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GSE Nordic Region Conference 2016, 1-5 June 2016 Reykjavik, Iceland

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Welcome

Dear colleague,

The GSE Nordic Region has the pleasure of inviting you to the Nordic Region Conference to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, at Hotel Icelandair Natura from the 1st - 5th of June 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

The Program will be available in spring 2016.

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

By Michael Erichsen , Xact Consulting, Denmark

IT has a history of almost 200 years. We look at the past, the present and the future, and on the evolving role of z systems and mainframe people. 

Michael Erichsen is an Enterprise Modernization Specialist at Xact Consulting in Copenhagen, Denmark. Besides acting as solution architect, systems programmer, storage manager, and operations staff for zD&T instances in-house and with customers he currently concentrates on IDz and on maintaining the host component of the XaTester unit test tool.

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By Nick Garrod, IBM, UK and Carsten Andersen, Bankdata, Danmark

Nick Garrod works in the Market Enablement for zSystems 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 more than 10 years, and been a contributor to IBM Redbooks, IBM Systems journal, Enterprise Tech journal and Destination z.

A little about Carsten
I have been in the business for more than 35 years, working for Bankdata as a System Architect.
I am part of team who handle the host frame-work in Bankdata and Jyske Bank.
I am a specialist in PD Tools on eclipse with various plugins, the main focus on plugins like MQ, Fault Analyzer, FileManager and Debug Tool
I am the Steering Committee member of Guide Share Europe Nordic Region, and Chairman of CICS Development. 
I am a Member of RDZ user group Europe and Member of ITSO (International Technical Support Organization) Redbooks.

By Nick Garrod, IBM, UK and Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK

CICS TS V5.3 became available at the end of 2015, 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 

Nick Garrod works in the Market Enablement for zSystems 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 more than 10 years, and been a contributor to IBM Redbooks, IBM Systems journal, Enterprise Tech journal and Destination z.

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 Burnett, IBM, UK

CICS Transaction Server version 5 brings service agility, operational efficiency and cloud enablement with DevOps. Grand words... but what is the underlying capability that is delivering this value? Come to this session and learn how you can realize performance improvements, further utilize the WebSphere Liberty profile, extend CICS applications to mobile devices, run more in fewer regions, and so much more. You will surely be annoyed if you miss this overview of what CICS now delivers

Ian Burnett has led the CICS TS for z/OS performance team since 2009, 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 Anthony Papageorgiou, 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!

Anthony Papageorgiou is a Software Engineer working at IBM Hursley UK.
Before he joined IBM in 2007 he worked for Mintel International Group Ltd as a Web Developer. Anthony holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Warwick.
His areas of expertise include Event Processing, Mobile, Cloud and API Technologies. During his time at IBM he has performed a number of roles across Development, Architecture, Strategy and Management in the CICS organisation and is currently working as the delivery manager for zOS Connect EE.

By Ian Burnett, IBM, UK

The What You Need To Know (WYNTK) series of lectures are the definitive technical overviews of specific capability areas in CICS TS V5.     This session will introduce Liberty running under CICS TS: what is Liberty; core technologies you need to understand; how to get up and running from both a system administrator and application developer perspective. We will cover 3 key usage scenarios - A) creating a presentation logic application B) creating an integration logic application, C) creating a business logic application, all running within CICS TS.

Ian Burnett has led the CICS TS for z/OS performance team since 2009, 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 Ian Burnett, IBM, UK

The What You Need To Know (WYNTK) series of lectures are the definitive technical overviews of specific capability areas in CICS TS V5.    Improvements in CICS in recent releases enable you to scale both horizontally and vertically whilst reducing CPU usage. Although performance is a huge topic, this session will introduce you to some core technologies such as threadsafety, MAXTASK configuration, 64-bit exploitation and CPU optimization. Giving you implementable actions to help you save money and improve throughput.

Ian Burnett has led the CICS TS for z/OS performance team since 2009, 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 Pradeep Gohil, IBM, UK

The What You Need To Know (WYNTK) series of lectures are the definitive technical overviews of specific capability areas in CICS TS V5.     This session introduces the core components of Cloud technologies in CICS TS V5, the new Application, Platforms & Policy resources and usage scenarios which exploit this capability.  - Introduce  - Core practices and technologies  - 3 key usage scenarios which can be progressively adopted to enable your CICS to be a true cloud services provider.  - packaging (dependencies & metering/monitoring  - multiversioning  - policy (dynamic threshold management via policies)

Pradeep Gohil is a delivery team lead in the CICS Transaction Processing department, at Hursley UK.
He has developed on several releases of CICS TS and recently has been part of the development team
that provided the CICS Cloud enablement functionality, specializing in CICS bundles.

By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK

Thinking about doing DevOps on the mainframe but unsure about how it works in reality? Or maybe you're just curious about what goes in to building a first class application server? In this session you'll hear a behind the scenes story about we use DevOps practices on z Systems to develop, build, test and ship enterprise software such as CICS TS and MQ.

Anthony Papageorgiou is a Software Engineer working at IBM Hursley UK.
Before he joined IBM in 2007 he worked for Mintel International Group Ltd as a Web Developer. Anthony holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Warwick.
His areas of expertise include Event Processing, Mobile, Cloud and API Technologies. During his time at IBM he has performed a number of roles across Development, Architecture, Strategy and Management in the CICS organisation and is currently working as the delivery manager for zOS Connect EE.

By Daniel Millwood, IBM, UK

The What You Need To Know (WYNTK) series of lectures are the definitive technical overviews of specific capability areas in CICS TS V5.    This session will introduce DevOps from the perspective of a CICS user. We will cover: DevOps approaches and practices - developing, building and deploying applications. 3 Key DevOps technologies that we will cover are the CICS Build Toolkit, DFHDPLOY & UrbanCode Deploy. We will explore 3 Key scenarios including traditional COBOL, as well as more contemporary Java and Cloud applications all running under CICS TS.

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.  In CICS TS V5.3, Dan worked on enhancements to JSON parsing in CICS TS and new capabilities for the WebSphere Liberty profile in CICS. 

By Pradeep Gohil, IBM, UK

CICS Transaction Server V5.2 introduces many new features that will help you manage the application lifecycle, in particular the transition from the current version of an application to a new version of an application. Think "newcopy", but smarter.

The CICS application and platform capabilities introduced in CICS TS V5 will help you manage applications as a single entity, reducing the risk associated with application updates, and providing you with capabilities to roll back to an earlier version of an application if things don't go to plan. 

Come to this session to see five examples of how the multi-version capabilities in CICS TS V5.2 can help you better control application changes in your organization

Pradeep Gohil is a delivery team lead in the CICS Transaction Processing department, at Hursley UK.
He has developed on several releases of CICS TS and recently has been part of the development team
that provided the CICS Cloud enablement functionality, specializing in CICS bundles.

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DE

Are you getting confused by all the different CICS options for SOAP and RESTful services?

Don't worry - in this session we will start bottom up to demonstrate, how you can convert SOAP and JSON in CICS and how to get to a true RESTful service from there, either manually or with a little help from z/OS Connect.

After this session you will have an overview of the different possibilities and learned which will be strategic.

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 Pradeep Gohil, IBM, UK

“My systems work perfectly, it’s the applications that are the problem!” If you have ever said (or thought) that, then this session is for you. Outages do not have to be ‘an application issue’ anymore. In CICS TS V5, new policy based capabilities allow you to set thresholds on the resources that your applications are allowed to consume. Rouge applications can be detected through various task threshold policies such as excessive file or database access, repetitive program links, or abnormal storage requests. And once detected, you have the ability to notify, to react, or to ABEND. There’s a new sheriff in town, and it’s you. Come to this session to learn how to exercise your new power wisely.

Pradeep Gohil is a delivery team lead in the CICS Transaction Processing department, at Hursley UK.
He has developed on several releases of CICS TS and recently has been part of the development team
that provided the CICS Cloud enablement functionality, specializing in CICS bundles.

By Daniel Millwood, IBM, UK

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.

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.  In CICS TS V5.3, Dan worked on enhancements to JSON parsing in CICS TS and new capabilities for the WebSphere Liberty profile in CICS. 

By Jyrki Kannosto, FIN, Tieto and Leif Pedersen, DK, IBM

Jyrki has 40 years experience working with mainframes. During this time he has worked as a computer operator, PL1 programmer and an IMS systems specialist. More recently his career has been focused in DB2 where he is a system specialist and DBA. He currently has responsibility as the DB2 working group chairman and is a manager of a DBDC group for Tieto in Finland.

