2016-General Interest Track

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.