA (DK)

This session will discuss three different scopes of performance monitoring, each with its complete own set of characteristics, challenges and requirements – and yet at the same time overlapping and interdependent. We will discuss the aspects of business applications performance, of core system performance and of middleware centric performance and the specifics related to all three of them. We will also briefly discuss how CA Technologies is currently trying to address the challenges associated  with those three scopes of performance.

Tom Juhl is a principal Software Architect and Advisor in CA's Worldwide Mainframe Solutions Unit  

Tom is now a member of the worldwide Mainframe Solutions Unit at CA Technologies and has previously served several roles in the CA Mainframe pre-sales team in Europe, including managing the Mainframe Competency Centers in Europe to supply specialist knowledge across the key mainframe management product portfolios to all the European regions and sales teams.

Tom joined CA in 1999 as a Mainframe IT veteran with now 30+ years of industry experience. He held various positions in IT organizations across Europe throughout his career and has specifically focused on operations management areas and associated disciplines.

Tom received his IT exam at Odense Teknikum, Denmark in 1979

 

By Susann Thomas, IBM (DE)

Java on z/OS is very well known since many year and IBM improves the Java environments with EC12 again. The Java z/OS session will give an overview about the Java runtime environments like z/OS, CICS, IMS and WebSphere and will introduce some updates like Java V7 & the Liberty profile. The presentation will also cover news in WAS V8.5.5 including Liberty on z/OS, new features like WebSphere Batch, Virtual Enterprise, Extreme Scale and other items of V8.5 and V8.5.5 like Java improvements on z/OS, the Installation Manager and WOLA new features in V8/V8.5 f.e. development mode, remote EJB call, connection fail-over, request routing, SMF 120-10, WAS CICS request correlation, 64 bit API support, IMS/WAS 2PC, IID tooling support.

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 Jørgen Dam, CA (DK)

Abstract description

To ensure quality within application development and maintenance of mainframe applications robust processes need to be in place. These processes need to be built around a strong integrated tool set to ensure that development effort is focused where needed.  Strong integration among the tools helps developers move easily from one task to another but with integration to the underlying  life cycle management tool being key.
In this session Jørgen Dam from CA Technologies will discuss some of these tools and processes and how they can be used to help drive application quality up while keeping costs down.
 

Jørgen is part of the EMEA MF presale team at CA Technologies. He has held several technical and management roles in various business units in CA during his career. As a subject matter expert in the Software Change Management area and the CA solution CA Endevor, Jørgen has been involved in customer activities across EMEA.

Jørgen joined CA in 1995 and is now a Mainframe IT veteran with 35+ years of experience in the software industry. He has held various positions in several IT organizations, like Legent, starting at Datacentralen as a COBOL programmer

Jørgen  received his IT exam at Odense Teknikum, Denmark in 1978.

 

 

By Tom Ross, IBM (US)

IBM has been very busy with Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5.  The product is very popular, with lots of customer input about improvements that IBM should make, and we are making them!  Come and hear about the rapid evolution of COBOL V5, performance improvements, migration improvements, and usability improvements!   COBOL Version 5 has changed a lot since GA!

Tom Ross is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development. Tom has been developing COBOL products for 31 years, including compiler and run-time libraries for every release of VS COBOL II thru Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5. 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 Carsten Andersen, Bankdata DK

The story of how the Bankdata has acclimated our developers to switch from ISPF to Eclipse at some of the tools they use often, as well as an insight how it looks in the "new world" and the responce we get.

The tools exposed on Eclipse PD Tool are:

  • Debug Tool
  • z/OS perspective
  • FileManager
    • Dataset
    • DB2
    • MQ
  • MQ Explorer

Carsten Andersen is a member of the Steering Committee.

By Søren Andersen, Bankdata DK 

Time to market is always in focus for our customers. When we develop programs fast, our customers are happy.
B in COBOL does not stand for Boring; we have made sure our developers can focus on business by taking away the boring parts of coding COBOL.
We have given our developers some great tools to make new programs, adding code and testing it.
We will show the tools we have developed, to help our developers being efficient.
It is all homemade and running on TSO.  

Søren Andersen is an application developer at Bankdatas host team. His is developing tools, teaching and supporting our tools to developers.

By Charlotte Heilmann and Rune Christensen, Bankdata DK

For a recent company merge, Bankdatas applications were expected to be hit by a 70% load increase.
A project was given the task of making sure all applications and services could  handle the increased load.

In this session we will show what and how we did this. With focus on:

  • Applied SQL tuning and in-application caching.
  • Stress testing front- and backend.
  • Changing how the developers use SQL.