Leif Pedersen is passionate about the System z platform and especially how the DB2 database technology on this platform can be used to provide values to clients, to IBM business, and to the world in general. As a Technical Leader, Leif is involved in many projects to help customers in Europe, to improve their business by taking advantage of the latest database technology like Analytics by using the DB2 Accelerator for DB2 for z/OS or the Blu feature of DB2 for Linux, Windows, and Unix on Linux for System z. Leif also helps customers to take advantage of using database performance and testing tools to improve their database performance and testing

By Jeff Josten, IBM, US

This presentation reviews some of the more notable new feature deliveries in DB2 10 and 11, including support for RESTful APIs, automated cloud-style aaS provisioning, and improved performance. We will also take a look at the next release, DB2 12, which was recently announced for the Early Support Program (ESP). DB2 12 introduces many exciting new features to improve performance, increase availability, bolster security, add more autonomics, and enable new applications.

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 Jane Man, IBM, US

Applications around Mobile devices are becoming increasingly important in large enterprises with requirement of storing JSON in database. This presentation will illustrate the JSON storage model and SQL APIs to manipulate JSON data. Tips and pitfalls will be shared to ensure a successful JSON solution in an agile application development model.

Jane Man is a key member of the development team in DB2 for z/OS. She has worked on various features of DB2 for z/OS. In addition to her development work, she has assisted a lot of customers on implementing successful applications/workloads. In addition, she is the enablement focal point in the team and is involved in many enablement activities, like creating sample applications, demos, hands-on labs, and presenting in conferences and bootcamps, etc. Before joining the DB2 development team, Jane was a developer in IBM Content Manager. Jane is a IBM Certified System Administrator for WebSphere Application Server, IBM Certified Database Administrator for DB2 Universal Database for z/OS, Linux, UNIX and Windows, IBM Certified Solution Designer for DB2 Content Manager, IBM Certified Deployment Profession for Tivoli Storage Manager, and IBM Certified Application developer for DB2 Universal Database Family. 

By John Campbell , IBM, US

Introduce and discuss the value of using larger real memory size to improve performance, how to design to run safely, and how to exploit the following features to reduce CPU resource comsumption: thread reuse, thread reuse with BIND option RELEASE(DEALLOCATE), large size page frames, long term bufferpool page fix, large size local and group bufferpool, and larger size global and dynamic statement cache.

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 Leif Pedersen, DK, IBM and Thomas Sennels

 

Is DB2 for z/OS and Analytics workload a good fit? – In this session, Leif Pedersen, IBM, will update you on the latest enhancement and new features in the DB2 Analytics Accelerator and tell you how you can benefit from running your Analytics workload on DB2 for z/OS. 

Thomas Sennels, Danske Bank, will discuss the considerations Danske Bank has regarding the DB2 Analytics Accelerator, and how we have solved them or worked around them. Furthermore Thomas will focus on the next phase on possibilities with the DB2 Analytics Accelerator.

Leif Pedersen is passionate about the System z platform and especially how the DB2 database technology on this platform can be used to provide values to clients, to IBM business, and to the world in general. As a Technical Leader, Leif is involved in many projects to help customers in Europe, to improve their business by taking advantage of the latest database technology like Analytics by using the DB2 Accelerator for DB2 for z/OS or the Blu feature of DB2 for Linux, Windows, and Unix on Linux for System z. Leif also helps customers to take advantage of using database performance and testing tools to improve their database performance and testing

Thomas Sennels is 43 years old and has 15 years of mainframe experience. Thomas is working as a DBA in Danske Bank, with primary focus on development, enhancement and improvement of the DB2 environment, such as implementing the 2 new DB2 Analytics Accelerators.

By Haakon Roberts, IBM, US

Increasing pressure on experienced DBAs is becoming an acute problem. This session explains what IBM is doing about it by moving towards self-managing DB2 systems through delivery of an autonomic infrastructure. Gain an insight into the capability that is available today and the strategy going forward.

 

Haakon Roberts has nearly 30 years' experience working with DB2 on the mainframe platform spanning various aspects of sys-tems programming, database administration, software support and development. He is a Distinguished Engineer at the IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory in San Jose, California and the chief technical architect for DB2 for z/OS Utilities and Tools. He is a regu-lar speaker on these and other topics. 

By John Campbell , IBM, US

 In this presentation John will introduce and discuss some customer war stories, greatest hits in terms of positive and negative experience, and share recommended best practice on a number of hot topics. This will include discussion about locking with isolation RS, autobind, schema changes: table controlled vs. index controlled partitioning, GBP tuning, implications of V11 bufferpool management changes, insert space search algorithm and space reuse on delete, is restart light still useful, latest guidance on how to monitor and capacity plan for zIIPs, etc.

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 Steve Thomas, CA, UK

Real Time Statistics were first made available as an optional feature by a PTF to DB2 V7. Since DB2 9 they have always been collected and the data is now fully integrated into the DB2 Catalog. The original aim of RTS was primarily to provide data to assist with the management of Imagecopies, Reorganizations and other Housekeeping tasks. While that remains a primary reason for their existence and something every site should be using, the last few releases of DB2 have added more valuable data which can be used for a variety of other purposes including performance analysis and even database index design. Are you getting the most value from the RTS data which you are burning CPU cycles to collect? Come to this session and understand how RTS data is collected, how you can manage and control this process and most of all how to make the most of this valuable data source.

Steve is a Senior Engineering Services Architect at CA Technologies, where he works with customers and helps influence future product strategy and direction. Steve has been a DB2 Specialist for over 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 over 10 years  and served as the Chairman for the 2015 Conference in Dublin.

By Florence Dubois, IBM, US

With the explosion of data volumes today, businesses are looking for ways to copy huge volumes of data very quickly – from seconds to minutes – with minimal disruption to the running of applications. In this presentation, you will hear about practical use cases for IBM FlashCopy technology in a DB2 for z/OS environment including non-disruptive data integrity checks, FlashCopy image copies allowing for instant restore, SHRLEVEL(CHANGE) consistent image copy backups, system-level backup and recovery. We will provide many hints and tips on how to set up your environment, share lessons learned from customer experience and address common pitfalls.

Florence Dubois is an IBM Executive IT Specialist and a member of the DB2 for z/OS Development SWAT team. In this role, she consults for worldwide customers on a variety of technical topics, including implementation and migration, design for high performance and availability, performance and tuning, system health checks, disaster recovery. Florence presents regularly at conferences and has co-authored several IBM Redbooks publications. 

By Jeff Josten, IBM, US

Current hardware roadmaps are projecting that processor speeds will not serve as a significant source of performance improvement in coming years. Database systems are looking to use large memory to avoid I/O latency and to improve performance. The latest z machines allow for up to 10 TB of real memory, and the expectation is that memory will become more abundant and more economical in the future. DB2 11 and 12 releases add new features to use large real memories to deliver SQL performance improvements. This presentation will review these capabilities.

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 Haakon Roberts, IBM, US

This session not only describes how to maximise performance, reduce CPU cost and improve application availability when running utilities, it also talks about how to avoid pitfalls that others have encountered that can prove extremely expensive in terms of lost time or even data.

 

Haakon Roberts has nearly 30 years' experience working with DB2 on the mainframe platform spanning various aspects of sys-tems programming, database administration, software support and development. He is a Distinguished Engineer at the IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory in San Jose, California and the chief technical architect for DB2 for z/OS Utilities and Tools. He is a regu-lar speaker on these and other topics. 

By Susan Lawson, IBM, US

DB2 11 and 12 Performance Features...What Can I Take Advantage Of ?

With every new release of DB2 we look to see what features will allow us to improve the capabilities and performance of our existing applications as well as the availability of our data. We also have to plan to utilize new features in our development efforts. This presentation takes a look at the features in DB2 11, and the next future release, that will improve our performance and provide us with maximum data availability as well as advanced application development. We will be focusing on features that can be utilized by DBAs and application programmers. 

•         Discuss overall improvements and performance goals in DB2 11 and 12
•         Discuss features for improved application and database performance
•         Discuss features for improved data availability
•         Discuss features for advance application development
•         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, IBM, US

Continuation of Session S211...

DB2 11 and 12 Performance Features...What Can I Take Advantage Of ?

