2015-Gothenburg

By Gene Fuh and Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK

Our clients are capitalizing on the opportunity in front them, embracing the mega trends around mobile, analytics and cloud to create advantage and transform their business. They are exploiting mainframe technologies today to support the growth in mobile transactions, the growth in data and to provide new insights from that data, and to run highly efficient cloud infrastructures. Now IBM z Systems is taking this to a new level, with a new generation of IBM mainframes, the IBM z13, which has been designed from the ground up for digital business to excel in these three areas.


This is the first mainframe designed for the mobile era and the application economy. Mobile is driving unprecedented growth in transactions that, in 2014, there are on average 37 transactions per day per person globally. That number is expected to grow 4 times by 2025. Besides, each of these mobile transactions triggers a cascade of related events across systems. With the world’s fastest processor, IBM’s z13 will deliver transaction response times in milliseconds. New Simultaneous multi-threading further boosts throughput for Linux and Java workloads. And with 141 of these processors in a single system, the z13 has been designed to work at unprecedented scale to handle the growth in mobile transactions and to work with today’s high-speed networks to deliver sub-second end-user response times. New large memory configurations, with up to 10 TBs available in a single system that can help significantly reduce response times, by up to 70%. We have also strengthened the whole I/O subsystem for bandwidth and speed. The z13 can have up to 320 separate channels dedicated to I/O, each now run at 16 GB per second. It also features double the cache to double the I/O bandwidth.


The z13 is the first system that makes it practical to deliver in-transaction analytics for right-time insights at the point of impact. The z13 has the ability to significantly improve performance for numerically intense, mathematical analytics workloads through our SIMD capability. The IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator is also being enhanced for new and innovative use cases, such as in-database transformation and advanced predictive analytics. The extended compression capabilities with zEDC can reduce data transfer times and storage costs for specific data types by up to 75 percent.  The support of Hadoop on z Systems also enables unstructured data to be analyzed in the system. All of these combine to make practical an integrated system for data, analytics and business transactions at the unprecedented scale required for digital business.


The z13 is designed to be the world’s most efficient and trusted cloud system, transforming the economics of IT. In a recent IBM survey of IT security officers, the majority expressed concern over cloud security. And then there’s the economics, do the economics of today’s off-premise cloud models really stack up at the scale and complexity of the enterprise data center? z13 is the ideal cloud architecture, built on a heritage of reliably and securely handling multiple workloads and, of course, able to scale. It is capable or running up to 8000 virtual servers, more than 50 virtual servers per core. Nno other architecture can get near this and this drives lower software costs, lower energy costs and lower facilities costs. We have more logical partitions, up to 85, and up to 10 TB of memory at lower cost, providing far greater flexibility in deploying very large highly virtualized infrastructures. z13 lowers the cost of running cloud on the mainframe to almost half the cost of running cloud on an x86/distributed server environment, while boosting performance by up to 30 percent. z13 is a trusted system. We have built on the extensive availability characteristics by bringing industry leading business continuity solutions to stand-alone Linux environments and also enabling IT analytics to identify potential future failures to enable corrective actions.  z13’s dedicated cryptography processors can handle up to twice as many secure transactions per second. z13 is on open platform. It fully supports Linux and OpenStack and we are a full participant in that community. We will soon introduce support for state of the art next generation virtualization with standard KVM and standard OpenStack management tooling to manage the virtual environment. 

Gene Fuh is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Director of z Systems WW Technical Enablement and Business Development. He holds a Ph.D degres in Computer Science, a member of IBM Academy of Technolgy, an IBM Master Inventor, and a visiting professor for multiple universities in China. He is currently taking an international assignment in China while holding the world wide missions and responsibilities with IBM z Systems. While on assignment in China, he is also taking the CTO role for the System and echnology Lab. in China. Gene's areas of expertise include Relational Database Systems, Data Warehousing, Big Data, Cloud Computing,  Business Analytics, High Availability and Active/Active Disaster Recovery, etc. He is also the founder of the System z User Group in China.

Ian J Mitchell is an IBM Distinguished Engineer with responsibility for Transactional Middleware and Blockchain. He has many years of mainframe experience having been responsible for the technical architecture of the CICS Product Portfolio. He has 28 years experience as a technical leader in IBM Hursley and has been in the forefront of creating and introducing many of CICS' important innovations including Workload Management, Sysplex Support, Business Transaction Services, Java, Web Services, Event Processing and the CICS Explorer. In this role Ian has worked with many of the technical leaders across all the mainframe technology components. Ian also has close relationships with many of IBM's largest customers running critical systems using CICS and the mainframe. Since 2015 he has also been leading the architecture for Blockchain on Z Systems. 

By Ian Mitchell and Nick Garrod, IBM, UK 

CICS TS V5.1 became available at the end of 2012, followed by CICS TS V5.2 in mid 2014. So what does that mean for you? Perhaps you can reduce operational complexity by hosting modern application interface logic inside the Liberty profile server within CICS? Perhaps you can use the new CICS Cloud capabilities to improve application reliability and accelerate deployments? Maybe you can improve your integration with Mobile devices? Or better control your costs though policies and consolidation? Nick and Ian open the CICS track to help you find out how CICS is reinventing mainframe application serving one again. Discover which sessions you should attend to get the most value from your attendance.

 

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.

Nick Garrod works in the Market Enablement for zAIM and spent many years supporting the CICS products in a variety of business and marketing roles.  He has been a member of the GSE Nordics steering committee for 10 years, and been a contributor to IBM Redbooks, IBM Systems journal, Enterprise Tech journal and Destination z.

By Ian Mitchell and Nick Garrod, IBM, UK

 

There is a lot going on behind that mysterious curtain. Recently, the CICS development organization has adopted a new practice called ‘IBM Design Thinking’, which will forever change the way CICS products are developed. The core principle of this approach is to make sure we get as much feedback as possible on our future ideas. This is a quite unique opportunity to participate in a discussion regarding the future of IBM CICS technology. We will be sharing our views. And we will be hoping for lots for interactive feedback. Please don’t be shy!

 

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.

Nick Garrod works in the Market Enablement for zAIM and spent many years supporting the CICS products in a variety of business and marketing roles.  He has been a member of the GSE Nordics steering committee for 10 years, and been a contributor to IBM Redbooks, IBM Systems journal, Enterprise Tech journal and Destination z.

By Matthew Webster, IBM, UK and Matthew Webster

Creating a CICS cloud can provide a step change in agility. Add DevOps to the equation and it’s more like a quantum leap. Imagine if the latest CICS DevOps technology could fully automate the reliable and repeatable deployment of CICS applications through the entire lifecycle. Imagine a fully automated build environment for any style of CICS application. With common scripting languages and tools to create a continuous deployment model. Or imagine using a tool like IBM UrbanCode Deploy to provision any type of CICS application, in coordination with other application and database components in a single action. Better still, don’t try and imagine it. Attend this session and see it for yourself.

Matthew Webster is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member in the CICS® Transaction Server for z/OS® team, based in Hursley, UK. He holds a BSc in Physics with Computer Science from Southampton University, and has over 25 years of experience as a software engineer at IBM leading a wide range of projects from mainframe to open source. His areas of expertise include CICS, Java, Agile software development and Cloud technologies. Matthew is a regular blogger, podcaster and presenter with published articles and papers on CICS and software development.