Charlotte Heilmann is team leader at Bankdatas host team which provides developers with tools and support.

Rune Christensen is an application developer in Bankdatas host team. He is developing tools, helping developers
performance tuning their programs and teaching DB2 and SQL.

By Mike Johnson, IBM (UK)

The scenario used in the lab is based on an auto insurance company that wants to provide assistance to
their customers in the event of a breakdown or accident. This is provided as an Assistance Application
running on the Android mobile device. The Mobile development and execution environment is provided by
Worklight.
In the lab you will use the Worklight Mobile Browser Simulator to explore the impact of this information on
the Assistance Application as shown below. This allows the location of the mobile and the battery level to
be configured through the simulator.

The assistance provided in this application is determined by rules running on Operational Decision
Manager. To determine the advice provided to the mobile user, the rules are based on this information:
Customer information:
· Customer name, age, and “code name” for policy coverage (bronze, silver, or gold)
· Customer vehicle brand, model and year
· Customer home location specified in latitude and longitude
Mobile device information:
· Geolocation allowing the rules to provide advice based on where the incident has occurred
· Battery level allowing the rules to send asynchronous alerts or text messages with advice rather
than relying on permanent network connectivity
Note: the device specific information is accessed through a Cordova API (previously called Phonegap)
which allows a consistent approach to be applied across devices, for example: Android versus iPhone
versus browser.

 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 Tom Ross, IBM (US)

Some IBM COBOL customers have been asking for a way to invoke a Web Service from a COBOL program running in z/OS batch, but there has not been a solution from IBM yet.  Come and hear about a possible solution using COBOL mixed with Java running in batch to invoke any Web Service!

Tom Ross is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development. Tom has been developing COBOL products for 31 years, including compiler and run-time libraries for every release of VS COBOL II thru Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5. 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 Tom Ross, IBM (US)

Many IBM COBOL customers are interested in the best way to code their COBOL applications for efficiency and performance.  Come and hear some practical advice with examples of how to make your COBOL programs run as fast a possible.  Some future ideas for help from IBM COBOL will also be discussed!

Tom Ross is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development. Tom has been developing COBOL products for 31 years, including compiler and run-time libraries for every release of VS COBOL II thru Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5. 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 Pascal Meyer, Fiducia IT AG (DE)

Fiducia AG is an IT Service Provider for cooperative banks in Southern Germany. As part of the modernization of their core banking processes, they aim to promote Java and COBOL language interoperability hosted by IMS. Fiducia has succeeded to implement this in production, and now they have embarked on a follow-on project to also include access to DB2 from the Java layer. Lead Enterprise Architect Pascal Meyer will share how Fiducia implemented the IMS interoperability solution in terms of the topology, platform, access, APIs and more. He will share results of their time-to-market, security, performance, scalability, management and more, and what their next steps in the process are.

Pascal Meyer is a leading enterprise Architect at Fiducia IT AG, an IT Service Provider for Co-operative banks in southern Germany. At Fiducia he is primarily responsible for infrastructure topics, operational models for business critical applications and application design. Currently his focus is on further development of Fiducia architecture patterns, primarily with the deep integration of new technologies like Java into existing mainframe applications.

By Gary Mazo, IBM (US)

A lot has changed in more than 50 years of mainframe software development.  In this session, the speaker will briefly recount the history of mainframe software development tools like TSO and ISPF and concentrate on a modern browser-based environment that is appealing to both seasoned mainframe programmers on the go and computer science students graduating today.  The speaker will explore such an environment, its advantages, and differences from existing tools.  The speaker will then use working live examples of editing COBOL and JCL source, submitting jobs and checking results, all in a browser based experimental environment accessing a real mainframe to illustrate the technology.

Gary Mazo is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM Rational Software. Gary joined IBM in 1987, and until recently was is in charge of architecture and tools for Services development. Now Gary is leads development of cloud-based tools for Mainframe software.  He holds 7 software  patents and has authored articles and blogs on topics of software development and Enterprise modernization.

By Gary Mazo, IBM (US)

 Modern "cloud" applications present a number of unique challenges in development, test and debug, compared to homogenieous applications that exist in a single system.  In this session, the speaker will briefly describe what it is that we call a "cloud application" and specifically, what it means to a mainframe system and a mainframe application. The speaker will use examples from his own  recent developmen projects to illustrate the points and describe approaches to debugging and testing distributed "cloud" applications in the modern development environment.

Gary Mazo is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM Rational Software. Gary joined IBM in 1987, and until recently was is in charge of architecture and tools for Services development. Now Gary is leads development of cloud-based tools for Mainframe software.  He holds 7 software  patents and has authored articles and blogs on topics of software development and Enterprise modernization.