With every new release of DB2 we look to see what features will allow us to improve the capabilities and performance of our existing applications as well as the availability of our data. We also have to plan to utilize new features in our development efforts. This presentation takes a look at the features in DB2 11, and the next future release, that will improve our performance and provide us with maximum data availability as well as advanced application development. We will be focusing on features that can be utilized by DBAs and application programmers. 

•         Discuss overall improvements and performance goals in DB2 11 and 12
•         Discuss features for improved application and database performance
•         Discuss features for improved data availability
•         Discuss features for advance application development
•         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 Anders Öhrnberg, Nordea, SE and Hans Poulsen, CSC, DK

Anders has 29 years experience supporting IMS. He is an IBM certified IMS Systems Programmer and DBA. Anders is the GSE Nordic IMS working group chairman. He is promoting the value that IMS provides to Volvo's customers. He participated in the implementation of Parallell Sysplex, IMS Connect, CSL etc. Currently working with the implementation of the IMS Catalog. Anders is the driver of IMS Days internally at Nordea.   

Hans has been working with IBM mainframe for more than 40 years, and the last +30 years been working primarily with IMS, starting as DBA, installation and support of IMS tools. Hans joined the stearing committee in 1986 and is today  the Treasurer of  GSE Nordic Working Group. Hans is an IBM certified IMS Systems Programmer. Hans has partiticipated in allmost all IMS upgrades since IMS 1.1.5 Refresh  and is now looking forward to implement IMS v14.

By Hélène Lyon , IBM, FR

As IMS nears its 50-year mark, IMS is uniquely positioned to drive new growth across the enterprise - via innovative capabilities in Database, Transaction Manager, and Enterprise Suite.  This presentation will highlight exciting client implementations, will share how IMS supports key strategic initiatives like mobile, cloud, big data, and more. From Apollo to 100K to its next 50 years, IMS continues to run the world--don't miss it!

Hélène is recognized worldwide as a technical leader for mainframe solutions, especially around platform modernization, analytics and IMS. She is passionate about the value that z Systems 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 Deepak Kohli , IBM US

IMS V14 became generally available on October 30, 2015. Many IMS customers have already migrated to IMS V14. IMS V14 Transaction Manager includes features such as: Eliminate the need for system generation or a system outage to manage Multiple Systems Coupling (MSC) resources; Increase IMS availability by enabling flood control for APPC conversations; Accelerate deployment of changed application programs through dynamic refresh; Increase throughput and failover protection for Open Transaction Manager Access (OTMA) TPIPEs; Improves storage management for OTMA descriptors, and enhance OTMA security. This session will describe these and other functions & features that you can take advantage of with the IMS V14 Transaction Manager.

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 Steve Nathan, IBM US

This presentation will discuss both DBA and application consideratons for implementing and accessing HALDB databases.  It will also cover the latest maintenance that is required in your HALDB environment.

Mr. Nathan has 43 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 13 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support.

By Robert Recknagel , FI-TS, DE and Torben Flygenring, IBM Nordics, DK and Torben Flygenring, IBM Nordics

Since Java became one of the most important programming languages in the world, it is necessary to have a look on Java with and within IMS. This hands-on lab will introduce in how to access IMS data directly from distributed Java applications, how to call IMS transactions from distributed Java applications and how to implement IMS applications using Java. Besides this the lab will explain how to setup IMS Java dependent regions, how to use IMS Catalog as a metadata source for Java applications accessing IMS data and how to use SQL as the query language for IMS data access.
This lab was designed for both IMS system programmers that do not have any Java skills and Java developers that do not have any IMS knowledge. Therefor a lot of additional information on Java specifics and on IMS specifics is given to the participants.
As part of the lab you will access a small IMS database and implement some very simple Java applications running on your laptop or in an IMS Java dependent region. Robert will explain step by step how to configure both the IMS system and IMS Explorer as your development environment, how to implement the Java applications and how to execute them. A large lab hand-out with a lot of additional information will enable you try out things later at your company.

Robert is a young IMS system programmer at FI-TS – a German IT service provider for banks and insurance companies. On of his major interests is the modernization of both IMS systems and IMS applications. Therefor Robert is testing a lot of new functions, implementing PoC applications and advising FI-TS customers. Since October 2015 he is also team leader for IMS and CICS at FI-TS.

By Robert Recknagel , FI-TS, DE and Torben Flygenring, IBM Nordics, DK and Torben Flygenring, IBM Nordics

Since Java became one of the most important programming languages in the world, it is necessary to have a look on Java with and within IMS. This hands-on lab will introduce in how to access IMS data directly from distributed Java applications, how to call IMS transactions from distributed Java applications and how to implement IMS applications using Java. Besides this the lab will explain how to setup IMS Java dependent regions, how to use IMS Catalog as a metadata source for Java applications accessing IMS data and how to use SQL as the query language for IMS data access.
This lab was designed for both IMS system programmers that do not have any Java skills and Java developers that do not have any IMS knowledge. Therefor a lot of additional information on Java specifics and on IMS specifics is given to the participants.
As part of the lab you will access a small IMS database and implement some very simple Java applications running on your laptop or in an IMS Java dependent region. Robert will explain step by step how to configure both the IMS system and IMS Explorer as your development environment, how to implement the Java applications and how to execute them. A large lab hand-out with a lot of additional information will enable you try out things later at your company.

Robert is a young IMS system programmer at FI-TS – a German IT service provider for banks and insurance companies. On of his major interests is the modernization of both IMS systems and IMS applications. Therefor Robert is testing a lot of new functions, implementing PoC applications and advising FI-TS customers. Since October 2015 he is also team leader for IMS and CICS at FI-TS.

By Steve Nathan, IBM US

The MQ interface to IMS, both via OTMA and via the MQ API continues to be enhanced.  This presentation will detail all the latest enhancements.  It will also cover critical maintenance that you will need in your environment.

Mr. Nathan has 43 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 13 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support.

By Deepak Kohli , IBM US

The long awaited IMS V14 Database Manager is now available to customers. With features such as: Support for DDL to effect schema change in the IMS catalog; Capability to load application control blocks directly from the Catalog; Increased scalability for full-function OSAM HALDB databases; Extend Fast Path data entry database (DEDB) dynamic change capabilities, migrating to IMS V14 Database Manager is a no-brainer. Come to this session and get excited about the new features & functions of IMS V14 Database Manager.

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 Anders Öhrnberg, Nordea, SE

Using z/OSMF workflow to automate and document procedures used to maintain or implement an IMS Connect system. Describing how an IMS Connect is created using a workflow. Volvo has many customers with their own IMS systems and  to solve all the obstacles that you run into when creating a general workflow will be explained.

Anders has 29 years experience supporting IMS. He is an IBM certified IMS Systems Programmer and DBA. Anders is the GSE Nordic IMS working group chairman. He is promoting the value that IMS provides to Volvo's customers. He participated in the implementation of Parallell Sysplex, IMS Connect, CSL etc. Currently working with the implementation of the IMS Catalog. Anders is the driver of IMS Days internally at Nordea.   

By Deepak Kohli , IBM US

So IMS Catalog was introduced back in IMS V12 as an optional system database. But more and more IMS functions now require the IMS Catalog. So how has the catalog evolved? Where is it headed? Will it replace the ACBLIB? Will Donald Trump be the next president of USA? For answers to these and other questions that have been keeping you up at night, come to this session and get enlightened.

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

By Rolf Ullberg, Handelsbanken, SE

Some IMS applications at Handelsbanken acts as consumers, doing calls out to other platforms or service
providers and this is done mainly through MQ or APPC. For one of these applications, the external service
provider wanted to replace MQ with a TCP/IP solution so IMS Connect was the perfect match.
The MQ callout was asynchronous, sending a request and getting an IMS transaction in return, and the
IMS Callout would use the same tecnique. This presentation will show how this solution was implemented.

Rolf has worked eleven years as a IMS Systems Programmer at Handelsbanken. Previously, he worked as an
application developer for ten years. During the time working with IMS, Rolf has experience of implementing
CSL, Global Online Change,HALDB, IMS Connect, IMS Catalog and DRD. He as also supported the organization
 with Database changes, both Full Function and Fast Path. Rolf was responsible for the migration to IMS V14
at Handelsbanken in the QPP program.

By Steve Nathan, IBM US

There have been many recent enhancements to IMS Connect and enhancements to OTMA which affect IMS Connect.  Some were part of new releases of IMS but some were added in between releases in the maintenance stream.  This presentation will cover these new enhancements and how they can help you.  It will also cover new and important defect maintenance which can affect your IMS Connect environment.  

