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GSE Nordic Region Conference 2017, 2-4 May 2017 Fornebu, Norway

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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 Fornebu, Norway, at Hotel Scandic Fornebu from the 2nd - 4th of May 2017.

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 2017.

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

By Jørgen Malmstrøm, NO, Evry

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

By Kurt Nørrisgaard, BEC, DK

Can you run an IT Company in 2017 the same way you did 10 years ago ?
Are your customers behaving as they did 10 years ago ?
Do they require the same speed on delivering solutions or do they require that you are more agile than 10 Years ago?
This presentation will take you on a journey in BEC, which is a 12.000 MIPS Maiframe shop running applications on a many platforms, where System z is one of them and BEC is on an Agile Journey ....

Kurt Nørrisgaard is the CEO at BEC
Kurt started in IT as a mainframe developer in the past Millenium
Kurt has worked as a Mainframe Cobol Developer, Project Manager and methods/standards person
In the past many years Kurt has acquired a lot of Management experience in several Financial IT Installations including Head of IT and Business Development at Nordea to his current position as CEO at BEC.

By Nicolas Vassas, Kubus IT, 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.

Nicolas Vassas started his mainframe career in September 2000 when he became an IT apprentice at the company he is still working today. From the first day, he was addicted by the big iron and focused his work on this platform. After his apprenticeship he became a system programmer in 2003 and was responsible for the implementation of a high availability solution based on Tivoli System Automation and GDPS.

In 2009 Nicolas became the team leader of the mainframe team in his company at the age of 29. He manages one if not the youngest mainframe team worldwide and has a strong focus on strengthening the mainframe platform and bringing young staff to the ‘Z’…

When not busy at work Nicolas is a regular speaker at national and international conferences like AOTC 2006, Pulse 2012, InterConnect 2015, IBM Technical University 2016…

One of his personal goals is to share his knowledge. To this end he is also talking at universities in Germany on a regular basis and is investing his free time in the new IBM z Systems mentorship Program where he is sharing his skills and experience with a mentee from Pennsylvania. 

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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 David Nice, IBM UK

IBM has a number of offerings available for application developers and system programmers 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 compatibility 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

Dave Nice is a developer in the CICS Explorer team. Before joining CICS he worked in IBM's Java runtime team on a variety of projects including diagnostic tooling and release engineering. Dave has contributed to the Redpapers "Managing Enterprise-wide Deployment of IBM Explorer for z/OS or CICS Explorer", and "Modernize Your Application Infrastructure with IBM CICS Tools V5.1".

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

Come and hear the latest from the CICS family with updates on the three main area that CICS capability has been focussed on; Serviceagility with advances in Java and Liberty support,  Operational efficiency with autoinstall options and improved performance and cloud with DevOps utilizing new async API technology, microservices and provisioning toolkits.  A roadmap for your CICS track will be laidout fo ryou to follow along with an introduction to your CICS specialist attending the Conference for you to seek out and talk to.     

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

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 Chris Poole, IBM UK

Learn how the CICS Asynchronous API can help you reduce your application's response time. Available in the CICS TS 5.4 Open Beta, the Asynchronous API commands can help your applications become more robust, and allow you to make better use of your time. Allow CICS to simplify your asynchronous processing mechanisms and break away from polling code to get better results with a first-class API. Reduce the risk of unpredictable external services by calling multiple services and consume the responses as soon as they arrive. Attend this session to see example use cases and scenarios, and understand how the Asynchronous API can benefit your applications.

Dr. Chris Poole is an IBM Master Inventor in the CICS Development team, working on blockchain, CICS microservices and DevOps technologies, and asynchronous APIs. Prior to joining the CICS team, he developed IBM API Connect, and software to administer DataPower appliances.

By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK

We are living through 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 Isabel Arnold, IBM, DE

API – Alien Peculiar Individuals? They are out there!
You have probably heard about those APIs that everyone’s talking about. They have landed on this planet and lead to a lot of disruption. But have you ever seen one? In real life?
This presentation will show you some APIs that you can make contact with today, from Facebook to Banking.