By Matthias Korn, IBM (DE)

This session gives an overview about the most recent powerful enhancements to ISPF, SDSF and TSO - components that are independently used by each and everyone despite the actual main business of the user. The speaker will light up what has changed with z/OS 1.13 and 2.1 and gives a refresh like 'It is meanwhile more than just 3.4'

Matthias is a zSeries Software Support Specialist focused on z/OS base components and primarily working on defects in the area of the z/OS kernel as well as Unix System Services for the IBM zSeries system support in Germany. Matthias is working now since 18 years in the area of z/OS SCP (system control program)
defect support and since 15 years supporting Unix System Services. He is a member of the worldwide Global Competency Center (GCC) team for Unix System Services L2 support, member of the world wide zSeries File System (zFS) support team, the worldwide z/OSMF support   team and a team member supporting other base components providing worldwide L2 support frontended to component specific change teams (L3) in the US.
He frequently presents USS problem debug information at the z/OS Guide GSE conference in Lahnstein, Germany. He was a speaker at the 2010 and 2011 and 2013 GSE Nordics Conference as well and acts as a teacher in Europe for z/OS debugging - primarily at onsite customer workshops.

By Bob Rogers US

z/OS is the host for DB2, IMS, CICS, MQ and tons of COBOL and Java applications. Many of the enhancements to z/OS are done to make the middleware and application run smarter and more efficiently. This presentation will discuss a number of the enhancements to z/OS that have be introduced in recent releases to help a z/OS system get the real work done better

Bob Rogers worked on mainframe system software for 43 years at IBM before retiring as a Distinguished Engineer in 2012. He started with IBM as a computer operator in 1969. After receiving a B.A. in Mathematics from Marist College in 1971, he became a computer programmer at the Poughkeepsie Programming Center, where he worked on the OS/370 operating system. Bob continued to work on mainframe operating system development for his entire career at IBM. He contributed to the transitions to XA-370 and ESA/370, and was lead software designer for the transition to the 64-bit z/Architecture. He implemented the support for single z/OS images with more than 16 CPUs and was a lead designer of the z/OS support for the zAAP and zIIP specialty engines. His last assignment at IBM was to foster greater synergy between System z hardware and software. Today's z/OS implements dozens of his design ideas. Bob has been for many years, and continues to be, a popular speaker at the System z Technical University and other venues. He is currently working with Trident Services, a California-based z/OS software and services company.

By Henrik Thorsen, IBM (DK)

In this session we will discuss how the Mainframe is shaping and helping us in our daily life in the Nordic Region. We will review how many Mainframes exist, how they are organized, which kinds of workload they run and conclude that our entire society basically will come to a grinding halt if we decided to turn them all off.  We will also briefly discuss what means are taken to ensure adequate performance, scalability, security and availability as well as disaster recovery. We will also preview where all of this is headed in terms of future development both in terms of processor complex architectures as well as key workload trends.   

Henrik Thorsen is a Technical Director in IBM Denmark. Currently he is Nordic System z Platform leader. He's worked over 30 years with mainframes. He helped develop and implement Parallel Sysplex in IBM Poughkeepsie in the 90ties. Later he was the manager of the New York ITSO center, known for it System z Redbooks and workshops. He also managed a group of IBM Architects, covering cross brand Architectures including Power Systems, x86 systems, storage, network as well as System z. He regularly presents sessions at GSE, Large Systems Update seminars, client workshops and Technical Universities. Henrik works with many of IBM's largest clients ensuring that the Mainframe delivers and continue to provide world leading capabilities and qualities of service that it has been renowned for, for almost 50 years.

By Bob Rogers, (US)

You can’t know where you are going unless you know where you are and where you came from. In 1992, Bob Rogers gave a presentation entitled “Western Civilization Runs on MVS”. At the time, nearly everyone was saying that the mainframe was dead – not because they knew something but because they didn’t understand the mainframe and the meaning of enterprise computing. Bob is going to give us an update on where the mainframe is (spoiler alert: still running western civilization) and where it might be going two decades after its prematurely announced death. But, past is prologue, so Bob will start with a really brief history of the mainframe.