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DE 

Putting CICS into the cloud, is someone actually doing this? Since 2012 CICS TS Version 5 has been introducing and continuously enhancing its capabilities to support a Platform As A Service approach. Join speakers from CICS Technical Sales to hear about their experiences and how their customers gained value from cloud capabilities in CICS.

 

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 Ian Burnett, IBM UK

 

The CICS TS V5 releases introduce a number of runtime enhancements to reduce CPU usage, improve response times, reduce resource usage, while providing additional insight into transaction performance. Come along to this session as we explore some of the newer performance benefits found in CICS TS and how savings can translate to your environment. We will also look at a lab benchmark that consolidated CICS regions, maintaining throughput, saving significant MIPS, and reducing the management overhead.

 

Ian Burnett has lead the CICS TS for z/OS performance team for over five years, and has been involved with the performance testing of several releases of CICS TS during that time. In previous roles, Ian has been a developer on the CICSPlex System Manager and WebSphere MQ products, as well as testing the transaction and messaging components of WebSphere Application Server on both mainframe and distributed platforms.

By Matthew Webster, IBM,  UK

 

Deploying applications to CICS can be tricky, and you may be struggling to figure out how to handle the many new zFS artifacts such as cloud, bundles, Java, and web services. This could even be slowing down the adoption of new technologies that could deliver the solutions your business needs. This session will introduce IBM UrbanCode Deploy as a tool to automate many types of application deployments through your environments. It can provide rapid feedback and continuous delivery in agile development while providing the audit trails, versioning and approvals needed in production. See the new z/OS and CICS TS plug-ins for UrbanCode Deploy in action to deploy COBOL, web services, and Java applications to CICS in a single action.

 

Matthew Webster is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member in the CICS® Transaction Server for z/OS® team, based in Hursley, UK. He holds a BSc in Physics with Computer Science from Southampton University, and has over 25 years of experience as a software engineer at IBM leading a wide range of projects from mainframe to open source. His areas of expertise include CICS, Java, Agile software development and Cloud technologies. Matthew is a regular blogger, podcaster and presenter with published articles and papers on CICS and software development.

By Matthew Webster, IBM, UK

 

So what does creating a CICS ‘Cloud’ really mean? And what exactly are these new CICS Cloud capabilities? How do these new Applications and Platforms artifacts relate to existing CICS technologies such as programs, transactions and regions? Where do these new Policies fit in? And most importantly, why would you do any of this? What value can you expect to derive from creating a CICS Cloud architecture?  If you have ever asked yourself any of those questions, this session will give you five compelling answers. If you ever wondered what the CICS Cloud means in the real world, this session if for you.

 

Matthew Webster is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member in the CICS® Transaction Server for z/OS® team, based in Hursley, UK. He holds a BSc in Physics with Computer Science from Southampton University, and has over 25 years of experience as a software engineer at IBM leading a wide range of projects from mainframe to open source. His areas of expertise include CICS, Java, Agile software development and Cloud technologies. Matthew is a regular blogger, podcaster and presenter with published articles and papers on CICS and software development.

By Dan Millwood, IBM, UK

According to IDC, in 2013 “the worldwide smartphone market reached yet another milestone, having shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time”. This was an increase of almost 40% over 2012. If much of your business runs on CICS, you have probably already exposed at least some your CICS applications to the mobile world. But are you exposing these services in the optimal way for your company? Come to this session to discover what the supported options are for mobile exploitation in CICS Transaction Server, CICS Transaction Gateway and z/OS Connect. This session will compare and contrast the options available, so you can understand what is right for you.   Russ Teubner from HostBridge Technology will also give an ISVs perspective on CICS modernization, and will describe some new ways of integrating with CICS such as Server-Side JavaScript and Redis.  Make sure your phone is on silent – you won’t want to be disturbed in this session.

Daniel Millwood joined IBM in 1995, working as a developer for IBM WebSphere MQ for z/OS and the messaging components of IBM WebSphere Application Server. He joined the CICS TS team in 2007, initially to lead a cross-product integration test team, testing CICS TS web services interoperability. Later, he joined the CICS TS development team, where he led the development of the CICS TS Feature Pack for Modern Batch, and helped develop the CICS TS cloud capabilities in CICS TS V5.1 and V5.2.

By Ian Burnett, IBM, UK

 

After giving sessions about Java in the past few years that tell system programmers they should do Java on IBM z Systems and that Java is just like every other language, this session tries to explain why Java is a bit different in operating and handling. We will compare COBOL/PLI/Assembler with Java and provide insight into how the Java technology works on z Systems. Come along if you want to find out the answers to questions such as: Why can't you phase in a Java program?  What does the JIT compiler do and how does it work? What is the development process of Java applications? How do I debugging and logging in Java applications?

 

Ian Burnett has lead the CICS TS for z/OS performance team for over five years, and has been involved with the performance testing of several releases of CICS TS during that time. In previous roles, Ian has been a developer on the CICSPlex System Manager and WebSphere MQ products, as well as testing the transaction and messaging components of WebSphere Application Server on both mainframe and distributed platforms.

By Michael Jones, IBM, UK

 “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité” (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity), is the slogan of France, coined around the time of the French Revolution. It also seems a pretty appropriate slogan for the mini revolution that is happening right now with CICS and WebSphere. The Liberty profile is a highly composable and dynamic application server runtime environment that is shipped as a part of both WebSphere and CICS. This session will introduce Liberty in CICS, compare the capability with WebSphere (note the ‘equality’ word) and discuss how these new Liberty applications can interact with and support the established fraternity of existing CICS applications that run your core business.

 

Michael Jones joined IBM in 2010, working as a build engineer for CICS Transaction Gateway. Starting with the CICS TS team in 2011 his Java heavy background led him to joining the test effort for the CICS Liberty team where he led the testing effort for Liberty in CICS TS 5.1 and CICS TS 5.2.

By Dan Millwood, IBM, UK

 

The business driver behind adopting a DevOps approach to developing software, is the need to deliver applications to the market faster, with lower costs and higher quality.  With CICS Transaction Server providing the core services on which many of these applications rely, the importance of being able to connect to CICS and reuse these core services continues to increase.   When CICS introduced native Web services about a decade ago, SOA became a reality for CICS customers. Today, many customers are doing tens of millions of SOAP based CICS Web services per day. Some are doing much more. But SOAP based CICS Web services are only a part of the CICS connectivity story. Support for the REST architectural style in CICS is an increasingly popular alternative to SOAP. And JSON is a popular alternative to XML for many application use cases. In this session, we will explore the different CICS connectivity options, suggest use-cases in which they can be of most value, and most importantly, learn which is the right tool for the job.

 

Daniel Millwood joined IBM in 1995, working as a developer for IBM WebSphere MQ for z/OS and the messaging components of IBM WebSphere Application Server. He joined the CICS TS team in 2007, initially to lead a cross-product integration test team, testing CICS TS web services interoperability. Later, he joined the CICS TS development team, where he led the development of the CICS TS Feature Pack for Modern Batch, and helped develop the CICS TS cloud capabilities in CICS TS V5.1 and V5.2.