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 Chris Poole, IBM UK

This session will provide an introduction to microservices and their driver from a general IT point of view. We will explore 'What they are', 'how they're different to SOA', and 'why z Systems' generally, and more specifically CICS.  Are Microservices a really good fit. This will develop into an introduction to container technology (including generally available tooling such as Docker), followed by a demo of the NEW z/OS Provisioning Toolkit.

Dr. Chris Poole is an IBM Master Inventor in the CICS Development team, working on blockchain, CICS microservices and DevOps technologies, and asynchronous APIs. Prior to joining the CICS team, he developed IBM API Connect, and software to administer DataPower appliances.

By Ian Burnett, IBM, UK

What are zIIPs? How do these specialty engines work with CICS? Can I really use zIIPs to reduce my CPU usage? How do I design and code my CICS Java application to optimize zIIP usage? With more and more Java applications being deployed into z/OS, many of them in CICS, businesses can exploit IBM z Systems Integrated Information Processors, or zIIPs to lower costs. In this session, we will dispel some of the myths around zIIPs, and show how they can benefit your CICS Java workloads and lower monthly software licence charges.

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 Chris Poole, IBM UK

Extending on the introduction of CICS and Microservices in a DevOps world session, this session provides a brief overview of microservices (for those who missed the first session), followed by several more in-depth demos of CICS Provisioning Toolkit, as would typically be seen  in different illustrated  scenarios.

Dr. Chris Poole is an IBM Master Inventor in the CICS Development team, working on blockchain, CICS microservices and DevOps technologies, and asynchronous APIs. Prior to joining the CICS team, he developed IBM API Connect, and software to administer DataPower appliances.

By Ian Burnett, IBM, UK

This session provides a list of APARs, PTFs and possible problem areas of which a system programmer has to be aware to avoid problems in their on-line systems. In addition, other useful information is provided regarding any situations that may be involved in installing CICS TS V5 with IBM and vendor software.

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 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 gives a high level overview of DB2 12, and also some other interesting features which have shipped recently on DB2 11 (and sometimes DB2 10) including native DB2 RESTful services, DB2aaS cloud-style provisioning, and IDAA on Cloud. We will also take a peek into the future for what is planned beyond DB2 12.

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

You might already be aware that DB2 12 for z/OS is forming the basis of a continuous delivery model where new function will be delivered in the maintenance stream rather than on a release boundary. But how will it actually work? How can you retain control of the roll out of function? How will this affect your maintenance strategy? How will it affect vendor products that you depend upon? This session will have all the answers.

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 Michael Dewert, IBM US

This session will share very early experiences from DB2 12 Early Support Program customers and customers involved in early deployment. The overall goal of the session is to help customer migrates as fast as possible, but most importantly to arrive safely. The session has the following objectives: share lessons learned, surprises, pitfalls; provide hints and tips; address some myths; provide additional planning information; provide usage guidelines and positioning on new enhancements.

Michael Dewert is a IBM senior certified DB2 Consulting Specialist and Senior Software Engineer based in Germany, working for IBM DB2 z/OS development (Silicon Valley Laboratory).  He has over 25 years of experience working with DB2 z/OS. Before joining IBM in 2001, he worked for large banking IT providers in Germany. He has mainly worked on DB2 z/OS and parallel sysplex data sharing, but also experienced in z/OS system programming, other subsystem environments like, CICS, IMS DC/DB. WebSphere, client/server, etc. DB2 data sharing implementations aiming for high availability and performance always was one of his key interest and focus areas. He is also a co-author of IBM DB2 Redbooks and White Papers. Currently he works as a member of the DB2 z/OS Development SWAT team supporting customers across various industries and geographies.

