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.

 

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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.