By Jeff Josten, IBM US

Cloud computing is big business as more people look for ways to reduce costs and speed deployment. With dynamic, flexible platforms, cloud solutions can scale and maximize your return on investment. Many people don’t realize that System z was born as a cloud platform. For more than 30 years, DB2 for z/OS has offered many of the benefits of cloud computing such as multi-tenancy,
elastic scalability, high availability and unmatched security and reliability. A majority of Fortune 500 companies store their mission-critical operational data on DB2 for z/OS. You can do more for less in an environment that you control to ensure that security, service and access requirements are maintained at predictable costs.


This session will give an overview of some recent technical advancements that position DB2 for z/OS even more strongly for the age of cloud and mobile computing. This includes z/OS Management Facility (zOSMF) which allows for streamlined installs and migrations, which can not only help system programmer productivity but can also be used as a base for self-service cloud-style provisioning. Also Rational Urban Code Deploy (UCD) plugins for DB2 which can enable more agile application DevOps patterns.  And z/OS Connect which can enable new mobile and hybrid cloud application patterns for DB2.  Other topics will also be discussed.

Jeff Josten is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the lead architect of DB2 for z/OS.  He has worked in DB2 Development at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab since 1985. He owns several patents in the area of data base technology, and is a frequent speaker at user group and customer meetings.

By Steve Thomas, CA UK

Optimizer Hints have been available since DB2 Version 6 in 1999. This old method was hard to use and prone to error as it relied on the QUERYNO for each statement to link the SQL to the hint. If your program changed causing the QUERYNO to be different then the hint would not operate correctly. To resolve these problems DB2 10 for z/OS introduced a completely new method of providing hints based on the SQL Text and a Repository built into the DB2 Catalog. They can be applied to an SQL statement wherever it appears in the DB2 subsystem. Other advantages the new method provides include the ability to override certain Bind Options at the Statement rather than at the Package level, such as controls over Star joins and Parallelism options. DB2 11 has built on the initial implementation by allowing you to provide Filter Factors for predicates where the Optimizer is not able to calculate them, such as where Host Variables, Parameter Markers or Expressions are being used. This allows the Optimizer to make a more informed decision on the correct access path to use based on your knowledge of the application. This session will describe how to use System Level Access path hints as introduced in DB2 10 for z/OS, along with th additional features that have been added with DB2 11 for z/OS.

Steve is a Senior Engineering Services Architect at CA Technologies. In this role he reports into the R&D organization and ensures customers get the most out of their tools as well as helping influence future product strategy and direction. Steve has been a DB2 Specialist for 25 years, an IBM Champion for Information Management since 2009 and is a regular speaker at User Groups across Europe and beyond. He has been a member of the Conference Planning Committee for IDUG EMEA for 10 years  and is honored to be serving as the Chairman for the 2015 Conference in Dublin.

By John Campbell, IBM UK

This is part one of a two part session aims to share information and experiences from early customer migrations to DB2 11 for z/OS. The objectives are to: share lessons learned, surprises, pitfalls; provide hints and tips; address some myths, provide additional planning information, provide usage guidelines and positioning on new enhancements. Ultimately this session is to help customer installations migrate as fast as possible, but also safely.

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

This is the second part of a two part session aims to share information and experiences from early customer migrations to DB2 11 for z/OS. The objectives are to: share lessons learned, surprises, pitfalls; provide hints and tips; address some myths, provide additional planning information, provide usage guidelines and positioning on new enhancements. Ultimately this session is to help customer installations migrate as fast as possible, but also safely.

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 Martin Hubel, DB2 Consultant, Fundi Software,  CANADA

Is it a DB2 problem? DBAs always hear this question. In fact, today’s complex z/OS environments involve many subsystems such as CICS, DB2, IMS, and WebSphere MQ. Some problems do not clearly indicate their origin. For example, IMS or CICS users might report slow response time, but to solve the problem, you may need to correlate DB2 with other measurement data across subsystems to discover the root cause.
This presentation looks at the available sources of performance and log data both inside and outside of DB2, and describes the value of this data for forensic transaction analysis, problem determination and tuning

Martin Hubel is a consultant to Fundi Software and has worked extensively with DB2 since 1985. Martin develops and teaches DB2 advanced courses and is recognized as a leading authority in the field. He has been using DB2 Universal Database on Linux, Unix, and Windows since 1993 and has participated in several beta test programs for these platforms. He is an IBM Gold Consultant and Information Champion, and a member of the IDUG Volunteer Hall of Fame. Since 1991, he has come to the Nordic GSE every 8 years.

By Jeff Josten, IBM US

This session will review the key DB2 11 features and will also take a peek into the future at the next DB2 release code named Cypress. DB2 for z/OS continues to evolve to meet the needs of modern applications. At the same time, DB2 continues improving its industry leading performance, scaling, availability, management and security capabilities to continue meeting the needs of the most demanding operational environments into the future.  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. 
  • Simplification:  DB2 11 provides several improvements which reduce the time and effort required to manage DB2 systems. DB2 migration tasks are also made significantly easier.
  • Availability and Security:  DB2 11 extends the industry leading availability and security capabilities for the System z platform.
  • Extended SQL and Analytics Capabilities:  DB2 11 delivers several important SQL and XML enhancements, along with new capabilities for JSON and Big Data.
  • DB2 Cypress plans to deliver important new features to help DB2 customers stay ahead of continually escalating business and technical requirements. 

 

Jeff Josten is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the lead architect of DB2 for z/OS. He has worked in DB2 Development at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab since 1985. He owns several patents in the area of data base technology, and is a frequent speaker at user group and customer meetings.

By Phil Grainger, BMC UK

Most sites understand the importance of having a performance measurement/assurance environment to validate the performance of new or changed SQL

The snag is, as DB2 gets smarter about its environment, it gets increasingly difficult to guarantee that the performance DB2 subsystem really does behave the same as the real production subsystem(s)

This is why IBM have introduced Production Virtualization to "fool" a DB2 subsystem into thinking that certain aspects of its environment are actually different from reality - making it possible to model a production subsystem in a completely seperate LPAR

This session looks at how this has been implemented - with a couple of dsnzparm changes and addition to the capabilities of DB2 Profiles. As always, things are never quite as simple as they might have been

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 Phil Grainger, BMC UK

There are many ways of looking at the temporal data support in DB2 for z/OS - most of them spend time looking at the syntax of the new DDL required to create temporal managed objects

This session is different

We will look at the life of a generic insurance policy as an example of how Temporal Data support can simplify application development and provide simple access to historical data purely by coding relevant DML clauses

 

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 John Campbell, IBM UK

This session will introduce and discuss all the major availability and data sharing enhancements in DB2 11 for z.OS. For data sharing, enhancements in the in the following areas will be covered: group buffer pool and castout, CF DELETE_NAME, Restart light enhancements, locking, indexing. For availability, enhancements in the in the following areas will be covered: BIND/REBIND/DDL break-in with persistent threads, IFCID 306 support for old compression dictionaries, Online Alter Partition Limit Keys, Deferred alter PIT recovery, DROP Column, Workfile, Defer Define Object, Extended RBA/LRSN, Auto Clean-up of Pseudo-deleted Index Entries.

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 Susan Lawson, YL&A 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.

·        Discuss overall improvements and migration goals in DB2 11

·        Discuss features for improved application and database 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 Susan Lawson, YL&A 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.