By Kendirck Ren, IBM US

Modern application development requires automated deployments. Many organizations have implemented automated application deployments for distributed platforms, but retain manual deployment processes for System z Applications. Learn how to adopt modern, automated application deployments on System z using Urban Code Deploy. This presentation will demonstrate automated deployment of a complex system z application that uses DB2 to multiple targets.

Kendrick Ren is a senior software engineer and lead developer for cloud offering and devops solution in DB2 for z/OS development, working out of the IBM Toronto Lab. Before this, he was the overall technical lead for Optim Query Workload Tuner as well as the previous incarnations as DB2 Optimization Expert and Optimization Service Center products since the products were borned. Kendrick has more than 15 years of experience in database application design/development/deployment, query optimization and performance areas, and also has been working closely with customers and business partners in these areas.

By Gareth Z Jones, IBM UK

DB2 z/OS EXPLAIN is a vital tool available for application developers and database administrators who need to understand what access paths have been chosen by the DB2 Optimizer, and why. This presentation starts with the very basics of DB2 for z/OS EXPLAIN, and builds on that to provide you with the understanding of its infrastructure. You will learn about the EXPLAIN tables, how to populate them and how to analyse the information in them.

Gareth Z. Jones has worked in IT since 1985, Until 2000, he was an IBM customer, with experience as a systems programmer and DBA. He is now works in DB2 for z/OS development, as a member of the SWAT Team, which is led by John Campbell. He has worked with many customers around the world to help them be successful in their use of DB2. He has written several technical papers and presented at many conferences and many group meetings.

By Jeff Josten, IBM, US

This presentation gives a deeper level of technical information about the major features of most interest in DB2 12.  We will also look at early DB2 12 customer experiences and technical discussions of some of the features planned for after DB2 12.

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

DB2 12 for z/OS delivers massive improvements in terms of data scalability and availability. In addition there are a number of significant improvements that have been delivered in the maintenance stream in V11 that you can take advantage of today. This session will explain what you need to know and give practical advice on how to plan for the future in DB2.

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 Kendirck Ren, IBM US

One of the most difficult challenges for businesses is dealing with business outages due to unexpected query performance regressions. These issues can be difficult to identify, diagnose, and resolve. This investigation may occur while business response times suffer. This presentation will show how DB2 12 for z/OS Dynamic Plan Stability feature can be used to attain unprecedented query performance reliability for dynamic SQL. Specifically the presentation will show how to: - Examine the statement cache to identify candidates - Stabilize dynamic statements - Identify stabilized and non stabilized statements - Examine properties of stabilized statements (dependencies, explain data) - Identify statements to FREE using LASTUSED.

Kendrick Ren is a senior software engineer and lead developer for cloud offering and devops solution in DB2 for z/OS development, working out of the IBM Toronto Lab. Before this, he was the overall technical lead for Optim Query Workload Tuner as well as the previous incarnations as DB2 Optimization Expert and Optimization Service Center products since the products were borned. Kendrick has more than 15 years of experience in database application design/development/deployment, query optimization and performance areas, and also has been working closely with customers and business partners in these areas.

By Gareth Z Jones, IBM UK

DB2 for z/OS is an "automatic navigation" database. It frees application developers and other users from the task of telling DB2 how to retrieve data from the database; instead, you just tell the database what data you want. The DB2 Optimizer then determines, as far as possible, the most efficient way to retrieve the data from the database and builds an access path (or access plan). Application developers and database administrators often need to understand what access plan has been chosen when analysing performance problems. This presentation outlines some of the most common access plans used by DB2 and explains how they actually work.

Gareth Z. Jones has worked in IT since 1985, Until 2000, he was an IBM customer, with experience as a systems programmer and DBA. He is now works in DB2 for z/OS development, as a member of the SWAT Team, which is led by John Campbell. He has worked with many customers around the world to help them be successful in their use of DB2. He has written several technical papers and presented at many conferences and many group meetings.

By Susan Lawson, YL&A, US

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 12, 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.

