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.