2016-CICS Track

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.