·        Discuss overall improvements and migration goals in DB2 11

·        Discuss features for improved application and database 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 Helene Lyon, IBM France

Because of the strong business motivations to deliver mobile applications into the market quickly, mobile development projects typically have extremely aggressive time lines. And more and more companies recognize that cloud technology can help them achieve those business goals.

The pressure to deliver mobile apps with agility seems like a mismatch with traditional mainframe development, but nothing could be farther from the truth.

In this session, you will learn how you may leverage existing, trusted IMS applications & data to create cutting-edge mobile applications. Integration has never been so simple!

Hélène is recognized worldwide as a technical leader for mainframe solutions, especially around the IMS ecosystem. She is passionate about the value that IMS provides to its clients, to the IBM business, and to the world in general. Her role as an IBM technical executive is to lead European mainframe customers through digital transformation; allowing in-transaction analytics while protecting quality of services for their core business; allowing mobile unpredictable demand to get consistent sub-second response time; and allowing optimization of IT Services delivery with scalability & availability needed by business. 

 

By Alison Coughtrie, IBM UK

Mobile applications need access to transactions and data stored on IBM System z. The IMS Mobile Feature pack leverages the IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile and its z/OS Connect feature, allowing transformation of IMS transactions into lightweight REST services. In this hands-on session you'll get to create, deploy and test an existing IMS™ transaction as a RESTful service by using the IMS Mobile Feature Pack.

 

 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.

 

By Alison Coughtrie, IBM US

The IBM Management Console for IMS and DB2 for z/OS is a web-based solution offering a holistic view of the enterprise by integrating tools and system commands. In this hands-on session you'll get to test drive the console for yourself so you can experience first-hand how it can be used to administer your IMS resources.

 

 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.

 

By Steve Nathan, IBM US

The IMS log has a wealth of information that can help you see what your IMS application is doing and how it is performing. This session will walk you through an IMS transaction using both DFSERA10 and the IMS Problem Investigator to show you how to interpret the data.

 

Mr. Nathan has 42 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 12 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support.

 

By Deepak Kohli, IBM US

The DB2 Analytics Accelerator is an appliance that can accelerate your analytics queries up to 2000 times faster.  But did you know that the DB2 Analytics Accelerator is not just for DB2 data.  You can also use it to store non-DB2 data like IMS.  And with DB2 and IMS data co-residing in one appliance, you can join IMS & DB2 data in orders of magnitude faster.  Come to this session and let Deepak Kohli show you how you can capitalize on this high-performing analytics appliance to run analytic queries against your IMS operational data.

 Biography:

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.
 

By Robert Recknagel, FI-TS, DE

This talk offers hands-on information about design, implementation and setup of modern multi-tier applications having a web-based front-end and an IMS back-end. The speaker will explain different architectures based on up-to-date techniques like Java and SQL. A live demo of a conceptual application built on these architectures is one of the highlights of this talk. Besides this changes to existing DBD sources, the usage of the IMS Catalog as a metadata source for Java applications and the integration of existing IMS application into these architectures will be discussed.

Robert Recknagel is a former computer science student of the University of Leipzig (Germany). During his studies he dealed with new ways accessing IMS databases. His talk mainly based on the practical experiences he gained while writing his Master's Thesis. Besides his studies he successfully participated in the first IBM Master the Mainframe World Championship. Since July 2014 he is an IMS system programmer at Finanz Informatik Technologie Service GmbH & Co. KG – a German IT service provider for banks and insurance companies residing in Haar near Munich.

By Helene Lyon, IBM France

IBM z System clients have much in common, and one key element is the investment they have made in their z System IT infrastructure. Applications that run on z System are industrial strength, driving the world's most critical workloads. Many applications have served their companies for decades. When you decide to turn your trusted IMS applications into a service requester, you open up an entirely new universe of possibility for your company's business growth. In this session Helene Lyon, IBM DE and CTO, Big Data and Analytics Software on z System for Europe, demonstrates the ways in which you can bring business analytics to the z System platform in order to extend value of your IMS critical business applications. 

 

Hélène is recognized worldwide as a technical leader for mainframe solutions, especially around the IMS ecosystem. She is passionate about the value that IMS provides to its clients, to the IBM business, and to the world in general. Her role as an IBM technical executive is to lead European mainframe customers through digital transformation; allowing in-transaction analytics while protecting quality of services for their core business; allowing mobile unpredictable demand to get consistent sub-second response time; and allowing optimization of IT Services delivery with scalability & availability needed by business. 

 

By Jim Martin, Fundi Software US

Businesses are executing over 500 million transactions/day and the resulting instrumentation data overwhelms traditional tools. IBM’s tool has exception processing that crawls through this data looking for transactions exceeding specified exception criteria. Identified exceptions are written to reports or built into transaction indexes so users can reinvestigate them. With the tool users can view the transaction lifecycle of these exceptions by merging all sources of instrumentation data together from subsystems like IMS™, CICS®,DB2®, WebSphere® MQ, SMF and system information from OPERLOG data to quickly identify if problem points are subsystem specific, the result of poor interaction between subsystems, or the results of system events.

Jim Martin is the Unites States representative for Fundi Software Ltd of Perth, Australia and the Chief Architect for IMS Connect Extensions. Jim has been working with IMS since approximately 1971. He started his career with IBM in 1967 and worked as a Program Support Representative, Systems Engineer and member of the IMS Critical situation team at the systems center in Dallas, Texas. He left IBM to join BMC Software of Houston, Texas as a product author and was later promoted to the role of Corporate Product Architect. Jim worked at BMC Software for 10 years and was responsible for several products designed to provide IMS customer’s enhanced IMS solutions. He is the holder of 12 US Patents on IMS and database related techniques and has had several articles published in industry magazines, Enterprise System Journal, Technical Support and DM Review. Jim is an IBM Data Champion and a regular presenter at Share, IBM Insight, and other industry conferences. He also participates in the IBM webcast program supporting IBM Tools. He is also a regular contributor to the quarterly IMS newsletter published by the IMS laboratory.

 

By Steve Nathan, IBM US

For MANY years IMS programmers were comfortable with their environment. The IMS SYSGEN defined resources in the MODBLKS data set. DBDGEN and PSBGEN led to ACBGEN which described databases and programs in ACBLIB. Now there is a whole new confusing world. DRD, RDDS, Repository, Catalog, DDL (!) and Directory. This session will help you get comfortable with this new world.

Mr. Nathan has 42 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 12 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support.

 

By Deepak Kohli, IBM US

The IMS Catalog is a key strategic component of IMS and IMS integration capabilities.  Although the use of the IMS Catalog is optional, several new functions in IMS identify IMS Catalog as a prerequisite, such as Native SQL, Database Versioning, and .NET access to IMS data.  And once you have the Catalog implemented, understanding what’s in your IMS catalog is crucial to maintaining integrity.  In this session, Deepak Kohli will show you how to navigate thru the IMS catalog using IMS Explorer for development.

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. 

 

By Jim Martin, Fundi Software US

This presentation provides a look into the IMS Connect support for Open Data Base Manager (ODBM). The presentation provides detailed information about the events produced for an ODBM request as it is processed by IMS Connect. The flow of the request is shown from the time the request is received by IMS Connect until the ODBM response is returned to the remote client. Some of the more common problems are shown using CEX instrumentation.