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 books, articles and white papers, presenting at user group meetings, and teaching a variety of DB2 courses. She is an IBM Gold Consultant and an IBM Analytics Champion and is the author of the IBM DB2 11 for z/OS Database Certification Review Guide. 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

IMS is running the core business of many customers in Nordics. Let's hear from IBM about the situation today and plan for the future looking at key capabilities that have been developed over years and are ready to use to grow business value of IMS transactional & database assets.

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 Catalog is one of the main feature of IMS Database Modernization. It is THE centralized container for IMS database and application metadata, allowing to easily leverage your IMS databases assets. Deepak will drive us thru the catalog story and present customer use cases around application modernization and integration solutions.

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 Deepak Kohli , IBM US and Steve Nathan, IBM US and Torben Flygenring, IBM Nordics, DK and Torben Flygenring, IBM Nordics

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. 

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 and Steve Nathan, IBM US and Torben Flygenring, IBM Nordics, DK and Torben Flygenring, IBM Nordics

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. 

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 Steve Nathan, IBM US

IMS Open Database is also a key feature of IMS Database Modernization by providing  direct SQL access to IMS data from programs that run on any distributed platform, unlocking DL/I data to the world of SQL application programmers. Steve will describe how to install it, manage it and let it grow!

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 Hélène Lyon , IBM, FR

The world is cognitive! The world is about getting business value from data. The question is also valid for all IT operational data that has been created on z/OS. let's learn what we can do with this instrumentation data including IMS logs.

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

Over years, IMS lab developed a system infrastructure to optimize communication between IMS related components and facilitate system management tasks in an IMSplex environment. Time to review with Deepak all benefits you can get from such infrastructure.

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

OTMA is not new and you have another occasion to enjoy Steve presentation on the new development occuring in this area, about new use cases imagined by customers and about best practices validated by him.

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 Ulrich Dillenberger, BMC, DE

In this session, we will discuss about all the IMS parameters that affect IMS scheduling. The benefit of using PWFI and WFI regions will be highlighted. We will go over IMS DC Monitor report to tune IMS scheduling. The goal of this session is to help IMS systems programmer to tune his/her system to reduce IMS CPU overhead, improve IMS throughputs and meet service level agreement (SLA) with minimum resource requirements.

Ulrich has been working with IMS and other mainframe subsystems at multiple companies for more than 30 years. In his current position as Principal Technical Consultant at BMC Software, he is focused on all of BMC’s IMS related products at EMEA level. He gave several  technical presentations as BMC representative in German GSE working groups and also on BMC user groups.

 

By Deepak Kohli , IBM US

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 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 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 Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK

While the Blockchain fabric may not run on z/OS, many of its major future consumers certainly do. Join this session to hear about likely use cases, and to learn how you can get started using Blockchain services with CICS, IBM Information Management System (IMS), and WebSphere Application Server on z Systems right now.

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 Nick Bletzer, IBM, UK

This session discusses recent enhancements to IBM Integration Bus (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 Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK

Performance tuning is a task that never ends, always trying to get more work out of the same queue manager while not degrading responsiveness. This session highlights some of the latest issues uncovered and how to spot them or similar issues in your environment. This session also walks administrators through tuning MQ for z/OS communications using channel initiator statistics and channel accounting data. 

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 Gwydion Tudor, IBM, UK

This sessions reviews clustering and shared queue technologies, plus their differences and synergies, as a foundation for building a highly available messaging service with resilience for both planned and unplanned outages of z System components. 

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 Carsten Lund Rasmussen , SMT Data, DK

Many Installation experience challenges analyzing current log and SMF data turning raw data into information, to be used by technical staff and business.
New ways of handling large amount of data apply to analyzing capacity and performance data, dividing data into detailed current data and aggregated history data. Questions like who did what and when? result in detailed technical analysis. 
Business Intelligence tools and methods can help on many levels - capacity management, down to operational performance optimization. IT Business Intelligence used by your technical staff may require a new learning curve and planning to be successful.