Mr. Nathan has 43 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 13 years he has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 support.

By Deepak Kohli , IBM US

WebSphere Liberty z/OS Connect is software that enables z/OS systems like CICS or IMS to better and more easily participate in today's Mobile computing environment. It runs inside Liberty Profile for z/OS and provides an interface between mobile and cloud devices and backend systems of record. It provides RESTful APIs and accepts JSON payloads, and communicates with your backend systems of record for data and transactions. Ok. I think ... I got that. But how do I actually do this? Well, come to this session 7 learn how you can easily mobile enable your IMS transactions using z/OS Connect.

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 Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK and Jørgen Malmstrøm, NO, Evry

Jamie is a team leader and software engineer in the IBM MQ development organisation at IBM Hursley in the United Kingdom, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. He specialises in the z/OS platform, but also has several years experience developing cross-platform test automation infrastructure for both IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus. Jamie is a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family.

Jørgen is working in EVRY Norway.  He is working as a software devloper on mainframe with cobol, cics, mq-series, db2.

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK and Nick Bletzer, 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 is a team leader and software engineer in the IBM MQ development organisation at IBM Hursley in the United Kingdom, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. He specialises in the z/OS platform, but also has several years experience developing cross-platform test automation infrastructure for both IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus. Jamie is a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family.

Nick has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years. After joining IBM in 1992, he worked in a variety of roles before taking his first formal teaching role with the IBM HUON Insurance product. He joined IBM Training in 2000 and over twelve years became the lead European instructor for a range of products including WebSphere Message Broker (IIB) and WebSphere MQ. In 2014 Nick joined the IIB Development team in Hursley and is currently responsible for Reliability Testing. Nick has a wife, a four year old son and a very outspoken two year old daughter.

By Michael Erichsen , Xact Consulting, Denmark

Java is a new language on the mainframe, but not so new anymore. It has been around on this platform for about 20 years now, and a lot of effort has been taken to converge processor technology and Java Virtual Machine design into something that can perform well.

We will take a look at the evolving implementations and at the differences between COBOL and Java internals.

And we will discuss the many issues we still have to face like virtualization conflicts, memory allocation, garbage collection policies, heap tuning, startup CPU usage, mixed language development, deployment, special Java tools, security, education, and keeping software prices down.

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

Michael Erichsen is an Enterprise Modernization Specialist at Xact Consulting in Copenhagen, Denmark. Besides acting as solution architect, systems programmer, storage manager, and operations staff for zD&T instances in-house and with customers he currently concentrates on IDz and on maintaining the host component of the XaTester unit test tool.

By Nick Bletzer, IBM, UK

This presentation will discuss recent enhancements to IIB for core function and managed cloud capability.

Nick has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years. After joining IBM in 1992, he worked in a variety of roles before taking his first formal teaching role with the IBM HUON Insurance product. He joined IBM Training in 2000 and over twelve years became the lead European instructor for a range of products including WebSphere Message Broker (IIB) and WebSphere MQ. In 2014 Nick joined the IIB Development team in Hursley and is currently responsible for Reliability Testing. Nick has a wife, a four year old son and a very outspoken two year old daughter.

By Kim Mortensen, Compuware, DK and Juha-Pekka Mero, IF Insurance, FIN

After having spent 14 days of creating a new and exciting function or piece of technology, it is so frustrating that is does not perform well. To help you in this area this session will focus on how Strobe and iStrobe can measure you code and pinpoint the hotspot or bottleneck in you code when it executes. We will show you how iStrobe help you to point out the line of code that is causing the problem and at the same time give you a lot of other information on you application and the subsystems it utilizes.
Is your application able to run on zIIP but it is not? We will show you what amount of work that could be run there, and how you could figure out why not!

Kim Mortensen is a Technical Account Manager at Compuware in Denmark, Norway and Netherlands.
With more than 30 years of experience working with the mainframe Kim has worked as an Application Developer on the z/OS platform for 10 years, worked as BI Consultant across the industry with major Danish accounts, and the last 6 years as a DB2 Systems programmer on z/OS.
Focus in on Application Performance Management and Developer productivity using Eclipse, Jenkins, Sonar and other CI/CD tools.
Kim is currently the main contact for technical aspects of the Compuware portfolio on the Mainframe in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands.

Juha-Pekka Mero is a Software Specialist at If Insurance Company in Turku Finland.
He has 30 years of experience working with mainframe as an application developer, system programmer and infrastructure specialist.
Words like Cobol, PL/1, Assembler, Rexx, Cics, DB2, DL/1, ISPF, JCL are more than familiar to him.
His specialties are software development tools and processes as well as lifecycle management.
Last 10 years he has been focusing on improving the perfor-mance of mainframe applications.

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK

IBM MQ for z/OS makes use of many system features and facilities to provide a very high level of availability and performance for your messages. Come along to this session to learn the detail behind all the new features and enhancements in the latest release of IBM MQ for z/OS.

Jamie is a team leader and software engineer in the IBM MQ development organisation at IBM Hursley in the United Kingdom, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. He specialises in the z/OS platform, but also has several years experience developing cross-platform test automation infrastructure for both IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus. Jamie is a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family.

By Gary Mazo, IBM, US and Joe Winchester

IBM has a number of offerings available for application dvelopers and system programms on z/OS that is based around the Eclipse tooling framework.  The IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua product pulls these together in a single release train that ensures compatability of a suite of 13 different products, allowing them to be installed side by side in the same Eclipse shell.  This provides integration opportunities that range from basic file editing and JES or TSO access, through to CICS application development and problem determination.  This talk will cover the background to the IBM Explorer for Aqua release train and the problem it solves for customers, as well as show the value of the integrated release train with demos of the capabilities that can be done with the suite of tooling running side by side to perform z/OS application development and system management

Gary Mazo is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM z Systems Software. Gary has been in software development for over two decades, ranging from Math education software, to vector compilers, to creating architecture and tools for Web Services, and cloud-based tools for Mainframe software.  Currently Gary is in charge of integrating and creating tools in the IBM Application Discovery and Delivery suite of products.  He holds 7 software  patents and has authored articles and blogs on topics of software development and Enterprise modernization

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 Frank Kyne, Watson Walker, US

This Lecture describes how IBM z13 can maximize your 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.

Frank is the editor of Cheryl Watson's Tuning Letters. In addition to writing the Tuning Letter, Frank teaches classes internationally and offers consultancy on maximizing the value of new z/OS features, controlling software costs, negotiating outsourcing agreements, Parallel Sysplex, performance, and high availability. In his copious spare time, Frank also works with the IBM zPDT Development team and teaches workshops for the ITSO. 

Prior to joining Cheryl in 2014, Frank was a project leader in IBM's Redbook team in Poughkeepsie, New York, responsible for Redbooks and workshops on performance, availability, GDPS, and Parallel Sysplex. Before his transfer to the Redbooks team, Frank was a system programmer in the Services organization in IBM Ireland.

 

By Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK

IBM MQ provides the essential messaging backbone for reliably connecting critical systems within the enterprise. Cloud is changing the way we think about these existing applications, while also extending the need for messaging in to new environments.  Connecting the new engaging applications with the essential systems of record is the only way to be successful.  This session covers how the IBM messaging portfolio is evolving to take advantage of cloud technologies and extending existing MQ networks to deliver hybrid messaging across all environments.

Gwydion is a Software Engineer working in the IBM MQ for z/OS development team. He has worked in IBM Hursley for over 12 years, and in the IBM MQ development team for over 7 years. His main areas of expertise include shared queuing and security.

By Gary Mazo, IBM, US and Joe Winchester

z/OS System and Application Programmers have a large number of Eclipse based products available for them to use, coming from IBM as well as other tools vendors.  One of the problems that many mainframe shops encounter is how to deploy and roll these out to corporate desktops, dealing with issues such as administrator rights on PCs, publishing software fixes and updates to distributed desktops, sharing and distributing centralized data such as system host IP address details, obtaining and managing software designed to work with internet connectivity behind a firewall.  A number of solutions are available, each with their pros and cons, and this talk will discuss the different approaches.  The speakers have worked with a large number of customers helping them obtain and distribute IBM Eclipse based products, as well as integrate with nonIBM offerings such as open source plugins or vendor supplied offerings, and roll out successfully to many thousands of desktops.  The talk will include demos and discussions, as well as explorer any future ideas of suggestions attendees may have for future IBM direction for z/OS tools.