Jim Martin is the Unites States representative for Fundi Software Ltd of Perth, Australia and the Chief Architect for IMS Connect Extensions. Jim has been working with IMS since approximately 1971. He started his career with IBM in 1967 and worked as a Program Support Representative, Systems Engineer and member of the IMS Critical situation team at the systems center in Dallas, Texas. He left IBM to join BMC Software of Houston, Texas as a product author and was later promoted to the role of Corporate Product Architect. Jim worked at BMC Software for 10 years and was responsible for several products designed to provide IMS customer’s enhanced IMS solutions. He is the holder of 12 US Patents on IMS and database related techniques and has had several articles published in industry magazines, Enterprise System Journal, Technical Support and DM Review. Jim is an IBM Data Champion and a regular presenter at Share, IBM Insight, and other industry conferences. He also participates in the IBM webcast program supporting IBM Tools. He is also a regular contributor to the quarterly IMS newsletter published by the IMS laboratory.

 

By Henrik Thorsen, IBM Denmark

 

Analytics projects mainly draw on mainframe-based transactional data. However, for decades, analytics solutions have been deployed as departmental applications, based on very specific business needs of the requesting department. Time for a change!  This Lecture describes how IBM z13 can you maximize current IT investments while adding functionality and improved price/performance. With new z13 features, applications can gain increased throughput for distributed operational BI and IBM DB2 query workloads, thus saving money in HW, SW, and labor.

We will discuss how much more memory, cache enhancements, and improved I/O bandwidth can be used to serve up more data to support exponential mobile transaction volumes. Real time insights at the point of impact with integrated analytics and transaction processing is now possible. Data and services are securely delivered, with minimal risk, on the most reliable platform, which includes Improved data resilience and SAN Fabric Priority. Mainframes are enabled for open source innovation, Linux is red hot and growing exponentially.

 

Henrik Thorsen is a Technical Director in IBM Denmark. Currently he is Nordic System z Platform leader. He has 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 more than 50 years

By Henrik Thorsen, IBM Denmark

 

You can’t know where you are going unless you know where you came from and this presentations will show you the evolution of mainframe from its early years to now, where it serves as the centre of the IT infrastructure in the major part of western civilization IT companies.

The Mainframe has learned to be trustworthy and cooperative and delivers no or at least very few “blue Screen” experiences to the users and availability percentages of 100 are the rule of the game. When the Mainframe come to a halt it is news that makes headlines. The Mainframe has learned to be cooperative and the engines has learned to do more than just ordinary mainframe workloads..

The new versions of the Mainframe (z13) delivers even more value for money and this presentation will show where these extra benefits come from.

 

Henrik Thorsen is a Technical Director in IBM Denmark. Currently he is Nordic System z Platform leader. He has 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 more than 50 years

By Henrik Thorsen, IBM Denmark

 

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.

The Infrastructure impact of turning of the mainframe would result in no banking, no tax, no welfare, no insurance, no ….  

The Mainframe delivers workload capacity that has no real competition with 1.5 million CICS and IMS transactions pr. second all over the world compared to Googles 60.000 transactions pr. second just for starters (2014 transaction volume estimates).

We will see that driving large volumes of transactions on this platform are essential to the countries and population in the region and you will hear real life stories from the experiences  from EVRY in Norway, Volvo in Sweden, Tieto in Finland and JN Data in Denmark, where more than 200 mill. transactions are run on the Mainframe every day both in traditional Mainframe environments as well as mobile workloads and also see that the Mainframe acts as the superserver for these companies and sometimes even are neglected because of the stability the is the trademark of this platform.

 

Henrik Thorsen is a Technical Director in IBM Denmark. Currently he is Nordic System z Platform leader. He has 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 more than 50 years

By Morag Hughson, MQGem Software Limited, UK

 

This session will provide illustrations and insight on the various techniques and capabilities available for MQ Administrators to meet "Monitoring" and "Auditing" demands for WebSphere MQ on all platforms. With the ever increasing demands to provide system runtime "high availability" along with the need to comply with the constantly changing internal and external audit demands, this session will provide information on what can be done from a WebSphere MQ perspective.

 

Prior to working for MQGem Software Limited as a Technical Education Specialist designing  MQ courses, Morag worked in IBM for 18 years designing, developing and servicing the IBM MQ product (formerly Websphere MQ and MQSeries). For the last 10 years of that time she was the architect for the base MQ product with responsibility across both z/OS and distributed platforms. 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. 

Moderated by Henrik Thorsen, IBM Denmark with IBM Speakers from laboratories iin US and UK

 

The technical Infrastructure elements of System z  infrastructure will be covered 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 covered by experts in their fields and the moderator will put it all in perspective building on his many years of experience with and on the platform all over the world.

 

The Moderator Henrik Thorsen is a Technical Director in IBM Denmark. Currently he is Nordic System z Platform leader. He has 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 more than 50 years

By Zhou Xing Jun, IBM China

Today government regulations become more stringent on enterprise financial systems, business continuous availability and disaster recovery requirements, IT faces increasing challenges to reduce both planned and unplanned outages.  IBM GDPS solution family are a collection of offerings that can help to address a different set of IT resiliency goals for our clients. Many of GDPS solutions are based on disk replication technology, and so have limitations in achieving the aggressive
RTO and RPO goals while supporting sufficient site separation.  So A new solution called GDPS/Active-Active is designed  to significantly reduce the planned outrages for maintenance and upgrades, and provide business continuous availability in the event of an unplanned workload or site failure.  Last year one of the largest bank in China have implemented GDPS/Active-Active solution in their production environment.  The presentation will give you an overview of the GDPS/Active-Active solution,  an introduction of its components and finally share the real customer use case in China.

 

Joined IBM in 2005, as a technical leader in service delivery team in GTS, China.  
Provided technical consultancy and support to major banks in China over 10 years.
Attended multiple key mainframe projects in China, including the first Parallel Sysplex implementation, the first GDPS/XRC implementation, etc
Provided supported the first GDPS/Active-Active project world wide.

 

By Jamie Squibb, IBM  UK

 

IBM 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 presents a high-level, technical overview of both products. Come to this session to 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.

By Jamie Squibb, IBM  UK

 

IBM MQ topologies often underpin business applications that demand very high levels of availability. This session explains some of the availability features in IBM MQ, including clusters and queue-sharing groups, then discusses how they can be used to provide continuous availability for applications during installation upgrades.

 

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 Emil Kotrc,CA  Czech Republic 

Did you notice that DB2 11 and Hadoop are now closer to each other than ever before? DB2 11 includes features that allow integration with Hadoop/IBM BigInsights, which simply means that DB2 can work with Big Data much easier. This presentation will make a brief overview of the technologies behind this relationship and will show a step-by-step guideline of how to start exploring DB2 11 and Hadoop/BigInsights integration. • Objectives: o Define and explain basic terms like BigData, Hadoop, IBM BigInsights, HDFS, JAQL. o Review the process of enabling DB2 11 access to Hadoop/BigInsights. o Take the implementation steps - create IBM provided UDFs, setup the WLM, configure BigInsights, read HDFS, run JAQL scripts.

 

Emil Kotrc is a principal software engineer at CA Technologies working in Prague Technology Center since 2005. He started on Resource management products for Mainframe and later moved into Database management for DB2 for z/OS area. Before joining CA Technologies, Emil worked in an academic environment.