Carsten Rasmussen is ITBI Specialist at SMT Data, a company specializing in applying business intelligence tools and methods to capacity and performance data for large IT installations. Carsten is responsible for ITBI server setup, configuration and ease end user challenges in turning strictly technical data into useful information. 
Experience:  Many years with Danish financial installations and IBM prior to joining SMT Data in 2011.

By Jamie Squibb , IBM, UK

Today's business environment is driving re-engineering of business systems using new techniques and architectures. This session elaborates on the new environments MQ for z/OS is enabling for Java JMS applications and enhanced inter-connectivity capabilities, which place MQ for z/OS at 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 Bruno Sahinoglu, IBM, FR

An explosion in big data, led by mobile workloads, has caused a dramatic increase in the amount of operational data for Data Centers to process. Subject matter experts are overwhelmed with the volume of data, both structured and unstructured, from multiple systems and applications. Today, solutions exists to take an advantage of all these. Whether it be to have predictive insight, finding root cause or monitoring metric and performance, with automatic pattern. In any case, the z IT operational analytics will be the key differenciator for the next years regardless if you're IBM, ELS or Splunk user. 

IBM Swat team member on IT Operation Analytics
Joining IBM in 2011 as mainframe technical sales, he covered different brand from data management to application performance analysis and today on IT analytics solutions. He’s currently supporting products in the area of the automation on z, software asset management and IT Analytics. Working all around Europe to help the customers to take benefit of the IT operational analytics, he is also very active on social media. You can follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter @zBSAH

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. Learn how these work flows can be driven using REST APIs via a service portal for deployment in to 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 Ian J Mitchell, IBM, UK

A year is a long time in the blockchain world. In this session Ian Mitchell will briefly recap on why blockchain applications will transform business networks, take a deep dive into the Fabric v1.0 architecture built on the experience gained from real customer blockchain projects in 2016, and introduce Fabric-Composer as an application development accelerator.

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 Hélène Lyon , IBM, FR

Learn from IBM about innovative solutions allowing the z Systems to stay relevant for modern business needs around cognitive solutions. The intent is clearly to offer customers modernization paths to support growing needs for analytical services.

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 Gerald Pfeiffer, Compuware, Germany

 The production of high-quality, rigorously tested applications that enable a competitive edge should be the norm. But in reality, this often cumbersome process is fraught with complications. In the end, budget and delivery expectations are unmet, fewer quality applications are put into production and those that are implemented may not have undergone the right testing — resulting in poor quality and performance.

It goes without saying that there are a number of factors that influence whether testing cycles will be successful. The process requires knowledgeable and skilled teams to implement the testing, adherence to best practices to ensure consistency, and to automate and optimize the process. Yet a critical — but often overlooked — component of application testing is the use of efficient, effective and secure test data. The impact of using too much data, the wrong data or data that is not protected can have costly consequences for a business.

Gerald Pfeiffer Started in IT in 1984 as an Application Developer, became later a Project Leader and a Sys-tem Analyst in several companies.
In 1997 Gerald moved to the ISV part of the business to Compuware in several roles as Pre-Sales,  head of Pre-Sales,  head of Pre-Sales Enterprise Systems as well as responsibility for presales, post-sales, con-sultants and sales engineering as a Manager Solution Delivery during my 5 year interruption at Trilog.
In several projects at client sites Gerald worked in Data Optimization projects, Data Privacy Projects and I also took care of managing application performance management projects.

By Gary Mazo, IBM, US

Various software metrics have been used over the years to glean insight in maintenance and development of large scale software.
But what do all these metrics mean, and more importantly, how do we use them to continuously improve quality? What are the best approaches to picking the most important metrics out of ones that are available? This session will explore possible answers to these questions as well as engage audience in discussion on what is used (or not) in their environments or what they would like to see used as metrics and software development improvements based on them.

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 Michael Erichsen , Xact Consulting, Denmark

Stability and reliability have always been the hallmarks of the mainframe. We have been testing our applications thoroughly for decades. But the requirements for test are changing in these years.