Gary Mazo is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM z Systems Software. Gary has been in software development for over two decades, ranging from Math education software, to vector compilers, to creating architecture and tools for Web Services, and cloud-based tools for Mainframe software.  Currently Gary is in charge of integrating and creating tools in the IBM Application Discovery and Delivery suite of products.  He holds 7 software  patents and has authored articles and blogs on topics of software development and Enterprise modernization

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 Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK

Today's business environment is driving re-engineering of business systems using new techniques and architectures. This session will elaborate on the new environments MQ for z/OS is enabling for java JMS applications and enhanced inter-connectivity capabilities which put MQ for z/OS as the vital heart of a hybrid messaging world.

Jamie is a team leader and software engineer in the IBM MQ development organisation at IBM Hursley in the United Kingdom, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. He specialises in the z/OS platform, but also has several years experience developing cross-platform test automation infrastructure for both IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus. Jamie is a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family.

By Mike Johnson, IBM, UK

Taking a ‘Liberty’ with your Business Decisions
The z13 is a great machine and utilises SIMD and SMT

In this session we look at:
The z13 Processor Drawer and the engines
Java, COBOL and PLI business languages
The speed of accessing data
We look at the architecture of Liberty running on IBM z/OS and explore how this lightweight, composable dynamic platform is well suited to running your business decision on z/OS. As well as the performance aspects of Operational Decision Manager including best practices. Join us and discover what goes faster, design considerations and algorithm choice. Lets squeeze that orange!

Using Operational Decision manager the rule engine of choice on a z13

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

By Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK

This session shows how z/OSMF can be used to create work flows to provision and de-provision MQ for z/OS queue managers and queues. It includes a "technology demonstration" of this concept. Learn how these work flows can be driven using REST APIs, via a service portal for deployment into a cloud. The session also describes how the task of customising a queue manager can be automated.

Gwydion is a Software Engineer working in the IBM MQ for z/OS development team. He has worked in IBM Hursley for over 12 years, and in the IBM MQ development team for over 7 years. His main areas of expertise include shared queuing and security.

By Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, BEC, Denmark and Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM

Svenn-Aage Sønderskov is a Systems Programmer and IT Architect at BEC with over 40 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.

Svenn-Aage is currently working with implementation of RDz along with the implementation of PD Tools at BEC.

Marianne Menå Heltborg is a Nordic Technical Sales Specialist for different product areas running on the mainframe.
She started as a CICS Systems Programmer in IBM in 1986 and has had many different roles since, but always around CICS, Application Servers and Middleware running on the z System.
Focus areas: CICS, CICS Tools, PD Tools and z/OS Connect.
She has been co-author on two ITSO Redbooks and presents conferences like Large Systems Update. Marianne teaches CICS, WAS and Development at z Systems classes at Danmarks Tekniske Universitet.
She has been part of the GSE Nordics steering committee for 10 years.

By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK

We are on the verge of an API revolution. APIs are beginning to change the way that we provide and consume business services across almost every industry.  This brings both risks and opportunities as traditional business models are disrupted by the shift to focus on a new type customer… the developer. Fortunately if your business runs on z Systems you are well placed to take advantage of this change. Come along to this session to learn:
 
- Why your business should care about APIs and what makes a good one.
- How you have a part to play to help your business evolve.
- What you need to do technically to enable your business to make the transition.

Anthony Papageorgiou is a Software Engineer working at IBM Hursley UK.
Before he joined IBM in 2007 he worked for Mintel International Group Ltd as a Web Developer. Anthony holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Warwick.
His areas of expertise include Event Processing, Mobile, Cloud and API Technologies. During his time at IBM he has performed a number of roles across Development, Architecture, Strategy and Management in the CICS organisation and is currently working as the delivery manager for zOS Connect EE.

By Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK

z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition (EE) takes the power of z Systems to the API economy, enabling you to drive new business opportunities through naturally RESTful APIs and JSON with integrated tools for DevOps. The rapid growth of APIs as a means of providing and consuming capability is a perfect match for the scalability and robustness of IBM z Systems. 

API management enables businesses to create, proxy, assemble, secure, scale, and socialize APIs quickly and easily. Enterprises that run their core business services on the mainframe are now looking for ways to make those services easily discoverable and consumable as APIs. z/OS Connect EE adds the API concept with SWAGGER to the existing first-class support for service-enablement of z assets with CICS, and IMS.

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 Arne Brendnes, Brendnes, NO

In software development  we have an old saying: If it’s works, do not touch it. In many ways a good saying, especially for IBM. Nevertheless, I have experienced that we with minimal effort can reduce the CPU consumption considerably. How can we easily  identify the real “big-spenders” ? The answer is SMF. System Management Facility (SMF) is a standard systemcomponent that logs all activity on the mainframe. There are about 130 different record types. This is a guided tour through those SMF-records I use in order to improve performance.

 

Arne Brendnes is a highly skilled Mainframe developer and system architect with almost 30 years’ experience in software design and development – including expert competences within COBOL, CICS, IMS, DL1  DB2 , VSAM and JCL. Arne Brendnes has always been very curious, and has always tried to figure out what is happening behind his Cobol code. During his journey into system programmers and DBA’s precincts,  he has developed a special interest for Mainframe tuning. For the last 10 years he has worked as a freelance consultant with mainframe tuning as his special field.

By Knud Vrå, IBM, Denmark

In this session the new functionality introduced with RDz 9.5 will be presented. The headlines for the topics will be: Infrastructure, Productivity, Languages, Integration and Advancing Technologies. Improved integration with RTC and Endevor will also be presented. The presentation will also include some of the important news that came with RDz v9.1

System z specialist. I have worked with Application Development and System Programming in z/OS Environments for 30+ years.

By Hélène Lyon , IBM, FR

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 core business applications into a service requester, you open up an entirely new universe of possibility for your company's business growth. This session demonstrates the ways in which you can bring business analytics to the z System platform in order to extend value of your critical business applications.

Hélène is recognized worldwide as a technical leader for mainframe solutions, especially around platform modernization, analytics and IMS. She is passionate about the value that z Systems 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 Kim Mortensen, Compuware, DK

Topaz is Compuware’s modern interface to your Mainframe. Topaz provides mainframe modernization with elegant simplicity in design and usability to help even novice mainframe developers quickly understand, update, maintain and troubleshoot even the oldest, most complex and/or most poorly documented systems.

In this session, we will talk about and demo program analysis: Runtime visualization, Program analysis, online projects, and Impact analysis, to show how Compuware can help you understand what is going on in these old or new programs. How you ever wondered what a particular part of an old program is doing and how data is used – We will show you how it works!

Kim Mortensen is a Technical Account Manager at Compuware in Denmark, Norway and Netherlands.
With more than 30 years of experience working with the mainframe Kim has worked as an Application Developer on the z/OS platform for 10 years, worked as BI Consultant across the industry with major Danish accounts, and the last 6 years as a DB2 Systems programmer on z/OS.
Focus in on Application Performance Management and Developer productivity using Eclipse, Jenkins, Sonar and other CI/CD tools.
Kim is currently the main contact for technical aspects of the Compuware portfolio on the Mainframe in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands.

By Hélène Lyon , IBM, FR

The world of information keeps changing, vector of innovation for enterprises. Analytics is changing the  business by providing true, committed and controlled information to the right person, at the right time and in the right place. Let's discuss in this session how the decision-making process in real-time can be implemented to bring huge additional business value and potentially improves answers to fraud detection and customer behavior intelligence.

Hélène is recognized worldwide as a technical leader for mainframe solutions, especially around platform modernization, analytics and IMS. She is passionate about the value that z Systems 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 Scott Fagen, CA, US

The reality until today for most business IT was all about cost-containment. In the application economy every business is a digital business and the IT team now has to deliver new services and customer experiences with speed, innovation and agility.  Can the power and stability of z/OS meet innovation?  The question before us - is there a way to contain cost and create new value at the same time?  Increasingly we think that answer is, “yes.”  Join this informative session to learn how leading companies are turning their mainframe into a strategic asset by tackling mainframe economics while driving breakthrough innovation.

Scott Fagen is a CA Technologies Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for z Systems and Workload Automation.  He has designed and developed z/OS and mainframe technologies for over thirty years with IBM and CA Technologies, working with customers to solve their IT problems.

By Tom Juhl, CA, Denmark

The presentation is based on brand new study called "The State of Big Data Infrastructure: Benchmarking global Big Data users to drive future performance” and I will elaborate on some of the interesting key finding in this study and how to overcome some of the challenges related to system z data specifically and how to overcome the infrastructure and environmental issues around Big Data in general.