By Dave Gorman, IBM  UK

 

IBM Integration Bus for z/OS formerly known as WebSphere Message Broker for z/OS, is an enterprise service bus (ESB). Being the center of your enterprise integration , performance of the bus is critical. Optimising performance of your environment can lead to real $$ savings, time is money! This presentation is an introduction to the key concepts of understanding performance, and tuning techniques for IBM Integration Bus, enabling you to fully understand where any bottlenecks are, so they can be tuned to improve performance and reduce cost. We look at lowering hardware requirements, maximising throughput and meeting SLAs by increasing the understanding of the behaviour of your integration nodes and applying best practice approaches to improving performance. Since there are multiple approaches to solving every problem in IBM Integration Bus we illustrate some of the common pitfalls and ways to avoid them.

 

Dave has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years. After joining IBM in 1999, he worked in a service support role for a short time, after which he moved to the IBM Integration Bus development team. Dave has worked on a number of components within IIB, majoring on the z/OS aspects. He leads the IBM Integration Bus Performance team, which also enables him to work with a lot of IIB customers through Proof of Concepts and solution designs. Outside of work he spends most of his time with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys riding his bike and walking his dog.

By Morag Hughson, MQGem Software Limited, UK

 

This sessions looks at how security facilities are provided in WebSphere MQ for z/OS. It will provide an introduction to WebSphere MQ for z/OS Security, looking at, what security is available, how it is activated/deactivated, what types of resources can be protected and an insight as to how WebSphere MQ for z/OS determines which userids it uses for the checks it performs. IBM MQ V8 introduced a number of new security features and many of these were just as applicable on z/OS as other platforms, so we will show how these features work on z/OS, and what error messages to look out for when using them.

 

Prior to working for MQGem Software Limited as a Technical Education Specialist designing  MQ courses, Morag worked in IBM for 18 years designing, developing and servicing the IBM MQ product (formerly Websphere MQ and MQSeries). For the last 10 years of that time she was the architect for the base MQ product with responsibility across both z/OS and distributed platforms. 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.

By Isabel Arnold and Joe Winchester, IBM UK

This session will show how to obtain the basic z/OS Explorer and install it and use it to submit jobs, edit JCL,
access zFS files.  As the session goes on you will be able to see how the base z/OS Explorer can be extended with
plugins delivering new capabilities to cover a wide range of scenarios that a z/OS subsystem programmer or developer
is likely to encounter.  These will include analyzing a batch job that is abending by drilling down in the captured
abend data, before debugging the program, and then looking at the VSAM record that is causing the transaction to fail.  
It will also include doing the same failure analysis for a program running under a CICS transaction.  
For system programming the talk will show how to look at a program running in a CICS region that is writing data an an
MQ Queue, using the CICS Explorer and MQ Explorer plugins.  The talk will also cover using Optim Data Studio to look at
SQL data written by the program.  Finally the talk will look at the Rational Developer for System z development
environment to show how source code can be edited, compiled, tested, and deployed and run in a batch environment as well
as CICS and IMS.
The talk will contain lots of demos so expect an interactive session with lots of unrehearsed twists and turns, and
please bring your questions for Joe and Isabel.

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.

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.

By Steven Thomas, SMT Data A/S, DK

Mapping this measurement data to IT costs and explaining what business activities or organizations are generating those IT costs is also a challenge.

Operating systems provide a wealth of data about what is going on.  SMF data from z/OS, WMI data from Windows or data from corresponding utilities in Unix can be collected, filtered and aggregated into a data warehouse. The data can then be enriched with relations to business dimensions such as cost, organization or business activities. Finally business intelligence tools and techniques can be applied to analyze and present the data.

This allows for multiple levels of understanding from the strategic KPI dashboard level, through tactical capacity management and cost distribution, down to  operational performance tuning and optimization. Data and tools can, however, only take us part of the way on the road to transparency. Implementing Business Intelligence on top of the transformed IT data (also known as ITBI) requires careful planning as well as changes to organization, processes and mind-set in order to create real value.

Steven Thomas is Chief Technology Officer at SMT Data, a company specializing in applying business intelligence tools and methods to capacity and performance data for large IT installations. Steven is responsible for product development and professional services at SMT Data. He has 30 years’ experience from IBM, Fidelity Information Services and Saxo Bank prior to joining SMT Data in 2011

By Helene Lyon, IBM France

You all hear that the world is changing. More Data! More Insights! And always the same need to provide high quality IT to support growing business needs around Business Analytics and Business Intelligence. Let’s see how your mainframe applications can benefit from analytics and how mainframe data can be exploited in many new ways. Let’s see how you can build the IT infrastructure to support the volume of the new analytics requests! And it rocks on z!.

Hélène Lyon is recognized worldwide as a technical leader for mainframe solutions, especially around the IMS ecosystem. She is passionate about the value that IMS provides to its clients, to the IBM business, and to the world in general. In addition to leading the European IMS Architecture Team, she has recently taken on the role of Chief Technical Officer for Europe for one of the IBM Growth Initiatives: Big Data and Business Analytics for the System z environment.

By Kent Drougge, The Swedish Police, Sweden 

This session will show you a criminal case regarding one of the biggest computer intrusions against a big service provider in Sweden between 2010 and 2013.
In the big bunch of data that were fetched contained protected personal data belonging to approximately 10.000 persons in Sweden.

You will see how small digital traces and cooperation between law enforcement authorities led to arrest and later on prison of a known hacker.We are trying to get a speaker from the Swedish Police to elaborate on the Swedish Polices efforts to solve hacking scenarios in Sweden based on real life scenarios, where 2 mainframe installatuions in the Nordic Region has been victims of attacks.

 

Speakers Bio.

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By Rebecca Alexander, CA US 

When storage media are close to exhausting capacity, the usual response is tactical: purchase more storage. Why not get out of the endless and expensive storage acquisition cycle. Join this session to discuss a compelling strategy that can help reduce storage costs and accelerate productivity. See how we believe that the mainframe can be an enabler of innovation in that area

Rebecca Alexander is Senior Product Manager at CA Technologies and is responsible for Product Strategy for Cloud Storage Solutions within the CA Mainframe Business Unit. She has over 25 years of IT industry experience specializing in delivering cloud software solutions for storage management. Prior to CA, Rebecca worked with Xerox in various R&D leadership capacities where she focused on delivery of x86 platform products, set strategic product direction and go-to-market strategies.

By Gary Mazo, IBM US

A lot has changed in more than 50 years of mainframe software development.  In this session, the speaker will give an overview of RDTraveller - the Web-browser based enviroment for mainframe software development, a complement to tools like TSO and ISPF.  The speaker will describe why a modern browser-based environment  is appealing to both seasoned mainframe programmers on the go and computer science students graduating today.  The speaker will describe how the RDTRaveler technology fits in the DevOps story and will share some of the DevOps and "Lean Startup" techniques that were used in developing RDTRaveler itself. He will also cover some of the experiences in making RDTraveler micro-services available through the IBM's Platform-as-a-Service environment named BlueMix.

