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.