Tom is a member of the worldwide Mainframe Solutions Unit at CA Technologies and has previously served several roles in the CA Mainframe pre-sales team in Europe, including managing the Mainframe Competency Centers in Europe to supply specialist knowledge.

By Phil Grainger, BMC, UK

Instead of tuning your SQL one statement at a time, why not look to the advantages of tuning an entire workload of SQL instead? Workload SQL tuning can not only provide faster returns on the investment in tuning time and effort but will usually provide bigger savings of cpu and other resources.

Workload tuning can also avoid the unfortunate “Silly Putty” situation where improving the performance of one SQL statement can have unexpected detrimental effects elsewhere! Apart from tactical emergency corrections to individual SQL statements, workload SQL tuning should be the preferred mechanism to ensure that application SQL and the underlying database design work together in the most efficient way possible

This presentation walks through a typical workload tuning methodology

It includes a discussion on how to find the most expensive statement based on execution frequency combined with individual costs

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
From 2009 to 2015, Phil has been honoured by IBM as an Information Champion
Phil 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 Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK

Are you part of the chain gang? Is someone in your company talking about the Blockchain? Doesn't that mean something dodgy like crypto-currencies and Bitcoin? Come and find out what all the fuss is about around blockchains, the Hyperledger project, what IBM is doing and how Z plays with this transformative technology.

 

 

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 Isabel Arnold, IBM, DE

Times are changing and not only computers look differently than in the 60’s – also people working with them which used to be and in many cases still are Generation x. So how to attract the upraising young Generation z to a platform they might not know or perceive as inflexible and old-fashioned? Hear about real-live experiences from the generation in the middle – Generation Y – namely Nicolas Vassas from kubus IT, youngest mainframe manager of the youngest self-raised & trained mainframe operator team worldwide and Isabel Arnold, leading a CICS Technical Sales team across Europe for IBM. They will share their experiences & wishes how culture, motivation, appreciation, responsibility, skill transfer and tooling helped to build a healthy mainframe society. 

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. 

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.

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 Rajesh Kumar Khare, NO, DNB

Rajesh, carries an experience of 25 years in various segments of IT industry. His experience covers a spectrum from education, development, to management. Rajesh worked on various client/server IT Projects, and since last 18 yrs working in Mainframe environment on various appliactions within the domain of Banking and Telecom. Rajesh work in DNB, one of the leading bank in Nordic region as IT Business Analyst, and always like to share experinces on Applcations Performances.

By Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM and Rajesh Kumar Khare, NO, DNB

Marianne Menå Heltborg is a Nordic Technical Sales Specialist for different product areas running on the mainframe.
She started as a CICS Systems Programmer in IBM in 1986 and has had many different roles since, but always around CICS, Application Servers and Middleware running on the z System.
Focus areas: CICS, CICS Tools, PD Tools and z/OS Connect.
She has been co-author on two ITSO Redbooks and presents conferences like Large Systems Update. Marianne teaches CICS, WAS and Development at z Systems classes at Danmarks Tekniske Universitet.
She has been part of the GSE Nordics steering committee for 10 years.

Rajesh, carries an experience of 25 years in various segments of IT industry. His experience covers a spectrum from education, development, to management. Rajesh worked on various client/server IT Projects, and since last 18 yrs working in Mainframe environment on various appliactions within the domain of Banking and Telecom. Rajesh work in DNB, one of the leading bank in Nordic region as IT Business Analyst, and always like to share experinces on Applcations Performances.

By Tom Ross, IBM, US

JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) has emerged as popular data-interchange format particularly for developing Web Applications.  It is, in many ways, a simpler alternative to XML.  IBM currently offers COBOL developers the ability to work with JSON using the z/OS Client Enablement Toolkit.  Moving forward to the next few generations of the COBOL compiler, IBM intends to integrate JSON manipulation into the language. In the V.next compiler, powerful support for JSON document generation will be available.  In this talk, we briefly introduce JSON and JSON documents.  We then describe the new Enterprise COBOL language features that enable document generation directly from COBOL program data.  These features include a rich set of specifications to control the content of documents.  The language also provides for robust error handling during document generation.

Tom Ross is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development. Tom has been developing COBOL products for 31 years, including compiler and run-time libraries for every release of VS COBOL II thru Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5. Tom is an expert in debug support for COBOL, IBM COBOL customers, and customer migration issues for COBOL and Language Environment for z/OS, and in many issues facing IBM mainframe customers.

By Mike Johnson, IBM, UK

I need a Decision and I want it now!

Business Rules in an Ever Changing World - An Introduction to Operational Decision Manager and z Systems

Learn about integrating Java, COBOL and PL1 clients so they make the same business decisions. The session looks at Operational Decision Manager (ODM) and examines how it can help the business be more agile. We also explore the runtime options on IBM z/OS.  Basic over view of what ODM is and where and how it runs on z

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

By Knud Vrå, IBM, Denmark

In this session the focus will be on all the nice things RDz offers on top of the graphical interface. The purpose of this session is to present some of the tools built into RDz that will help the developer produce Cobol or PL/I code of high quality much faster and easier than when working in ISPF. The speaker will talk about syntax validation in the editors, Content Assist, Snippets and Templates. Other tools like generating test cases, generating webservices and debugging programs including code coverage will also be presented. Finally the comprehensive help system and the integration with other tools like DataStudio and PD Tools will be presented.

System z specialist. I have worked with Application Development and System Programming in z/OS Environments for 30+ years.

By Jan Marek , CA Prague

Support and usage of XML data type in DB2 for z/OS is still evolving. XML and XML-based languages plays important role in data transfer and application development. This session will mainly focus on understanding essentials of pureXML support in DB2 for z/OS and describe its internals to understand how DB2 access XML data. In addition, this presentation will also introduce major XML enhancements provided in DB2 10 and DB2 11 such as performance improvements, Xquery constructors and so.

Jan Marek is a 10-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 Emil Kotrc , CA, Prague

DB2 is constantly evolving over the years, bringing new features with every new release. It might be hard for the developers and administrators to catch up with all the new useful technologies and possibilities. Often, even the features that are not brand new are not yet fully exploited despite they have a potential to help reducing the costs by improving the performance or making the application simpler.

This presentation will list and remind some features that might help application developers to use more power of the DB2 engine. The discussed topics will cover advanced SQL like the MERGE statement, SELECT from data change references, multi-row operations, lock avoidance techniques, built-in functions like GENERATE_UNIQUE(), timestamp functions, DB2 supplied stored procedures, and some other smaller tips.

Objectives:
1.Review some of the new features brought through the DB2 releases.
2.Advanced SQL statements like MERGE, SELECT FROM table change reference.
3.Multi-row operations, cursors.
4.Lock avoidance techniques.
5.Built-in functions and supplied Stored procedures.
6.Several smaller tips.

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 development. Before joining CA Technologies, Emil worked in an academic environment.

By Phil Grainger, BMC, UK

Cursors have been around since the dawn of DB2 and, as a DBA, I used to ignore them completely!

So, exactly what IS a cursor, why do we need them in DB2 and what can we do with them.

Over the last few releases of DB2, there has been quite an evolution in cursor manipulation, so we will also look at scrollable cursors (both static and dynamic) as well as the implications of multi-row fetch.

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
From 2009 to 2015, Phil has been honoured by IBM as an Information Champion
Phil 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 Venkat Balabhadrapatruni, IBM, US

As more and more Enterprises are embracing Devops the role of a Developer is evolving as well. Gone are the days when a developer declares victory by looking at the less than or equal to 4 return code. The cultural shift is transforming the role of a developer and in the process the definition of Code quality. This session presents the perspective of a current Enterprise application developer and answers the questions of - What does delivering quality code means ? How did the role of an Enterprise Application developer evolve over the years ? What are the suggested best practices ? Come join us to get answers to the questions and also see a demo of tools to help in action.

Venkat Balabhadrapatruni is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM, and part of the IBM z Systems unit. Venkat is Chief architect for the Enterprise Devops, and is responsible for the Cognitive Devops efforts with the primary focus on IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence (ADDI) products.

By Emil Kotrc , CA, Prague

Almost everything is about analytics these days. There are many vendor tools and appliances you can use for analysing your data. However, what if you just want to start experimenting or doing a one time research and you don’t want to spend money for an expensive solution? Have you ever heard about R? R is an open source project for statistical computing, which is already more than mature and is used by many researchers and statisticians around the world. Moreover, R can also be easily integrated with DB2 and other data sources and is implemented in several data analysis tools as well.