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 Dave Rhoderick, IBM US

The accelerating proliferation of low-cost computer chips (gaming computers, mobiles, modern cars, smart-devices...) and open source software may provoke the thought that mainframe workloads can be "rehosted" on smaller commodity servers to save money. This session examines the issues involved with illustrative real-life cases. Yes, rehosting can be done, but is money really saved? What risks are involved? Will the ensuing system be better and more flexible? The speaker will outline the planning considerations necessary for success, and conclude with proven ways to ensure the mainframe yields the lowest cost per unit of work.

David Rhoderick manages IBM's z Systems Competitive Analysis team, is a “mainframe evangelist” and has extensive expertise in the financial aspects of enterprise computing.  In his 30+ years at IBM, in both the U.S. and the U.K., he has worked in many different fields including software pricing, marketing, ISV recruitment, consulting, sales, systems engineering, development and systems programming.

By Harald Bender, IBM DE

For modern IT systems the time between the occurrence of a problem and its resolution is so small that a rapid notification and way to resolve it is substantial for the IT provider.
In some industries the worst case scenario occurs when a problem is posted on social media.
The base for a fast problem solution is an immediate notification of system events plus the ability to quickly check the system status and to determine the urgency of a problem.
For such cases it is immanent to provide a solution which allows a system administrator to get informed whenever necessary.
With the advent of mobile devices the equipment exists and the new zEvent mobile application closes the gap between z/OS event generation, immediate notification and instantaneous status checking related to the event.
The zEvent app is a tiny mobile application which is notified by events occurring on z/OS including the ability to logon to the system and check its status.
The session gives an overview of the problem scope, the mobile application and how it is delivered to a z/OS audience.

Harald Bender has been with IBM at the Boeblingen Laboratory for more than 25 years. His expertise includes z/OS Performance, WLM and Parallel Sysplex.
Today he is responsible for the strategy and architecture of z/OS Resource Measurement Facility (RMF)

By Isabel Arnold and Joe Winchester, IBM UK

This session will do a deep dive into the technology shown in the first talk, and cover how to obtain the various
Eclipse based offerings and aggregate them together and deploy them.  The speakers have a lot of field experience
working with customers who have dealt with issues such as the z/OS team not being siloed apart from the distributed
team that looks after desktop offerings in companies, companies with no internet access for their users to get downloads,
 folks who use Microsoft SCCM or Tivoli Deployment Manager or other rich client distribution mechanism, folks who use
Installation Manager, folks who don't use Installation Manager and use the Eclipse p2 framework, folks who replicate
repositories from IBM and deploy them internally, folks who use shared network drives, folks who use Java Web Start,
and folks who don't know where to start asking questions.  By the end of this session you will have a much better
understanding of how to obtain all of the technology required to make your users z/OS superheroes and how to get that
onto their laptops or PCs and how to keep things up to date and running smoothly.

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.

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.

By Larry England, IBM US

Shift Happens. "Born on the Internet" firms expose APIs as part of the 'Programmable Web'. Why would they do that? Is providing APIs now table-stakes? What are some of the considerations for creating and making an API available? In this session, we'll delve into the motivation for exposing APIs as well as some of the considerations - both business and technical - for an exposing an API set.

Larry England is an IBM Distinguished Engineer currently working directly with a large healthcare payer in the United States as a Client Technical Advisor. He has worked on a wide variety of areas throughout his career including Application Development Tools, Database tools, programming languages, language runtime environments, image recognition, text search and analytics, and operating systems. England has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University.

 

By Jan Aage Nielsen, BEC DK and Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, JN Data DK

You have probably been running ISPF for many years and never bothered to see if the ISPF tooling has evolved with the new releases of MVS.

This Session will tell you about nice features that has been integrated in ISPF etc. that you might or might not have known or seen before such as SRCHFOR, SWAPBAR,  Making other codepages readable in ISPF, Merging source files  and much more.

The session will focus on the "new" stuff and show you how using it might make you even more productive in your daily work.

If you develop ISPF Applications this session will introduce you to "free" tools that include REXX in Panels and skeletons both inline and as called REXX's and also help to trace ISPF panels and skeletons, where the logic CAN be difficult to manage.

The session will show you a small subset of the tips and tricks that we have learned over the years, that you MIGHT find useful.

Jan Aage Nielsen is a System Programmer at BEC with over 30 years of experience, where many of the years has been as Infratsructure developer and provider for BEC's more than 600 developers with focus on delivering the right code as effectively as possible with the optimum tooling on the mainframe.

Svenn-Aage Sønderskov is a Systems Programmer at JN Data with over 30 years of experience, where many of the years has been providing infrastructure for both developers and production staff, among which are a lot of homegrown tooling that exploits the infrastructure in ISPF and TSO etc.

By Jan Marek, CA CZ

Introducing Agile development processes into a software development team, sticking to it and enforcing it 100% can be a challenge, but it can be done and the ending can be happy. Listen to one of our young, next generation mainframe developers from the CA development center in Prague on how such a journey is experienced, about the stumbling blocks and the outcome. He will explain also how we are actively using that in our software development within CA, and about the big difference this brings for us and our end users.

Jan is a 9-year IT professional working out of CA Development Centre in Prague, Czech Republic. Jan has a background from software engineering, starting with mainframe workload automation and he is now enjoying the world of DB2 for z/OS as Agile Product Owner in CA DB2 Tools product management team. Jan has experienced  the pros and cons of Agile Development in a professional Agile development environment which he is happy to share with you.

By Deepak Kohli, IBM US

It is estimated that there are now more than 10 billion mobile devices.  Organizations are challenged with integrating mobile and cloud services with existing mainframe systems of record without sacrificing the client's experience.  To mitigate the complexities of this integration IBM is providing WebSphere Liberty z/OS Connect.  This session will provide the what, where & how of WebSphere Liberty z/OS Connect.  The session will also cover how z/OS Connect offers a common discovery and service invocation method for business assets on z/OS subsystems like CICS, IMS & DB2.

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 worldwide.

By Allan Kielstra, IBM US

IBM has announced z13, the most advanced generation of zArchitecture.  IBM has also announced Enterprise COBOL 5.2.  For the first time, a new generation of zArchitecture will be fully supported from day one by Enterprise COBOL.  In this session, we will discuss new language features available in Enterprise COBOL 5.2.  We will also discuss new and enhanced facilities available in z13 and describe how Enterprise COBOL 5.2 exploits these. 

Allan Kielstra has been developing high performance compilers for IBM and other companies for several decades.  His interests include architectures and compiler optimizations and code generation.  He currently leads the team developing back end (optimizer, code generator) technology for Enterprise COBOL, XLC on zLinux and other compiler technologies.

By Bill Alexander, IBM US

Every z/OS shop has a good amount of REXX and ISPF panels that have been developed over the years - and in most cases there are some core functions that leverage REXX and ISPF panels. So when we talk about Enterprise Modernization - a lot of the users have this question in mind on - what do we do with the REXX and ISPF panels ? Can we preserve the legacy ? This session is aimed at answering those questions, and showing real world use cases / examples on how shops have leveraged the Enterprise modernization tools to access REXX and ISPF panels from a modern environment like Eclipse.                     

Bill Alexander is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM z Systems Software. Bill is the Release Architect for Rational Developer for System z (RDz) and has 25 years of experience developing mainframe applications

By Andrei Lurie, IBM US

This presentation will go over the recent changes in DB2 for z/OS that were targeted for bridging the traditional DB2 RDBMS with some of the modern technologies. Following topics will be covered: JSON support, integration with Hadoop, DB2 plug-in for UrbanCode Deploy, and z/OS Connect.