To fulfil the promise of DevOps and to reduce the time used to provide new solutions, we need to be able to test faster, more automated, and more completely. And we often need to use test virtualization.

This presentation will discuss the scope and functionality of four recent test tools, which are Rational Integrated Test Workbench from IBM (“Greenhat”), the z/OS Automated Unit Testing Framework (zUnit) within IBM Developer for z (IDz), Topaz from Compuware, and XaTester from Xact.

It will also discuss the role of z Systems Development and Test Environment (zD&T) to speed up testing.

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 Tom Juhl, CA, Denmark

It is a public secret that there will always be an associated cost when activating real-time monitoring of performance. Yet there are many different factors that may influence the size of such overhead. While all the available Monitoring Tools on the market share the issue of occurring overhead, the good news is that you can often influence the resulting overhead in various ways in the individual solutions.

In this session, we will use the CA SYSVIEW Performance Monitor as an example to understand where the overhead come from, what the big influencers are and what can be done to trim the overhead to a minimum.

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 Russell Bonner, IBM, UK

Today’s businesses are seeking increased speed, innovation, and competitiveness through a digital transformation. To achieve this, greater understanding and transformation of traditional mainframe software applications is necessary to support the journey to consumable services via mobile or hybrid cloud.IBM has superior capabilities in its new Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence portfolio that allows our clients to understand the impact of changes before they are made, providing tools that developers can use quickly to understand existing applications. 

This solution can help automate the discovery and evaluation of existing application’s source code; drive higher levels of quality through identification of areas for modernisation, improvement, and componentisation; and collect and correlate key metrics about overall quality of the application portfolio for trend analysis.


This session will introduce -- and demonstrate -- the new capabilities in this exciting portfolio.

Russell Bonner is an IBM Certified Consulting IT Specialist. In his current role as a Client Technical Specialist based in the UK, he is a technical consultant to clients around Europe with a focus on the IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence portfolio. Russell has presented at numerous events and conferences, including Guide Share Europe UK and Innovate, on DevOps for Enterprise Systems, Mobile, and CICS Transaction Server technologies.

By William Alexander, IBM, US

Application Delivery Foundation for z Systems is the perfect solution for embarking on a DevOps transformation journey. The solution includes the market leading Integrated Development Environment (IBM Developer for z Systems) as well as a set of essential problem analysis tools. Come and learn the latest enhancements of ADFz and how customers are benefiting from this solution.

 

William is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM z Systems Software. He is the Release Architect for Rational Developer for System z (RDz) and has 25 years of experience developing mainframe applications

By Anthony Papageorgiou, IBM, UK

IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition (EE) lets you create efficient and scalable RESTful APIs to your z/OS assets, without writing any code! Come along to this session to learn about the capabilities of z/OS Connect EE, how it works and what's new in the latest release. REST APIs to z Systems have never been this easy to create and manage!

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 William Alexander, IBM, US

There are multiple techniques that can be used for gathering the right data for unit testing a COBOL program. New enhancements in the z/OS Automated Unit Testing Framework (zUnit) tooling in IBM Developer for z Systems make creating the right test data easy.

William is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM z Systems Software. He is the Release Architect for Rational Developer for System z (RDz) and has 25 years of experience developing mainframe applications

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 Morten Lærkedal Pedersen, Danske Bank DK

Finding performance issues in DB2 mainframe systems to reduce cost and SQL calls.

Morten works as a Capacity Manager in the largest development area with responsibility for the CPU consumption budget. Morten has more than 38 yrs of experience in Danske Bank for 38 years, doing various IT tasks.
For the last 5 years, Morten worked mainly with performance tuning on the DB2/CICS/batch in z/OS mainframe.