This presentation will introduce the R project, how you can integrate it with your DB2 and Big Data platforms, and will show how R can be used for numerical but also graphical analysis.

Objectives:
1.Introduce the R project and show some basic examples.
2.Show how to integrate a standalone R installation with DB2 for z/OS.
3.Show some samples and examples how to do an easy analysis.
4.Main focus is on DB2 for z/OS, but the integration with Big Data platforms will be shown as well.

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 development. Before joining CA Technologies, Emil worked in an academic environment.

By Tom Ross, IBM, US

IBM is committed to the long term vitality of Enterprise COBOL through regular innovations.  The V.next edition will advance the language by: introducing a number of new language statements; improving the compiler's scalability; improving RAS items; improving the run time performance of COBOL code.  In this talk, we will describe each of the individual new language features as well as the other advances listed above.  We will also review the process by which new features are selected (and encourage readers to participate.)

Tom Ross is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development. Tom has been developing COBOL products for 31 years, including compiler and run-time libraries for every release of VS COBOL II thru Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5. Tom is an expert in debug support for COBOL, IBM COBOL customers, and customer migration issues for COBOL and Language Environment for z/OS, and in many issues facing IBM mainframe customers.

By Jane Man, IBM, US

A new era of applications focused around mobile devices is becoming increasingly important in large enterprises. Learn how you can build a DB2 for z/OS mobile application using IBM MobileFirst and z/OS Connect. Using an easy to adapt example, we show what needs to be done from front end to the back end database server to make this happen. This session will also cover the details of the new JSON support within DB2 and how customers are leveraging these capabilities to enable flexible, agile application development models while maintaining critical enterprise data management requirements.

Jane Man is a key member of the development team in DB2 for z/OS. She has worked on various features of DB2 for z/OS. In addition to her development work, she has assisted a lot of customers on implementing successful applications/workloads. In addition, she is the enablement focal point in the team and is involved in many enablement activities, like creating sample applications, demos, hands-on labs, and presenting in conferences and bootcamps, etc. Before joining the DB2 development team, Jane was a developer in IBM Content Manager. Jane is a IBM Certified System Administrator for WebSphere Application Server, IBM Certified Database Administrator for DB2 Universal Database for z/OS, Linux, UNIX and Windows, IBM Certified Solution Designer for DB2 Content Manager, IBM Certified Deployment Profession for Tivoli Storage Manager, and IBM Certified Application developer for DB2 Universal Database Family. 

By Gary Mazo, IBM, US

Once monolithic, enterprise systems are opening up to increase business value through the mobile world. More and more enterprise applications are being exposed as RESTful services. Many of the enterprise applications were written in COBOL. Many NEW applications are being written in COBOL. For those COBOL apps that are being exposed as services, there is a need to rapidly develop interfaces and interface transformation so that COBOL data can be represented in formats standard in the Service Oriented and REST-based protocols. This session will describe creation of JSON and COBOL conversion using Rational Developer for z Systems in conjunction with the high speed transformation of COBOL data in the IBM DataPower Gateways.

Gary Mazo is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM z Systems Software. Gary has been in software development for over two decades, ranging from Math education software, to vector compilers, to creating architecture and tools for Web Services, and cloud-based tools for Mainframe software.  Currently Gary is in charge of integrating and creating tools in the IBM Application Discovery and Delivery suite of products.  He holds 7 software  patents and has authored articles and blogs on topics of software development and Enterprise modernization

By Venkat Balabhadrapatruni, IBM, US

Enterprise Devops or Devops in general has been a buzz word in the industry for the past 2 years, but everyone has a different view or understanding of what Enterprise Devops means, this session is aimed at spelling out what Devops means including the suggested best practices, the set of tools available to help Enterprises succeed in this transformation.

Venkat Balabhadrapatruni is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM, and part of the IBM z Systems unit. Venkat is Chief architect for the Enterprise Devops, and is responsible for the Cognitive Devops efforts with the primary focus on IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence (ADDI) products.

By Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, BEC, Denmark

Svenn-Aage Sønderskov is a Systems Programmer and IT Architect at BEC with over 40 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.

Svenn-Aage is currently working with implementation of RDz along with the implementation of PD Tools at BEC.

By Cheryl Watson, Watson Walker, US and Frank Kyne, Watson Walker, US

In this informal and entertaining session, mainframe rock star Cheryl Watson (and her roadie, Frank Kyne) describe their careers as mainframe specialists, describing the constantly changing mainframe environment, the surprising and often transparent role that the mainframe plays in keeping civilization running, and why, after all these years, they still learn something new every day.  Frank’s kids think that he works for the CIA – how much more exciting can you get?

Cheryl Watson has been sharing her knowledge of IBM mainframe performance analysis and capacity planning since 1965, and has never met an SMF record she doesn't like. In 1994 she helped users convert to the new Workload Manager with her "Quickstart Policy," and since 1991 has written and published Cheryl Watson's Tuning Letter and CPU Charts. Watson & Walker also provide and support two software products, BoxScore and GoalTender, as well as teaching classes in Reducing z/OS Costs and Exploiting z/OS. 

Frank is the editor of Cheryl Watson's Tuning Letters. In addition to writing the Tuning Letter, Frank teaches classes internationally and offers consultancy on maximizing the value of new z/OS features, controlling software costs, negotiating outsourcing agreements, Parallel Sysplex, performance, and high availability. In his copious spare time, Frank also works with the IBM zPDT Development team and teaches workshops for the ITSO. 

Prior to joining Cheryl in 2014, Frank was a project leader in IBM's Redbook team in Poughkeepsie, New York, responsible for Redbooks and workshops on performance, availability, GDPS, and Parallel Sysplex. Before his transfer to the Redbooks team, Frank was a system programmer in the Services organization in IBM Ireland.

 

By Isabel Arnold, IBM, DE and Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK

Use a bank? Bought food? Want a career?

Hopefully you’ve answered yes to at least one of those questions. If not, congratulations on your self-sufficiency. If so, come along to this session, where you can learn all about the mysterious black box that powers the world.

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.

Anthony Papageorgiou is a Software Engineer working at IBM Hursley UK.
Before he joined IBM in 2007 he worked for Mintel International Group Ltd as a Web Developer. Anthony holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Warwick.
His areas of expertise include Event Processing, Mobile, Cloud and API Technologies. During his time at IBM he has performed a number of roles across Development, Architecture, Strategy and Management in the CICS organisation and is currently working as the delivery manager for zOS Connect EE.

By Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK and Carsten Andersen, Bankdata, Danmark and Deepak Kohli , IBM US and Hélène Lyon , IBM, FR and Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK and Jeff Josten, IBM, US and Svenn-Aage Sønderskov, BEC, Denmark and Marianne Heltborg, DK, IBM and Tom Ross, IBM, US and Venkat Balabhadrapatruni, IBM, US

This session will tell about the building blocks of the Mainframe(The Operating system, The Transaction Processor, Tha database Systems, The Message broker interface as well as the programming environment and languages)

This Session will tell what the seperate software components are, and where they are heading being part of this Enterprise Server, that the mainframe is.

This session will be brought to you by some the leading Engineers and Architects from the labatories of IBM as welle of customers with more than 40 years of experience on the platform.

 

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. 

A little about Carsten
I have been in the business for more than 35 years, working for Bankdata as a System Architect.
I am part of team who handle the host frame-work in Bankdata and Jyske Bank.
I am a specialist in PD Tools on eclipse with various plugins, the main focus on plugins like MQ, Fault Analyzer, FileManager and Debug Tool
I am the Steering Committee member of Guide Share Europe Nordic Region, and Chairman of CICS Development. 
I am a Member of RDZ user group Europe and Member of ITSO (International Technical Support Organization) Redbooks.

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. 

Hélène is recognized worldwide as a technical leader for mainframe solutions, especially around platform modernization, analytics and IMS. She is passionate about the value that z Systems 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.

Jamie is a team leader and software engineer in the IBM MQ development organisation at IBM Hursley in the United Kingdom, where he has worked since joining IBM as a graduate in 2001. He specialises in the z/OS platform, but also has several years experience developing cross-platform test automation infrastructure for both IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus. Jamie is a member of the GSE Nordic Region Conference Steering Committee, representing the IBM Messaging product family.

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.

Svenn-Aage Sønderskov is a Systems Programmer and IT Architect at BEC with over 40 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.