Bob Rogers worked on mainframe system software for 43 years at IBM before retiring as a Distinguished Engineer in 2012. He started with IBM as a computer operator in 1969. After receiving a B.A. in Mathematics from Marist College in 1971, he became a computer programmer at the Poughkeepsie Programming Center, where he worked on the OS/370 operating system. Bob continued to work on mainframe operating system development for his entire career at IBM. He contributed to the transitions to XA-370 and ESA/370, and was lead software designer for the transition to the 64-bit z/Architecture. He implemented the support for single z/OS images with more than 16 CPUs and was a lead designer of the z/OS support for the zAAP and zIIP specialty engines. His last assignment at IBM was to foster greater synergy between System z hardware and software. Today's z/OS implements dozens of his design ideas. Bob has been for many years, and continues to be, a popular speaker at the System z Technical University and other venues. He is currently working with Trident Services, a California-based z/OS software and services company.

By Rasmus Søren Korsgaard and Peter Gregersen, Danske Bank (DK)

MobilePay went from idea to end product in just six months. The app was right from the start designed as a uniform and simple solution with focus on a superior customer experience. In this speech we try to unwrap the pretty packaging in order to see the underlying architecture. It reveals lots of reuse from an old bank platform - but also plenty of new thinking.

Rasmus (Project Leader) and Peter (Business Developer) have been working on the MobilePay team from the start. Rasmus has been working as a developer and project leader in Danske Bank in various areas and in IT Security in particular.
Peter has been involved in Danske Banks mobile solutions since 2007. Peter has is responsible for the user experience in the MobilePay solution.

By Various IBM Speakers (US, UK)

The technical Infratsructure elements of System z will be coverede to put the audience in possession of what System z and the Mainframe offers to the IT community.

The elements of Transaction Processing, Message Queueing, Database, Application Develo0pment and Architecture will be coverede by experts in their fieldsb

 

Various IBM Speakers

By Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, JN Data (DK), Carsten Andersen, Bankdata(DK), Marianne Menaa Heltborg, IBM (DK)

To work as a mainframer is a very challenging and interesting work area with different job-roles.

This presentation will be a real life story about what we do, when we are working on the mainframe, what we find important and how it is to work on the platform

The presentation is  brought to you by 3 people who has 3 diffenert job-roles and many years of experience

- What do a System programmer / Architect do ?

- Application developer/ Infrastructure provider do ?

- What do a Technical Person at IBM do?

 

Marianne Menaa Heltborg is a Technical Pre-sales in the  WebSphere System z team at IBM with over 27 years  of experience in many software areas.

Carsten Andersen is a Developer and Infrastructure provider at Bankdata with over 35 years of experience from various job-rols on the platform.

Svenn-Aage Sønderskov is a Systems Programmer with over 37 years of experiemce from many job-roles on System z both on the operational and management level.

By Ron de Koning , CA (NL)

Almost every company has a generation gap. There are the mainframers, averaging 50+ years and then there Is the “rest” of IT. This unfortunately doesn’t just mean there is an age difference, this also means that there is a knowledge vacuum. We simply missed 10-15 years in which people did not gain experience, we were also not able to transfer knowledge. Young people are already entering the mainframe ranks, and this is good. But to get new people up-to-speed, months are lost in teaching them the basics before we can teach them the “real” thing. To speed up this process, the old way of teaching is no longer enough. In this session, I will explain how we solved this problem in our Prague Development center where we currently have 200+ young people developing and testing mainframe solutions. 

Ron de Koning is responsible for CA’s Mainframe Business Unit for the Northern Area (Nordic countries and Benelux), servicing our customers with CA Technologies' vast portfolio of z/OS, z/VM and zLinux software, plus distributed application development and workload automation tools.

Ron joined the company in 1988 as a systems engineer for mainframe.

In his 26 years at CA he has taken on a variety of roles, many of them in international management:

  • Manager mainframe pre-sales for Europe
  • Sales manager CA-Netherlands
  • Technical Director CA-Netherlands
  • Global relationship manager for Origin (now ATOS)
  • Global technical account manager for AXA
  • VP Project Management Office EMEA
  • Managing Director CA Netherlands Holding
  • VP Services Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • VP Mainframe Services Europe
  • Country Manager Belgium (interim)

Before joining CA, Ron had several jobs in application and systems management.

Ron holds a MSc in Botany from Leiden University.

By Steen Rasmussen, CA (US)

Every new release of DB2 introduces changes to the DB2 repository – aka. the catalog or DSNDB06. Digesting the catalog changes can be the quickest method to adopt what the new release is about, schema changes, new object types and attributes, new Bind parameters and deprecated components. This session will provide a detailed overview of the catalog changes between DB2 10 and DB2 11 and the associated schema changes.
TOPIC 1: Something new - New catalog objects.
TOPIC 2: Something old - Modified catalog objects.
TOPIC 3: Something changed - What wealth of information do all the columns hold that’s new.
TOPIC 4: Schema changes – what’s hot.
TOPIC 5: Miscellaneous items noteworthy.
 