By Gary Mazo, IBM, US

Technology and analytics are being used to improve processes in all areas of business and the home. Software development is no exception, and the leading driver of this revolution is DevOps. As organizations embrace DevOps and implement the best practices of continuous integration, continuous delivery, shift left etc. having an understanding of the Ops data early in the cycle would help development and test organizations do their job effectively. Similarly, having an understanding of what is being developed , tested and providing guidance on development and test considerations would help Ops teams avoid surprises in pre-prod or prod environments. Overall this helps streamline the whole process of software development, delivery and monitoring.
IBM Application Delivery Intelligence (ADI) is taking a step in that direction by adding OMEGAMON as a data provider to get Operations data and display that in a meaningful way to the developer and test teams, and at the same time give the Ops team a view of quality of development and testing. This sessions explores and demos the integration with OMEGAMON -  data being gathered, visualized and insights being provided.

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 Nicolas Vassas, Kubus IT, DE

After a quick upgrade with loads of ‘sysprog deals’ many things had not arrived to a point where the mainframe team was happy. Personal interests and
lack of time led to a stable but somewhat hard to handle environment. In the presentation we will highlight a couple of unfinished work and how those were solved in combination with a planned new automation setup. As a result we now have 25 systems in 3 Sysplexes from 2 customers running on a single z/OS setup. Life can be so easy when you attack your pain points and find a solution who is pleasing to all of your sysprogs…

Nicolas Vassas started his mainframe career in September 2000 when he became an IT apprentice at the company he is still working today. From the first day, he was addicted by the big iron and focused his work on this platform. After his apprenticeship he became a system programmer in 2003 and was responsible for the implementation of a high availability solution based on Tivoli System Automation and GDPS.

In 2009 Nicolas became the team leader of the mainframe team in his company at the age of 29. He manages one if not the youngest mainframe team worldwide and has a strong focus on strengthening the mainframe platform and bringing young staff to the ‘Z’…

When not busy at work Nicolas is a regular speaker at national and international conferences like AOTC 2006, Pulse 2012, InterConnect 2015, IBM Technical University 2016…

One of his personal goals is to share his knowledge. To this end he is also talking at universities in Germany on a regular basis and is investing his free time in the new IBM z Systems mentorship Program where he is sharing his skills and experience with a mentee from Pennsylvania. 

By Jens Elbæk, z-OS DK

It has now been possible to make Java programs on the mainframe for more than a decade and not much has happend. A lot of Java programs has been developed but Cobol is still around. It seems to be very hard to cross the border from the mainframe Cobol to Java. Cobol2Java is the bridge that helps you cross that border and start to enjoy the benefits of a modern programming language. It was originally developed to convert Cobol batch programs to Java batch programs that take advantage of JZOS and let them slip into the ordinary batch jobs. It offers a continually process of conversion and take much of the burden of the conversion. The talk will take you through the main subjects in the resulting Java program.

The speaker has almost 40 years of experience of the IBM mainframe at several installations and worked as systemsprogrammer and technical architect. He has implemented Java projects since Java came along on the mainframe and is now an independent consultant.

By Gary Mazo, IBM, US

Technology and analytics are being used to improve processes in all areas of business and the home. Software development is no exception, and the leading driver of this revolution is DevOps. As organizations embrace DevOps and shift towards digital transformation and enter the API economy connecting business-critical applications that run on z Systems™ with mobile and cloud applications to better engage with clients is becoming the norm, but this also translates to complex applications and dependencies - hence the need for tools that can help understand the application landscape along with evolution trends and actionable insights that can streamline the software development and delivery process is critical.
 
Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence is a key addition to complement the Enterprise DevOps tool set to help enterprises better understand their existing application assets, figure out reuse/refactor strategies and get valuable insights to reduce waste as part of the DevOps lifecycle. This sessions explores the ADDI capabilties and value it brings for the entire organization.

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 Jan Marek , CA Prague

XML exploiting new enhancements in DB2 v11 and v12 for Z/OS

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 William Alexander, IBM, US

Enterprise Devops has been the buzz word that we all have been hearing for the last 2-3 years, and to start with it was considered as a concept/best practices applicable to the distributed world. This session explores and explains how that myth is NOT true and what Devops means for the Mainframe with best practices and examples of organizations/customers who have successfully embarked on the journey.

