2017-Application Development Track

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 and Agile Presentation

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.