Steen Rasmussen is a Sr. Engineering Services Architect instrumental in the ongoing development and support of the CA DB2 tools. In 1985 Steen started as an IMS/DB2 DBA at a major insurance company in Denmark working with all aspects of DB2 - like tuning, application design and implementation, education of developers, backup and recovery planning and automation of housekeeping processes. In 1995 Steen became a technical manager at PLATINUM Technology managing technical support and presales for the DB2 products.

Steen has been working with DB2 since DB2 V1R1M0 and the last plus 12 years has been spent working in the CA DB2 Solutions development center in Chicago. Besides from providing support to customers, the teams in the field as well as internal groups working with DB2, Steen also is a frequent speaker at IDUG in North America, APJ and Europe as well as local DB2 User Groups around the world

By Henrik Thorsen, IBM (DK)

Abstract TBD

In this session we will discuss how the Mainframe literally has changed the world. IBM made a huge bet and April 7, 2014, marked the 50th anniversary of the IBM System/360 announcement — launching the mainframe era of computing, which continues to this day. At the time, IBM Board Chairman Thomas J. Watson Jr. called the event the most important product announcement in the company’s history. In this session we will review why that is still true today. The presenter will further offer clues and data to support the hypothesis that the Mainframe will live to be a hundred, although he will not likely be around himself to celebrate it.

Henrik Thorsen is a Technical Director in IBM Denmark. Currently he is Nordic System z Platform leader. He's worked over 30 years with mainframes. He helped develop and implement Parallel Sysplex in IBM Poughkeepsie in the 90ties. Later he was the manager of the New York ITSO center, known for it System z Redbooks and workshops. He also managed a group of IBM Architects, covering cross brand Architectures including Power Systems, x86 systems, storage, network as well as System z. He regularly presents sessions at GSE, Large Systems Update seminars, client workshops and Technical Universities. Henrik works with many of IBM's largest clients ensuring that the Mainframe delivers and continue to provide world leading capabilities and qualities of service that it has been renowned for, for almost 50 years.

By Meg Bernal, IBM (US)

DB2 11 for z/OS introduces the concept of Application Compatibility to simplify migration.  This session will introduce the concept and provide the information you need to know to exploit this new capability to simply your migration from DB2 10 to DB2 11.  We will also cover how to exploit this new capability to identify changes you need to make to applications that may be affected by incompatible changes in DB2 11

Meg Bernal has been a DB2 for z/OS Developer at the Silicon Valley Laboratory for the past seventeen years. She has participated on many SQL enhancements throughout the releases of DB2 such as Muliple-Row Fetch, Scrollable Cursors, SELECT FROM INSERT/UPDATE/DELETE, INSTEAD OF TRIGGERs, etc. Most recently, Meg has been dedicated to providing SQL PL support since native SQL PL procedures were first introduced in DB2 9 for z/OS.

Link to the conference rooms

By Scott A. Fagen, CA (US)


Cloud computing, mobile devices and Big Data trends are driving phenomenal growth in transaction and data volumes. Organizations require agility to deliver services quickly at minimal cost while providing unprecedented scalability, reliability and security. What is the role of the mainframe in the dynamic data center of the future? Learn how you can quickly deploy and manage cross-platform workloads to optimize utilization, simplify your complex IT infrastructure with cross-enterprise automation and visibility, and empower a dynamic multi-generation workforce to support your evolving data center.                                                             

Scott Fagen, Distinguished Engineer, CA Technologies, began his Mainframe career in 1986 with IBM - Poughkeepsie, working on Sysplex support for what was then the MVS operating system. Over the next 21 years with IBM, Scott contributed to many different facets of the MVS, OS/390 and z/OS products, focusing on improving the reliability, availability, serviceability (RAS) characteristics of the operating system and key subsystems. In 2007, Scott joined CA Technologies, where he successfully led the design and implementation of many facets of the Mainframe 2.0 initiative. In 2009, he was appointed Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect of the Mainframe Business Unit at CA. In this role, Scott drives the overall strategy for CA’s mainframe business and leads the Mainframe Products Design Council (MPDC), the team of engineers that sets the technical direction for the development of mainframe products at CA Technologies. Scott also plays a leadership role within the Mainframe Strategic Advisory Council (MSAC), which is essentially the mainframe customer “board of directors” for CA Technologies. The MSAC plays a crucial role in the design and implementation of many of CA Technologies’ mainframe products.

By Anders Öhrnberg, Volvo Information Technology (SE)


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