William is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM z Systems Software. He is the Release Architect for Rational Developer for System z (RDz) and has 25 years of experience developing mainframe applications

By Kim Mortensen, Compuware, DK

Then I do not think you are alone. In this presentation I will talk and discuss on the topic of testing Mainframe application in the DevOps environment. Are we able to create, maintain and generate test Data, Test Scripts and the automation that’s need to follow if we only have a two-week sprint in front of us?
How can we make sure that our QA persons can create or take ownership of tests to verify that our applications have the highest possible standard?
In this presentation we will also show you have to create unit tests, complete test suites and data with a click of a button. Come see it for yourselves to assure yourself that you can do it all – even in a two weeks’ sprint.

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 Gilbert Houtekamer, IntelliMagic NE

We will look at what measurements are available to determine how efficiently your zSeries processors are running and what opportunities exist to fine tune your environment and get more work done -- for the same number of MIPS.

Dr. Gilbert Houtekamer, Founder and Managing Director, is the key mind that IntelliMagic’s technology originates from. His interest in storage performance started with research he did during his Ph.D. from the Delft University of Technology in the 1980s. Together with the product management teams, Gilbert remains highly involved in the innovation of the products. He visits customers regularly to get inspiration on how IntelliMagic can expand their offerings to make customers happier and more empowered in protecting their datacenter infrastructure.

By Keith Banham, Macro 4 UK

Most mainframe users access their applications from a session manager, so why not utilise that single entry point to modernize all your applications? Learn how to make mainframe users truly mobile, empower them to be more productive with familiar, user-friendly interfaces and easily deploy advanced security methods such as multi-factor authentication. You will also hear tips on how to modernise your development and testing environments and reduce costs based on Keith's personal experience as an R&D manager.

Keith Banham has worked in IT for over 35 years and is the R&D manager at Macro 4, a division of UNICOM Global. Keith is responsible for the company's mainframe suite of products. He started as an Assembler programmer at a major bank and during his 30+ years at Macro 4 has worked on many of the company’s solutions for application lifecycle management, application performance management, document management and session management. One of his recent roles was the modernization of these solutions by building web, Eclipse and mobile interfaces, as well as the modernization of Macro 4’s internal mainframe development environments.

By Philip L. Emrich, Vanguard Security US

Almost all of the Cybersecurity news focuses on attacks and targeted platforms other than the mainframe. But that’s not the whole story.  Mainframes running z/OS are just other servers, with potential vulnerabilities like any other platform and have been breached or compromised by both external hackers and insiders.  Security is everyone’s job no matter what your specific role may be.  Dismiss the attitude, if you have it, that your mainframes won’t be breached.  Adopt the perspective that when, not if, my mainframe is breached, have I done, or recommended, everything that should be done, to help my organization prevent breaches and minimize the damage when they occur.

 

Phil Emrich is a member of the Professional Services team at Vanguard Integrity Professionals, Inc. with more than 35 years of experience in information security, consulting with clients on all facets of z/OS and RACF security. Prior to joining Vanguard in 2000, he held a number of roles and responsibilities at IBM that included technical consulting to customers, technical product support to sales engineers and user perspective input to IBM’s software development laboratories. During his career he has developed expertise that spans IBM z/OS Security Server (RACF), and the security implementation for IBM’s Customer Information Control System (CICS), IBM’s cross-platform messaging software, IBM (WebSphere) MQ (formerly MQSeries), IBM’s Information Management System (IMS) and IBM’s DB/2 relational database software.

As a subject matter expert Phil Emrich is an active educator and speaker in the U.S., UK and Europe at SHARE, GSE, numerous IBM sponsored conferences and Vanguard’s own annual Security & Compliance Conference for past the 30 years.

By Jørgen Malmstrøm, NO, Evry

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

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