Svenn-Aage is currently working with implementation of RDz along with the implementation of PD Tools at BEC.

Marianne Menå Heltborg is a Nordic Technical Sales Specialist for different product areas running on the mainframe.
She started as a CICS Systems Programmer in IBM in 1986 and has had many different roles since, but always around CICS, Application Servers and Middleware running on the z System.
Focus areas: CICS, CICS Tools, PD Tools and z/OS Connect.
She has been co-author on two ITSO Redbooks and presents conferences like Large Systems Update. Marianne teaches CICS, WAS and Development at z Systems classes at Danmarks Tekniske Universitet.
She has been part of the GSE Nordics steering committee for 10 years.

Tom Ross is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development. Tom has been developing COBOL products for 31 years, including compiler and run-time libraries for every release of VS COBOL II thru Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5. Tom is an expert in debug support for COBOL, IBM COBOL customers, and customer migration issues for COBOL and Language Environment for z/OS, and in many issues facing IBM mainframe customers.

Venkat Balabhadrapatruni is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM, and part of the IBM z Systems unit. Venkat is Chief architect for the Enterprise Devops, and is responsible for the Cognitive Devops efforts with the primary focus on IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence (ADDI) products.

By Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK and Carsten Andersen, Bankdata, Danmark and Deepak Kohli , IBM US and Hélène Lyon , IBM, FR and Jeff Josten, IBM, US and Tom Ross, IBM, US and Venkat Balabhadrapatruni, IBM, US

Continuation of session S703

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. 

A little about Carsten
I have been in the business for more than 35 years, working for Bankdata as a System Architect.
I am part of team who handle the host frame-work in Bankdata and Jyske Bank.
I am a specialist in PD Tools on eclipse with various plugins, the main focus on plugins like MQ, Fault Analyzer, FileManager and Debug Tool
I am the Steering Committee member of Guide Share Europe Nordic Region, and Chairman of CICS Development. 
I am a Member of RDZ user group Europe and Member of ITSO (International Technical Support Organization) Redbooks.

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. 

Hélène is recognized worldwide as a technical leader for mainframe solutions, especially around platform modernization, analytics and IMS. She is passionate about the value that z Systems 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.

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.

Tom Ross is a senior software engineer in IBM COBOL development. Tom has been developing COBOL products for 31 years, including compiler and run-time libraries for every release of VS COBOL II thru Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5. Tom is an expert in debug support for COBOL, IBM COBOL customers, and customer migration issues for COBOL and Language Environment for z/OS, and in many issues facing IBM mainframe customers.

Venkat Balabhadrapatruni is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM, and part of the IBM z Systems unit. Venkat is Chief architect for the Enterprise Devops, and is responsible for the Cognitive Devops efforts with the primary focus on IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence (ADDI) products.

By Venkat Balabhadrapatruni, IBM, US

This Session will intruduce you to the tooling on the Mainframe, where several Vendors have build Eclipse Tooling for supporting the Development o the Mainframe, how it supports the processes, that yiou as a developer needs adressed and how it can help you being a productive employee.

 

Venkat Balabhadrapatruni is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM, and part of the IBM z Systems unit. Venkat is Chief architect for the Enterprise Devops, and is responsible for the Cognitive Devops efforts with the primary focus on IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence (ADDI) products.

By Dr. Marta Larusdottir , Reykjavik University, Iceland

In her talk, Marta will explain how agile methods are used for project management in the software industry. Especially, Marta will focus on explaining the fundamentals of Scrum, the most popular agile process by describing the roles, the artifacts and the tasks each role has. Additionally, Marta will discuss the main findings from research on the benefits and hindrances of using agile processes in the software industry.

Dr. Marta Larusdottir is an assistant professor at the School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University. Her main research topic for the last 20 years has been collaboration with users to design and evaluate user interfaces. Since last 8 years Marta has focused on studying agile processes, especially Scrum, and how the usage of agile processes affect IT professionals in involving users in the development. Marta has organized conferences and published numerous journal and conference papers in her research area. Apart from being a prominent scholar, Marta is widely revered as major contributor on various international forums. Marta not only chairs various research foundations, but also also sits on the board of Nyherji (previously named IBM Iceland), a service provider and software-development company employing over 500 IT professionals.

 

By Cheryl Watson, Watson Walker, US and Frank Kyne, Watson Walker, US

Come and hear mainframe icon Cheryl Watson (and her trusty chauffeur, Frank Kyne) provide a smorgasbord of the latest and greatest happenings in the mainframe world. They will be covering topics such as the new z13s, optimizing z13 performance and efficiency (based on real customer experiences), Mobile Workload Pricing made easy (well, easIER), IBM’s Continuous Delivery strategy, Threadsafe and Bluemix (huh?), recent compiler enhancements and the IBM Automatic Binary Optimizer, and SMF streaming and real time analytics. Something for everyone, and boring for no one.

Cheryl Watson has been sharing her knowledge of IBM mainframe performance analysis and capacity planning since 1965, and has never met an SMF record she doesn't like. In 1994 she helped users convert to the new Workload Manager with her "Quickstart Policy," and since 1991 has written and published Cheryl Watson's Tuning Letter and CPU Charts. Watson & Walker also provide and support two software products, BoxScore and GoalTender, as well as teaching classes in Reducing z/OS Costs and Exploiting z/OS. 

Frank is the editor of Cheryl Watson's Tuning Letters. In addition to writing the Tuning Letter, Frank teaches classes internationally and offers consultancy on maximizing the value of new z/OS features, controlling software costs, negotiating outsourcing agreements, Parallel Sysplex, performance, and high availability. In his copious spare time, Frank also works with the IBM zPDT Development team and teaches workshops for the ITSO. 

Prior to joining Cheryl in 2014, Frank was a project leader in IBM's Redbook team in Poughkeepsie, New York, responsible for Redbooks and workshops on performance, availability, GDPS, and Parallel Sysplex. Before his transfer to the Redbooks team, Frank was a system programmer in the Services organization in IBM Ireland.

 

By Rob Lamb, IBM, UK

What if a computer could predict and prevent traffic jams? What if it could alert you to a financial crisis before the market plunged? What if it could provide tailored health treatments for your specific genetics? As we enter a new era of cognitive business, IT systems will enable this transformative solutions. Instead of simply identifying and reacting to trends, IT systems in the cognitive era will help organizations anticipate challenges and meet customer demands that they themselves didn’t even know they had – and act on them in real-time.

Developers for the IBM z Systems mainframe, the world’s most secure, advanced, and reliable computing system, are already working to provide these solutions. IBM z Systems is able to provide these solutions because it has the speed and memory to securely handle massive amounts of data. It also has the unique ability to process transactions and analyze that data at the same time, delivering high-quality insights that can affect business outcomes such as preventing fraudulent payments from ever being made.

In this presentation Rob will share his perspective on cognitive systems and their impact on businesses

Rob Lamb Vice President of Development for Cloud Integration

Rob is a seasoned senior technology executive who has held leading positions in software development, sales, marketing, and business development in North America and Europe. Rob leads the Development organisation for Cloud Integration, which spans several thousand engineers from 25+ development laboratories around the world. Rob is accountable for the design and development of IBM's core middleware portfolio of products (WebSphere, MQ, Tivoli IT Service Management, Business Process Management, and Operational Decision Management), their expansion to address hybrid cloud needs, and the development of SaaS derivatives for these capabilities. These solutions help companies evolve from their existing IT solutions to become digital businesses through leveraging technologies like mobile, analytics, cloud, and cognitive technologies like IBM Watson. His direct relationship, over the years with literally hundreds of companies and business partners has given him a solid understanding of IT best practices, and how to help organizations shape technology to business advantage.

Rob has authored two internationally published books and numerous papers on a range of information technology subjects. He has been awarded six technical authorship publication plateaus from IBM for his papers. He is a graduate in Computing Science from the University of Portsmouth, UK, holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Durham, UK, and has been elected a Chartered Information technology Processional (CITP) and Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS).

 

By Rajesh Kumar Khare, NO, DNB

Closing of conference.

Rajesh, carries an experience of 25 years in various segments of IT industry. His experience covers a spectrum from education, development, to management. Rajesh worked on various client/server IT Projects, and since last 18 yrs working in Mainframe environment on various appliactions within the domain of Banking and Telecom. Rajesh work in DNB, one of the leading bank in Nordic region as IT Business Analyst, and always like to share experinces on Applcations Performances.

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