Andrei Lurie is a DB2 for z/OS architect and developer at the Silicon Valley Lab. He joined DB2 in 2000 and is currently a Senior Technical Stuff Member in DB2 RDS area. Andrei currently focuses on query optimization, performance and SQL functionality.

By Michael Erichsen, XACT, DK and Knud Vrå, IBM DK

Rational Development and Test Environment for System z (RD&T) is a complete z/OS emulation, which can run on a server or even a laptop.
This session will take a look at RD&T, seen from two different views.
Knud Vraa will give a short overview of the product for newcomers, and after an update on included products and current versions he will give a picture of the business value for customers of RD&T as seen by IBM.
Based on a real customer implementation he will go through some of the do's and don'ts when building one or more environments and how can you manage your licenses in a multi-server setup.
Michael Erichsen will share his user experiences from supporting an in-house RD&T installation and assisting other users with installation and configuration.
In-house RD&T is used for development, testing, and proofs of concept in areas like code conversion and tools development.
This has met with challenges like differences between RD&T versions, VMWare interfacing with license dongles, I/O and processor limitations of an RD&T instance, and providing the necessary support to end users. 

Knud Vraa is Nordic Technical Sales Specialist for Rational on System z at IBM Denmark. Having a long experience with mainframe development as well
as mainframe system programming he assists customers in installation, customization and implementation of RD&T, RDz and RAA at system z customers in the Nordics.

Michael Erichsen is an Enterprise Modernization Specialist at Xact Consulting in Copenhagen, Denmark. Besides being systems programmer, storage manager and operations staff for an RD&T instance he currently concentrates on Rational Developer for system z and on developing the host component of a unit test tool.

By Wilfried Van Hecke, IBM Germany

In an evolving world of Java, cloud and mobile, it becomes essential to reuse stable existing legacy applications.  At the end of the 1990s, IBM introduced a set of problem determination tools to enable testing, debugging, creating test data and measuring performance (and many other features) for applications developed in COBOL, PLI, C/C++ and Assembler.  This presentation will introduce you to one of the key tools for diagnostics: the IBM Debug Tool.  This IBM Debug Tool presentation will focus on the current version V13R1 and will include the set up,  discussion of the functions, the graphical user interface as well as best practices.  The new Debug Tool Code Coverage and Load Module Analyser will also be discussed as well as the newly introduced support for CICS V5R2 bundles which are a starting point for exploiting CICS as a Cloud server. We will also present the possibilities to perform end-to-end Java debugging. If time allows, the advantages of the IBM File Manager using a graphical user interface will be presented. 

Wilfried Van Hecke is IBM Certified IT Specialist, Europe Pan IMT PD Tools Community Leader, joined IBM 42 years ago and since 12 years he is working for the IBM Software Group located in Ehningen / Germany.
His diversed experience has included assignments in the CICS Lab in Hursley, Language Environment in Santa Theresa Lab as well as Poughkeepsie. He is SME (Subject Matter Expert) for CICS, z/OS COBOL, PLI, C/C++, Assembler, Debug Tool, Fault Analyser, APA, and Language Environment. He supported many customers all over the world.
Wilfried has extensive practical experience with the PD Tools and Languages in the z/OS area. He was one of the team members that wrote the SG24-6492-00 Redbook in year 2003.

By Bill Alexander, IBM US

Devops – as a concept is aimed at bringing the development and the ops teams more closer. As the concept evolved – and shops starting adopting – Devops translated to Deployment only. This session is aimed at spelling out Devops as it relates to z systems and the role of development environments in Devops.                    

Bill Alexander is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM z Systems Software. Bill is the Release Architect for Rational Developer for System z (RDz) and has 25 years of experience developing mainframe applications.

By Gary Mazo, IBM US

In this session, the speaker will review some of the advanced methods of services development using Rational Developer for system z (RDz).  RDz feature called Enterprise Service Tools provides capabilities for advanced services development.  The speaker will describe techniques such as creating a Mult-operation WSDL from COBOL applications, "Top-down" service development for COBOL using mapping, and using command line interface (CLI) tool for scripting the generation of many services.

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 Jan Marek, CA CZ

Many IT shops are under the pressure of reducing cost and doing more with less. Automation of some repetitive tasks may help to achieve those goals. No matter if you are DBA or application programmer you may find the need to automate your tests more and more demanding. This presentation will overview the general continuous integration process and share the experience with implementation of Java or Python in testing DB2 for z/OS and mainframe applications. 

 

Jan Marek is a 9-year IT professional with the background from software engineering. Starting with mainframe workload automation he is now enjoying the world of DB2 for z/OS as Agile Product Owner in CA DB2 Tools product management team. His area is backup and recovery family of products.

By Jim Martin, Fundi Software US

One of the worst things that can happen is for a major new application or application release to be rolled out and it fail due to performance reasons.  If the performance issues are not caught soon, it may be extremely expensive or maybe even impossible to revert back to the previous release.  If the application teams had automated ways to address the performance evaluation of the release tests, would that be of benefit?  You may have received help from the systems programming staff in the past, but the reductions at these positions are making it more difficult to get their time.  With features like automated data collection, pre-defined workflows, exception processing, and validation run history, this presentation will provide a look at how modern z based tooling can help todays application development teams perform their own performance validation testing while minimizing their reliance on systems programming staff.

Jim Martin is the Unites States representative for Fundi Software Ltd of Perth, Australia and the Chief Architect for IMS Connect Extensions.  Jim has been working with IMS since approximately 1971.  He started his career with IBM in 1967 and worked as a Program Support Representative, Systems Engineer and member of the IMS Critical situation team at the systems center in Dallas, Texas.  He left IBM to join BMC Software of Houston, Texas as a product author and was later promoted to the role of Corporate Product Architect.  Jim worked at BMC Software for 10 years and was responsible for several products designed to provide IMS customer’s enhanced IMS solutions.  He is the holder of 12 US Patents on IMS and database related techniques and has had several articles published in industry magazines, Enterprise System Journal, Technical Support and DM Review.  Jim is an IBM Data Champion and a regular presenter at Share, IBM Insight, and other industry conferences.  He also participates in the IBM webcast program supporting IBM Tools.  He is also a regular contributor to the quarterly IMS newsletter published by the IMS laboratory.

By Lary England, IBM US

In the opening conference session, you learned about the details of the new z13 processor and the technologies that enable new types of applications on z/OS. In my opinion, the value of any platform is what it can do for your business. This session will describe some new and innovative applications that are deployed on z/OS and active in production. These new applications include real-time analytics to assist making decisions and extending existing applications to leverage the Operational Decision Manager for a rules-based application. We will also delve into an innovative avenue for application development to produce an 'on-ramp' for applications with at least one aspect running on z/OS.  The goal is to spark ideas how to extend/enhance/leverage your existing assets in your application portfolio.

 

Larry England is an IBM Distinguished Engineer currently working directly with a large healthcare payer in the United States as a Client Technical Advisor. He has worked on a wide variety of areas throughout his career including Application Development Tools, Database tools, programming languages, language runtime environments, image recognition, text search and analytics, and operating systems. England has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University.